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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

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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.

Joe’s Wackers – 1955


Can anybody assist with identifying who or what “Joe’s Wackers 1955” were? Please let us know, it is an enigma which the Archive would love to resolve.
Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos and thanks to John Keelty for the update.

Demolition of Liverton Mine Chimney


We have another copy of the demolition of the chimney at Liverton Mine, which gives the date of the event as Tuesday 24th August 1926. But it is interesting to compare the quality of the two images; our original  ’Liverton Mine’ is of much poorer quality!
Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection.

Do You Remember Rosedale Chimney?

Do You Remember Rosedale Chimney?

Once a very familiar sight to all who traversed Blakey Ridge, whilst crossing the North York Moors, Bank Top chimney remained standing long after the Rosedale ironstone mines had closed, only being taken down in 1972. It was for many years a familiar landmark and indicator for the route of the Lyke Wake Walk.
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.


Captain Cook’s Monument

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Captain Cook’s Monument was erected in 1827 by Robert Campion (a Whitby banker), it is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer and bears a plaque inscribed: ”In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he opened an intercourse with the Friendly Isles and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He was born at Marton October 27th 1728 and massacred at Owythee February 14th 1779 to the inexpressible grief of his countrymen. While the art of navigation shall be cultivated among men, whilst the spirit of enterprise, commerce and philanthropy shall animate the sons of Britain, while it shall be deemed the honour of a Christian Nation to spread civilisation and the blessings of the Christian faith among pagan and savage tribes, so long will the name of Captain Cook stand out amongst the most celebrated and most admired benefactors of the human race.” A great monument to a great man.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Lower Entrance to Cliff Lift in 1929


Dating from 1929, this postcard image of the beach promenade at Saltburn, gives a wonderful view of people ‘taking the air’ in all their finery. The lift buildings have maintained their character through the years. Originally posted as a black and white image, another source has provided a much better image of the lower promenade; interesting the postcard was produced by the same company. Perhaps a more expensive or ‘up-market’ offering?
Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka and John G. Hannah.

Milton Street Church in Saltburn


This fine building on Milton Street featured in ”The Building News” of 1903, prior to completion in 1905. It stands adjacent to the former Methodist Church (which now forms the church hall); this was erected in 1865. Saltburn was fortunate in having two Methodist churches, the other on the junction of Albion Terrace and Windsor Road. This is now Saltburn Community Hall and home to Saltburn theatre and many community events.Callum Duff tells us: “Although Saltburn had two Methodist churches, they were originally two different denominations. The Wesleyan continue at their church in Milton Street having merged with the Primitive Methodists in 1969. The Primitive Methodists operated the first chapel in Saltburn at what was the former Ruby Street Social Club (now demolished). With a growing congregation, they moved to larger premises at the top of Garnet Street (later becoming the Cosy Cinema then Bingo Hall) before moving to their church on the east corner of Albion Terrace and Windsor Road in 1910.”

Sheila Cherry tells us: “My parents owned Milton Cafe and bakery, in Milton Street and the next door fish and chip shop until approx 1959 / 1960. I am searching for any photographs and history of the shop. My father’s name was Norman G. Hare and his Company name was Colby Catering Company. I know he was active in the Chamber of Trade in the town. He also ran nearby canteens in the industrial areas in Skelton, Middlesbrough and Darlington. Can anyone offer any help or advice please?”

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and many thanks to Sheila and Callum for the updates.

Skinningrove Mine at Deepdale


This image of the mine predates the installation of the aerial ropeway to the ironworks. The picking belt and trestle bridge to the North Loftus shaft are clearly seen.
Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection.