|The new All Saints Church in the
High St was started to a design by R J Johnson of Newcastle.
3rd January - SKELTON SOCIETY FOR THE PROSECUTION OF FELONS.
7th January. - FATAL BLASTING AT MINE.
11th January - LONELY FERRET.
Robert Henderson and David Harness were charged by a farmer named Andrew with trespassing in pursuit of game on land belonging to Mr J T Wharton at Skelton on the 25th. Mr Andrew said that about 3 in the afternoon he went out for a walk and found the two defendants standing against a rabbit hole.
He examined the hole and found a ferret in it. Defendants pleaded not guilty, one of them saying that his attention was called to spot by some one breaking down a holly bush and he saw him walk away. Case dismissed.
14th January - SKELTON COFFEE PALACE.
2nd February - SNOWBALLING DRUNK.
7th Feb. - MAN KILLED ON THE RAILWAY AT SKELTON.
"A melancholy accident happened on the railway at North Skelton on Saturday night. An old man [he was aged 65] named Zachariah Wilson, a joiner employed at the North Skelton mines, had been to Middlesbrough and had come back by train to Saltburn.
Instead of coming back from Saltburn to his home at North Skelton by the turnpike road, he had gone part of the way on the line.
He had got to the junction at North Skelton where he was met by the excursion train from Middlesbrough. His foot was taken off by the ankle and legs otherwise mutilated.
He died this morning from the injuries received. He was found on the line by PC Calvert and his own son-in-law, Robert Bean."
Skelton did not have its own station until July 1902 and people had to travel, usually walk, around two miles to either Saltburn or Boosbeck to catch a train at this time.
9th Feb. INQUEST.
return trip train from Loftus. Inspector Dobbie watched the case on behalf of the North Eastern Railway Company. A verdict of accidental
death was returned.
14th February - WEEKLY MARKET FOR SKELTON.
15th February - DRUNK POLICE ASSAULT.
15th February - ASSAULT WITH IRON SPRAG.
On the way he met a man named Butcher and the prisoner. Butcher struck a boy named Breckon and he remonstrated with him, when another boy
named Turner picked up a piece of ironstone and threatened to fell witness.
Whilst talking to Turner, the prisoner came up behind him and said "Jackson has hit me and I will fell you for it."
He was hit from behind on the head and knew no more. Case was reduced to common assault and Plummer sentenced to 1 month hard labour.
[The 1865 Prison Act had sought to make prison a place not to go back to. Sleeping on boards, extremely plain food, and long hours of work at repetitive tasks. The Treadmill and Crank were not abolished until 1898. - "hard bed, hard board, hard labour."]
15th March. - SHOEMAKER BANKRUPT.
25th March - SALLY ANN.
16th April - NORTH SKELTON READING ROOM.
18th April - FATAL ACCIDENT AT MINE.
20th April - TEMPLE DAMAGE.
21st April. NATIONAL CENSUS.
The Marske registration district was divided into 23 enumeration districts. Returns for the 7 civil parishes with the district were.:-
Skelton, 7821 - increase since 1871 5,260.
Marske [including Saltburn which has a population of 1646] 5113 - increase of 1182.
Kirkleatham, 3898 - increase 1969.
Redcar, 2297 - increase 561.
Wilton, 1292 - increase 164.
Stanghow, 1162 - increase 561.
Upleatham, 488 - decrease 42.
The total population of the district is 22071 - increase of 10130.
The national population was estimated at 26 million.
Skelton's 7821 [including Lingdale, Boosbeck, N Skelton] was made up of 4224 males and 3596 females.
There were 1433 inhabited houses with 263 being built or vacant.
Guisborough Workhouse had some 120 inmates including two people registered from Skelton. "John Elcoat, widower, agricultural labourer, imbecile, age 58." and "Thomas Hepton, General labourer, age 64."
At the other end of the social scale The Mount Girls Boarding School at Darlington registered "Martha Petch, Boarder under 15,
Skelton, York, England."
In the last ten years the number of houses and people had trebled and in last 40 years had multiplied tenfold.
The total population of Skelton, Skelton Green, North Skelton and New Skelton was 4791,
21 men gave their occupation as boot/shoe maker or cordwainer [the old name for the trade.]
25 people were registered as school teachers/pupil teachers.
There were 34 dressmakers/seamstresses.
New mines were opened and mining techniques and machinery were improved.
30th April - SWINDLER.
25th May. - FIRST MINERS DEMONSTRATION.
3rd June - EXPENSIVE BRIDGE.
3rd June - WELL UNWELL.
8th June. - ROAD AND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE.
15th June - PARENTS FINED.
Mr Marshall, the Warden to the School Board said that each one had been served with 2 notices in accordance with the Education Act.
6 defendants were fined 5 shillings and another 2s 6d.
17th June - TRAMP DEAD.
18th June - TRUANTS.
20th June - RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.
