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Whitby St Mary’s Church

Whitby St Marys Church

St Mary’s is a mostly Norman and early English building, with later additions. The interior is a mass of galleries and box pews.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Patton.

Staithes Beck and Bridge.

Staithes Beck and Bridge.

A favourite spot for photographing Staithes, we have several postcards of this view from over the years.

Postcard courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Stockton Market Hall c.1900

Stockton Market Hall c.1900

This view of Stockton Market Hall although outside our area portrays the times of cobbled main streets, horse drawn traps and ladies with wide brimmed hats. Image trying to cross the same road now even without the long skirt?
Image from a glass palte negative courtesy of Geoff Patton

Tony Carter in Charlotte Street allotments

Tony Carter in Charlotte Street allotments

This second picture of Tony in the allotment of Mr Rooks also shows the houses of Charlotte Street in the background. The photograph was probably taken about 1939, possibly shortly before the outbreak of war.
Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter at the Rooks allotment

Tony Carter at the Rooks allotment

The first of two images of Tony in the allotment worked by the father of Owen Rooks
Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter and friends

Tony Carter and friends

This image of Tony shows him in the mid to late 1930’s when he had befriended Owen Rooks’ cousin from London who stayed with Owen and his parents just before and during World War II. Tony (right), Owen’s cousin (left); the taller lad at the back may be another evacuee, possibly from Gateshead.
Image and narrative courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter of New Skelton

Anthony (Tony) Carter was born in 1933 and lived in Charlotte Street, New Skelton. He is portrayed here proudly riding his trike in Owen Rooks parents backyard in the late 1930s. Tony died aged 19 as a result of injuries he received in the Lingdale Mine explosion of 24th August 1953.
Image and narrative courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Redcar Promenade and Celebrations

Redcar Promenade and Celebrations

This view of Redcar seafront obviously at the time of celebration, based upon the fancy hats is from early in the 20th century. Bill Danby tells us: ”This photograph was very likely taken in 1902, when two events of National celebration occurred close together in the warmer months of that year. The Coronation of Edward VII had been fixed for the 26th June, but owing to his suffering from perityphlitis it was postponed to August. The King ordered the long-planned celebrations to go ahead in June. Prior to that in May the Boer War in South Africa came to an end and caused much rejoicing by a more patriotic and nationalistic people than we are today. The youth on the bike, to the left, with the uniform and large pith helmet suggests that this gathering was for the latter event. Most striking to me are the sveldt and tastefully dressed ladies of those times, compared to many present-day females, with their over-exposed cellulite and  enormous rears, bursting out of over-tight tights etc.”
Image courtesy of Geoff Patton and grateful thanks to Bill Danby for explaining the reasons for this gathering.

Redcar Parade

 Redcar Parade

Redcar Promenade around 1900 with a parade apparently taking place along the sea front. The spectators are dressed in their finery; on the right of the photo a young lady pedals her unusual tricycle. In the background is seen the shortened Coatham Pier.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Patton.

Whitby Harbour and Abbey

 Whitby Harbour and Abbey

Whitby Harbour; the steam powered vessel on the left of the dock  is unidentified, as is the twin masted sailing lugger on the right. Across the harbour several of the buildings seen here have since been demolished.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Patton.