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Carlin How Military Parade

This image which came to the Archive (having been found under another framed photograph) and was believed to be a muster for World War I; but it is now known to be the Carlin How detachment of the Skelton ”G” Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The Archive has now had confirmation of these details following receipt of a titled postcard image of the same event: ‘Detachment of the Skelton “G” Company, 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment”. Their uniform then was Red Jacket, Blue Trousers and White Collar, Cuffs and Webbing. Bill Danby advises: ”In 1908 Richard Burden Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, re-organised the Volunteers nation-wide into the Territorial Force and they became attached to their local regular Army Regiments with the same uniform etc. The Volunteers in this area became the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. The young man on the left with the bicycle is a mystery (see Bill’s note later), likely to be the son from some local well-to-do family, superior education and in a profession, while the lads would be down ”Duck” and Loftus Mines and on the Works etc. The rifles are the Magazine Lee Enfield Mk I, which were slowly replaced during the War with a shorter version with a faster loading method, but still with a bolt that the soldier had to manipulate to load the next round. The Volunteers had no obligation to serve abroad and I doubt whether these lads went further than their Annual two-week Camps which were usually held in the Summer at a seaside place. The 4th Battalion lads used to receive £1 for going and used up their holiday from work. When the War came they all re-enlisted to a man to serve abroad. It is likely that some of those on the photograph were still serving and went off to the Front. What a pity we do not know their names. It could have been some time after 1908 when new uniforms were issued, so early 1900s is about as close a date as I can suggest.” The Archive is now trying to find as Bill Danby suggests: ”When Mr T W Wood left off pulling pints.” Further information on this image would be most welcome. Bill further advises the Archive: ”You would think in a small village location that they were all local men, so it seems there is much that is not known about how local volunteers were organised into different roles. The bright uniforms had long been seen as a liability in warfare and when the khaki service dress and webbing of the First War was issued to local volunteers is not known, interestingly the two cyclists wear the wrap round putees that came into general use and the other lads have what looks like leather gaiters.” Researches have now discovered that Thomas W Wood was at the Maynard Arms from 1886, recorded in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 Census at the Maynard Arms; his death is recorded as being in 1912. Mrs Alwyn Wood tells us: “My husband’s grandfather was William Wood and owned the Maynard Arms. His father Harry Wood grew up there”.

Can anybody assist?
Image courtesy of Dan Holme, information courtesy of Bill Danby and thanks to Mrs Alwyn Wood for the update.

Lowdale Bridge, Sleights

Lowdale Bridge, Sleights

This final postcard, also produced by J. W. Tate is dated 1925 and posted to a lady in Barnsley. The bridge presumably featured in the families walks. Noel Barrett advises: ”I suspect that this is the original footbridge at the bottom of Lowdale Lane which crosses over the Iburndale/Littlebeck to the Cricket Field. There is now a concrete 1950’s footbridge in roughly the same position.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Noel for the update.

The River, Sleights

The River, Sleights

This postcard view (produced by J. W. Tate, Grocer, Sleights) has been written, but un-posted; dating based upon the final ’used’ card in this series, giving a date of 1925. Noel Barrett tells us: ”This is almost certainly a photo of the boat landing at the River Gardens Tea Rooms and Garden Centre at Briggswath, near Sleights. The photo looks downstream towards Ruswarp.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Noel for the update.

Sleights from Battle Banks, Lowdale

Sleights from Lowdale

An unused (and unidentified) postcard view of Sleights from above Lowdale. The hand written annotations appear to correspond to the following two images of the Sleights area. Noel Barrett tells us: ”This photograph is taken from Battle Banks which lies just above Lowdale Hall, Sleights; in the middle ground is what is now Sleights Sports Field which became a sports field in the 1930’s. In the foreground to the right is Lowdale Farm and barn.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Noel Barrett for identifying the viewpoint.

Ruswarp Landing Stage

Ruswarp Landing Stage

A Judges’ postcard view of the boats drawn up at Ruswarp. As an unused card, date is unknown. Assistance would be welcomed in this situation?
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah

Views of Battersby

William Richardson (of Loftus) Cleveland Series postcard, shows views of Battersby, including the Incline; the now infamous walking path up to the top of the moors. Unused we believe it dates from the same period as the Bilsdale views.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Views of Bilsdale

A William Richardson (of Loftus) Cleveland Series postcard, showing views of Bilsdale including the post office (bottom left corner); it is believed that the group includes Agnes Leckonby, who is till a resident of Bilsdale. Although unused it bears a note ’Visited here July 31st 1915’, which implies a personal memoir collection and possibly collected at a later date?
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Hinderwell Railway Station

A view of Hinderwell railway station, from a postcard believed to be by T. C. Booth. Hinderwell railway station originally opened with one platform in 1883, but a second platform was added in 1908 (due to Board of Trade regulations), this gives a date to this image of post 1908 as a second platform can be seen nearest the camera.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holiday Collection and Maurice Grayson.

Former Chapel on West Road

A view of the J. P. Brown’s garage on West Road, Loftus; many years later to be Charlie Stokoe’s garage. Originally the Bible Christian Chapel from the 1890’s into the 20th century.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Boosbeck High Street

Boosbeck High Street

The High Street, Boosbeck. The large triple-fronted shop on the right of the image was a branch of the Skelton Co-operative. The floor above was known as ’Rushby’s Rooms’; where a sewing and knitting workshop was organised as part of a scheme to give unemployed miners and their families an alternative source of work and support. Chronicled in ”Heartbreak Hill” by Malcolm Chase & Mark Wyman.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holiday Collection, also Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.