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Rebuilding Chapel Street, Skinningrove

Rebuilding Chapel Street, Skinningrove

Our view shows a post-demolition, pre-build view of Chapel Street from the Stone Row / Beach Road junction. How different it looks today. Our question is who is the small child? Image courtesy of The Pem Holiday Collection.

Clearing the Tank Defences

Clearing the Tank Defences

Do you remember the large blocks above Skinningrove Beach? We have a collection of images of the work taking place; this is the first. We have no dates for this work can anybody assist?
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Heavy Hammer Work

Heavy Hammer Work

Splitting the blocks must have been a job! We wondered when the blocks were removed and Colin now advises us: ”The blocks must have been removed between 1977 and 1981 as one of the blocks reads MUFC (Manchester United Football Club) FA Cup 1977 .” Colin also tell us: ” These blocks were a great challenge for all us ”’grovers”; there was about 20 of them each had about a six foot gap between them and it was a great achievement when you could start at the top and jump from block to block all the way to the bottom.”
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and many thanks to Colin for the updates.

Tricky Manoevering Required

Tricky Manoevering Required

This image shows how the blocks would have impeded all but foot traffic.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection

Tricky Manoevering Still Required

Tricky Manoevering Still Required

How easy it would be to get even the very mobile digger jammed, no wonder they could stop tanks.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection

Clearing the Debris

Clearing the Debris

The final stages with the mounds of rubble being piled up prior to removal.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection

New Skinningrove

New Skinningrove

A view of the renewed Skinningrove village, showing the new houses on the High Street, but with the parade of shops (at the bottom of Nixon’s Bank); clearly visible. Together with the now derelict allotments off Grove Road, this is a community still vibrant and loved of its’ inhabitants.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Skinningrove Crash Barriers – 3

Skinningrove Crash Barriers - 3

7th March 1983 – were you there and can you tell who the workmen are?
Left to right: Arthur Bates, Ken Sayers, Dave Curnow, Ernie Tinsdale, Sid Robson.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, with thanks to Derick Pearson, Steve Moore, Eric Trembath and A. Bates for the updates on names.

Skinningrove Crash Barriers – 2

Skinningrove Crash Barriers - 2

7th March 1983 – were you there and can you tell who the workmen are?
Left to right: Dave Curnow, Sid Robson.

Bob Marshall suggests: ”100 % sure it is Dave Curnow, I’m about 90 % his work mate is Sid Robson from Brotton; I worked with them both about that time on the Council”.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Derick Pearson and Bob Marshall for the update on names.

Skinningrove Crash Barriers – 1

Skinningrove Crash Barriers - 1

7th March 1983 – were you there and can you tell who the workmen are?
Left to right: ??, ??, ??, ??.
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.