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Improvements

A cutting from a newspaper dated 20th June 1939 with the caption – Good view of Loftus bank showing the improvement to the roadway corner, with Skinningrove works in the background.

Surveying The Damage

Surveying The Damage

Miners who work in a mine beneath the road inspecting one of the huge cracks on Mill Bank, 2nd of March 1937. These images are from our cuttings file (in the main from the Evening Gazette).

 

Mill Bank Park

Mill Bank Park

A piece of land on Mill Bank was let for a nominal fee by the Marquiss of Zetland and the park was made by 80 volunteers from the Loftus West Road Social Centre, one of the schemes for relieving the monotomy of the unemployed, transforming 3 acres of wooded land into a beauty spot, the park and children’s recreation ground is hoped to have swings, a sand pit and other attractions.

Dial 999

Dial 999

This is the first of four photos taken by Ted Morgan and loaned to us by Eric Johnson, I think that if an incident like this happened today the traffic would be stopped, not left to go by as though nothing unusual was happening.  By the look of the car, a Morris Minor, I think (but I know you people out there will correct me if I am wrong) the year would be  late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  Do you remember this accident?

Bryan Richardson believes: ”The car with the damaged front could have been driven by Richard Aitken or Aitkin who I think lived in Wood View?”

Malcom Covell tells us: ”Richard, (and wife Kaye and Mother) Aitken lived at no 3 Wood View. We, Covell’s, lived at no 1. Wood View. The houses were built by Knaggs  in the mid 1960′s. I do have a recollection of Richard been involved in an accident on Loftus Bank and a car catching fire. Richard started a ready mix concrete franchise.”

Image courtesy of Ted Morgan and thanks to Bryan Richardson and Malcolm Covell for the updates.

Are We On Fire?

Are We On Fire?

The bus driver may well have been asking this question as the flames sweep across the road towards the bus.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Were You There?

Were You There?

Okay own up were you one of the two boys watching the firemen?  I don’t think they would have been allowed  to be so close  today.

(photographed by Ted Morgan loaned by Eric Johnson)

Still Fire Fighting

Still Fire Fighting

Looks to me as though the fireman walking up the bank has had enough, I could have put the caption ’Had Enough I Am Going Home’ but I am sure that is not the case it must have been a very trying time for all of them.  Please let us know if you have any recolection of this incident or know the names of any of the people involved.

(photographed by Ted Morgan Loaned by Eric Johnson)

Kilton Mill

Kilton Mill, an image of the building taken from the ’new’ road embankment after 1973.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Kilton Mill

This is Kilton Mill, before the ”new” Mill Bank was created.  Kilton Mill at the bottom of Mill Bank, used Kilton Beck water, which was diverted from Kilton Beck at the ‘Long Dump’, just downstream from the Culvert. It’s name came from the fact that this was the most accessible point from Kilton (and the castle) for a watermill to be built.

Thanks to Tony and Norman Patton for updates.

Loftus Bank, June 1972

This photograph of Loftus Bank was taken by Mike Grange on 3rd June, 1972. The ridges in the field behind Kilton Mill are the site of the Australian Army camp in WWI.

Image courtesy of Carolyn Richards.