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The Builders

The Builders

We thought that this was a photograph of Hebditch’s builders, but we could not place the terrace of houses that they were working on. Stephen Steyert has now told us that this is Rawlinson Street, Carlin How. Charles Hebditch came from Scarborough to Loftus and built the Congregational Chapel in 1906 followed by the houses on the south side of West Road, between the garage and West Park Avenue. In 1911 he was living in one of them; ‘Briardale’, with his family. He bought the land on which nos. 20 to 25 Cliff Crescent stand in 1908 and the houses were completed in 1909. At that time he was working in partnership with Theodore Wilcox, another builder from Scarborough. He also built many other houses in and around Loftus. In answer to Mark Green’s query, Lax Street originally faced Maynard Street; the entire row of houses was demolished when the road was re-aligned removing the necessity of the traffic to pass through Carlin How in a series of sharp bends.

Image courtesy of Loftus library and many thanks to Stephen Steyert for that update.

Carlin How from the Air

This aerial view of  Carlin How shows passing United buses in the square in the late 1960s and prior to the new road system.

Derick Pearson has happy memories of this area: ”The old Air Raid shelters on the common where the Tivoli Theatre stood many years before hand. We used to play on the roofs of these as children. The telephone box on the extreme left near the rear of Porritt’s shop where we used to get our Paraffin. We could stand here near the toilets and see the bus coming from Loftus and then run into the square to catch it as it came up the bank from the old lazy S bend road bridge. The houses in the centre island between the Skinningrove and Loftus road which belonged to Cunnington in my childhood days. Also the grass area in front of the houses in Stevenson Street, no fenced off gardens then and also behind Front Street the houses of Lax Street, all moved long before the new road was built. The School and playing field. The bus stands were bustling most of the day as the shifts changed on the works. So many memories from a small area.” Stephen Thornton asked: “What was the building to the left of the Maynard Arms, siding on to Chappies Bank? Has any one seen any photographs of the Air Raid shelters at the top of Queen Street? Same concrete roofs as these, ideal for playing on.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre; thanks to Derick Pearson for the commentary of this now vanished scene and to Stephen Thornton for the update.

Carlin How Square (1905)

1905 was the year that Albert Einstein published all of his famous works on relativity – and also the year that the title of Prime Minister was created – the band in this photograph appear to be practicing, as there are not many onlookers. Derick Pearson has put these photographs of parades in Carlin How Square in order for us and this is what he says about the one above. ”c1905… notice the white pit chimney in between the houses down the road on the way out of the square to Loftus.  Note also on the front fence of Front street (not the dividing ones), behind the band to the left.” Derek Dobson advises: “I lived in cottage far left for a while till they built a road over it.”

Thanks to Derick Pearson for the update and the image, which is a Richelieu postcard. Also to Derek Dobson for the update.

Parade In Carlin How

With Boy Scouts, a lot of people in fancy dress and the band posing for a picture postcard in Carlin How; we wondered when and on what occasion? Derick Pearson told us: ”Taken c.1919 from the upstairs in the Maynard Arms. Several things to note: the upstairs’ windows on the shops to the seventh window again. This time all the shops below to the right are all joined up and belong to the Skinningrove Amicable Industrial Society Limited Carlin How Branch. Porritt’s shop was also owned by the Amicable Society. The railings on the front fence of Front Street. They are now wide railed, straight up and down fencing. No zig zag rails in sight; this is odd as they were now back like they were when first built. The third shop from the left is still T. Webster’s; whilst the white mine chimney has now gone and finally the pavements are fully flagged too.”

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris; also thanks to Derick Pearson for the dating of this postcard.

