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Saltburn – Huntcliffe and Pier From An Aeroplane

A Photocrom Co. Ltd postcard aerial view of Saltburn, again unused but is believed to date from pre 1920, so the Archive would be grateful of any help!

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Saltburn – Aerial View Of Huntcliffe

This ‘Aerial View of Huntcliffe’ is another postcard produced by Photocrom Co. Ltd and is again unused; based upon the lack of housing on Bristol Avenue and Exeter Street it is probably pre 1920. Interestingly there is a bridge for the railway at the foot of Hilda Place. Again assistance would be appreciated in dating more precisely.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Saltburn from the Air – 3

A further postcard view by Photocrom Co. Ltd, Zetland Terrace is clearly visible as well as the western side of Hilda Place. However neither Bristol Avenue or Exeter Street have been built; as the card is unused, again assistance with dating would be much appreciated!

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Saltburn from the Air – 2

A further Photocrom Co. Ltd postcard and again undated; but again gives a lovely view of the Halfpenny Bridge and the wooded walks below the bridge. Interestingly the former Barnard Castle railway station portico – the ‘Greek Temple’ to many – is not visible, being well hidden among the trees. Callum Duff has advised on dating this image: “If your previous postcard ‘Saltburn from the Air 3’ was taken on the same day as this photo then you can date this image to between 1916 and 1924. The houses on the corner of Milton Street and Britannia Terrace are an effective way of dating postcards as they were completed in 1916 and are easily spotted because they are out of scale with the rest of the terrace. The image is also from before May 1924 because it shows the pier (obscured in this shot) with its original iron legs, prior to being breached by the SS Ovenbeg on 7th May 1924 and subsequently rebuilt in steel to a different design.”

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and many thanks to Callum Duff for the update..

Saltburn from the Air – 1

This Aerofilms image of Saltburn (first of a series of five which have come to the Archive) can be dated by the break in the pier, the card is postmarked August 1924, and must have been recently produced to that time. The schooner “Ovenbeg” broke a 70 metre gap in the pier on 8th May 1924, so would have been produced shortly after the boat had been removed from the beach. Note the space between Emmanuel church and the south side of Windsor Road which appears to be allotment gardens; also the covered platform of the railway station.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.



Rustic Bridge to Rushpool Hall

Who else has memories of this bridge, spanning Skelton Beck from Riftswood to the grounds of Rushpool Hall? Intriguingly it could be crossed but exiting into Rushpool Hall grounds required getting past the board door which was always locked! However by ways and means it was possible to get across and enter what was to many a ‘forbidden garden’. The image comes from an unused postcard, alas it bears no identification, but is believed to date from the early 20th century; certainly the bridge was there in the 1950s and 1960s. Alan Collins tells us: “I remember that this bridge existed between 1950 until about 1957 when I lived at 8 Victoria Road, opposite the Youth Hostel. For me and my brother David and sister Rosina, Riftswood was our favourite playground and we knew every inch of it from the sea right up to the golf course, past the water falls under the railway viaduct… where I found a proper tree house – with a wood burning stove – reached through a trapdoor with a rope ladder. Yes; the door was always locked but we used to shin across a fallen tree trunk to explore the ‘secret gardens’ at Rushpool. I once spoke to a soldier there; the whole place was used as a special mental hospital just for military personnel. The nurses used to tend them sunbathing there. They did tell me that I was not allowed to be there, but a sign on the bridge said Private No Entry! There was another way to get there from the Fairy Glens, at the bottom of a path from Victoria Road. The water mill and farmhouse had not long been abandoned at the downward end of the leat from the waterfall”. David Hill confirms with: “I can also remember the bridge, it was still there in 1962. When Rushpool Hall was not in use I used the bridge and paths through the grounds to walk to work at Woodlands Nursery opposite the Skelton Road entrance to Rushpool Hall. If you look carefully you can still see where the bridge used to be. In the ‘secret garden’ there is a Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) tree which because of its bark we used to call the “punch tree”; if punched the bark is soft. Further towards the hall and to the left there used to be some dogs graves, does anyone know if they are still there? Saltburn is a great place to spend one’s childhood, woods, rivers,coast, cliffs, very happy memories”.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and thanks to Alan Collins and David Hill for the updates.

Loftus County Modern Football Team 1955 – 56

Loftus County Modern Football team 1955 – 56, were obviously winners; but we needed help! Easily identifiable was Mr Stephenson, although there were some names; thanks for the assstance with the rest! But what was the trophy in the background?

Back row: Herbie Holliday Jackson, Terry Kentfield, Alan Jackson, Eric Lancaster (goalkeeper), John Mead, William Morrish, Robert Jackson, Mr Maurice (Zac) Stephenson.

Front row: Frank Chapman, Neil Dale, Tony Walker, Fred Cuthbert, Colin Fenby.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks for assistance with names to date to Margaret & Bill Shaw, Marjorie Magor, Sylvia Auckland, Eric Johnson and Ken Fawcett.

Music Hall Act Or What?

The Archive has been requested to undertake some research of an images for the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum; it is displayed above! The image is part of the extensive collection of photographs which the Mining Museum holds, but the Museum is unsure of the relevance or reason for inclusion in their collection. It is believed to be two brothers who were part of a music hall act popular on Northern music hall stages; but the Archive would welcome any information to support or disprove this theory. Please help us!!!

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.