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‘Tin City’ – Boulby

'Tin City' - Boulby

”Tin City, Boulby Mines, looking towards Cowbar, about 1920” – is the title given to a copy of this image as featured in the Book ”Boulby Ironstone Mine” by Simon Chapman. Simon advised that the Skinningrove Iron Company in 1906 ”decided to proceed with the erection of 40 cottages at Boulby, at a cost of approximately £100 each, to house some of the workforce”, although an out of the way place it was very convenient for workers at the ironstone mine! Mary Bielby has told us: ”My grandfather was a joiner who fitted the wooden linings in the tin houses”. Derick Pearson tells us of Sarah Sheridan (ex-church minister of Loftus) who died at the age of 105 recently; she was born in Tin City. She many years later moved to Loftus and purchased the tin cottage she lived in with her parents and it had it rebuilt at East Crescent Loftus as a Pentecostal church, at the top of East Crescent, beyond the Hird’s joinery buildings. The building was demolished some years ago, the Pentecostal congregation now use the church building on Deepdale Road.

Many thanks to Simon for information relevant to this now vanished community and dating the original creation of the ”Tin City of Boulby”, also to Mary Bielby and Derick Pearson for updates.

2 comments to ‘Tin City’ – Boulby

  • Derick Pearson

    Sarah Sheridan ex church minister of Loftus who died at the age of 105 only about 5 years ago was born there. She many years later moved to Loftus and purchased the Tin cottage she lived in with her parents and it was rebuilt at East Crescent Loftus as a Penticostle church. It was sited at the top of East Crescent past Hirds joinery buildings.

  • Antony Mugford

    I have discovered a distant relative who lived in Boulby Easington in 1911 at No 8 Iron Cottages. Where would these have been?

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