SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
IN HISTORY

1922 ~ 1923


Skelton All Saints, with iron railings that were removed during the Second World War for armaments and, it is said, much of the metal never used.
1922


North Skelton Ironstone Mine.
NORTH RIDING COUNCIL ELECTION.
John Thomas Allison was elected for Skelton South as North Riding of Yorks councillor. He served until 1925.
William Mansfield [Labour] was elected for Skelton North and served until 1938.

SKELTON POLICE STATION was purchased by North Riding Constabulary from Skelton Castle Estate.

A LADY CHAPEL was added to Skelton Church.

14th August -
LOCAL NEWSPAPER ADVERT.
"Sale, Brougham, single rubber tyre, good condition
Apply Mr Thomas Varty, Park House, Park Pit, Skelton-in-Cleveland."

14th November -
BBC STARTED.
The BBC was formed on 18th October by a group of leading wireless manufacturers and on this day began daily broadcasting in Marconi's London studio.

15th November -
GENERAL ELECTION - TORIES WIN - LABOUR BEATS LIBERALS FOR FIRST TIME.
Bonar-Law's Conservatives won with 344 seats.
Labour with 142 for the first time had more than the Liberals.
This Party were split between Lloyd-George's National Liberals with 53 and Asquith's Liberals with 62.
It was the first election held after the Irish Counties left the United Kingdom to form the Irish Free State.
In Cleveland the seat was held by Sir Park Goff with 13,369.
But here it was now more of a 3 way fight, as he was closely followed by-
Sir Charles Starmer, Liberal, 11,648.
Harry Dack, Labour, 10,483.

December 13th -
FIRST BATCH OF MEN WORK IN TWO YEARS.
They went into South Skelton Mines after nearly two years stoppage."

1923.

A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF YORK, NORTH RIDING: Volume 2" was originally published by Victoria County History, London.
It describes the village of Skelton as it was in this period, with many documented details of its past.
See here.

FOOTBALL POOLS instituted, which became a weekly event for many.

DORMAN LONG & CO TAKE OVER LOCAL MINES.
They took over Skelton Park, Skelton Shaft and South Skelton mines.
Skelton Shaft was then abandoned.
In the times of many stoppages the old local joke became -"I worked for Dorman's but not for Long."

April 16th -
NORTH SKELTON MINE started work again."

May 8th -
SUDDEN DEATH.
Addison Tate, painter of Skelton, died suddenly in High St.

May 22nd -
STANLEY BALDWIN PM.
Conservative, Andrew Bonar Law resigned due to being disgnosed with cancer. Stanley Baldwin became prime minister, with Neville Chamberlain as chancellor of the exchequer
Baldwin proposed to abandon free trade, hoping that tariff reform would help to beat unemployment, which proved to be an unpopular measure.

Sept 19th -
MINE DEATH.
Samuel Porter Parker was killed at South Skelton Mines."

December 6th -
GENERAL ELECTION - HUNG PARLIAMENT.
Stanley Baldwin made the mistake of going to the Country for a mandate and although the Conservatives gained the most seats with 258, the election produced a hung Parliament, with Ramsay MacDonald's Labour on 191 and Asquith's United Liberals on 158.
In Cleveland the Conservative, Sir Park Goff, [11,855] lost his seat to the Liberal, Sir Charles Starmer [13,326], with R Dennison, Labour, [9,683] in third place.

December 7th -
SOUTH SKELTON MINES stopped to put new headgear up.


Back of photograph shows - "Mr Ridsdale, builder and employees"
Very likely John Ridsdale, who had a business at 49 High Street, Skelton. There are many references in this website to the Ridsdales, as stone-masons and builders in Skelton dating from the early 1800s right up to the 1950s

[This Photograph and Parish Magazine kindly contributed by Chris Holmes of Carshalton, Surrey.]



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