SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
IN HISTORY


1906.


North Skelton Mine. Manager's One Horse Power Limousine.

The last regular service was held in Skelton old church.

2nd January. DRUNK POLICE ASSAULT.
North Eastern Daily Gazette "Robert M Carver of Lingdale, Miner. Refusing to quit premises of Ernest Andrew, Innkeeper, Green Inn Skelton Green and charged with kicking PC Pickering and PC Hogg. Fined 1 and costs or one month in jail. For the police assault three months with hard labour, sentence to run consecutively."
Ernest Andrew was the great grandson of the first John Andrew of Smuggling and Hunting fame. [There is much more about the Andrew family on page 23 of contributed emails]. He seems to have been cheated out of his inheritance by his elder brother George, who shot himself in 1900. In 1901, age 23, Ernest was the licensee of the Fox and Hounds Inn, Scotton, W Yorks and married to Ethel, age 19, who had been born in Skelton. Prior to that he had been a publican at Guisborough. When he became licensee of the Green Inn, Skelton in October 1903 he had been living in Willington, Co Durham. He stayed at the Green Inn until August 1907.
Between 1912 and 1919 the family lived at Gt Ayton, N Yorks, during which time Ernest served in the First War.

In 1926 they emigrated to Canada and within 6 months Ernest lost the fingers of his right hand.

12th January - GENERAL ELECTION.
Voting took place from now to 8th February. Henry Campbell-Bannerman's Liberals gained an overall majority of 125, the last time this Party would have an absolute majority in the Commons. Arthur Balfour's Conservatives lost many seats on the issue of protectionist tariffs, which ordinary people thought would increase the price of food.
The "Big loaf, Little loaf" battle it became.
Keir Hardie's labour representatives increased their seats from 2 to 29 and reformed as the "Labour Party".
The MP for this area of "Cleveland" was Herbert Samuel, Liberal, who retained the seat he had won in 1902.

Skelton Band outside the Royal George, which at this time was called the Old Royal George.
[Photo kindly contributed by Julie Riddiough of Brotton.]

6th February - CHILDRENS' CONCERT.
Parish Magazine - A concert was given in the Skelton Institute by a detachment of children from the Skelton Infants School under the direction of Mrs Herring and her assistant teachers.
The second part of the concert consisted of an Operetta entitled "Fairies of the Seasons". The gross takings amounted to 7 14s 6d. It was repeated in the Church Rooms on the 19th. Mr Varty [Councillor and manager of Park Pit] very kindly presented each child with an orange.
3 3s 6d was taken and this will be used to provide a tea for all the children of Mrs Herrings School sometime during Easter.


8 March - MINE DEATH.
Skelton Park Pit. Ralph Christon, a filler aged 45 died of injuries suffered on 27 February.
"When working in the brokens, a piece of stone fell off the side and broke both bones of his left leg. He died 10 days afterwards from shock."

29 March - MINE DEATH.
Skelton Shaft. John Daynes, aged 31, miner, was killed.
Whilst charging a top bole a flake of stone fell from the side, breaking his leg and causing other injuries. He died the same day.


Skelton Co-operative Society Milk Token.
Local Co-operative Societies issued their own commodity tokens. Members of the Society would buy these for milk, bread or coal. The amount they spent would be registered for their dividend payments and exchanged with the men who made the village rounds.

10th April. An occasional license was granted to Ernest Andrew of the Green Inn Skelton authorizing him to sell by retail all intoxicants on 19th April 1906 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in a tent at Priest crofts, Skelton, on the occasion of a stock sale.


Skelton Undertaker's Account for Funeral Expenses.
28 April - MINE DEATH. North Skelton Mine. Henry Stonehouse, a filler aged 57, died as a result of injuries received on the 5th March. "When standing at his place end a tub, which was being taken in for his use, got off the way and knocked him down. His leg was broken."

1st July - VOLUNTEERS CAMP.
The Local Volunteers joined those from Scarborough and East Riding for the annual training in Camp of the Yorkshire Regiment. The place selected was Great Yarmouth.

26th July - THE DEMON DRINK
Church of England Temperance Society - Mr James Loysley, better known as the Battersea Navvy, visited the Parish, in charge of one of the Temperance Vans and held public meetings in the open air.
On Monday the van was drawn through Skelton and found a good "pitch" between the Post Office and the Institute. On Tuesday it was at New Skelton; on Wednesday on the Green; on Thursday at North Skelton and on Friday back at the Institute.
On Monday afternoon he addressed a meeting of Sunday School children on The Hills [where camp meetings are wont to be held]. His ready wit and racy style combined with full knowledge of his subject in all its bearings upon the lives of working men secured him an attentive hearing. He proved by facts and argument how temperance, religion and self control raise and refine a man while self indulgence, intemperance and sin degrade and ruin him. In the following week he visited Boosbeck, Lingdale and Margrove Park.


3 August - MINE DEATH.
William Wood, a deputy aged 41, of 3 Robinson St, Skelton, was killed.
"He, with others, had drawn the timber from two juds, right and left of a crossing. They then purposed to draw the crossing timber. He was chopping out one of three props set beneath the in-bye bearing baulk, when it suddenly broke and let down some dogger. The other two props gave way, and the crossing collapsed and he was killed."

5th August - FREE GARDENERS.
Parish Magazine - Club Service - The Free Gardeners arranged a Church Parade with a view to help the Convalescent Home at Grange over Sands.

Elliot St, Skelton Green in the early 1900's
[Photo kindly contributed by John Dobson.]

They hope to raise sufficient money to pay for a cot there to be called the Skelton cubicle.
The Institution is well known to Skelton men and not a few have found it a delightful haven of rest to themselves when recovering from the effects of illness or accident.
It is, however, not so well patronised as it deserves and but for the money received for extra stays and from visitors it may be necessary to increase the sum charged for Friendly Society forms.
Five pounds is required to furnish a cubicle and we feel sure Skelton men will secure one. The Club members will meet near the Miner's Hospital and march through the Green and Park Street District collecting contributions on the way. After the service they will reform and visit New Skelton and North Skelton.

COST OF LIVING.
A farmworker at this time earned about 17 shillings and sixpence a week, [88p].
Typical costs were:-
Rent 7.5p - Pint of beer 1p - 2oz tobacco 3p - pound of butter 5p - half pound of tea 4p.


24th August - COOPERATIVE EXAMS.
At the recent examinations for Co-operative Managers held under the auspices of the Co-operative Union Ltd, two of the local society's employees, namely Mr G W Brooks and Mr W A Brooks, gained the "pass with distinction" honours in the "advanced stage".


North Skelton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel about this time.

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