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Mill Bank

Looking from Loftus down the bank we can see Whitecliffe Cottages, Kilton Mill; with Duck Hole pit is just visible through the tree and Skinningrove Ironworks standing high on the cliff. Susan Taylor told the Archive: “My great, great aunt lived at Whitecliffe cottage. I know she was there in 1932 and the same address is on her death certificate in 1951. Can anyone tell me if it is more than one, how many where there and are they still there. She left all her furniture to a lady called Mrs Kate Marley of the same address. I know the Marley family were living at this address in 1911. Any information you may have would be very useful. My aunt was a District Nurse and I wonder if she worked in the area and that’s how she came to settle there; her name was Mary Woolhouse.” Alan Richardson responded with: “I was born there in 1970. I think my parents bought the house in about 1967. We lived at no. 2 Whitecliffe Cottage until my parents sold it in 1981. We lived next door to the Marshalls until about 1977, and then the Speddings who are still there at No 1.” Derick Pearson adds: “2 Whitecliffe Cottages is owned by Dave Preston who has been there for many years. In the war years a gentleman was stood in the doorway when a bomb dropped and was killed. Some of the local lads from the works and the ironstone mine were involved in the restoration work.”

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers; also thanks to Susan Taylor, Al Richardson and Derick Pearson for the updates.

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