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The Wesleyan Preaching Room – Carlin How

A postcard view of the Wesleyan Preaching Room in Carlin How. From 1875 until 1912 Wesleyans in Carlin How worshipped at this Preaching Room; the forerunner to the present Methodist Church. It was known as the ‘Upper Room’, and was given by the late Mr. T. C. Hutchinson from the early days of Skinningrove Works. Derick Pearson tells us: The gentleman in front of the cart was Mr Scaife the coalman.” Concerts were regularly held in the Preaching Room, ’Loftus Advertiser’ 8th March 1895 describes ”The Last of the Season” as a concert in aid of Choir funds under the direction of the ’capital and vigorous chairman’ Mr T. W. Wood (inventor of the eight-day alarm clock, innkeeper, Scoutmaster and Local Councillor). Rita Beckham advises: “I enjoyed the photographs of Carlin How they brought back a lot of memories; we lived at 31 Lax Street, before it was knocked down to make way for the new road. We then moved to 10 Front Street when I was about 13, the person up the ladder in the photograph of the square is where we lived, but not sure who it is. Our Dad was blacksmith at Skinningrove pit, and had a garth near the bottom of Pit Bank.

Image courtesy of The Pem Holliday Collection (and on a cd produced by Derick Pearson), additional information courtesy of ”Jean Wiggins – Around Loftus”; thanks to Derick Pearson and Rita Beckham for the updates.

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