SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
IN HISTORY

1907.


Vaughan St, North Skelton about this time.
[Photo kindly contributed by Julie Felgate.]

4th January - CANNOT WALK THE LINE.
Francis Ward, a Skelton miner, was fined 5 shilling and 8s 6d costs for trespassing on the railway line between Brotton and Kilton.

25 January - PLEA FOR MINER MAGISTRATES.
Local Court cases were decided for the most part by the landed Gentry. At Monday's meeting of the Cleveland Miners' Association, presided over by Mr J Toyn J.P. it was resolved, after considering the votes and recommendations of the various Lodges, to appeal to Sir Hugh Bell, Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire and ask for the appointment as working men magistrates of Councty Councillor J B Stubbs of New Marske, Mr W Stephens of Brotton, Mr G Moore of Guisborough, Mr J Braithwaite of Boosbeck and Mr W Walker of North Skelton.
At the same meeting it was agreed to grant relief to the local workmen who were thrown idle through the recent snowstorm in Weardale - which presumably halted the coal supply to the iron works.

22nd February - SKELTON KEEPER GOES ROYAL.
Mr James Cooper, who for some time was gamekeeper to Mr W H S Pyman. J.P. C.C. and during the past 2 years has been in the employment of Squire Wharton at Skelton Castle has secured an appointment as gamekeeper upon the estate of H.M. the King at Windsor.

10th April - CAKE AND APRON SALE.
The Skelton Habitation of the Young Helper' League in connection with Dr Barnado's Homes promoted a sale on behalf of the crippled, blind, deaf and dumb and incurable children who are waifs or destitute orphans.
The Rector spoke of the object they had in view and told how Dr Barnardo had been led by a dream to adopt the idea of enlisting young people to help him in his work of saving the children, which resulted in his forming the Young Helpers' League, with its Habitations all the world over.

5th May - LOCAL IRONMONGER'S WILL.
Probate of the Will of Mr William Carter of 165 High St, Skelton in Cleveland, retired ironmonger, who died on the 16th ultimo, aged 71, has been granted to his Executors - neice Mrs Elizabeth Etherington of same address and Mr Edwin Rowland, 53 Boosbeck Rd, Skelton in Cleveland, commercial clerk. The value of the estate is 360 6s 3d gross and 344 0s 1d net.

June - ELECTRIC POWER. Parish Magazine.:-
"The electricians and their assistant workmen have laid their cable through our villages and we suppose the roadway for the transmission of electricity is about complete.
The Company who have laid the cable are prepared to supply the power in large quantity and at high pressure, at wholesale prices, but they leave it to the local authorities of the places they pass through to make arrangements to supply ordinary customers with small quantities and at lower pressure at retail prices.
Guisborough is, we understand, taking steps to do this and we have heard something of a transformer station at Slapewath."


EINSTEIN, ON ISAAC NEWTON'S SHOULDERS, CHANGES THE ACCEPTED VIEW OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD.
Albert Einstein suggests that Energy = Mass multiplied by the square of the Speed of Light etc.

5th July - NEGLECTING TO SEND CHILD TO SCHOOL.
For this offence Robert W Baxter of Shaft Cottages, Skelton was fined 10 shilling and 5s costs.
4 miners, Henry Shepherd, Robert Smith, John Roper of North Skelton and John Pelmear of Skelton were let off on payment of 5 shillings costs.

7th July - NEW TEACHERS.
The following are among the names who passed the preliminary examination for the Elementary School Teachers' Certificate, 1907. They are qualified as Uncertified Teachers, or for admission to a Training College. If they gained a distinction in any subject it is given after their name.
Alice Saunders, pupil teacher for Skelton and Brotton at Lingdale Council School. English and French. Going to Southlands, Battersea, Wesleyan Training College.
Edith Tate, pupil teacher for Skelton and Brotton at North Skelton Infants Council School. Going to Ripon Church of England College.
Alice H Tibble, pupil teacher for Skelton and Brotton at North Skelton Infants.
Estelle Wallace, pupil teacher for Skelton and Brotton at Skelton Green Council School.
Walter Lowe, pupil teacher for Skelton and Brotton at Lingdale Church School. Geography.

12th July - NORTH SKELTON BAND CONTEST.
North Skelton "Hope to Prosper" Band organised a contest on Saturday, but owing to the heavy rain there was only a small attendance.
In the quickstep competition Eston Steelworks came first. Charltons Cottages second and Eston also secured first honours in the selection test with Skinningrove coming second. Third prize was divided between Charltons and Old Skelton.

12th July - DRUNK HORSE-DRIVER.
At Guisborough Police Court William Wild of Lingdale, a driver in the Mines, was fined 2s 6d and 8s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly in the township of Skelton on 29th June.

19th July - SKELTON DRUNKS.
Mary Knaggs of Margrove Park was fined 10s 6d and 9s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 8th July and Matthew Clarke of New Skelton was fined 5s and 7s 6d costs for the same offence on the 5th.

19th July - HORSE CRUELTY.
John Burniston, the younger, and his Father were charged with working a mare whilst in an unfit condition at Skelton on the 5th July.
Mr T D H Stubbs prosecuting on behalf of the N S P C C stated that on the day in question Acting Sgt Harrison notice the junior defendant driving the mare. It was pulling a flat cart containing a quantity of scrap iron and rags.
The mare was very lame, old and broken down with several sores on its body.
The animal was seen by Insp R H Jones, the Cruelty Inspector and Mr Awde a veterinary surgeon.
The father denied the charge saying the horse belonged to his son. The case against him was dismissed and Burniston junior was fined 2 including costs.



The sender of this card, in 1907, expresses disappointment that the Castle had, at that time, been closed to visitors for 2 years and says he had dinner at the Duke William Hotel.

26th July - DRUNK AND POLICE ASSAULT.
George Dobson of Skelton was charged with being drunk and disorderly at that place on the 13th. Dismissed with 7 shillings costs.
Albert Letting of New Marske was charged with the same offence at Skelton on the 20th and also for assaulting P C Hutchings at the same time. Fined 4s 6d and 10s 6d costs for being drunk and 1 and 6s 6d costs for the assault.

26th July - LIGHT DEFICIENCY PROBLEM.
Robert William of New Skelton was charged with stealing a bicycle lamp, the property of John Thomas Milburn of Guisborough on the 20th July.
Milburn said that he left his bike in the coal house of the Chaloner Hotel at about 8 p.m. and it had the lamp attached.
When he went for his bike at 11 p.m. it was missing. The lamp was worth 3s 6d and he told the Police next day.
Sgt Marwood said he went to the prisoner's house, 27 John St, New Skelton the next morning and found the missing lamp.
Prisoner stated that he went to Guisborough about 6 p.m and put up his bike at the Chaloner Hotel. It had an acetylene lamp attached and on going for his bike at 9.30 his lamp was missing.
There was one on another bike and he took it. Case dismissed.

2nd August - ANOTHER DRUNK.
Arthur H Swainston, of North Skelton, was fined 1 and 7s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 22nd. [His brother Walter was killed in the First World War on the 18th May 1917.]

9th August - JAIL FOR A TRAMP.
John Clarke, a tramp, was sentenced to a month's hard labour for begging at North Skelton on the 3rd. P C Hutchings proved the case.

16th August - TURNIP DAMAGES.
Ernest Carver, Mary Ann Pratt and Joseph Wilkinson, all of North Skelton, were ordered to pay 2s 6d each for damaging turnips in a field at Skelton, the property of Messrs Bolckow, Vaughan and Co.

16th August - RECHABITE PARADE AND PARTY.
Independent Order of Rechabites [anti-booze society]. The Annual Treat in connection with the Prosperity Juvenile Tent of this Order was held on Saturday when the youngsters had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
They assembled outside the North Skelton Institute and headed by the local band, a procession was formed and paraded the streets of both North Skelton and New Skelton.
Large numbers of residents witnessed the procession, after which tea was served in the Institute and over 300 children had a good meal, thanks to Mesdames Wilks, Froude, Harrison, Webster, Nunn and Hollingsworth.
An adjournment was then made to a field lent for the occasion by the butcher, Mr Cross, butcher, where games and other amusements were indulged in.
About 9 o'clock as darkness came on the young Rechabites were regaled with cakes etc and departed to their homes.

