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Cometh the Cavalry?


Our final image of this selection of the events in November 2003. Perhaps calling them the cavalry is ‘over the top’, but residents and motorists must have been relieved to see some sort of help arriving? But how long before the road was passable? We would love to know!

Image courtesy of Ray Brown.

Sandbagging November 2012


CUTS staff must have felt like King Canute trying to stop the incoming water as they worked in 2012? In 1957 it was Stonehouse’s garage that would have been in a similar plight.

Image courtesy of Ray Brown

Flooding at Carlin How November 2012


In 1957 a similar view was evident in Carlin How (it is on site) when Brotton Road filled with water from melting snow, this image from 26th November 2012 proves that nature can still disrupt life and travel in East Cleveland. I think the gentleman might be getting wet feet?Originally posted as being 2003, however that was incorrect; as Ness Clarke pointed out!

Image courtesy of Ray Brown and thanks to Ness Clarke for pointing out the error and thanks to Ray Brown for the correction.

Skelton Police Station

Skelton Police Station

Now sadly painted over the former Police Station standing at the western end of Skelton High Street was a magnificent Victorian brick building; the Police Station was purchased from Skelton Castle Estate in 1921 by the then North Riding Constabulary. Bulmer’s Directory of 1890 lists Thomas Imeson as the Police Sergeant resident at the building; Kelly’s Directory of 1909 lists: “Sergeant Richard Benjamin Gamble + one Constable”, the building was superseded by a modern purpose-built building on Derwent Road in the late 1950s and subsequently closed. This postcard view shows a quieter road, the lady can push her pram up the near side of the road without risk; no thundering traffic then! Peter Appleton has further advised: “The old Police Station, more properly 1 South Terrace, is first recorded in the Skelton Castle Estates Rent book for Lady Day 1873 (25th March 1873) when a payment of £27.10s.0d was recorded. The entry bore the annotation “New”. The police presence there can be traced through successive censuses 1881-1911. The property was sold to the North Riding County Council in April 1921 for £620. The North Riding County Council sold the building in July 1963 to a Mr A E Danks. The police presence in Skelton, which started in August 1862, is described in more detail in my book: My Grandad was a “Felon”, pp 62-4”

Image and update courtesy of Peter Appleton.

Snilah ponds at Hummersea

Snilah ponds at Hummersea

Entitled ‘The Cliffs, Loftus this postcard view over Hummersea farm and towards Boulby gives an excellent view of ”Snilah ponds” were believed to have been the settling ponds for Hummersea Alum works. Alas no longer visible, they were ‘filled-in’ in more recent times; older residents of Loftus have happy memories of looking for newts and similar wildlife in the ponds in their youth, happy days! Peter Appleton has updated our knowledge with: “No, not settling ponds for the alum works. There exists, among the Zetland papers at North Yorkshire County Record Office a sketch map (Ref.: ZNK/V/3/8/808) dated 8th April 1807 showing the arrangement for a system of drains and ditches to collect water and feed it into “Snarley Pond”. The outflow from the pond was shown as a “New Conductor for the water to the Alum House”. This was shown heading off in the direction of the Alum House complex on the beach at Hummersea. That Alum House complex was commissioned during the winter of 1809/10. The water was being gathered from source points all along the fields that lay adjacent to the cliff top and those to the south of the track that leads from present-day Hummersea House past Warren House and on towards Gallihowe.” Tom Sayers also remarks: “Famous for gold crested newts; Norman Lantsbery allowed the new Potash to fill in these historic ponds in exchange for widening the lane from Loftus to Street Houses. This would be a criminal offence today”.

Image and update courtesy of Peter Appleton; also thanks to Brian Pierce and Tom Sayers for the updates.