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Archive Photos from Irene Kettle

Here are two photos taken in the early 1950s on Deepdale Lane (known locally as Wood Road) between Skinningrove and Loftus.  One of the photos shows Bill Andrew and, in the pram, his daughter Irene who told the history group: “My dad was born and bred in Skinningrove, as were my grandparents and great-grandparents.  I’ve spent many happy hours on ‘Saltburn side’ and like to walk there when I try and visit every year and remember happy times.  My dad’s cousin is Mrs Teasdale on New Company Row; my great-grandparents’ name was Harker”.

The photos show some features of local industry at that time, including the aerial cable that took shale from Loftus Ironstone Mine to the tip beside Deepdale Lane.  The structure above Bill and Irene was there to protect pedestrians from any shale that might fall from the overhead buckets.  In the distance is Skinningrove Iron & Steel Works and part of the mine can be seen below.  The zig zag railway is also visible on one of the photos.

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