4th January - MINE FATALITY.
On Wednesday an inquest was held at Skelton touching the death of Percy Bowes, aged 41. Deceased was employed as a filler at the North Skelton Mines and whilst in the act of removing a piece of stone off the road in the mines about a month ago, he was severely injured by a waggon and died from his injuries on the 24th November 1882. Dr Shand of Guisborough stated the cause of death to have been injury to the lungs, with pneumonia supervening.
10th January - VOLUNTEERS VERSUS COASTGUARDS.
13th January - AGRICULTURAL BALL.
On Friday evening the annual ball of the Skelton in Cleveland Agricultural Society was held at the Wharton Arms Assembly Rooms.
A large company were present and dancing kept up until the small hours in the morning.
24th January - KID CATCHER NEEDED.
24th January - SCHOOLS. RIGHT AND WRONG COMES FIRST.
26th January - FIRST AID IN THE MINES.
30th January - ELECTION FEVER.
The inhabitants of Skelton are being aroused from their wonted quietude by threatenings of a contested School Board Election.
Even the Churchwardens are "moved to move" and they have consulted the overseers, who,afraid of the expenditure, have called in the services of the bellman, who on Monday - in the name of the joint authorities, the Churchwardens and Overseers - did convene meetings to be held in the various villages in the district for the purpose if possible of avoiding a contest.
18 persons are nominated for the 7 seats, 2 of the number being ladies. We trust that wise counsels will prevail.
1st Feb - VOLUNTEERS.
3rd February - MINE ACCIDENT STATISTICS.
5th February - UNRULY PERSONS.
17th February - BLOOD FROM A STONE.
8th February - SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.
Election for 7 members to the Skelton School Board took place in the Infant Schoolroom, Old Skelton.
Those elected were - G Robinson, Mines Manager, 1200; Mrs Wharton, Skelton Castle, 1156; C Hyslop, Mine Manager, 882; T Taylor, Shopkeeper, 849; William Charlton, Mine Manager, 847; T Petch, Farmer, 844; J Milligan, shopkeeper and Postmaster 753.
Those not elected were G Hobbs, Engineman, 580; A Ellis, druggist and Postmaster, 382; J Toyn, Miners Agent, 365; J Booth, Checkweighman, 293 and J Scarth, Gentleman, retired.
C Hyslop and T Taylor were members of the previous Board.
[William Charlton, one of the above Board members was born Eston 1852. At this time he was the Manager of Spawood Mine.
27th February - EXPLOSION ACCIDENT AT MINE.
On Monday afternoon a miner named Thomas Cook met with a serious accident at Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan Longacres mine Skelton.
He was in the act of charging a hole with compressed powder and when putting in the last "pellet" the hole exploded. The poor fellow was dreadfully burnt about the face and taken to the Brotton Cottage Hospital.
2nd March - ST JOHN AMBULANCE. Surgeon Major Hutton examined classes at Skelton Mines and Skelton Park Pit and certificates will be presented by Mr Wharton on the 10th.
26th March. - NEW MINERS' HOSPITAL.
31st March. - MINER CRUSHED TO DEATH.
5th April. - TOLL MAN DIES.
12th April - MINERS INJURED BY "SHOT".
12th April - SCHOOL GROWTH AND TRUANCY.
The Board was originally formed for Skelton alone, the population of which in 1871 was 2561 and it now had increased to 9,000.
However, Mr C Heslop called attention the the decrease in attendance of children in general. He did not attribute this to the employment of children, but thought something should be done.
Mr Milligan spoke of the fact that children were continually playing about the streets. It was agreed to instruct the Clerk to issue bill calling the attention of parent to the powers of the Education Act that made education compulsory.
17th April - DANGEROUS DOG.
26 April. - MINER KILLED IN EXPLOSION.
5th May - DANGEROUS MEDICINE.
9th May - GENEROUS DONATIONS TO NEW MINERS' HOSPITAL.
10th May - SCHOOL CANE IS A NECESSITY.
11 May. - MINER RUN OVER AND KILLED.
15th May - CYCLISTS. On Whit Monday the bicyclists and tricyclists of the North Eastern district met for second time at Middlesbrough. Skelton Bicycle Club had 3 representatives who took part in handicap races.
1st June - FEVER.
8th June - SEVERE MINE INJURIES.
28th June - CARE OF PIT HORSES.
4th July - ELECTRIC FLUID DAMAGE.
28th July. - TRESPASS FINE. William Backhouse was fined 7s 6d for trespassing on land owned by W D Petch.
31st July - POLICEMAN ASSAULT.
The officer heard a disturbance near the railway bridge and found the defendant drunk and stripped to his shirt. He tried
to persuade the defendant to go home but was struck several violent blows.
The on-lookers jeered at the Officer and stoned him. Ordered to pay £1 fine and costs or a month's hard labour.
31st July - CRUELTY TO 6 LEGGED CALF.
MINERS ACCIDENT HOSPITAL built on Boosbeck Rd, Skelton Green.
Directory records Messrs Merryweather and Dunn as medical officers there.
Tom Curnow, in his History, recalls seeing the ambulance racing to the Hospital with an injured miner.
"It was more like a coach really, made of polished wood with frosted glass windows and drawn by horses. Several times I have seen the horses galloping along the road towards Skelton Green and the ambulance bell clanging. Like a flash the news would spread through the village to cause concern as to who had been injured"
4th August - STREET WATERING.
4th Aug. - BOBBY ASSAULTED.
Matthew White, a miner, was charged with assaulting PC Calvert at North Skelton, near the railway bridge.
He was ordered to pay £1 fine and costs or a month's imprisonment with hard labour.
5 August. - MINE EXPLOSION DEATH.
8th August - OBSCENE LANGUAGE.