St Helen’s Church, Carlin How

In 1899, land was set aside for building a church for Carlin How and Skinningrove. The foundation stone was laid on the eve of Ascension Day; Wednesday May 23rd 1900, by Mrs Dorman of Grey Towers, Nunthorpe. The church was consecrated on the 30th October 1901, by the Bishop of Hull Rt Rev R.F.L. Blunt. D.D. Andrew Downs advised the Archive: “St Helen’s church was built in the plain Early English style, characterized by it’s tall lancet windows, and rounded arches. The inside however, is not so plain, and is a beautiful parish church. The architect was A. Crawford-Hick of Newcastle, who built a far grander church – St Aidan’s – Leeds; that has very similar detail. The reason for it being built so close to the steel works, was simple, the steel works gave the patch of land for free!!”

Image courtesy of Raymond Brown and update courtesy of Andrew Downs.


Wood Street, Carlin How – Late 1890’s

Wood Street, Carlin How viewed from 1960s Welding Shop and 1990s Goodhall’s Timber Company site; now the new estate at the rear of Cliffe Avenue. Derick Pearson raised a question about :”Between this high roof house and the old Chimney, there is a Pit head gear. There was a pit shaft there that not many knew of but some said could it be the aerial rope-way for the tippler for the Buckets coming from Skinningrove mine?” John Pearson with information gleaned from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum advised: “Loftus mines ironstone was transported up to Skinningrove Works from 1895 by connection into the abandoned workings of the North Loftus mine to avoid paying haulage charges to the N.E.R. By 1932 the North Loftus shaft steam winding equipment was thoroughly antiquated so the aerial ropeway was built to avoid using the shaft which was later filled in.”

Information and image from a cd produced by Derick Pearson in 1980s, thanks to John Pearson for the update.

Carlin How Club Trip 1951

Pictured at the Eleanor Cross at Sledmere as part of the Club Trip in 1951.

Back row: ?? , ?? , Mrs Blaylock, ?? , May Blacklock, ?? , ?? , Cissy Whelham.

Fourth row: ??(peaked cap), ?? , ?? , Mrs Womack Snr, Peggy Womack (headscarf), ? Cole, ?? , ?? , Mr Blenkey, ?? (flat hat), Dick Tyreman.

Third row: Arthur Womack (flat hat), Mrs Hoggarth, ?? , ?? , Mrs Cole, Olive Cocks, ?? , Mrs Blenkey, Mrs Tyreman.

Second row: Mrs Peggs Snr (white bag in hand), Marion Peggs, Mrs Yarker, Alan Tyreman.

Front row: Keith Peggs, Jean Whelham, Jimmy Yarker, Miss Yarker, Ann Whelham, Isabel Tyreman, Ken Blenkey.

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre (originally included in a cd produced by Derick Pearson), thanks to Derick Pearson for information and some names; also thanks to Norman Patton, Eric Johnson, Ashley, Derick and others for updates.

Carlin How Club 50 Years Jubilee

Yes I know we have already got this photograph, but it doesn’t have the souvenir with it; each member was given cheques to the value of ten shillings.  For those among us who don’t remember the ’old money’ that today  is fifty pence and the Club could stop open until 11p.m. WOW!  But I do remember going to the barbeque (now you are not going to believe this but they had kippers); think how we used to dance, boys holding the girls with hands around their waist,  greasy hands smelling of kippers! Lovely. Derick Pearson advises: “This was a copy of a photograph taken from the brochure I have, and the Jubilee photograph was for the years 1911 to 1951. So 2011 would be the Jubilee 100 years.”

Image and information courtesy of Derick Pearson, thanks also for the update.

Carlin How Old Bridge

Now have we already posted a photograph like this?  I can’t remember but I am sure someone will tell me if we have.  A lovely clear photograph of where the road used to go before being re- routed.  Duck Hole to the far right of the picture, with the works on the hill and in the right foreground is the path that led up to the railway station.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Carlin How Training School Workshops (1934)

The Training  School Workshops (for Skinningrove works) were next to Whitecliffe Primary School on Kilton Lane, towards the Bullit pub. Later moving to what was called the Training Centre, near the Ambulance Station at the rear of Brotton Road. Derick Pearson tells of: “Senior School pupils used to go there from school for Woodwork lessons and the girls attended for Cookery and Needlework.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.