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Mill Bank Under Snow

Mill Bank Under Snow

A wintery view of Mill Bank, Loftus under a covering of snow, prior to the road alterations. Obviously the horse and cart were undeterred by the road conditions.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakaropoulus.

Valley View

Valley View

This Frith’s postcard is a view towards Carlin How from Mill bank; we can see the aerial rope way machinery for the buckets of ironstone from the mine to the works. The old North Loftus mine chimney still stands, the head-gear for Carlin How mine (Duck Hole) has disappeared; it closed in 1945. The railway bridge over Carlin How hairpin bend part of the zig zag line down to Skinningrove is still standing (removed in 1958); as is the old road bridge further up the bank.
Image courtesy of Tina Dowey.

Kilton (Loftus) Bank

Kilton (Loftus) Bank

A fine hand coloured Edwardian postcard, of Loftus Mill Bank, (called Kilton Bank here).
Of interest is the gates leading to the park on the right,The Road is much wider now at this point. In the distance on top of the cliff, the Works Are only a small part of what it later became. Skinningrove (Loftus) mine in the valley, still has the large Chimney, for the steam raising Boilers used to power the mine.
Postcard courtesy of Tina Dowey.

Work Begins

Work Begins

After Specialist Work by Rock climbers on the steep cliff face of the narrows. Work begins on Removing 20,000 Tons of unstable ground, And replacing it with 200,000 tons of Fill, Using excavations from the Skelton and Brotton Bypass then under construction. This occupied the rest of 1999. At first Weight restrictions and traffic lights were used, But when the Bank closed, an 15 mile Diversion was in force, Onto the N. York Moors A171 Road.
Image courtesy Keith Ferry.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Loftus Bank, This Montage of Photos Shows the Construction of the Culvert to Channel Whitecliffe Beck. Past the Landslip. It was 173 Metres Long, With the Tunnel for the Sewer 140 Metres long. At the Top of the Bank the existing road was removed and replaced, and a retaining wall 65 Metres long and4 Metres high constructed. It was one of the biggest engineering projects ever undertaken by Redcar and Cleveland council.  During the Works, Road traffic was routed onto the N. York Moors A171 Road.  A 15 Mile detour to Teeside. At a cost of 3 Million Pounds, The road finally opened to controversy on September 29th 2000. Some Nineteen Months after the first slip.
Image courtesy Keith Ferry.

Aftermath

Aftermath

The devastation after the massive landslide, on Mill Bank Loftus, February 1999.
Image courtesy Keith Ferris.

Whitecliffe Beck

Whitecliffe Beck

Whitecliffe Wood, Loftus. Before the landslip, in 1999.
Image courtesy Keith Ferry.

Duck Hole Pit

Duck Hole Pit

In the background is Carlin How (Duckhole) mine which started production in 1873. In the field below the mine you can see rows of prefabricated dwellings which were built in 1915 to house miners brought to replace those engaged in the war. It is now known they were used to accommodate Australian servicemen during the same period. The only buildings still recognisable are the mill and house in the foreground.

Image courtesy of Keith Bowers and many thanks to Howard Wilson for an update regarding the Australian connection.

Lost

Lost

Not the way to Skinningrove a United bus in the woods at the bottom of Mill Bank.
(photo courtesy of Eric Johnson.)

Down In The Woods

Down In The Woods

Another of Eric Johnson’s photo’s showing a bus where a bus shouldn’t be. In the wood at the bottom of Mill Bank. We understand the unfortunate driver was called Paul (Sprag) Hart from Loftus; the brakes failed on the bus and so failed to negotiate the hair-pin bend on Carlin How bank. The bus ended up down the bank side. Two hours later Paul was back in the driving seat after crawling back up the bank, his only injury were cuts to the inside of his mouth sustained from the broken glass. Today the crash barrier would prevent such an incident occurring.

Thanks to Terry Clark and Mr Bint for the updates.