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Is This You?

Is This You?

A photo loaned to us by Eileen Hicks but we don’t know the girl on the horse do you? Now known to have been taken at the rear of the Golden Lion. Tony Shaw believes: ” The man in the centre foreground is my grandad (Stimmy) James shaw?” Can anybody assist with a possible date?

Stan Binks tells us: ”The girl on the horse looks like Alice Bennett stepdaughter of Thomas Harry Binks [front centre].Thomas Harry Binks was head horseman for the Co op.The horse was called Boxer and belonged to Loftus Co op.”

Thanks to Tony and Stan for those updates.

Skilbeck Postcard

Skilbeck Postcard

Once again of Loftus Market Place but look at the Angel Inn how lovely it used to be. What date would you put on this postcard?

Jezz Clifford suggests: ”Pre-1906, number 25 is prior to bay windows were erected?” Eric Lindsay has now advised: “Frith has photo saying Circa 1960 which also appears on Frith Series Postcard labelled Geo Skilbeck LTS2 which bears early QE2 stamp.”

Image courtesy of Mrs Lilian Waton and thanks to Jezz Clifford and Eric Lindsay for the updates.

Aerial View Loftus

Taken from the east, in the foreground is the roof of the Chapel then along Arlington Street, we see on the right the road to Spring Head and on the left Dam End, the road widens at the Market Place. The road on the right of the photo is the road that leads up to Micklow lane. A lovely clear postcard view believed to have been sold by Ford’s in the early 1960’s, although unsure of date of production. However Norman Patton points out: ”I suspect that the church in the foreground is the Newton Memorial Chapel which was damaged beyond repair in the bombing of 1941 and demolished.  It also appears that the beautiful and large Methodist Chapel near to the Arlington Hotel had not been built when this photograph was taken and yet I remember attending in my earliest days (early 40s)!!  There is an obelisk at the east end of the market square which I don’t remember seeing in my life and I am not convinced that the War Memorial is in the picture.  I don’t know how many of these observations are accurate but given the number of what appear to be motor vehicles on the road,  I am guessing about 1920………don’t forget the aeroplane!?” Richard Watson comments: ”Would concur with Norman’s observations — the houses now opposite the recreation ground on Micklow Lane also are absent — the 20′s would seem a good guess.”
Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and thanks to Norman & Richard for the updates.

Jackson’s Yard, Loftus

I wonder if these photographs were taken at the customer’s request or as an early advertisement? A good image of a two wheel cart – too heavy to be a trap do you think?
Image courtesy of Julie Morrison.

High Street, Loftus

The end of Loftus High Street looking towards the Market Place, about 1920. The shops were: a small general dealers, Mr Robinson’s bike and  electrical shop, then came Finlay’s sweet shop. Can we date it by the pram? The gap in the wall on the right hand side was for a horse trough that was fed by a natural spring. Eric Johnson says ”The first shop has the name S. Jackson on the sign. Kelly’s Directory of the North Riding for 1905, lists: ’Jackson, Sarah (Mrs), shopkeeper, 43 High Street Loftus”. Jean Wiggins tells us od this image: “Granny Jackson is standing outside Jackson’s grocer’s on the corner of Dam Street. The middle shop is ‘Sappy’ Watson’s barbers and the next is Finlay’s provisions.”

Many thanks to Jean Wiggins for the update.

High Side, Loftus

A busy day in Loftus as the two vehicles go towards the Market Place? Known to be dating from 1986 as Martin Richardson advised the Archive: “I can remember the Saab parking in the Market Place at that time!”

Thanks to Martyn Richardson for that update and dating of the image.

Loftus War Memorial

This image was taken from the Order of Service produced for the dedication ceremony of Loftus War Memorial. The War Memorial was unveiled at 2.00pm on 11th November 1922, (one year after the end of registration of deaths due to the War or its effects; it was designed by B. J. Wormleighton and erected by Charles Hebditch (Loftus building company). Built of Cornish granite, it is a Celtic cross and stands on land donated by Lord Zetland.

High Street

Loftus again looking east from the Market place;  doesn’t look very busy. The Wesleyan chapel has gone and the car would seem to indicate the 1950’s. A positive dating would be welcome.

Britannia Inn, Loftus

Not the Britannia Inn as we see it today and I don’t remember it being like this. Possibly dates as follows- 1891 Census list: Britannia Inn, 65 High Street, Loftus. Robert Bainbridge (Head) age 44, also described as Engine Driver; wife Mary age 39, daughter Ada age 18, son Timothy age 16 and Ada Robson age 14 general servant. According to Kelly’s Directory of 1905: Robert Bainbridge is listed as Beer Retailer, High Street, Loftus.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for additional information.

Market Place from East

A rather grainy picture showing the market place, strange to see it without any traffic; except for the horse and cart!