14th January - UNLICENSED BEER.
John Wear, a shoemaker of Skelton, was charged by Sergeant Haw with having on the 27th December unlawfully sold 2 quarts of beer to be consumed in his house, he not being licensed to do so. Sgt Haw in company with other constables was watching defendant's home on the night in question and from under the blind saw a number of men playing at cards, and heard one of them call for beer, 2 quarts of which were supplied to them by defendant's wife, who received pay for it. Fined £5 and costs 18s 6d and beer to be forfeited.
21st January. - BOOT AND SHOE DEALER BANKRUPT.
In the Matter of Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by John Shephard, of North Skelton, in the county of York, Boot and Shoe Dealer. Notice is hereby given, that a First General Meeting of the creditors of the above-named person has-been summoned to he held at the offices of Mr. J. H. Draper, in Finkle-street, Stockton-on-Tees, on the 4th day ofFebruary, 1874. at three o'clock in the afternoon precisely....
21st January - DRUNKS.
31st January - GENERAL ELECTION.
4th February. - WATER CARRIED UP TO SKELTON GREEN.
11 February - FEVER ON HIGH GREEN.
The Chairman of the Skelton Board of Health stated that he had written to Messrs Bell Brothers and T Vaughan and Co about the inefficient water supply to their houses on the High Green, but had got no reply.
The Board urged him to write again urging the imperative necessity for a liberal supply of water, owing to the continued prevalence of fevers on the High Green.
The supply by the companies carts would be required for a short time only.
25th February - PITCH AND TOSS ASSAULT.
27th February - MINE DISPUTE NORTH SKELTON.
5th March - FIRST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. Five members were elected - Rev Dr Gardner, Squire Wharton, Atterton, Chisholm, Chief Engineer N Skelton Mine and Thomas Taylor, Shopkeeper.
19th March - SCHOOL BOARD.
To meet the immediate requirements of the district the Lingdale, Skelton and Boosbeck Wesleyan chapels were hired for school purposes.
18th May - MINERS' STRIKE.
18th May - EMIGRATION.
18th May - MINERS STRIKE - A POETIC VIEW.
27th May - STRIKING IN PUB OVER THE STRIKE.
3rd June. - TRESPASSING.
5th June - MINERS STRIKE.
A speedy settlement to the strike is not expected. The Skelton men have recommended conditional arbitration on the terms suggested by the masters although they were against it only a week ago.
At North Skelton a number of men have returned to work on the masters' terms and have been shut out of the union. They have not however been molested in any other way.
6th June - DRUNKS.
24th June - STRIKING MINERS STRIKE.
24th June. - MINE DEATH.
24th June - DRUNK AND WILL NOT PAY. Edward Murray and John Lee failed to answer a charge of being drunk and riotous at Skelton on the 13th. The Officer who served the summons said defendants sent a message that they would neither answer the summons nor pay. Fined 10s each and costs.
10th July - SKELTON CASTLE'S UNEARNED INCOME.
From the Newcastle Chronicle.
"The royalty here belongs to Mr Wharton of Skelton Castle. It is interesting to record the fact that the projected development of the mineral resources on that Gentleman's estates by Bolckow Vaughan & Co, T Vaughan & Co, Bell Bros & Co and one or two other firms, will, within the next 5 years, represent a total annual yield of nearly 4.5 million tons of ironstone, yielding at the average price of 6d per ton and annual royalty payment of over £100,000.
Of all the silver spoons that were ever put into men's mouths, this is surely one of the most silvery. Because a gentleman happens to inherit a few thousand acres of land in Cleveland, he draws in addition to its agricultural rental [which is comparatively a bagatelle] an annual income of £100,000 without any risk or effort."
18th July - 13 YEAR OLD GIRL KILLED HIS DOG.
His Honour:- "But suppose her parents refuse to pay it. I cannot send them to prison. It is no earthly use your bringing such a case
against a girl like that. She has no goods of her own and I could not send one like her to prison.
