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Kilton Mill and Bridge

Lovely old photograph of Kilton Mill, the only sign of the works on the hill being the tall chimney showing over the skyline, can anyone date this photograph?
Image courtesy of a compilation by Derick Pearson and others.

Loftus Bank

Originally par to a postcard which included the caption: “Wayside Cottage: There’s a yearning for our rural roots sparked by remembrances such as this one of Mill Bank Loftus, where the invitation to peep inside a wayside cottage is encouraged by smoke curling from its chimney”. Such a caption says it all; peace and tranquillity.

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday.

Loftus under Snow

Viewed from Carlin How, showing the new railway bridge and the departing Loftus bound United bus!

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson.

In The Beck

Yes; once again a bus in the beck at the bottom of Mill Bank. Did Uptons have a bus service or is that just advertising on the side?
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Accident on Mill Bank, Loftus

I’d like to think that this is the remains of the bus we’ve seen hanging backwards over the parapet in previous posts – I certainly hope so for the passengers and driver’s sake! Derick Pearson has tod the Archive: “I have had a copy of this photograph for many years; I was told possibly 45 years ago that the conductress died in this accident as the winding handle of the ticket machine penetrated her skull in the impact. I wonder what they are searching for in the water (the man in the bus and the one at the near side)? Another gentleman at the far side with ropes ready, they certainly were not heavy enough to pull the bus out. This was an Upton Bus services bus of Redcar, not a United bus.

Image courtesy of Loftus Town Crier, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

Bus in Beck

Possibly 1927 I think we have a photograph like this taken from a different angle.
Image courtesy of the David Linton Collection, the Pem Holliday Collection, a CD collection by Derick Pearson and others.

Mill Bank

Looking from Loftus down the bank we can see Whitecliffe Cottages, Kilton Mill; with Duck Hole pit is just visible through the tree and Skinningrove Ironworks standing high on the cliff. Susan Taylor told the Archive: “My great, great aunt lived at Whitecliffe cottage. I know she was there in 1932 and the same address is on her death certificate in 1951. Can anyone tell me if it is more than one, how many where there and are they still there. She left all her furniture to a lady called Mrs Kate Marley of the same address. I know the Marley family were living at this address in 1911. Any information you may have would be very useful. My aunt was a District Nurse and I wonder if she worked in the area and that’s how she came to settle there; her name was Mary Woolhouse.” Alan Richardson responded with: “I was born there in 1970. I think my parents bought the house in about 1967. We lived at no. 2 Whitecliffe Cottage until my parents sold it in 1981. We lived next door to the Marshalls until about 1977, and then the Speddings who are still there at No 1.” Derick Pearson adds: “2 Whitecliffe Cottages is owned by Dave Preston who has been there for many years. In the war years a gentleman was stood in the doorway when a bomb dropped and was killed. Some of the local lads from the works and the ironstone mine were involved in the restoration work.”

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers; also thanks to Susan Taylor, Al Richardson and Derick Pearson for the updates.

A Busy Day!

I love this photograph, two buses on Mill Bank , so it must have been a busy day.  Duck Hole pit is clear as is Kilton Mill and shows clearly the arched bridge which stood for many years before the road was re-alligned. Since then Kilton Mill house and Mill have almost ‘cowered’ below the road as it soars past on the embankment it now occupies.

Is It A Race?

That is the thought that came to mind as I looked at this photograph and saw the man by the side of the bus, or was it like Lythe bank when the United bus was full those standing had to walk to the top?  A lovely peaceful scene you wouldn’t see Mill bank so clear of traffic now.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Hicks.

Old Mans Park on Mill Bank, Loftus

I want to know who the little girl is with the big hat!  An image before the iron horse this one, no metalled roads. 
Derick Pearson tells us: ”It is actually taken two thirds of the way up Loftus bank from Kilton Mill. The pit and the works are a giveaway. I was informed many years ago that the wall on the photograph led to two paths that cut through to the gardens to the right of (High Row) and to a place called The Old Man’s park on the path directly behind the little girl. The old men would have a nice view from here overlooking both pits and the Mill as the trees in those days did not go all the way down.”
Norman Patton adds: ”I recall not only the two pathways but three! On the high side, it was possible to walk along the bottom of the furthest “allotments” in front of St Hilda’s Terrace/Short Row. The central path led into the park where there were Swings, Roundabouts, a SeeSaw and several seats. This recreation area was revitalised during the 1950s but again fell into dis-use. The third path was just below the Park and would have been wide enough for carts and possibly vehicles. This path might have lead to Loftus Pit and possibly Skinningrove before the Pit was opened?”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Derick Pearson and Norman Patton for the updates.