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Skinningrove from Furnaces Overlooking Grove Hill and the Valley

Lovely clear photograph of the ’Grove with Grove Hill clearly shown above Zetland Row. There is a cross mark on the photograph which was believed to indicate the Working Men’s Institute building of the time. S. Welford commented: “The cross usually was special to whoever originally sent the postcard or photograph. It often indicated home, holiday home or had a special significance.” However John Kennedy pointed out: “Looks like the Working Men’s Institute, too tall for the Infant and Junior School.” Thomas Sayers confirms this fact with: “I was born in Skinningrove and the building with the cross on was indeed the Working Men`s Institute. I also taught at the Infant and Junior school. There was no separate Infant school; the Senior School is in the foreground, bottom left.”

Thanks to S. Welford and John Kennedy for the updates. Also to Thomas Sayers for confirmation of the buildings.

A New Road

The title should really be ‘First Tarmac Road’ for Grove Hill; this being December 1982 through to February 1983. Pem Holliday who recorded this activity even annotated his photograph.
Image and information courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Skinningrove from Mount Pleasant

How clearly the zig zag railway can be seen in this photograph, Grove Hill to the right and Zetland Terrace to the left of it.  In the left hand bottom corner is written Geo. Skilbeck; he being the photographer (his shop was located on Zetland Road , Loftus). This being one of a vast number of postcards that were sold by Mr. Skilbeck in his shop in Loftus. 

Zetland Terrace, Skinningrove

This postcard view of Zetland Terrace and known locally as Beck Row has no railings to stop anyone falling into the beck, even though children were there playing.  Railings were erected later but now there is a rather large brick wall there to stop the flooding.  The school stands on the left hand side (now entitled Skinningrove Link Up) and still used by the community; once again a large brick wall stops the beck coming into the former school yard.

Skinningrove Shop

This shop was at 25 New Company Row, Skinningrove; the photograph was taken in 1969, two years before decimalisation of our currency. If you enlarge the photograph you may spot some prices. J. W. (Jack) Roberts bought the shop in the early 1960s and sold it in 1995; it has since reverted to being a private residence.

Barbara McBurney told us: “The shop Jack Roberts owned at 25 New Company Row in Skinningrove, was where I lived when I was born, it was called ‘Jeffersons’. We moved to Loftus when my brother was born as there were only two bedrooms in the shop; keeping the shop for a number years. My mother and father, John and Alwynne Jefferson (nee Smith) commuting to Skinningrove each day to work in the Shop. Malcolm and Sheila Hart from Skinningrove moved in when we sold the shop and I believe Jack Roberts took over after the Hart’s left.” Whilst Mike Hopper adds: “Jack Roberts also had a shop at the top of Loftus bank, my auntie Mary worked in it”.

Image courtesy of John Roberts; also thanks to Barbara McBurney and Mike Hopper for the updates.

Skinningrove Institute

A much used building years ago, it was built in 1875 by Pease & Co., for the benefit of the community. Sadly it fell into decline and had to be demolished.  When was that do you know? 

Skinningrove War Memorial

This was Service of Dedication for the War Memorial at Skinningrove and the building behind was the Miners’ Institute built in 1875 by Pease & Partners (owners of Skinningrove ironstone mine) and now replaced by the old folk’s bungalows. In the 1950’s the big annual event in Skinningrove was the Christmas pantomime held in this grand old building, organised for many years by Mr and Mrs Lacey. Now the big event, thanks to Tina Dowey and many others, is the nationally acclaimed Skinningrove bonfire! John Kennedy enquired: “Could anyone please tell me what was the date this photograph was taken?” The Archive will continue it’s researches into the date.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, information courtesy of Norman Patton and thanks to John Kennedy for his query.

Skinningrove Boatman’s Association Day

A fine image of an old tradition; from the late 1950’s/early 1960’s, this lasted until the late 1970’s, being taken over by the Skinningrove Gala Association; the event lasted until the late 1980’s. 

The photograph includes several members of Colin Hart’s family; the boat featured belonged to his grandfather and was used each year to transport the Gala Queen through the village to the Boatman’s Hut which is situated just before the bridge leading to the beach. In later years the boat was replaced by a flatbed lorry; the Gala Queen featured in this image is Joan England.

Image and information courtesy of Colin Hart and Pat Sparkes, with an update on the Gala Queen from John Kennedy.

Skinningrove – Co-operative Stores

Carolyn Richards grandfather William Grange, was manager of Skinningrove Co-op after Hinderwell and lived in High Row, Loftus. We just get a glimpse of Hutton Street and the steel works behind the Co-op, with Harry Grange’s motorbike parked at the kerbside. We don’t know when this photograph was taken.  The windows look as though they have been dressed for a special occasion.  Can anyone help us? John Sarginson asked: “Does anyone know when this was taken, or anything more of the co-op’s early days? I think my grandfather was sent there to open it as manager about or just before 1914. He and his family lived at Carlin How. any correction or further information would be welcomed.” Carolyn Richards advised the Archive: “My guess is that it’s sometime in the mid-thirties. Dad traded his bike for an Austin car not long before war broke out.”

Image courtesy of Carolyn Richards and thanks to John Sarginson and Carolyn Richards for the updates.

Hutton Street, Skinningrove.

Hutton Street near the bottom of Nixon’s bank and the shops that used to serve the people of Skinningrove.  Ivy and Bobby Garbutt feature in the image, fondly remember by villagers. Ivy and Bob used to live in Furnace Cottages at Carlin How before moving to the end house on Hutton Street; next door to John and Jean Spedding. Jim, their son lived on Marine Terrace.  The street and shops now sadly demolished.

Image courtesy of Graham Smith and grateful thanks to Skinningrove History Group for the updated information.