30th August - RUING RUINING A ROWAN.
James Mackenzie and Thomas Brough of Boosbeck were ordered to pay costs of 5s 6d each for damaging a rowan tree at Skelton on the 4th, the property of Mr W H A Wharton.
30th August - SKELTON STOCKING NICKER.
Mary Ann Smith, a native of Skelton in Cleveland was charged with stealing at Egton a pair of stockings, value 2 shillings.
Mrs Mary Fletcher said that she was the wife of Francis Arthur Fletcher of Hay Stones Farm, Egton and said the stockings produced in court belonged to her. She hung them on a clothes line to dry, where anyone could see them from the road-side.
PC Cooper said that he traced the defendant to Glaisdale, the moors, Grosmont and to Sleights, where he apprehended her at 2 p.m on Sunday.
Defendant said - "Yes, I took one pair of stockings, but do not know what made me do it."
He asked her where they were and she said that she was wearing them. When charged the defendant said she was very sorry and it would never occur again - "The truth goes farthest, I did take them."
In 1900 at Guisborough Petty Sessions, whe was committed for a month for larceny. In 1901, she was sentenced fo 14 days for sleeping out at Guisborough and in the same year at Middlesbrough she was sent to prison for 6 weeks for larceny.
She had two young children going about with her and they would have to be sent to the Workhouse if she was committed.
She did nothing but tramp the country.
The Chairman said that he was sorry it was the 4th time that she had been convicted and the Bench would be obliged to send her to Durham prison for one month.

6th September - BATTLE OF THE 'TATIES.
John Thomas Winter was charged with assaulting his sister, Martha Ann Walker at Skelton.
The defendant, who is a miner, pleaded not guilty.
Mr H Hoggett of Loftus, for the prosecution, stated that on the 10th August, defendant came to his sister's house and a discussion took place about the ownership of some potatoes, which Mrs Walker had purchased from Winter.
He accused her son of being in his garden, to which Martha's daughter said the family had been brought up to be thieves.
He then commenced to assault the family, first striking complainant's daughter, who was sitting sewing.
He then used bad language and on being ordered out of the house he struck his sister and knocked her down. He also struck her with a poker.
Several witnesses corroborated and said Winter was under the influence of drink.
Defendant said the evidence was nothing but base lies. The whole family started upon him and he had to defend himself.
It was Mrs Walker, who used the poker and he never touched the daughter.
A witness said that she saw Winter being assaulted in the yard by Martha and her family.
Owing to Martha's medical attendant, Dr Thorney, being unable to attend the case was adjourned for a fortnight.
At he next hearing Dr Thorney said that Martha was suffering from extensive bruises on the legs, arms and body and the right side of her face. These he attributed to violence.
She was in delicate health and the ill usage was likely to have serious consequences.
Winter again denied the assault, saying that his sister was nothing but a "brawl" and had been so all her life. She was constantly quarrelling with her neigbours. They had all told nothing but lies against him.
Mr Wharton, the Chairman, informed Winter that the Bench were unanimously in favour of conviction and that he would go to prison for 2 months hard labour.

6th September - ANOTHER DRUNK.
J Cuthbert of Lingdale was fined 10 shillings and 7s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly in the township of Skelton on the 10th August.

13th September - FIVE YEARS REFORMATORY FOR ELSIE.
Elsie Robinson, a Skelton girl aged 14, was committed to a Reformatory School for 5 years for stealing a medical instrument from the surgery of Dr Wigfield, at Skelton Green on the 3rd September. She had previously been before the Bench.
At the same court William Harris of North Skelton was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Maynard Arms, Carlin How when the landlord Mr W T Wood requested hime to leave. Fined 3 including costs.



27th Sept - MINE INJURY - John MacKenzie was injured at South Skelton Mines.

1st October - DRUNK.
John Pennock of Lingdale, a miner, was fined 6s 6d with 8s 6d costs for being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 21st September.

4th October - SOLD A PUP AT NORTH SKELTON.
William Dennis, a builder's labourer, of no fixed abode was charged with stealing a Yorkshire toy terrier, value 1, the property of Thomas Clarke, innkeeper of Guisborough.
The dog was taken from Guisborough on Saturday and sold at North Skelton the same night for 4 shillings.
Defendant claimed to remember nothing of the matter and was fined one guinea [21 shillings].

11th October - DRUNK, PRONE AND NOISY.
Mary Knaggs of Margrove Park, a married woman, appeared on a charge of being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 28th September. PC Bielby stated that he heard a disturbance on the road between Boosbeck and Margrove Park and found the defendant lying by the roadside, drunk and using very bad language.
She could be heard half a mile away. Fined 17s 6d and 7s 6d costs.