14th August - DAMAGED PEAS.
17 August. - MINE DEATH.
"Inquest held at the New Inn, Skelton on 1st October following. Attended by Tommy Varty, manager,who explained with map of the workings
where the accident occurred.
Mr Atkinson, the Assistant Government Ispector was present. Deceased had drilled two holes using machinery and Mr Varty explained that
although there was no special rule against this he had given orders against the practice and the Mr Raw had been warned of the dangers
and other witnesses gave evidence to this effect.
18 August. - LIFESAVER LOSES LIFE.
25th August - LEG MANGLED AT MINE.
25th Aug. - PINCHING PEAS.
26th Aug - VOLCANO. Eruption of Krakatoa, one of several in this year, was said to lower world temperatures by a significant amount.
28th August - THEY BOTH DID WHAT THEY COULD.
6th September - PARK PIT INSPECTION.
3rd September - DESPERATE POACHING AFFRAY.
Robert White and John King, miners, were brought up on remand charged with being on the 29th August at 1 o'clock in the morning, armed with bludgeons and stones, in a certain field called the Lawns, in the vicinity of Skelton Castle, for the purpose of taking rabbits.
John Pennington, gamekeeper, said: On Wednesday night I was watching in company with William Barker, Jonathan Sanderson and PC Brough.
In consequence of hearing my dog bark I went along the wood side to a grass field.
I saw something in the grass and laid down and watched.
Several men got up and began to move away. I called out to my mates for assistance.
I called "Hey out, they are here".
They went into the field about a hundred yards and commenced to throw stones at me. I was not hit by the stones.
King stepped forward with a stick upon his shoulder and hit me on the head. [Sticks were produced, formidable weapons].
I was struck by a second man. It was quite dark. I am sure it was King. I fell to the ground from the blows.
When I got up my mates were fighting with the poachers. The fight continued until two were taken into custody.
I saw White having a tussle with PC Brough, who was on the ground. The prisoner White was biting his finger and was also armed with a bludgeon.
The others went away. I searched on the ground after and found the nets, bags,stones, 13 rabbits and bludgeons.
I have bruises on elbow, knee, shoulder and head.
Dr Dunn said Sanderson was too ill to come that day and would not be able to attend for 2 weeks. He had one of his arms broken and a large wound on his forehead.
Cross examined by King the Dr admitted that his was the worst cut.
The prisoners were committed to take their trial at Yorks Assizes and allowed bail of £50 each.
On the 12th November they were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
10th Sep - MINER KILLED.
13 September - COOKERY CLASSES.
At a meeting of the Skelton School Board it was resolved to accept the offer of Messrs Pease and Partners for the establishment of cookery classes, on condition that the necessary cooking arrangements could be satisfactorily settled.
2nd October - HIGHWAY GAMBLING.
2nd October - TELEGRAPH.
7th October. - ACCIDENTAL DEATH AT HOME.
An inquest was held at the Green Inn, Skelton Green into the death of Lucy Wright. Deceased was somewhat advanced in years and had been cleaning an upstairs room when on stepping onto the landing she missed her footing and fell to the bottom. She was seriously injured, but lingered some time after the accident.
9th October - EXPENSIVE BRAMBLES.
9th October. - DESPERATE AFFRAY WITH THE POLICE.
23rd October - DRUNK DRIVER.
He was found madly galloping a horse and cart down the roads at Skelton while he was senselessly drunk. Fined 10 shillings and costs.
25th October - FAULTY LIME.
31st Oct - SCALDED TO DEATH.
The nearest hospital for casualties from Skelton Shaft and Skelton Park Ironstone Mines until the one at Skelton Green was opened in this year, 1883.
24th November - DRUNK ROBBED BY TRAMP.
William Haw, a simple looking individual, was charged with robbing a North Skelton miner named Thomas Hudson of 14s 2d on the 17th. On the day in question Hudson was at Brotton and got a "sup of drink".
When he left to go home he had 15s or 16s in his pocket. On the way he sat down and went to sleep. When he awoke he only had 1s 6d.
The tramp came along and said to some boys that he would see him safe home. The boys were suspicious and secreting themselves they watched the prisoner rifle Elston's pockets and make off with the contents. They at once informed the police, who arrested the culprit the same evening. Haw pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 3 months prison with hard labour.
9th December - MINE DEATH OF 71 YEAR OLD.
11th Dec - HURRICANE.
A Yarm parish magazine states - "the hurricane of December 11 - 12th 1883, was the worst that has visited for at least 20 years, lifting tiles, slates, chimney pots and hay stack tops all over the town and countryside."
17th December - RIGHT OF WAY.
18th December - EATING TOO MUCH - BROKEN INDENTURES.
It was not difficult to trace him. The boy said that he ran away because Mrs Lowe was always nagging him about eating so much.
He bore it as long as he could.
He also informed the Bench that his mother "bound" him to Mr Lowe by false pretences. She had told him, after he came out of the Middlesbrough Industrial School, that his father was dead and induced him to go to Mr Lowe. His father was still alive and employed at the Brittania Ironworks in Middlesbrough.
The Bench decided Mr Lowe would have to do his part and treat the lad with consideration.
Young Walker would have to return to his employ and fulfil his part of the the agreement. Failing to do so, he might again be summoned and committed to gaol.
Defendant - "Then I would rather go to gaol at once than go back to Mr Lowe."
Chairman - "Well that is a point for you to consider. We order you to go back."
Defendant - "But, I do not mean to go".
North Skelton Infants School was built in this year and was enlarged in 1892.
Six bells for the new church in the High St were cast by John Taylor and Co of Loughborough.
The iron industry had recovered and this was again a boom time for the mines.