|15/05/2013||Posted by skinhist6 under News|
On Saturday 20th April Skinningrove History Group gave
a presentation at the mining museum. Its’ subject
” History of Skinningrove”.
The talk included extracts and readings from a variety of books on North East England, and several early ordnance maps.
There were also readings from various fictional works that were based on this area.
Stan Binks, a local artist exhibited several paintings depicting life in Skinningrove in the 1960- 70.
One of our oldest inhabitants, Pem Holiday, wrote some wonderful poems, and his daughter Dawn read one of the most evocative to the assembled audience
Our valley stretches near the sea then stretches far inland
It is our home our heritage something we understand,
From here we helped to build the world and really proud we feel,
Famous for our mermaid and famous for our steel,
We played our part in days gone by, with Romans, maybe most,
With their camps and settlements, and lookout on our coast,
John Paul Jones paid his respects, with cannon from the sea
But we survived from his broadside, and now it’s history,
We dug for iron, dug for jet, a harbour once had we
And through this work this toil and strain, our village always free,
A village, that is all it is, we cannot say a town
But we have lived so happy here, so why come pull us down,
They gave us reasons by the score, they say no natural light
Just take a short trip, look around, then come back and fight,
Our valley is wide open, fame and fortune all have we
Surrounded by the countryside yet living by the sea,
A wealth in itself our Skinningrove, the place where we all dwell,
A greatness we could never buy, nor ever want to sell.
The afternoon ended with everyone joining in to sing a VIN GARBETT song
“FELL OF THE BACK OF A BOAT”
The History Group were delighted with the attendance, and the response they received.
Everyone agreed it was a very entertaining afternoon.
If you would like to buy copies of Pem’s new book email DAWN at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the history group at skinhist .co.uk
|23/01/2013||Posted by skinhist5 under News|
|19/10/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
Heritage Open Days is an annual programme of events supported nationally by English Heritage; Skinningrove History Group was pleased to take part in 2012 with walks on 6th and 7th September led by members of the group. 18 people took part in the walks that covered part of Skinningrove Valley Trail and included visits to the village’s Methodist Chapel and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. The feedback from visitors was very positive with comments such as “Extremely good. Thoroughly enjoyed. Very informative. Exactly the right pace with plenty of time for questions” and “Very enjoyable. Saw bits of the “Grove” I didn’t know and walked this lovely place in glorious weather”. Here are photographs showing the walkers and guides at various points on the route.
|19/10/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
|17/10/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
|07/06/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
The following is a draft list of shops and other public places in Skinningrove in the 1950s. This is a work in progress and any additions or corrections to this information that you can provide will be very welcome. We will acknowledge your contribution if you wish.
SHOPS and TRADES
Arthur Dart Grocer
Nixons General Dealer
Hudson and Hewison also ran these shops.
NEW COMPANY ROW
Jefferson General Dealer
Jenny Wood General Dealer/bread
Jack and Ivy Alderson took over in the early 1950s
M Saunby (No 17) General Dealer
Smelt Post Office
A Bookmaker was in the upstairs flat next to the Post Office
P Saunby General Dealer
Mrs Milner Cake & Easter Egg Decoration
Mrs Milner later moved to Grove Hill
Mr Hamilton Wooden Toys to order
Mrs Ward General Dealer
Bill Gargett Barber
Jim Adamson Fish and Chips
Later owned by Padgetts
Wilf Duncan Cobbler
Mrs Hodgson Dressmaker
Dickie Humble Barber (147)
Mrs Loughran Cake icing
Jim Hird Milk delivery
Mrs Martha Padgett Made & decorated Easter eggs. She also ran a catalogue.
Meat pie shop Loftus Mine
Gas showroom Skinningrove Road
Surgery (Mrs Hodges) Zetland Row
Mortuary Bottom of Skinningrove Bank
Primary School New Company Row
Secondary School High Street
PLACES of WORSHIP and RECREATION
Wesleyan Chapel (Warden: Lacey) High Street
Methodist Church (Warden: Smelt) Chapel Street
Salvation Army New Company Row (back)
Institute (Managers: Mr & Mrs Will now Wilson Terrace
Timms Coffee House The Square
Workingmen’s Club The Square
Park with toilets Marine Terrace/Beach Road
Secondary School garden Deepdale Lane
Library (twice weekly) School Annex
Mrs J Loughran was the Librarian. It moved again to the Village Hall in 1983.
Before then books could be borrowed for 1d from the Post Office
Gala Day (in August) The Square and elsewhere
Loftus Ironstone Mine (to 1958)
Railway Station (to 1958)
|01/06/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
The history group is collecting material that relates to life in Skinningrove in the 1950s. This is an important decade nationally as the country was recovering from World War Two and looking ahead to a safer and more prosperous future. It was also significant locally with the contraction of the ironstone mining industry; people growing up in this area in the 1950s are now near to or at retirement age and will be aware of significant changes in community life during the last 50 or 60 years.
If you have any photographs, documents or simply memories of living in the Skinningrove area in the 1950s that you wish to share with others please contact the history group by email, telephone or post.
|16/03/2012||Posted by johncommarch under News|
Friday 9 March 2012 was a busy day in Skinningrove with the unveiling of Skinningrove Valley Trail along with three other local heritage trails. The Worshipful the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters, was in attendance together with pupils and staff of three primary schools, councillors, council staff and representatives of local organisations to celebrate the opening of the trails.
The trails aim to add to our knowledge and understanding of the history of the former ironstone mining communities of Skinningrove, Carlin How, Lingdale and Boosbeck and to attract more visitors to East Cleveland. Each trail has an accompanying leaflet to guide walkers along the route, highlighting key points of interest on the way; Skinningrove Valley Trail also has an information board located across the road from the village’s post office. This board presents a timeline of key periods and events in the history of Skinningrove and the surrounding area together with photographs of the village in the past.
The photo gallery shows founder members of Skinningrove History Group standing by the information board which they helped to produce. Left to right are Stan Binks, Tina Dowey, Irene Duck and Wendy Found; in the background can be seen Grove Hill and Zetland Row, two surviving terraces from the ironstone mining village that developed in the late 19th century.
Skinningrove History Group is grateful to LEADER and Groundwork North East for funding and to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for its support to the development of Skinningrove Valley Trail.