23rd October. DEATH OF PRIMITIVE PIONEER.
Death of Dinah Woodward, the oldest member of Skelton Primitive Methodist Church and widow of Charles, one of the pioneers of Primitive Methodism in the village.

25th October - VIOLENT TRAMP.
Frank Smith, a tramp, was charged with begging and being violent when refused alms at Skelton on the 22nd. He was committed to prison for a month's hard labour.

28th October. TEARFUL ONIONS.
Thomas Robinson, aged 27, of Wharton St, North Skelton was fined 12s 6d or 10 days imprisonment at Middlesbrough for stealing a string of onions, worth 1s, from a French onion seller.



Excavating the lake at Skelton Castle.
In former times the valleys that run either side of the Castle were made to fill with water, thus creating a moat, the level of which was controlled by a sluice gate behind the building. Surplus water ran down to the pond which fed the millrace that powered the Corn Mill.
Now a damn was built further back from the Castle in order to create a lake. The damn can be seen in the background of this photograph.

A later photograph of the lake. The level control can be seen in both photographs.

1st November - 22nd SEASON AS MASTER OF HOUNDS.
The prospects of the Cleveland Hounds were never brighter during the last decade of Squire Wharton's long term of 22 years as Master of this famous pack.
Mange is almost extinct and foxes are to be found everywhere. The sport this season should be excellent.
The opening Meet is always at the Master's residence, Skelton Castle, a fixture that is attended by squire and yeoman, on every condition of mount, from the length and breadth of the Vale of Cleveland.

1st November - NO SCHOOL - SHIPPED OFF.
John Gray, a miner, was summoned by Mr J Dixon, the school warden, Skelton, for not sending his son to school.
The lad was ordered to be sent on board a training ship till he was 16 years of age.

5th November - BONES OF ROBERT DE BRUS II ?
The remains believed to be of Robert de Brus II, founder of Guisborough Priory, were discovered in a vault in the Priory ruins and reinterred in a lead coffin by the Chaloners of Guisborough Hall.

THE BRUCE CENOTAPH was re-assembled at Guisborough Parish Church.
This tomb of fine grain marble is thought to have been carved during the time of Prior James Cockerell [1519 to 1534].
One side shows five statuettes of the Brus's of Skelton, separated by the four doctors of the Latin Church and on the other side, the Brus's of the Annandale branch, separated by the four evangelists.
One end of the cenotaph shows the prior and kneeling canons, but the other end is missing.
It is thought to have been dismantled in the 1700s and the ends at one time were taken to Hardwick Hall.
Click here for details of the De Brus Tomb

8th November - DEAR TURNIPS.
William Simpson of North Skelton was fined 2s 6d and 5s 6d costs or 7 days imprisonment for stealing 3 turnips from a field belonging to Mr J Maughan, farmer of Skelton.

8th November - TEN BOB FINE ON THE LINE.
Richard Thorpe, miner of Skelton, was fined 10s for trespassing on the Kilton Thorpe branch of the North Eastern Railway.
He was apprehended by PC Riches, while walking down the line from Kilton Mine to the footpath [Back Street], which crosses Lumpsey Pit to North Skelton.

15th November - TRIALS OF JOB.
Job Taylor Miles was charged with being drunk and incapable at North Skelton on the 11th November. Fined 10 shillings including costs.

22nd November - PAY FOR YOUR DAD IN THE WORKHOUSE.
William Henry Wright of North Skelton, a miner, was ordered to contribute 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of his father, who is chargeable to the Poor Law Union and to pay 13s 2d costs.

Skelton High St about this time.

22nd November - ANOTHER BOOZE FINE.
Ernest W Blackburn, a miner of Skelton, was fined 1 with 6s costs for being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 16th November.

22nd November - COLONEL AND NOT SHERIFF.
Mr W H A Wharton M.F.H. of Skelton Castle has succeeded in his application to be relieved of the honourable, but costly position of High Sheriff for the County next year, on the plea of his rank as Field Officer, he being Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Princess of Wales' Own, Yorkshire Regiment.

29th November - ILLEGAL DOG.
David Allen Burton, a miner of Skelton, was fined 6s 6d and 8s 6d costs for keeping a dog without a license at Skelton.

24th December - MINE GAS EXPLOSION.
North Skelton Mine. John Drew, Charles Morgan, Thomas Padget and Robert Wallace, mines deputies, suffered severe burns to the face and chest as the result of a gas explosion.
They were admitted to Brotton Cottage Hospital.

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