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My Beautiful Ocean









Chimney Demolished

At Skinningrove Works










May Day Queen

May Queen

May Queen

May Queen

about mid 1975



Old Harbour at Hummersea

old harbour


In the Seventeenth century, the Alum mining industry began at near-by Hummersea. Skinningrove thus became increasingly busy with horse and cart traffic passing across the scar (or wave -cut platform) , to Hummersea.


Traces of this can still be seen, with deep cuts worn into the rocks, below Hummersea  cliffs

Alum became important as a chemical for fixing dyes in textiles and in the tanning of leather. It was also used in the manufacture of parchment, for hardening candles and fire-proofing. From the 1851 census return,we know that a number of alum miners/labourers and even manufacturers, were resident in Skinningrove. The sandstone used for building the hamlet was possibly a by-product of the alum mines. Layers of sandstone having had to be removed by quarrying, before the alum could be reached. This then was the first encroachment of industry of Skinningrove. This industry lasted well over 200 years, coming to an end in 1870, when the invention of aniline dyes in Germany rendered the use of alum as a mordant in the wool industry redundant.

Stan Binks

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.

If you have any archive images or documents of the Skinningrove area that you wish to share with others, please contact Skinningrove History Group.IMG_0002IMG_0001

Remembered with Honour


Remembered with honour


In Memory of


73339, 1st Bn., Durham Light Infantry

who died

on 29 March 1918


China Dogs and Candle Sticks

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Barbara  Flintoff



In the First World War, my mother then Ada Scott lived in front street Carlin How. Each night before going to bed every one had to make sure their clothes were put ready in case of an air raid .My grandma also had the same ritual each night, the brass candle sticks and china dogs were wrapped up and placed under the bed just in case they got bombed. On hearing the siren it was a mad dash to dress and make their way to Skinningrove to the mine they stayed until the all clear was sounded when they could return home. On one occasion they arrived back home to soldiers outside the house there had been a bomb dropped nearby. They could not go in the house because of the damage but somehow or other grandma managed to get her candle sticks and dogs out of the house still intact .






With the men away fighting the woman had to take on some of the jobs at the works, my mother joined the woman on the belt sorting the rubbish from the ironstone .The photo is showing you what they were wearing to do the job.

In Memory of F C Pavlosky


In  Memory  of


Date of birth 1880 Dorset  

Branch of Service Royal  Navy

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Pavlosky, A.B Fredrick Charles, 194223

Killed in action at Battle of Coronel 1st November 1914 age 34

Son of Robert and Harriet, of Ferry House, Kinsale, Co Cork

Husband of Jane Elizabeth Pavlosky

1 Marine Skinningrove, Yorkshire


    August 2nd 1914 The ship “Good Hope” left Portsmouth under Captain Philip Franklin

    October 22nd 1914  Stanley Falkland Islands, left Port for the west coast of South

    America via Cape Horn

    November  1st 1914  off the Chilean  Coast H.M.S “Good Hope” was sunk along with

    H.M.S Monmouth by the German Armoured Cruisers  Scharnhorst and  Genisenav under

    Admiral  Graf  Maximillian  Von Spee  with the loss of her entire complement of 900

    hands in the Battle of Coronel


    Fredrick Charles Pavlosky married Jane Elizabeth Bell in Portsmouth 1907. Her parents

    were William George and Mary Jane Bell of Skinningrove.


  He is remembered with Honour on the Portsmouth Naval  Memorial as well

  Skinningrove War Memorial  


  No  body recovered for burial             

Seeking WW1 memories and stories

More Heritage Artwork

Two pieces of artwork unveiled in Skinningrove in 2012 have much in common. Both were created by ceramic artist Glynis Johnson with help from the local community (including a primary school) and are situated near each other on the wall of Riverside Building in New Company Row. They both refer to the history, heritage and folklore of the village and also have a ‘watery’ theme. These storywall ceramics of the Skinningrove Merman and the floods of 2000 are worth a special visit because they complement each other so effectively. Please see the accounts and photographs that follow.



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