|Building of the Wharton Arms Hotel.
Opening of Priestcroft railway loop, which connected the line running from Guisborough-South Skelton-Boosbeck to the Saltburn-Brotton line and allowed trains of ironstone to reach works East of Middlesbrough without an awkward reversal in Middlesbrough. See map under year 1913.
21st February - LITERARY CONCERT.
2nd March. - DRAINAGE GIFT.
...George Lawson, of Skelton-in-Cleveland in the county of York, Butcher.....
19th March - EXCITING VESTRY MEETING.
It was unanimously agreed in consequence of the excitement in the meeting, that each ratepayer should pass through the vestry, giving his
vote as he left to the candidate he wished to support. The 329 votes were divided Wray 149, Kitson 106 and Stubbs 72.
6th April - APPOINTMENT OF THE OVERSEERS FOR SKELTON. UPROARIOUS ELECTION.
13th April. Stephen Emmerson, farmer of Hollybush, Skelton and Edward Bell Hamilton, land agent of Rigwood, Skelton were elected to Skelton Board of Health.
13th April - COUNTY COURT AT GUISBOROUGH STARTED.
18th April - MINE DEATH.
A middle aged man named William Edmonds, aged 50, met with his death on Wednesday morning whilst at work in the mines of Mr Thomas Vaughan, South Skelton. He was bringing away a quantity of stone with a charge of blasting powder, when he was struck on the head by a piece of flying metal, which rebounded from the opposite side wall.
30 April - ILLEGAL DOGS.
13th May - EMIGRATE TO NEW ZEALAND.
Under these conditions a free passage is granted. It is expected that with the iron trade being so bad and wages so low a very large number
will avail themselves of this opportunity to better their condition.
29th May - SKELTON PARK AND LONGACRES PITS.
1st June - WIFE THREAT.
11th June - PARK PIT EXPLOSION.
NEW STEEL PROCESS.
The iron ore produced by the Cleveland mines and in most of Europe contained phosphorous and produced inferior steel in the Bessemer process compared to ore without this impurity.
In this year Gilchrist and Thomas invented a process which burnt off unwanted elements by blowing oxygen through the molten ore and thereby revolutionised steel production throughout Europe.
18th June - DEATH OF HENRY BOLCKOW.
Built for Ironmaster, Henry Bolckow.
Now Stewarts Park and home of the Captain Cook Museum.
He was a local Justice of the Peace and in November 1855 became the town's first Mayor. In 1869 he was also its first MP, standing for the
29th June - FATAL ACCIDENT, NORTH SKELTON MINE.
necessary to amputate the shattered limb at once.
Deceased lingered until Wednesday morning, when he died. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death and added that by the mode of conveyance to hospital a great quantity of blood was lost, thereby accelerating death.
The hospital was over a mile away and up a steep hill.
Something better than a "common springless cart" should be used.
John Cottle was a steady, industrious man and well respected. He leaves a wife and two orphan children whom he had been keeping for some time.
Will you allow me a little space in the Northern Echo to make a few remarks in reference to John Cottle, who met his death through a fall of dogger from the top of North Skelton Mine on the June 25th.
A variety of rumours are afloat and a good deal of speculative opinion as to what caused his death.
The jury expressed themselves in very strong language. They believed that the falling of a piece of dogger on the deceased was the primary cause of his death, but that death was accelerated by the loss of blood.
The evidence given showed that the poor fellow was conveyed to the Hospital in a heavy coal cart, which had to be stopped seven times to allow him to get his breath; and further that the doctor met the cart near the pit, but on examining the leg found a boot lace and a miners belt tied round it to prevent bleeding.
He considered it better to do nothing further to the man until he was taken to Hospital. The consequence was that when about half way from North Skelton to Brotton the wound began to bleed profusely and continued to do so the remainder of the way to the Hospital. The leg was then amputated.
The poor fellow gradually sank and died next morning.
The jury thought that in future stretchers should be provided at every mine in Cleveland, in order to convey persons who may happen an accident in as easy manner as possible.
The Manager of North Skelton Mine promised that this should be done at the mines that he is responsible for.
The jury further recommended that a surgical instrumnet should be provided and kept at every mine, so that in cases such as the one just named it could be applied at once and so prevent a man bleeding to death or to any damaging extent.
Trusting that the hints thrown out will be attended to so that in future every care and precaution will be taken to alleviate the sufferings of those who are so unfortunate
as to meet with an accident among the class to which I have the honour to belong, viz,
the Cleveland miners,
I am yours faithfully,
Joseph Toyne, June 29, 1878.
29th June - SAVAGE WIFE ASSAULT,
At the Guisborough Police Court before Admiral Chaloner and Dr Merryweather, Thomas Newcombe Hall of Skelton, watchmaker, was charged with unlawfully assaulting his wife, Lucy Hall, at Skelton on the 25th inst.
Prisoner was apprehended with a warrant obtained by his wife for breaking her arm and blacking her eyes.
