1st January - NORTH SKELTON BAND OF HOPE.
The officials connected with the Wesleyan Band of Hope Society held their annual festival on New Year's Day under the presidency of J Chisholm.
The Chapel was crowded and an interesting program of vocal and instrumental music, readings and recitations was gone through with great credit.
Halfpenny Bridge Toll Book for March 1889.
19 Carriages at twopence, 2 Carts at fourpence means that there must have been 128 pedestrians at one halfpenny to make
up the total day's receipts to 8 shillings and sixpence.
8th January - OUTRAGE ON SHOEMAKER'S DAUGHTER.
At the Guisborough Police Court this morning James Wotton, an apprentice aged 16, was committed for trial at the York Assizes, charged by his employer, John Featherstone, boot and shoe dealer of Skelton, with committing an outrage on his daughter.
Details of trial not found, but a question was asked in Parliament later by the local MP, Mr H F Pease, asking for the severity of the sentence to be reduced. The petition was denied.
25th January - FIRST COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
Prior to this Education, provision for the poor, public health etc had been the responsibility of Local Boards.
Colonel William Henry Wharton was Skelton's representative on the new Council.
The result was Mr W H A Wharton, Conservative, 381 and Mr Gowland, Labour, 181.
A later photograph of the 'Saltburn Bridge' or as everyone called it the 'Halfpenny Bridge', Toll Board
and gate showing 'unsafe for motors'.
Eventually it became totally dangerous and was demolished in 1974.
The North Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary had 202 police officers.
31st January - HIGH WATER.
A largely attended meeting of ratepayers and property owners was held in the Free Gardeners' Hall, Skelton last night for the purpose
of protesting against the Bill which has been presented to parliament by the Cleveland Water Company.
A resolution was adopted - "that the Chairman of the Skelton and Brotton Local Board be requested to call a special meeting for the purpose of co-operating with the Saltburn and Loftus Local Boards in opposing the present
action of the Cleveland Water Company in promoting a Bill to increase the charges for water supplied for domestic purposes.
6th February - SCHOOL PRIZES.
Mrs W H A Wharton visited the Stanghow Lane Boys Board School on Monday and awarded the prizes for regular attendance and efficiency to the successful competitors. She also gave the prizes to the children attending the
Infant School, North Skelton and was pleased with the singing of the little children under the leadership of Mrs Douglas.
15th February - MINERS WAGES.
The Joint Committee on behalf of the Cleveland Miners and their employers met at the Mineowners Offices, Middlesbrough yesterday.
The tippers and winding enginemen at Park Pit, the platelayers and a section of the miners at Chaloner Mine [Guisborough] and a section of the miners at Skelton Shaft put in claims for an advance of wages on their present rates.
The owners put in a claim to reduce the platelayers wages at North Skelton and Longacres Mines. Referees were appointed to deal with the whole of the cases.
5th March - PRIMROSE QUADRILLE PARTY
This party, which consists of 40 couples from North Skelton, held their annual Ball. They secured the Assembly Rooms in October last and have regularly kept up their practice during the winter months.
Dancing commenced at 8 p.m. and continued until 5 in the morning to the string band provided by Mr R Bell, who played nothing but the most popular music of the day. Supper was provided by Mr and Mr J Pattinson, Wharton Arms.
9th March - PINCHED ASH.
A North Skelton miner named Richard Morgan was fined 11 shillings, including costs and damages, for pulling up and taking away several ash plants in a wood at Kilton, the property of Mr J T Wharton on the 19th February.
29th March - SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT.
A sad accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon on the Skelton side of the Halfpenny Bridge, which spans the glen at Saltburn.
Mr Henry Curry of Stockton, was being driven from Skelton in a trap belonging to the Alexandra Hotel, Saltburn, when the horse, which was rather a spirited one, shied at a piece of paper which was blown violently by the wind agains the trap.
The occupants were thrown out and the carriage broken to pieces. Mr Curry is lying unconscious at the Alexandra Hotel and Bunn, the driver, is suffering much and is reported to be in great danger.
29th March - ARCHBISHOP OF YORK IN SKELTON CEMETERY.
Yesterday afternoon His Grace consecrated the new portion of the Skelton Cemetery lately added by the Local Board.
The members of the Board, His Grace attended by his mace-bearer and chaplain, the clergy and choir of Skelton followed by the general public walked the rounds to the responsorial psalm before the service of consecration was held.
3rd April - NORTH SKELTON BOY BURGLARS.
Three boys named John Pennock, Robert William Carver and John Thomas Pearson, were charged with breaking into a house occupied by Jacob Todd on the 29th March at North Skelton and stealing about nine shillings in silver and copper, a pocket knife, a pipe, 2oz of twist tobacco and 3 cakes
They had climbed the yard wall and broken a window to gain entry.
They were committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.
When they appeared there on the 11th, they were sentenced to 10 days imprisonment and then ordered to be sent to a Reformatory for 5 years.
16 April - QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
By Mr Henry Pease, MP for Cleveland, North Riding of Yorkshire:-
He asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he had received a numerously signed petition, asking for
a mitigation of the sentence passed upon James Wotton, of Skelton, in Cleveland, aged about 16 years, for an
assault upon a girl aged 13; and whether he is prepared to mitigate his term of imprisonment ?
The Minister, Mr Matthews, Birmingham E, replied:-
"Yes, Sir; I have received such a petition. I have examined the depositions in this case, and am unable to discover
any grounds which would justify me in advising interference with the sentence, which is not, in my opinion, too severe."
24th April - IRON BAR BENDERS.
Five boys, George Cummings, Edgar Beaumont, Henry Carter, Herbert Jefferson and William Slater were charged with damaging the iron fencing at the Lodge at Skelton belonging to Mr J T Wharton on the 14th. They were seen to bend about 15 of the bars. Cummings 9s 4d,
Jefferson 6s 10d and the others 4s 4d in fines.
At the same hearing 7 persons were summoned by the Skelton and Stanghow School Board for not sending their children to school. 5 were fined 5 shillings and 2 cases adjourned for 2 months.
26 April - DEATH IN SKELTON SHAFT.
Daniel Clemmit, a miner aged 53, was killed. At the inquest at the Miners' Hospital, Guisborough his mate, John William Dunn, said that they had fired 4 shots up to half past one o'clock.
They were out of the place for 5 minutes before returning. They found that 2 props had been knocked out by the fall of stone. Deceased was holding up one of the props and he was picking up the hammer, when a quantity of stone of between 2 and 3 tons fell knocking deceased down and covering him partly up. When they got him out he was dead. He had been a miner about 30 years.
1st May - BASTARDY, NON-COMPLIANCE.
John Harrison of Skelton was sentenced to 2 months hard labour for not complying with an affiliation order to pay for his bastard child.
2nd May - DRAPERS DISSOLVED.
Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned,
George Taylor and Alfred Harris, carrying on business as Drapers and Grocers, at Skelton-in-Cleveland, in the county .of
York, under the style or firm of Taylor and Harris, has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as and from the 2nd
day of May, 1889. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said
7th May - CRUELTY TO MINE HORSE.
John Claxton pleaded guilty to ill-using a horse at North Skelton mines on the 2nd. Defendant was driving a horse attached to some tubs, when they got off the line.
Claxton got exasperated with the horse and picking up a large piece of ironstone threw it at the animal, with the result that the jugular vein in its throat and other arteries were cut. The horse bled profusely and a veterinary surgeon had to be called in to stitch up the wound.
The stone must have been thrown with great violence and the Manager, Mr Thompson, said there had been several cases of cruelty in that particular mine and he asked for an example to be made. Fined 25s including costs.
13th May - MINE ACCIDENT.
A miner named William Jones was admitted to the Guisborough Miners' Hospital on Saturday, suffering from injuries to his face, back and foot received in the Skelton Shaft Mine, through a fall of stone.
5th June - MINERS PAY CLAIM.
The Joint Committee of mineowners the Cleveland Miners Executive met at the mineowners offices, Middlesbrough.
The miners working in the Beddy ground in Skelton Park Pit sought an advance of 2d per ton. The men in the Park Road district of Skelton Shaft sought 1d per ton.
The owners put in a counter claim for a reduction in the tonnage rate. The claims were referred to Messrs Heslop and Thomson for the owners and Messrs Reeder and Norman for the men for settlement with the usual powers.
8th June - OLD QUARRY WELL AND STINKS.
At the meeting of the Skelton and Brotton Local Board a numerously signed petition was received from the ratepayers of Skelton asking the Board to put the old quarry well in good order and was referred to the Highways Committee.
Mr Carter having complained respecting a nuisance arising from the carting of dead animals through the public streets uncovered and smelling badly, the Clerk was authorised to write to Mr W H A Wharton on the subject.
15th June - BOOTS PINCHED.
At the Loftus Police Court yesterday a lad named Richard Pennock of North Skelton was fined 10s for stealing a pair of boots at Brotton on the 30th May. A boy named Healing had been sent for the boots and laid them on the roadside to play. Defendant took
15th June - CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.
At the Skelton and Stanghow School Board meeting a letter was read from a parent complaining that corporal punishment had been inflicted upon his son by an assistant master at the Stanghow Lane Boys School.
This was contrary to the Board's regulations and it was decided to suspend the said assistant for a fortnight pending furth enquiries.
18th June - DRUNK PUBLICAN.
Alfred Brighton, the landlord of the New Inn, Skelton Green was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the 2nd.
Sgt Imeson saw him very drunk, holding himself up by the wall and using very bad language.
His defence said he was suffering from dyspepsia and great pain. Defendant said he had only 2 half glasses of gin that day.
Fined £1 and costs.
18th June - DAMAGING GRASS AND BAD LANGUAGE.
Joseph Kyme and William Baxter were charged with maliciously damaging grass near Park Wood on the 14th. PC Taylor saw them walk across a meadow and cornfield in the occupation of Mr Nightingale. Fined 10s or 7 days prison.
John Mason, a miner of North Skelton, was charged with using obscene and abominable language in Richard Street. He did not appear and was fined 20s and 9s costs.
7th July - GAMBLERS FINED.
Sgt Barker charged Thomas Simpson, Thomas Arnold, John Waker and Thomas Weighell with gambling between Brotton and Skelton. The all pleaded guilty. Simpson who had 9 previoous convictions was fined 13s 9d. Arnold, fifth appearance the same and the other two smaller amounts.
13th July - SCHOOL HOLIDAY FOR SKELTON SHOW.
The Skelton and Stanghow School Board ordered that a half-holiday was to be given to the local schools on the afternoon of the day of
the Skelton Agricultural Show.
19th July - AGRICULTURAL SHOW.
The 13th annual show was held on Thursday. The weather was fine and there was a good attendance. A large grandstand was erected on the ground and a public luncheon was provided. The entries numbered 589, 60 up on last year.
23rd July - POOR GRUB AT FARM.
William Alcock, a farm foreman, was sued by Mr Thomas Petch, of Barns Farm, Skelton for £5 damages for neglecting to carry out a contract made between then.
Mr Petch said that he engaged Alcock on June 7th at 10s per week, plus his food and lodgings, but in consequence of
defendant complaining that his wages were not sufficient he was given anothe 1s on the 6th of the present month.
For the defence it was stated that Alcock only agreed to be re-engaged from the 6th if 12s was given to him and, as it was not, he left, there being £1 8s 4d in wages due to him.
He said that he was working in the hay field on the 8th and between mid-day and 9 o'clock he had no drink and only a small piece of preserved rhubarb pie.
Mr Petch contended that his house had always been a good meat house and there were no grounds for complaints at all.
The Bench ordered Mr Petch to pay defendant wages due less 10s for leaving his situation. Each party to pay their own costs.
2nd August - NORTH SKELTON FLOWER SHOW AND SPORTS.
This event was favoured with beautiful weather, numerous entries and a large attendance of spectators.
Items on display were flowers, fruit, vegetables, industrial work, penmanship, bees, honey and ladies work.
The sports were the chief attraction. The 140 yards handicap, with prizes of £5, £1 10s and 10s secured 45 entries, including competitors from Middlesbro, Stockton, Sheffield and Leeds.
13th August - GUNPOWDER HOUSE.
At the Guisborough Police Court this morning Mr Thompson made an application for permission to use a workshop at Skelton mines for
the purpose of filling cartridges with powder. He said at no time would there be more than 100lbs of pwoder at once in the building.
The necessary notices had been served and posted and there being no objection the application was granted.
11th September - SCIENCE CLASSES AT SKELTON.
The Science classes commenced at Skelton last night. The following are the subjects to be taught:- Agriculture, Geology, Mining and Trigonometry. A fair number of students presented themselves.
24th September - HOSPITAL SUNDAY.
The various Friendly Societies had a Church Parade at Skelton. The lodges met on the Cross Green and marched through Skelton to the Parish Church headed by the Skelton Brass Band who rendered their services gratis.
A collection was taken in aid of the Cottage Hospital. The number in regalia was 250 from the Ancient Order of Oddfellows, the Loyal Wharton Lodge, The N W Order of Free Gardeners, Rose of Sharon Lodge and Juvenile Lodge, Miners Pride Lodge, Boosbeck and the Ancient Order of Shepherds Lodge, Lingdale &c.
7th October - CONSERVATIVES.
Last night a meeting of the Skelton Unionist Association was held in the Drill Hall, Skelton with Lord Londonderry, J T and
W H A Wharton, A J Dorman and E A Hamilton on the platform.
18th October - CORPORAL PUNISHMENT DID NOT PAY.
At the Stokesley County Court yesterday, before His Honour Judge Turner, the case of Robert Allan against the Skelton and Stanghow School Board came on for hearing.
Allan claimed the amount of £9 3s 4d, being two separate month's salary in lieu of notice and arose from his being twice summarily dismissed by the Board for breaches of the Board's resolution on the subject of corporal punishment.
The case has excited considerable local interest in the district.
Judgment was entered for the defendants with £3 15s costs.
30th October - EMBEZZLER AT CO-OP.
Thomas Snaith, the treasurer of the Skelton Co-operative Society, was charged with embezzling the sum of £407 7s 6d.
It was his job to collect money from the different shops, clothing club account, members' share capital account, penny savings bank and sale of pass books.
He had to account for the takings at the end of the quarter. At an audit on the 21st the deficiency was found and
prisoner said - "I could have told you that on Saturday."
Committed for trial at the York Assizes, bail being refused.
31st October - GIRL ASSAULT.
Arthur Swainston, a miner aged 20, was charged with assaulting a girl of 13 at North Skelton on the 28th and was fined 20s and 13s
2nd November - BLACKSMITHS.
At a the Skelton and Brotton Board meeting a letter was read from Mr Richardson, a blacksmith of Trout Hall Lane, requesting to be
favoured with a share of the Board's work. It was decided to divide the blacksmith's work amongst the various blacksmiths in the
7th November - POACHER.
William Bennett was charged with a breach of the Poaching Prevention Act. PC Boynton met him at Saltburn Lane ends, New Skelton and
on searching him found 3 nets and 4 net stakes. Fined 21s including costs or 1 month's hard labour. The nets were estreated.
30th October - DROPPED DEAD AT MINE.
Yesterday at the Park Mines, Skelton a man named John Thomas Moon, aged 64, employed as a labourer, dropped dead whilst following
20th November - PINCHED MONEY AND COAT.
Percy Moreland was charged with stealing a coat and 3 shillings and 3 halfpence, the property of Micheal Spence of North Skelton.
The prisoner had been ill and on tramp on the 25th of October and was given food and lodgings until the 15th November. When he
left he took the items with him. Sentenced to 6 weeks imprisonment with hard labour.
4th December - EMBEZZLED THE CO-OP.
At the York Assizes, Thomas Snaith, deputy overman in mines, was sentenced to six weeks in prison with hard labour for embezzling money
from the Skelton Cooperative Society.
6th December - VESTRY MEETING.
Mr A Ellis, churchwarden, submitted a draft scheme for levelling the grave mounds and restoring the tombstones in the old churchyard, a notice to be placed in the local papers so that people might be able to have a mark placed over the graves where no identification existed.
13th December - GAS LAMPS.
At the monthly meeting of the Skelton and Brotton Local Board it was decided to place 5 or 6 gas lamps between New and North Skelton.
24th December - HIT ON HEAD 3 TIMES WITH LAMP.
A young man, named James Mitchell was charged with assaulting an old man named George
Beattie. The old chap said that he was crossing Mr Petch's field at North Skelton on his way to Park mine on the 18th, when he had some
conversation with Mitchell about witness's children throwing stones.
Mitchell struck him violently on the head 3 times with a lamp that he was carrying. 2 witnesses corroborated.
Mitchell had nothing to say and was fined 2s 6d and 18s 6d costs.
Middlesbrough Football Club founded, to grow, over the coming years, into a great centre of this area's tribal instinct.