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A future Wimbledon Champion?

A future Wimbledon Champion?

Among a number of press cuttings and photographs from the early days of Loftus Youth Club, we have found this image. Our question is who is he, where was the photograph taken and what was the occasion? Betty Garbutt suggests: ”Could this be Mike Jones? He played tennis and badminton for Loftus and I think he worked at Barclay’s Bank.” John Preston Suggests: ”Could be Maurice Jones, he and his brother were much alike.” David McGill has hopefully solved the query with: ”The photo is Michael Jones, but I don’t know where.” This is further confirmed by Eric Trembath as being Michael Jones.”

Image courtesy of Loftus Youth Club; also thanks to Betty Garbutt, John Preston, David McGill and Eric Trembath for the updates.

Newton Memorial Chapel Loftus

Newton Memorial Chapel Loftus

A wonderful hand tinted postcard view of the chapel – bombed on 15th March 1941 and now replaced by two bungalows – the remains of the graveyard which surrounded the chapel can still be seen today. Norman Patton tells us: ”Robert Newton,  to who’s memory this chapel is dedicated,  was born and lived at Home Farm in Roxby which is where my wife, Margaret, lived with her mum and her sister when I met them in the early 1960s.  Hazel McLaren,  Margaret’s  mum,  had married  Joss Welford , a tenant farmer,  some 7 years after losing her husband,  Hugh,  in the final week of World War II. On a separate matter,   I would like to know  if there is a record of Baptisms,  Marriages and burials kept locally for the chapel?”
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers, with many thanks to Norman for that update.

Guisborough Priory

This postcard shows the Augustinian Priory founded about 1119 by Robert De Brus, before being destroyed by fire in 1289. This is a conjectured view of how the Priory may have looked, after the rebuilding.
Image courtesy of Kim Whalley.

Guisborough Priory and Lake

Guisborough Priory and Lake

This Frith’s Series postcard views the choir end of the Priory over the lake from the east.
Image courtesy of Kim Whalley.

Sandsend and Kettleness Nab

Sandsend and Kettleness Nab

A Frith postcard view dating from pre 1926 (postmarked 25th May 1926) of Sandsend. It clearly shows the railway only divided from the main road by a wooden board wall. In the foreground is the house ’Sandhills’ which was for some time recently a restaurant but is now returned to a private residence.
Image courtesy of John Hannah.

Kilton Mill and Mill Bank

Kilton Mill and Mill Bank

Kilton Mill and Mill Bank long before the road was altered. The image clearly shows the railway line on the eastern side of Kilton Beck which carried the ore from Whitecliffe Mine to the Loftus (Skinningrove) Mine before being transporterd via the bucket system to the Skinningrove Iron works at Carlin How. The postcard published by the R & R Company is postmarked 6th July 1906.
Image courtesy of John Hannah.

Hutton Hall

This Phoenix Series postcard believed to date from 1900 shows a view of the Hall in Hutton village; well hidden even today by the woods below Highcliffe. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse this Gothic revival building was built in 1866 for Joseph Pease.
Image courtesy of Kim Whalley.

Zetland Infants Christmas

Zetland Infants Christmas

A Christmas Play, at Loftus Zetland Infants School, 1947 or 1948.
Left to right: Veda Todd, Mary Shaw, Eric Johnson, Miss Goldsbrough, Chris Williams (Santa), Eric Lancaster, Judith Dean, Jackie Duncan, Christopher Beeden.
Photo courtesy Eric Johnson.

Unknown man – now identified as Norman Patton

Unknown man - now identified as Norman Patton

Found by family members in a wallet of Derrick Bowers, we were asked to attempt to identify the gentleman; we now know who this gentleman was. Geoff Patton told us: ”This looks like my dad Norman Patton, he was very much a good friend of Derrick Bowers up to his death over 30 years ago.” This is further confirmed by Norman Patton (Geoff’s older brother): ’My younger brother; Geoff is quite right.  My parents Betty and Norman Patton became close friends with Derek around 1965 and apart from their common love of gardening, they used to go off in a caravan in the summer and travelled throughout the United kingdom.  When my father died in 1980 Derrick continued to be a close friend of my Mum and they continued with their travels to Malta,  Germany,  Belgium,  and Northern Ireland where my wife, Margaret and I were serving in the army.  I suspect that Margaret and I were the last of our family to speak to Derrick before he died.  My abiding memory was of him telling us that he had had a wonderful life.  You could say that Derrick was “one of the family”.’

Image courtesy of Keith Bowers and many thanks to Geoff and Norman for the identification and wonderful description.

Hinderwell School c.1917

Hinderwell School c.1917

This image of Hinderwell School pupils with teachers came to us and all we know are that Vena and Joseph Tyerman of Holme Farm, Hinderwell feature in this image. But we felt you would like to see another older image of education.
Image courtesy of Keith Bowers