Skelton Park Pit.
|31st January - THE BAND OF HOPE
gave a concert in Skelton Institute. The entertainment was provided this year by the children attending Miss White's School on the Green.
7th March - BOOZE AT THE SALE.
An occasional license was granted to Ernest Andrew of the Green Inn, Skelton authorizing him to sell by retail all intoxicating liquor in a barn at Ground Hill Farm Skelton on the 16th day of March 1905 between 1p.m. and 6 p.m. on the occasion of a sale of farming stock.
25th April - PUPIL TEACHERS.
It was recommended that the County Higher Education Committee be authorised to make arrangements for the instruction of such pupil teachers as are able to attend the York Pupil Teachers Centre, the North Riding to pay a pro rata share of the expenses incurred in connection with the centre, plus the railway fares of North Riding Pupil Teachers.
To make arrangements for the instruction of such pupil teachers as are able to attend the Darlington Pupil Teachers Centre at a fee not exceeding £3 plus railway fares.
That Mr T Gill be re-appointed Instructor of the Pupil Teachers Class at Skelton Green.
5th May - BRASS BAND CONTEST.
The first contest of the newly formed Cleveland Brass Band League took place at Brotton on Saturday.
The result of the First Division was:-
1st Guisborough Priory. 2nd Charltons. 3rd Brotton Temperance. 4th Brotton Old.
The test piece was "La Cenerentola".
In the record division, Skinningrove was first. North Skelton second. Warrenby third and Loftus fourth. The test piece was "Stradella"
19th May - FARM SERVANT WANTS HIS PAY.
In this action Fred Beeforth, a farm labourer of New Skelton sued William Robinson of the Howe Farm, Danby for £4 8s wages earned.
Mr H Hoggett appeared in support of the claim and said the amount represented the earnings of plaintiff from the 23rd November 1904 to the 17th March 1905.
On the latter date some disturbance took place and the plaintiff left the defendant's service.
After a brief hearing the Judge gave a verdict for the plaintiff and the amount claimed.
24th May. EMPIRE DAY.
The late Queen Victoria's birthday, under its new name "Empire Day", was observed by a holiday to all our
Whit Sunday - VOLUNTEERS PARADE.
About 70 members of the G Company [Skelton] 1st Volunteer Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment paraded at the
Drill Hall and headed by their Band marched to Church to attend Divine Service.
2nd June. London Gazette.
Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Ridsdale and Robert Armstrong Ridsdale, carrying on business as Builders, at Skelton-in-Cleveland, in the county of York, under the style or
firm of J. and R. Ridsdale has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 31st day of March, 1905. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said John Ridsdale.
June - CLEAN UP AT THE INSTITUTE.
A desire has been expressed amongst some members of our Institute that Baths should be provided for the use
of members. Ballot papers were provided to ascertain the wishes of members and how many would use them.
Three baths have been provided some months ago at North Skelton Institute and there is some talk amongst the youngsters of a swimming bath being added.
7th July - GAMEKEEPER'S LONG SERVICE.
At North Skelton on Wednesday night Mr W Agar of Westgate, Guisborough, late head gamekeeper to Mr W H A Wharton of Skelton Castle was presented with a purse of gold, with name inscribed, from the tenants and friends, after 34 years service as a token of their esteem and respect. Mr R Stevenson made the presentation.
July - DROUGHT.
Parish Magazine - The rain that has fallen lately has not yet raised the level of water in the
Dreeborough reservoir and we fear that before this magazine reaches its readers the supply will be cut off from trade and other purposes and the domestic supply reduced. Fortunately the mines have made other arrangements.
Prime Minister 1905 to 1908.
7th August - CONVALESCENT HOME.
Question in the House of Commons.
Mr Hunt -
"I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the convalescent home for soldiers at Skelton, near Saltburn-on-Sea, provided and kept up entirely by Mr. W. H. H. Wharton, is likely to be given up because the War Office authorities are unwilling to pay the railway fares of soldiers going to and from the home; and whether he proposes to take any, and, if any, what steps in the matter."
Mr Arnold-Foster -
"The Hon. Member appears to have been misinformed.
War Office authority was granted on the 29th June to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, York, to issue railway warrants at the public expense to soldiers who are convalescent and require change, on proceeding to Colonel Wharton's home at Saltburn, provided that the total expenditure of £25 previously sanctioned for sending convalescent soldiers to Tynemouth and Scarborough is not exceeded.
Nothing is known as regards the suggestion that the home is to be given up."
North Skelton Infants School in 1905.
November - CLOTHES FOR THE POOR.