Alf:- "It's a strange thing if people who keep dogs for their "fancy" have to have them killed in this way without any remedy."
His Honour:- "You should have taken the girl before the magistrates."
Alf:- "I did, Sir, and they told me it was a case for the County Court."
His Honour:- "Well, I can do no otherwise than find a verdict for you for 1 penny, but you will have to pay the costs."
21st July. - MARSKE BAND CONTEST.
5th August. - MINE ACCIDENT.
On Tuesday morning at Skelton Shaft mine a Horse Driver, named Henry Wright fell over as he was running along the mine with his wagon and
was thrown under the wheels. One leg was broken and the other severely injured.
15th August - DOG FIGHT.
8th September - DRUNK.
24th September - DRUNK ASSAULT ON POLICE.
[Photograph kindly contributed by Brian Hudson, Professor of Urban Development, Brisbane, Australia, and a native of Skelton.]
September. - FATAL NORTH SKELTON MINE ACCIDENT.
William Roll, a miner aged 33, was killed. The 'Redcar and Saltburn News wrote - "Last week three mining accidents of a shocking character occurred in Cleveland.
The most serious took place at North Skelton, at an early hour on Friday morning, and resulted in one man being killed and another so seriously injured that he now lies in a precarious state.
The unfortunate men were William Roll and Edward Headlam. They appear to have been working together as mates in the east drift of Messrs Bolckow, Vaughan and Co's mine where, between one and two o'clock, they were heard blasting stone,
One of the shots seemed to give them some trouble, inasmuch as they had tried it with a good fuse and it failed to go off.
As they were going forward to ascertain the cause the charge exploded and the poor fellows were blown some distance along the drift. Roll came in contact with one side of the mine and besides being burnt, he was sorely mangled and bruised.
Indeed on being brought to the bank it was evident he could not live and he only survived the accident about a quarter of an hour.
Headlam was likewise much burnt and injured and was removed as soon afterwards as he conveniently could be to his residence where he was visited by Dr McCutcheon of Skelton."
7th October - NEGLECTED PRIVIES.
19th October. - DIED AT QUOITS.
22nd October - TERRIFIC STORM.
In Skelton considerable damage was done to property etc. A chimney fell from a house in the High Street and went through the roof of a
cottage next door, on to a bed where two children were lying. But, fortunately, they were not hurt in the least. Every part of the bed
except where the children were lying, was iterally covered with bricks etc. Considerable damage was done to the premises of Messrs
Thomas Taylor and Sons, West-end.
2nd November. - MINE DEATH, CRUSHED.
The miners in this area went on strike over a reduction in pay rates, but eventually had to go back to work for the lesser amount.
4th November - VOLUNTEERS SHOOTING.
11th November - DRUNK.
9th December - BEANS MEANS FINES.
16th December - DRUNK AND INDECENT.
Samuel Hogg denied being drunk and indecent at Skelton on the 4th. He very virtuously denied the accusation, but had stated to the Constable that he was so drunk that he knew nothing about it. Fined 10s and 7s costs or 14 days hard labour.
Henry Sanders did not appear to a charge of being drunk and riotous at Skelton, near the Duke William public house on the 5th. Fined 10s and costs or 14 days hard.
William Moore on a similar charge was fined 10s and 9s costs or 14 days hard.
23rd December - RACING DOGS ON THE HIGHWAY.
29th December - GAS COMPANY FORMED.
30th December - SNOWBALLING FINED.
30th December - PC ASSAULT.
30th December - NOW THE HOLLY BEARS A FINE.
A Factory Act limited the working day to 10 hours.
Births and Deaths Registration Act introduced a penalty for failure to register and for first time required a medical certificate for cause of death
It appears to have been built as a Wesleyan Chapel, around 1873/4 as a temporary measure, during the rapid expansion of North Skelton at this time.
There was an entrance, with porch, from the rear of the building as shown on the photograph.
From this entrance there was access to a cellar which was, reportedly, used by the Home Guard during the Second World War.