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Bells Huts Beauty

There was a caption with this image, informing the viewer that this was Helen Hutchinson and it was taken about 1905. Bells Huts were built to house ironstone miners by Losh, Wilson and Bell who in 1857 made the first attempt at ironstone mining in East Cleveland – opening two adits to the north and north-east of Skinningrove. Helen was the mother-in-law of Stan Ward (a local painter and decorator, also Stan was locally famed for having been a POW in Germany). Jan Dunning advised: “This is my great aunt; Ellen Hutchinson born in 1892 in Middlesbrough. She could well have been there in 1905 as her grandfather, Michael Hutchinson lived at Number 15.The only photograph I have of her is her wedding photograph with her husband Joe Reed.”

Image courtesy of ”Around Loftus”; compiled by Jean Wiggins, also thanks to Derick Pearson and Jan Dunning for the update information.

2 comments to Bells Huts Beauty

  • Don’t know the family, but the huts have made me think. My great grandparents lived in Skinningrove around 1872/78 the address I have for them cannot be found. I am just wondering if they may have lived in these huts. The address I have is 24 Rose Terrace.

  • That will most likely be 24 Primrose Hill. If you search the picture titled Gas Works on this site there is a good picture of these houses, they were three rows on the hillside starting top row left No1 to 17, Middle row left 18 to 29 and bottom row left 30 to 38.

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