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High Side Looking East


This view of HIgh Side and the High Street, dates from after 1910, but is pre the war memorial which was erected in 1922. Note the horse-drawn transport ’cards’ left on the road, perhaps the roses did not need any more to ensure a good show? Norman Patton tells us: ”The Newton Memorial Chapel stands magnificent in the background.”
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos and many thanks to Norman for that update.

Skelton Old Church

Skelton Pheonix 574 1915-a-1

A postcard view; dating from 1915 of the old church of All Saints Skelton. “The original church was probably erected by one of the Fauconbergs, who inherited the Castle upon the death of Peter de Brus III without issue. His eldest sister, Agnes, married Walter de Fauconberg and thus the estate passed into the hands of that family, until their male line died out in 1407. The name on the Faculty for the pulling down and rebuilding the church is Joseph William Hall Stevenson, who inherited the estate from his father, John Hall Stevenson, in 1785. The rebuild cost £443.2s.7d according to the Church Wardens’ Accounts Book and took place during 1785 and 1786. The cost was covered by a donation of £100 from Joseph, the sale to the parishioners of the pews in the nave, east gallery (no longer extant) and west gallery, plus the sale to the local plumber of the lead recovered off the roof. Several other prominent citizens also signed the Faculty.” The interior retains many old fittings, including a three-decker pulpit. Part of an old 11th century stone sundial found in the church yard is now in the new church.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and additional information courtesy of Peter Appleton.

The Pier, Redcar

Redcar 1-a1

Redcar pier, c.1900, from a postcard view along Redcar promenade; ‘John Scott – House Decorators’; whose sign is on the entrance booth of the pier is listed in Bulmer’s Directory of 1890 and also had a branch in Middlesbrough. How nice to see the boats pulled up on to the promenade, in the sunshine.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

St Hilda’s Place


The final house on St Hilda’s Place, which fronted the road which lead to the original Rectory for Loftus; believed to date from the mid 18th century. The track as shown in this image is now a ‘metalled’ road.
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropuolos.

Skelton High Street

Skelton High-a-1

Dating from 1911, this postcard view of Skelton High Street, shows the news agents shop on the corner. Still there today (J. S. & N. Devaney), in 1911 the business was run by widow Mrs. Margaret Jane Clay. Mrs Clay also operated the telephone exchange. We presumed it was in the same building, but we are now advised by Peter Appleton: “It is my understanding that the first telephone exchange was located in the same property as the telegraph. That would be 15 or 17 High Street (I forget which). Up until a few years ago, this property still had the hatch in the inner front door, through which the messages were passed.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Peter Appleton for that update.

Can You Help to name the Young Ladies

Cousins in England-1We have had a request for assistance in naming people in the image, Can anybody assist?

Elaine Meadows (nee Tyerman) tells us: “As you look at the picture taken at Runswick Bay in the 1950’s the first 2 children from the left hand side are unknown, (possible from Hinderwell or Runswick Bay); then my cousins Janet and Christine (Chris) Pearson as they were then aged 5 – 6 years. They lived Browns Terrace at Hinderwell, and Chris still lives at Hinderwell. 2 of 4 children of Cyril and Hilda Pearson (nee Tyerman)….their other two siblings are not on picture. We have asked all the family if they know the other 2 girls….and nobody knows them…they are not family members. The picture was sent from Canada saying on the back your Cousins from Hinderwell… as I said the two on the right are…..the other two are definately not Canadians.”

If you can assist please send via the comments facility and we will pass on to Elaine. Many thanks.