Needlework Guild - For the benefit of those who may be willing to join the Guild, we would say that
each member contributes one or two articles of underclothing, such as petticoats, skirts or childrens garments, knitted things, as stockings or comforters are very acceptable. These are distributed amongst the poor, mostly among widows and children at the beginning of winter. Now that motor cars are adding to the perils of our highways, there is more than ever need for pathways reserved for the use of foot passengers.
MOTOR CAR PERILS.
Footpaths - We have to thank the Urban Council for the great improvement they have made in flagging the footpath in front of the Cemetery.
We dread to think of two motor cars racing past each other, within even the legal limits of speed, along the narrow road between Skelton and the Cemetery, at the time when the children are passing to and from School.
If a flagged footpath is too much to ask for, could we not have a gravelled footpath along the top of the wall on the south west side of the road,
North Skelton Sword Dancers outside the Village Hall.
Rushpool Hall restored after the Fire of 1904.
from the Dairy Farm to the end of High St, with a protecting rail, like the footpath along Green Road.
20th Nov. DRUNK AND WILL NOT QUIT.
Jabez Gott, miner of Skelton, was remanded at Saltburn Police Station on charges of being drunk and refusing
to quit the Alexandra Hotel and of assaulting PC Falkingham.
North Skelton Sword Dancers were described as:-
"Two men dressed up like clowns each with money boxes and 3 or 4 more
to keep the company alive.
The dancers wear white linen bloused with a 3 inch band of turkey-red linen round neck and a similar one round the shoulders - like a cape; red cuffs.....a band of red down the middle with large pearl buttons.
A soldier's round pork-pie hat of dark colour with a band of red and yellow, a small looking glass rather larger than a crown, fixed in front, and a strap under the chin.
Ordinary dark trousers with a red stripe. Bells down the outside of the legs and on arms."
Sir Joseph Walton in 1911.
21st Nov. DRUNK HIT BOBBY.
J C Hewitt was taken to Skelton police station for being drunk and assaulting Sgt Harrison and PC Mercer. Fined
10s for being drunk and sent to Northallerton Gaol for one month for the assault.
RUSHPOOL HALL RESTORED
The Hall was restored and occupied by Sir Joseph Walton, Liberal MP for Barnsley. [born 19 March 1849, died 8 February 1923].
He was the second son of a Colliery owner and a lifelong Wesleyan Methodist.
He began his own enterprise in Middlesbrough in 1870 and realised early the importance that coal would have in the growth of the Railway, Iron and
Steel industries and built up a large concern of Colliery ownership and related businesses.
His resulting wealth afforded him time to enter politics and pay what must have been an enormous bill for a restored Rushpool.
No details of the actual cost are presently known.
16 Dec - MINE DEATH.
Skelton Park Pit. Alfred Robinson, a filler aged 53, was killed. "He had finished
Skelton Football Team Early 1900's
No one identified.
[Photo kindly contributed by John Dobson.]
his own shift and had gone into
another place to help his son to fill his last two tubs; the roof weighted suddenly and some dogger fell on him,
crushing him internally and fracturing his legs. He was taken out of the mine, but died soon after."
DOLE FOR THE POOR.
Charities amounting to £3 2s 8d were distributed by the vicar to 14 widows and 2 men, who were cripples, in sums varying from 3s to 5s each.
5th Dec - DRUNK.
Benjamin Newton born in Whitby and now living at 5 Ground Hills, North Skelton was fined 15s for being drunk and
5th Dec - POACHER.
John William Richardson, miner of Skelton, was fined 20s and costs under the Poaching Prevention Act.
5th Dec - CHICKEN AND TURNIP ON THE MENU.
Joseph Brooks, a miner from Lingdale, was charged with stealing two fowls from Wet Furrows farm. N Skelton. He was caught at 2 am by PC Mercer, who discovered the two birds in his possession as well as a turnip. Brooks was sent to prison for two months with hard labour.
9th December - LOCAL ART CLASSES - POSTCARD SENT TO 13 WILLIAM STREET, NEW SKELTON.
TRAIN TIMES AT NORTH SKELTON RAILWAY STATION - 1905.
Two and a half hours from Scarborough, about 40 miles.
Train ticket 3rd class, cost 1 shilling [5 new pence]
Date of issue not known.
Station opened for passengers 1st July 1902
and closed 10th September 1951.
"RECEIPT" FOR LAMENESS OR "RHUMATICK" FOR MAN - OR HORSE.
John Wood's notebook, Joiner and Undertaker, 3 East Tce, Skelton - Wood's Yard.
1 Fresh Egg, well beaten, half pint of vinegar, 1 oz Turpentine, quarter oz of Wine, quarter oz spirit of Camphor.
Shake well together in a bottle and rub outside. Like Ellimans."
Maybe he was touting for trade.