21st June - DAMAGE BY BOYS.
["Primitive" applied to the religion, not the building.] Built 1881.
It appears the boys were after birds nests. The lads admitted entering the building but denied smashing the door. Case dismissed.
28th June - PINCHING CLOTHES.
1st July - The Local Volunteers name was changed to the 1st Yorkshire North Riding Rifle Volunteer Corps.
July. 12th July - PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL, NORTH SKELTON.
The Loftus Advertiser reported that this "iron chapel" was paid for by the local mine owners Bolckow and Vaughan.
The building will be of galvanised iron on brick and constructed by Messrs Sanderson of London. It will cost about £350 and seat about 250.
The ceremony was followed by tea in a tent provided by the Society to which about 300 sat down.
14th July - PRIVATE SCHOOL.
15th July. - GENERAL DEALER BANKRUPT.
18th July - NEW ROAD GIFT.
20th July. - SKELTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S SHOW.
There was not a large entry of cattle, but those shown were all of very good quality. The poultry was also exceedingly good and an
improvement on past years.
Dairy produce was thoroughly in keeping with the other exhibits and although there was not a great show the exhibits were exceedingly fine, especially the tray of fancy devices.
2nd August - SPEEDING ON THE BEACH.
John Cummings of North Skelton was charged with furiously driving a pony upon a certain highway - the sands at Redcar. The Magistrates did not consider the sands proved to be a highway within the meaning of the Act. 5th August - VANDALISM.
The Surveyor, Mr Downie, reported to the Local Board that great damage was continually being done by boys and others to the property of the Board throughout the District.
It was agreen to issue notices calling attention to the destruction and setting forth that the police had instructions to prosecute any offender.
12th August - OLD MAWERS SCHOOL SOLD.
17th August. - CHILD KILLED AT PIT.
2nd September - NO TELEGRAPH.
8th September - NORTH SKELTON INFANT SCHOOL PLANNED.
13th September - DRUNK IN CHARGE.
17th September - ENGINEERS AT PARK PIT.
At the invitation of Messrs Bell Bros the members of the Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle visited the ironstone mines of the firm in Cleveland.
Little more than 2 hours run brought the party from Newcastle via Darlington, Middlesbrough and Guisborough to Skelton Park Pit.
They were shown the method in operation for winning ironstone by Mr W Walker's patent rotatory drill.
There are 2 or 3 kinds of drills in use in the Cleveland mines and Mr Walker's is a rotatory spiral drill driven by a pair of small engines worked by compressed air.
They saw the drill make a hole 4 feet 6 inches into the ironstone in 2 and a half minutes whilst the air pressure amounted to 40lbs per sq inch. [gunpowder would then be packed into this hole with a stemmer for blasting].
The party then proceeded to Lumpsey where 2 shafts of nearly 600 feet are being sunk.
20th September - MINE ACCIDENT - ARM OFF.
21st September - RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.
11th October - W. H. A. WHARTON COMING OF AGE.
The coming of age of Mr William Henry Anthony Wharton, heir to the Skelton and Gilling Estates, was celebrated with much rejoicing on Monday afternoon and evening at Skelton.
It was the rent day of the tenantry and to mark the liberality they had shown in the shape of gifts to his son on the occasion of his coming of age Mr J T Wharton gave a recherche dinner to all the subscribers,
The dinner was held in the Concert Hall of the Wharton Arms Hotel and the repast reflected the greatest credit on the host, Mr William Maughan.
The room was beautifully decorated with stars and festoons of evergreens, relieved with bannerets and at the head of the table the various presents to the young squire were exhibited.
These consisted of a charmingly designed silver cup, valued at £100,the gift of the tenants of the Skelton Estate, purchased from Messrs Dobson and Sons, Piccadilly, London; Silver flask, spurs and hunting whip, by the tenants of the Gilling Estate; Sword in silver scabbard by the G Company [Skelton] 1st North York Rifle Volunteers; four in hand whip, silver mounted, by the servants of Skelton Castle; Silver hunting horn by the workpeople on the Skelton Estate; Carved inkstand made of oak grown near Skelton Castle, silver mounted by Mr Geo Harrison of Guisborough.
30th October - BLOODY POACHING AFFRAY.
19th November - SKELTON MANOR COURT.
The Court Leet and Court Baron of Mr J T Wharton, Lord of the Manor of Skelton, was held yesterday at the Wharton Arms Hotel, Skelton, before Mr W C Trevor of Guisbrough, the steward of the Manor. Mr D T Petch, who for some years has been the foreman of the jury was prevented from attending. After the jury were sworn, the court rolls were called over and the usual business was transacted.
[On Page 5 of Skelton Stories a family researcher is trying to find where the records of this ancient Skelton Court are presently located. They are presumably still held somewhere in Skelton Castle and could add much to our knowledge of the History of the village.]
29th November - NORTH SKELTON MINES SUCCESS.