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Saltburn Pier

A Reliable Series postcard shows a tinted view of the pier with two separate buildings on the landward end, the Archive requested: “Can anybody assist with possible date?” Callum Duff gave us the answer: ”These rectangular buildings replaced the original octagonal structures around 1895. The pier was breached by SS Ovenbeg in 192;4 so the photograph was taken between these two dates. In 1925, a theatre was built between the two buildings so that the pier could continue as an attraction whilst being repaired.”

Image courtesy of Kim Whaley and many thanks to Callum Duff for the update.

Mill Race at Marske Mill

Another postcard produced by Rapps “For the best furnished houses and appartments, apply W. Rapp and Sons. House and Estate Agents…” and postmarked from 1917; the view bears the title of “Riftswood Mill Race” but is as many will know Marske Mill.
Image courtesy of Kim Whaley.

Riftswood Mill

This delightful Rapp’s postcard dates from 1910, with an embossed framing of the view of Marske Mill. It is known that a watermill existed as long ago as 1649, but the fell into disuse in the 1920’s and remained as a farm until 1947. The mill house as shown in this image was actually a Victorian building (removed some years ago), originally constructed for the foreman in charge of the railway viaduct which remains in use until today.

Image courtesy of Kim Whaley, additional information from ”Marske Mill Trail Guide”.

Saltburn from the Pier

Post marked 1906 this Peacock Platino-Photo postcard was produced by The Pictorial Stationery Co. Ltd of London. It is a lovely lithograph print of the view towards the beach with several ranges of bathing huts drawn up for the ladies to use to disrobe.
Image courtesy of Kim Whaley.

Ship Inn and Huntcliffe

Ship Inn and Huntcliffe

This delightful pencil sketch postcard from Judges clearly shows the additional buildings which were once to be seen beyond the Ship Inn.
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson

Ship Inn Saltburn

Ship Inn Saltburn

An early 20th century view of the Ship Inn, with an array of fishing cobles pulled up along side the road. The former Rocket House and Mortuary are both clearly visible, as is a footpath up along the seaward side of Cat Nab from where this postcard view was obviously taken. Nicholas Millington believes : ”Looking at those cars I’d say 1934?”. Callum Duff has advised us: ”Both this postcard and the one below are most likely to be post WW2. The once-fashionable bathing machines were retired in the early 20th Century and were lined up between The Ship Inn and Cat Nab, across the road from the mortuary and rocket brigade where they were either used for storage or by courting couples! They had all been removed by the end of the war and there is no sign of them in either of these postcards. A book by Major J.Fairfax Blakeborough called ‘The Story & Tradition of Old Saltburn’s Ship Inn’ was published in 1948 and uses the postcard above as one of its illustrations so I assume that the photograph was taken around that year.”

Image courtesy of Maurice Grays on, thanks to Nicholas Millington and Callum Duff for the updates on a possible date.

Huntcliffe from Saltburn

Huntcliffe from Saltburn

That is the title on the bottom of this postcard view  – the old Bank cafe is clearly visible in the foreground – with a funfair in the area now the boat parking. There are more houses beyond the Ship Inn, possibly dating from the late 1930s, we believed. Callum Duff advises: ”Both this postcard and the one above are most likely to be post WW2. The once-fashionable bathing machines were retired in the early 20th Century and were lined up between The Ship Inn and Cat Nab, across the road from the mortuary and rocket brigade where they were either used for storage or by courting couples! They had all been removed by the end of the war and there is no sign of them in either of these postcards. A book by Major J.Fairfax Blakeborough called ‘The Story & Tradition of Old Saltburn’s Ship Inn’ was published in 1948 and uses the postcard above as one of its illustrations so I assume that the photograph was taken around that year.”
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and many thanks to Callum for the update.

Valley Gardens at Saltburn

Valley Gardens at Saltburn

This view of the Valley Gardens shows clearly the Halfpenny Bridge in the background, but of more interest is the flower bed in the foreground which is where I believe there used to be a bandstand, although I can remember a fishpond and fountain. Callum Duff tells us: ”Saltburns bandstand was demolished by a bomb in 1940 and I was led to believe that the crater left by the explosion was made into a pond. I have film of this location from 1963 and there is fountain and fishpond on the site. This fountain used to be located below the Italian Gardens, next to the Chalybeate Spring and can be seen in many early photographs. The base of the fountain still remains and the outline of the later pond, now filled in. The fountain & pond were restored in the 1990′s but quickly succumbed to vandalism mainly due to the loss of the resident gardener, some years before. This image was presumably taken between 1945 and 1962?”
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and thanks to Callum for the update.

Sunset at Saltburn

Sunset at Saltburn

This artistic postcard view of Saltburn sands at sunset is undated so we had no idea of the age, but Callum Duff advises: ”Judging by the uniformity of the pier legs this image was produced before the schooner SS Ovenbeg breached the pier on the 7th May 1924. The pier was shortened from its original length of 1500 ft in 1875 after heavy seas destroyed the pier head and landing stage. It re-opened in 1877 and the pier head bandstand was added in 1885. The image isn’t clear but it looks like the bandstand is there and possibly the original octagonal pier buildings. If so I would say that you can date this card sometime between 1885 & 1890. Otherwise between 1890 & 1924.”

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and thanks to Callum for the updating.

Saltburn from the Valley Bridge

Saltburn from the Valley Bridge

This view of what we know to have been the Towers private school. This postcard view is believed to have been taken from the Halfpenny Bridge and moist likely the Gatekeeper’s Lodgehouse on the eastern side of the valley.
Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson