Sketches by John Charlton - "Twelve Packs of Hounds".
14th January - LANDOWNERS RETURN RENT.
This week Lord Zetland and Mr W H A Wharton, Skelton Castle, have both made substantial concessions to their tenants on the Loftus and Skelton estates at their half yearly rent audits.
The former returned 20 percent and the latter 25 percent in management.
20th January - MINERS PAY CUT.
Mr A Buchanan of Guisborough awarded to the mine owners the reduction applied for of one halfpenny per ton in the consideration paid to
the hand miners employed in the north east and west districts of Park Mine, Skelton.
21st January - DEATH OF JOHN BELL.
At his residence in Algiers, mineowner, John Bell, aged 70, of Rushpool Hall, Skelton.
In 1890 a memorial window was placed at the east end of the south aisle of Skelton All Saints Church.
23rd January - FOOTBALL HOOLIGANS.
John Gordon and Henry Wath were charged with drunkenness and fighting in South Street,
Middlesbrough on Saturday. Wath was on an
excursion to the town from Skelton to see a football match between Middlesbrough and Skelton [not Premier League].
In the evening Gordon asked Wath which team won the match. Wath replied with an oath and assaulted Gordon. Fined 10s each.
John Bell, Ironmaster, of Rushpool Hall, Skelton died at the age of 68 in this year at his holiday home in Mustapha Rais, Algiers.
Rushpool Hall, Skelton was built for him out of his share of the profits from the Bell Bros local ironstone mining and steel making enterprise.
Here he is seen at the entrance to the Hall, with his wife, Margaret, standing at the back.
John had 5 children, Charles, Evelyn, Lillian, youngest Sybil and Amy/Clara Anne, but no one else on the photograph presently identified.
See also the photograph on the page for 1898, when Lillian married.
The Bell family do not appear on the censuses for 1881 and 1891. It seems likely that they were in Algiers at the time they were taken.
With the research assistance of my friend, Owen Rooks, an old Skeltoner now living in Sunderland and internet information, I have the following family timeline -
1818 - John Bell was born at Tynemouth, Northumberland, the son of Alderman Thomas Bell and Ann Bell.
1865 - 11th November. John married Margaret Elizabeth Robinson at Christ Church, Lancastergate.
1869 - 25 September, Daughter Evelyn Frances Bell was born in Skelton.
1879 - 6th August, marriage of daughter, Clara Anne Bell to William Loftus Wigram, a Captain in the Highland Light Infantry, who served in the Malakand and Brunei Field Force in Indai. They had no children.
Wigram died 20 May 1897 at Neuilly sur Seine, France.
1883 - 30 August 1883, Daughter Sybil Maud Bell was born in Skelton.
1888 - Death of John Bell
1891 - 12th May. Evelyn Frances married John Edward Courtenay Bodley, son of the late Edward Fisher Bodley of Dane Bank House, Congleton. They had 2 sons and a daughter. Bodley held high positions in the Government, being
Private Secretary at the Foreign Office. He re-married in 1920.
1898 - Lillian Margaret Bell married Clive MacDonald Dixon, son of Shipbuilder, Mr Raylton Dixon and Elizabeth Walker of Gunnergate Hall, Marton. They lived at Chapelgarth, Great Broughton, nr Stokesley and had 3 sons and
3 daughters. Raylton was Mayor of Middlesbrough in 1889. Clive was an officer in the 16th Lancers and also a talented artist and illustrator. He was killed on the 5th November 1914 at the First Battle of Ypres just after being promoted to Major. He is buried in Niewkerke Churchyard.
Lillian also a talented artist thereafter exhibited her work with the Cleveland Sketching Club as Mrs Clive Dixon.
1901 - At the census only Margaret Bell, widow, age 58 and daughter Sybil, age 17, were living at Rushpool with a Governess and 6 Servants.
1904 - 20th February. Rushpool burnt down.
1904 - Sybil Maud Bell married Henry John Pack-Beresford. They had 2 children, Denis John in 1905 and Tristram Anthony in 1907 and were divorced in 1914.
28th February - THE RABBIT AND THE RAT.
Harland Leng and his son, plumbers of Skelton, were today charged with trespassing on land in occupation of Messrs Bell Bros at
Skelton on the 22nd. The defendants, who were employed by the firm, were seen using a ferret and a net at a rabbit hole.
They said that the son was merely rat hunting in an old drain and failing to get the ferret out the father went to assist.
For some reason the Bench did not believe them and fined £2 9s including costs.
3rd March - BAND OF HOPE.
[The Band of Hope was an organisation that had been started in Leeds in 1847 and by now had spread nationwide.
It had the aim of turning working-class children away from the evils of alcohol. Members were enlisted as early as the age of 6,
signed a pledge of total abstinence and were encouraged to take part in worthy activities.]
Last evening a crowded meeting of the Parish Church Band of Hope was held in the Drill Hall, Skelton.
Four to five hundred children and adults were present, the Rev W Henry Leak presiding. Mr W C Peck of Redcar exhibited by the aid of
his powerful lantern an excellent selection of dissolving views consisting of coloured photographs of English and Continental scenery.
During the evening one of the curates, A F Chappell was presented with a testimonial as he is about to leave Skelton to undertake
missionary labours in Japan.
3rd March - MINING ACCIDENTS.
A tabulated return by Mr Robert Rowland, general secretary of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Miners' Association, showed that in
the previous year, 1887, there were were 878 minor accidents and 12 fatal in the Cleveland Mines.
This compared to 822 and 20 fatal in 1886. The average number of fatal accidents for the 13 years ending 1886 was 19.
It was pointed out that whereas the average number of men employed in the mines over the whole period was 8,000, at present there are
6,000 and there have been periods of irregular employment.
6th March - POACH RATHER THAN STARVE.
Two Skelton men, John Coleman and Mark Allison were charged with trespassing in pursuit of conies on land belonging to Squire
Wharton at Moorsholm on the 24th.
A watcher saw them enter the Moorsholm plantation and start ferreting for rabbits. He got the assistance of a policeman.
Allison escaped, but Coleman was caught on the highway and found to have in his possession a rabbit, 2 nets,
a catapult and some stones.
On being served with the summons Coleman said -
"I have had no work, but I would poach rather than starve, so long as there is such varmint running about.".
6 nets and a ferret were found about the rabbit holes. Coleman, with several convictions, was fined 15s and costs. Allison 3s 6d and
14th March - MINE ROOF FALL.
Yesterday afternoon, a miner named Henry Scott, was admitted to the Guisborough Miners' Hospital suffering severe injuries to his head
by a fall of stone in the South Skelton Mines a short time before.
20th March - CRIMINAL ASSAULT.
A young man named James Field was brought up charged with criminally assaulting Laura Moody at Skelton.
Laura is a domestic servant at Trout Hall and had previously known the prisoner as a person who had begged at her master's house.
On Sunday she visited her parents at Skelton Green, leaving a little after 8 p.m.
On the way she passed the prisoner who gave chase and assaulted her near her master's house. Prisoner, who had latterly tramped the
country, was committed for trial at the next Northallerton Quarter Sessions.
[Local Gazette records that Field was sentenced to 6 months for assault on a girl in 1884 in Skelton and not known whether this was
considered at his trial.]
17th April - HEADS OR TAILS OR FINES.
7 lads named Cooper, Suggitt, Shepherdson, Speechley, Claxton, Dowson and Bowgen were charged with playing at pitch and toss near
Hollybush Farm, Skelton on Sunday afternoon, the 8th.
An officer had concealed himself behind a hedge and watched them as they were gambling. Each lad had 3s costs to pay.
Rushpool Hall. Built by mineowner John
Bell in 1869.
Skelton Church Parish Magazine began publication.
10 May - DEATH AT LONGACRES MINE.
An inquest was held at Skelton on the body of William Hollinsworth, who was killed on the 10th.
Fred Hollinsworth, the deceased's son, stated that he was at work with his father on Thursday last.
After firing the second shot witness was engaged barring down a large piece of stone and the deceased was holding him a light, when the
stone suddenly fell, knocking a prop out, which fell against a second prop which fell on the deceased.
The blow injured him internally. William Kell, a brattice man, corroborated.
At the 1881 census he was living at 40 Richard St, North Skelton and had been born in Knaresborough, Yorks.
He was by that time a widower, age 47.
He had five children and their places of birth show how miners sometimes moved around - Joseph, aged 18 in 1881 and born in Bradford, Yorks;
Fred, aged 14 and born in Brotton;
George. age 12, born Skelton;
Harriet A, aged 10, born Skelton;
and Arthur, aged 9, born in Osmotherley.
2nd June - THE WATER QUESTION.
At the monthly meeting of the Skelton and Brotton Board the Clerk read a reply from the Secretary of the Cleveland Water Company saying
that his directors were unable to make any alteration in the charge for hydrants in the Boards district other than that suggested on the
25th March last when they offered to put Skelton on the same basis as Brotton and charge £1 per annum per hydrant for 15 years instead
of the 16s 9d annually as at present.
The Surveyor said that there were 74 hydrants in the Skelton district [which covered Boosbeck, Lingdale and Moorsholm] and 17 in the
Mr J T Wharton reminded the Board that the charges were fixed by the Board and the then surveyor. He had heard many complaints about
Mr Stockdale said; Only too right. They had met Mr I'Anson the Water Company's Secretary who had promised to bring them before the
directors, but had failed to do so. There was no scale of charges. They just charged what they liked.
The surveyor reported that at other places, Newcastle, North Shields, Whitby and Hornsey the local Board paid the cost price for the
hydrants and no charge whatever for the water used.
Mr Coatsworth said what the Surveyor had agreed in the past should not stand for all time. Things had come to a crisis. Houses were
paying 1 shilling per week of which 25 percent went to the Water Company. In parts the hydrants were only for properties in the lower
areas and the higher neglected.
The Chairman pointed out that as a Sanitary Board it was their duty to see that the Water Company supplied people, but they could only
"go by gravitation" and therefore people living in the higher parts were left out.
It was resolved to form a committee to attend the next meeting of the Water Company and debate the question to try and secure a
9th June - OPTHALMIA ? - SCHOOL FLOGGING.
At the monthly meeting of the Skelton and Stanghow School Board there was some discussion about the rule that school fees should be
collected in advance. It had been suggested that the teachers should have some discretion, as long as no child was allowed to accumulate
more than one week's arrears. The rule of advance collection remained in force.
A suggestion was made to whitewash the interior of the new schools on Skelton Green, but Mr Ellis, the chemist, objected strongly.
Children surrounded by white walls for several hours daily, he said, could hardly escape being affected with opthalmia.
The Chairman:- "What's that mean ? It's too big a word for us."
Mr Brighton:- "Why, it means eyesight."
Mr Heslop:- "Lingdale should be included. It is 6 years since anything was done there."
The Chairman:- "I'll bet you as many glasses of gin as you and I can drink that it is not." [Laughter.]
It was decided to colour the walls at Skelton Green and paint the outside woodwork of the Stanghow Lane School
Mr Rixham, the head master of the Lingdale Boys School, asked for leave to attend a course of lectures at South Kensington, from the
6th to the 29th July. He would have to leave a fortnight before the schools broke up.
Mr Brighton said that they had already given 2 or 3 teachers permission to go to camp with the Volunteers. If they were going on at
this rate the best course would be to close the schools for two months and let them all off. They would be told next that the children
did not get the worth of the money they were paying. In fact, people were saying that now.
The Chairman:- "I have heard complaints of that kind several times."
It was decided that leave should be granted.
The Chairman:- "Did you vote, Mr Brighton ?"
Mr Brighton:- "Not me, for a thing like that. It's not good enough."
It was also decided to give the children a holiday next Wednesday at Skelton, on the occasion of the Miners' Demonstration.
Mr Brighton said that they had passed a resolution to the effect that corporal punishment was only to be inflicted by the head
teachers. He should like to ask if the head teachers could "flog" the children to any extent they liked.
The Chairman:- "Yes, on their own responsibility."
Mr Brighton:- "That's all I wanted to know." He supposed they would be heard of at the Guisborough Magistrates next. There was a system
of punishing children going on at their schools which would have to be stopped somehow, for thought that was just the kind of thing
to make children stop away from school.
14th June - 17TH MINERS DEMONSTRATION AND GALA.
17 Miners' Lodges from all parts of East Cleveland attended this event, headed by their banners and bands of music.
It was held in a field kindly lent by Stephen and Hannah Emmerson of Holly Bush Farm, Skelton.
The miners had a high regard for the Emmersons, for such was the fear of organised labour among the mine owners and landed gentry that it was said "all other fields were closed against them."
Mr John Connor MP, Mr C A V Conybeare MP, Mr Rowland, the General Secretary of the Miners' Union and Mr Toyn, President of the Miners' Association addressed a crowd of thousands.
The first resolution was:-
“This meeting, being of the opinion that Trades Unions and Co-operation are the means by which the working classes must achieve their complete social and political emancipation, resolves to use all legitimate means to increase the membership of the Cleveland Miners’ Association, promote the interests of Trades Unionism generally and extend the principles of Co-operation”.
Mr Joseph Toyn, said more iron had been sent away in May than ever before and he hoped the good old times would be back again.
But a warning was given about the hard life the miners faced:-
“The awful pressure of a grinding struggle for existence has made men extremely anxious to obtain as large an output as possible in the limited number of shifts they are allowed to work.”
“If the young men who worked in the mines worked as they were at the present time, at 45 years they would be broken-down men, and then being unable to earn the district average they would be cast to one side without the slightest consideration”.
The weather was fine until 1.30 p.m. and then the rain fell in torrents.
18th June - MARRIAGE OF SQUIRE.
The marriage will shortly take place between William Henry Anthony Wharton, only son of John Thomas Wharton of Skelton Castle and
Harriet Emily Yeoman, second daughter of the Rev C B Yeoman, Vicar of Manfield, near Darlington.
26th June - ATTEMPTED RAPE.
At the Guisborough Police Court today a young man named James Laing was charged with an attempted rape upon Jane Burdon, aged 18,
of 23 East Parade, Skelton on the 23rd. The hearing lasted 2 hours before the Magistrates dismissed the case.
30th June - SWINE FEVER.
London Gazette. Following Area infected by Swine Fever.
An Area in the petty sessional division of Langbaurgh East, in the North Riding of the
county of York, comprised within the following boundary, that is to say, from a point commencing
at the north end of a private-road belonging to Messrs. Morrison and Company leading to the
Grange, thence down the highway from Brotton to Skelton including the whole of New Skelton, thence along the Green-lane leading to Stanghow
as far as the Trout Hall Bridge,
thence direct by North Skelton Pit to Apple Orchard Farm, thence along the west side of the Mineral Railway from
Lingdale lo Brotton as far as Kilton Thorpe, thence along the Black-road down Kilton-lane to
the north side of Kilton Old Hall, thence down the road to Carlin How, thence along the road to
the west side of Kilton Mill, along the New-road to Skinningrove Ironstone Mines, across the Beck
down to the sea-shore including the whole of the pigstys at the bottom of Skinningrove Bank,
thence along the top of the cliffs adjoining the sea to Huntcliff Mine, thence by the Saltburn and
Whitby Railway down to New Brotton on to the Saltburn-road to the north end of Messrs.
7th July - DISGRACEFUL STREETS AT NORTH SKELTON.
At the local Board meeting Mr Faulkner, the Medical Officer, drew attention to the disgraceful state of the streets at North Skelton
and it was decided to make the local mine and house owners, Bolckow and Vaughan aware of the situation.
8th July - BIG STAKES.
Summary conviction of Thomas Small, William Dixon and Samuel Gratton of Skelton, miners, Thomas Crawford of Boosbeck, miner, William Davis of Slapewath, miner, Thomas Turner, Henry Watson,
George Gill, Joseph Proud, James Proud, Stephen Nicholson, Robert Barr, John Middleton and Ralph Daniels all of Margrave Park, miners for playing a game of chance called pitch and toss on the
public highway. Offence committed at the township of Stanghow.
11th July - MALICIOUS DAMAGE.
2 boys named George Spence and James Armstrong were charged with damaging underwood in Hutchinson's plantation which is situate
between North Skelton and Brotton. Fined 5s.
18th July - DEATH RATHER THAN THE WORKHOUSE.
A young girl named Anne Brough, aged 17, was charged with attempting to commit suicide at Skelton on the 14th. Annie Ellen Tate, the
wife of William Tate, innkeeper at the Green Inn, said that the prisoner came to her as a servant, but she did not suit and was paid
off after 2 days.
As she was leaving the prisoner said, "I have taken some poison". They did not believe her and turned her out.
After she had gone they found that a bottle of tincture of iodine that had been half full was now empty.
Miss Ellis, daughter of Mr Ellis the Skelton chemist said the prisoner came to the shop on Saturday and asked for 3 pennyworth of laudanum, saying it was for Mrs Tate.
Albert Brough of Yeoman Street, Skelton stated that Anne was his daughter. He had not been in work for a long time. On Saturday she came home and asked for something to drink and he gave her a bottle of ginger ale for which
she gave him 3 halfpence. She gave him half and took the other half into the back kitchen.
When he told her it was time to go to her place she told him to mind his own business and he never saw her again until she was brought home in a very bad state.
A younger daughter found the empty laudanum bottle and something was given to her to make her vomit and it had the desired effect.
Dr Dunn said he was called out and gave the prisoner and emetic and had her walked about until morning. If nothing had been done there was enough laudanum in the bottle to be fatal.
The father recalled telling his daughter, who had been out of work for 3 months, that he could not afford to keep her and if she came back from Mrs Tate's she would have to go to the Workhouse. He had never threatened her with violence.
Prisoner had nothing to say and was committed for trial at the York Assizes.
When she appeared there on the 23rd, his Lordship said that he understood the Governor of the gaol had interested himself in the prisoner's welfare and had obtained admission to a home for her. He therefore passed the nominal
sentence of one hour's imprisonment.
10 SHILLINGS REWARD OFFERED BY SKELTON LANDOWNERS AND TRADESMEN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT TRESPASSERS AND OFFENDERS.
20th July - AGRICULTURAL SHOW.
The 12th Annual show was held on Wednesday in a field near the Castle. There was a great falling off in attendance though there was a fair number present.
The rain, which had fallen heavily during the early morning and for 2 days previously made the field in a wretched condition.
There were 595 entries with the Cleveland Bays greatly excess of those at any previous shows.
HIGH ON THE HIGHWAY.
Summary conviction of Robert Thompson of Skelton, of no occupation, for being drunk on the public highway. Offence committed at the township of Guisborough on 5 July.
Summary conviction of Stephen Ware of Skelton, miner, for being drunk and disorderly on the highway. Offence committed at Skelton on 11 August and the 18th August.
Summary conviction of Charles Worth of Skelton, miner, for being drunk on the highway. Offence committed at Skelton on 5 August.
Summary conviction of James Boothby of Skelton, Mines Deputy, for being drunk and disorderly on the highway. Offence committed at the township of Loftus on 6 October.
Summary conviction of Michael Hughes, a tramping hawker, for being drunk and disorderly on the public highway. Offence committed at the township of Skelton on 27 October.
20th July - MINE ACCIDENT.
North Skelton Mine. Edward Dack and A Harker were filling ironstone after the machines, when a chargeman fired a hole, the charge of
which blew through and injured them.
Dack now lies in Skelton Hospital and Harker is at home not seriously injured.
24th July - DEAR MUSHROOMS.
Ann Potter and Ann Markham were charged with wilfully damaging grass in a field belonging to Thomas Petch at Skelton on the 12th.
PC Brough saw them walking about the meadow. Ordered to pay 5s 6d each.
4th August - INDECENT ASSAULT.
At Northallerton Quarter Sessions James Field, a labourer aged 20, was found guilty of indecently assaulting a girl, aged 17, near
Trout Hall, Skelton on the 18th. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.
6th August - TRESPASSERS FINED.
Summary conviction of Eliza Harris wife of William Harris, bricklayer, and Rachel Brown, singlewoman, both of Lingdale, for maliciously damaging grass growing in a field on Ground Hill Farm,
belonging to the York City and County Banking Company and occupied by Robert Pinkney Petch.
22nd August - BOOSBECK AND SKELTON DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW.
The 11th Annual show was held at Skelton Green, where there was a remarkably good attendance with 2,500 being present at one time or another.
29th August - BENT FENCE.
A boy named William George Barnes was charged with damaging an iron fence on the road leading from New Skelton to North Skelton.
PC Calvert saw him bend one of the rails. Fined 1d and 1 shilling damage.
4th September - YOKEL BEATEN UP BY TOWNIE RUFFIAN.
A young fellow named John Lottery was charged with assaulting William Robinson, of Boosbeck Road, Skelton. On Friday night last the
complainant was in Bridge St, West, Middlesbrough, in the vicinity of the Railway Station, when the prisoner, who is a militiaman, and
had arrived at home that day, struck him and knocked him down. Complainant got upon his feet and attempted to get away, when he was
again knocked down and kicked by the prisoner. A policeman appearing upon the scene, complainant gave Lottery into custody. Chief
Constable Ashe said that for some weeks past he had had to station a man specially in this Bridge Street. The Bench declared that this
street ruffianism must be put down with a strong hand and sent the prisoner to gaol for 6 weeks.
6th September - ONE HANDED CRICKET.
A match was played at Skelton Castle on Wednesday before a very large company between the Ladies and Gentlemen.
The Gentlemen batted with hickory sticks and fielded with the right hand in pocket. 3 Gents were run out, but made 26 and beat the Ladies by 7 runs.
7th September - NORTH SKELTON FLOWER SHOW AND SPORTS.
This show was a repetition of one held on the 28th July which was a failure owing to the weather.
The horticultural exhibits were brought again and made a good show all round in a large marquee in a field kindly provided by Mr W D Petch.
The principal feature were the athletic sports for which liberal prizes were given.
Gas Lights in the High St.
8th September - GAS LIGHTS AND FOOTBRIDGE.
At the meeting of the Skelton and Brotton Board it was resolved to light public lamps on the same terms as before - viz 2s 2d per
lamp for Brotton and 2s 5d for Skelton, the period of lighting being from September 20th to April 20th.
A memorial, signed by 150 ratepayers, asked for a footbridge over Holme Beck on the footway between North Skelton and Saltburn.
Mr Wharton had denied that this road was a public way and the petitioners were told to apply to him.
CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL FINES.
14th September - Summary conviction of John William Brown of North Skelton, miner, for not sending his daughter Annabella Brown to school.
18th September - Summary conviction of John Glasper of Skelton, shoemaker, for not sending his daughter Ann Glasper to school.
Offences committed in the Skelton and Stanghow School Board district.
17th September - CRICKET.
Skelton Castle United v New Marske. Played at Skelton Castle. G Todd took 6 wickets for 25. Skelton won by 24 runs.
27th September - HAGG WOOD DAMAGED.
Summary conviction of James Dack and George Munroe both of the township of Brotton miners for maliciously damaging the underwood and trees growing in a wood called Hagg Wood, Skelton,
the property of John Thomas Wharton esquire.
9th October - EXASPERATED DRUNKS.
John Coleman, a miner of North Skelton, who did not appear was fined 5s and 10s costs for drunk and disorderly in High St, Lingdale.
George Hebden, a miner of North Skelton was charged with the same offence in that place on Saturday week. PC Calvert said defendant's
conduct had been very bad. Defendant said he "got exasperated" owing to his being pushed out of the public house. Ordered to pay
8s 6d costs.
20th October - DRUNK WILL NOT LEAVE.
Summary conviction of Christopher Swales of Skelton, miner, for being quarrelsome and disorderly in the licensed premises of Alfred Brighton at Skelton and refusing to leave when asked by the
said Alfred Brighton.
23rd October - APPLE MINERS.
9 young miners at Park Pit,
George Cummings, Herbert Jefferson, Frederick Brown, Richard Moody, William Bringlaw, Patton Taylor, Eli Smith, William Kisbie and
William Reynolds were charged with doing malicious damage to fruit trees in an orchard belonging to Mr J T Wharton at Skelton on
Sunday, the 30th September.
PC Devaney said he observed defendants in the orchard in the occupation of William Woodhouse. They were
wantonly breaking the branches of the trees and consuming the fruit. The fruit had been nearly all taken away on several occasions.
Fined 6 shillings each.
23rd October - BOOTS ON THE TRAMP.
Alfred Unwin, a tramp, was charged with stealing a pair of boots, the property of John George Mitchell, boot and shoe dealer of
Skelton. PC Devaney said that on the night of the 18th he saw defendant walking through Skelton with a bundle under his arm.
His suspicions aroused he found a new pair of boots in the parcel. Unwin admitted taking them from outside the shop door. Mr Yeoman
on the Bench deplored the practice of leaving items outside presenting temptation to dishonest persons. Sentenced to one month's
imprisonment with hard labour.
24th October - 8 STROKES OF THE BIRCH FOR YOUNG BOY THIEVES.
Two young boys, William Wilson and George Ruddock were charged with stealing a number of gimlets, hammers etc, the property of an
ironmonger, named William Carter of Skelton.
The boys had got through an ashpit and then into a house of Carter's which he used as a warehouse and stolen the joiner's tools.
They were each ordered to receive 8 strokes with the birch rod.
1st November - POACHER NABBED.
Summary conviction of Charles Armstrong of North Skelton, miner, for trespassing in the daytime in search of game on land belonging to John Thomas Wharton esquire and occupied by Robert
3rd November - BELLITE, NEW EXPLOSIVE.
Yesterday in the presence of a number of mining engineers and others a series of experiments with the new explosive, Bellite, were
made at the ironstone mines of Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan at North Skelton.
The results appeared to give entire satisfaction to
both managers and workmen, "the action being slower and more continuous and running up more ground with crushing the dynamite".
A vast quantity of powder is used in the district and a safer and cheaper explosive was of the most vital importance to them.
7th November - NIGHT POACHERS.
George Purdy, Clare Purdy, William Baxter, Charles Mayes and Charles Bright, all miners, were charged on remand with night poaching
at Skelton. Clare was discharged and the other 4 committed for trial.
17th November - HIGH WATER.
A meeting of property owners and others was held in the Free Gardeners' Hall, Skelton to discuss the question of the high charges made by the Cleveland Water Company for hydrants and to private consumers.
Mr Coatsworth of Lingdale showed that in other towns the highest charge per hydrant was 8s 4d, while in Skelton it was more than double at 18s 8d.
He also said a number of hydrants were practically useless, being upon the gravitation level and the slight daytime pressure was switched off at 5 p.m. after which most fires were prevalent.
The Cleveland Water Company's Act of Parliament limited the charge to private consumers to 7.5 percent of the annual value, while in some cases the Company were charging 20 to 25 percent.
The ratepayers were urged to oppose the new Act for which the Company were about to apply.
12th November - SCHOOL ATTENDANCE FINE.
Summary conviction of James Smith of New Skelton, miner, for not sending his daughter, Hannah Mary Smith, to school. Offence committed in the Skelton and Stanghow School Board district.
20th November - PINCHING COAT. 2 MONTHS GAOL.
George William Jackson, aged 19, of Normanby was charged with stealing a pilot coat, the property of John Garthwaite,
an ostler at the Wharton Arms Hotel, Skelton.
The prisoner had driven a party of footballers to Skelton and put up at the witness's master's stables. After they had left the coat was
missing and a Normanby boy, George Richardson said that saw the prisoner take it.
Sgt Imeson said he found the coat in prisoner's bedroom. He at first denied the offence and then said he was drunk at the time.
His mother spoke up for him but had to admit she had been convicted for larceny.
The Bench sent prisoner to gaol for 2 calendar months.
[Stewart's New Overcoats are the admiration of all to whom they are shown - Advert included in newspaper report.]
22nd November - HORSE CRUELTY.
On the 30th October, Mr Fuller, an inspector for the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals saw and old and worn out,
lame, spavined [hock joints swollen] horse in a field.
He found the owner and told him to send it to the kennels, which were only about a mile away. Next day he saw a lad riding the horse to
Stockton. It was in a most pitiable condition having taken 9 hours to travel about 15 miles.
As a result, George Clark, swingboat proprietor of Guisborough was charge with cruelty. He was fined £2 including costs.
24th November - BAND OF HOPE.
Yesterday the members and friends of the Skelton Parish Church Band of Hope opened their winter session with a tea in the Drill
Hall when about 300 sat down.
Among the speakers was the Rev J A Thompson, who was formerly a missionary in North America. He spoke of his personal experiences of life
in the forests of Canada.
1st December - DRUNK MINER.
Summary conviction of George Williams of Skelton, miner, for being drunk in the street. Offence committed at Guisborough.
12th December - MINERS' CANDIDATES FOR NEW COUNTY COUNCIL.
A circular was sent round the miners asking them if they were in favour of paying the railway fair and wages for any financial
member who might be elected for a seat on the County Council and a good majority decided in the affirmative. Mr Rowland and Mr Toyn
have been invited to contest Skelton and Marske electoral division against Mr W H A Wharton and Lord Zetland.
Blacksmith's Shop at Stanghow.
16th December. GREEN INN LANDLORD KILLED RIDING.
An inquest was held yesterday at the Green Inn, Skelton Green, on the body of the landlord, Mr William George Tate, aged 36 years of
age, who died on Sunday from injuries received on Friday.
It appeared that deceased and several others had been to Skatebeck to meet the harriers, which did not turn up. The were returning
home and when about 190 yards past the Stanghow blacksmith's shop the deceased's horse fell, throwing him to the ground, the horse
being laid about 5 yards from the deceased.
Dr Dunn said that 3 or 4 of his ribs were broken and he had injuries to his back, left knee, hip and slightly to back of head.
William, born the 1st Feb 1852, was the son of Thomas Tate. His mother was Harriett Andrew, of the smuggler family.
[The image of the Memoriam Card, a typical feature of the Victorian Age, has been contributed by Alan Ward, a native of Skelton.]