He was committed to Northallerton gaol for 3 calendar months' hard labour without option of a fine and at the end of that term to find sureties to keep the peace for six monts, himself in £25 and two sureties in £15 each.
8th July - BURIAL OF STILL BORN.
8th July - OVERSEER AND RATE COLLECTOR.
7th August - BANKRUPT FLITS.
9th August - WATER SUPPLY.
16th August. - GROCER BANKRUPT.
||bankruptcy alleged to have been committed by the said
Samuel Bowers having been given, it is ordered that the said Samuel Bowers
be, and he is hereby, adjudged bankrupt.
- SKELTON PARK PIT, SUBSIDENCE.
Drilling machines were introduced into the ironstone mines to reduce manual labour costs. A hole between 3 and 5 feet long, to take an explosive charge, had until this time been made by a miner with a metal bar. This hour long process could be done by machine in a tenth of the time and, it was remarked, would displace "a very troublesome staff of men".
2nd October - SKELTON BY GASLIGHT.
11th October. -Stephen Emmerson, farmer of Skelton, stood for election to Skelton Board of Health.
12th Oct. - PINCHING SPUDS.
26th Oct. Henry Delicate was charged with assault at Skelton in that he struck one W Granger in the eye at midnight. Fined £5 and costs.
26th Oct. - SPLIT EYE ASSAULT.
31st October - ENLARGEMENT OF LOCAL BOARD AREA, STANGHOW AND MOORSHOLM.
2nd November - OPENING OF THE CLEVELAND EXTENSION RAILWAY.
The new line from Guisborough to the Saltburn and Loftus Branch of the North Eastern Railway was opened yesterday morning for passenger traffic.
The new line is a continuation of the Middlesbrough and Guisbrough Railway and proceeds after leaving Guisbrough in a North Easterly direction to North Skelton where it joins the Saltburn to Loftus Branch.
It traverses the heart of the Cleveland ironstone field. Only one station has been built at Boosbeck, a trim and compact building with 2 platforms and goods station.
Nov 9th - SNOW. Guisborough ' Fair was postponed because of a snowstorm.
19th November. - DISTRESS CALL.
There are hundreds of families who are struggling for an existence at the present rate of wages. What will be the consequences if a
further reduction is enforced I cannot tell.
On Thursday last I visited several of the miners' homes at North Skelton. I found in some instances that the income is about 7s 3d per head per week for a miner and his wife and family.
Out of that pittance they have to provide food and clothing. Those families that I visited were sitting down to bread and water, bread and tea and at one home they had red herring and bread.
Some of the poor mothers complained that they were badly off for clothing. Their children could not get out of the house because thay had no clothing to keep them warm and to cover their nakedness.
Therefore I would be very thankful to any lady or gentleman who is benevolently disposed for a parcel of men's women's or children's new or cast off wearing apparel, boots and shoes etc. which I would then distribute amongst the most needful.
Trusting that this may meet the eye and heart of some good Samaritan,
I am yours faithfully. Joseph Toyne, Agent Cleveland Miners Association.
20th November - TOOK TEA AND BROOCH.
28th November - "NO WAR IN AFGHANISTAN - DISRAELI RESIGN !"
The Mill was demolished in 1905.
9th December - BRIDGE AT SALTBURN MILL.
At the monthly meeting of the Skelton Board of Health it was agreed to purchase a new snow plough for the district at a cost not exceeding £3.
It was reported that the old wooden bridge which spans the boundary streams below the old mill at Saltburn was dangerous for foot passengers owing to its decayed and broken down condition and it was repaired at the joint expense of the Skelton and Brotton Boards.
14th December - DISTRESS.
14th December - POACHERS.
trespassing in pursuit of game on land at Upleatham belonging to the Earl of Zetland. They were fined 5 shillings and costs.
19th December - DISTRESS, OLD CLOTHES WANTED.
20th December - OLD SKELTON SOUP KITCHEN.
26th December. - NEED FOR AN AMBULANCE.
On Thursday last, a poor man, named George Thompson, a miner working at South Skelton, owned by the Yorkshire Banking Company, met
with a serious accident - viz cut about the head, injured back and broken thigh. This happened about 9.30 a.m.
After being conveyed to the pit bottom on a door and sent up the pit, the poor fellow was placed in a heavy coal cart.
When about half the journey to Guisborough had been accomplished, he asked the men to take him out, as he could not go any further in that rough manner.
He was then taken out of the cart, placed upon the door, and carried to the Guisborough Hospital, where he arrived about one o'clock.
What with the shock, the cold weather and the jostling in the cart, the poor fellow was quite exhausted.
Hot water had to be freely applied to him in order to get warmth into his benumbed body etc.
Surely the miner who daily risks his life is worth better treatment than this.
This is not the first time, but I hope it will be the last, that I shall have to beg in the name of all that is human, for an ambulance to be kept in readiness in every mine & c
Yours faithfully, Joseph Toyn, Agent for the Cleveland Miners Association.