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.
On Monday a friendly competition between 5 men of the Skelton "G" Company of the 1st North Yorkshire Regiment Volunteers and 5 men of the Coastguard at Saltburn took place at the Skelton range.
On a dull day the scoring was pretty fair and the Volunteers were victorious. Afterwards the men were given a splendid dinner at the Wharton Arms by Captain Yeoman with toasts, songs and sentiments.
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.
The Skelton Village Infant School having become over-crowded, the owner, Mr J T Wharton, without any solicitation on the part of the Board enlarged it at his own cost providing accommodation for 138 children and therefore the Education Department did not press the Board to build the Infants School at Skelton Green. In order to secure the regular attendance of children at school, a School Attendance Officer was appointed to devote the whole of his time thereto.
The average attendance in proportion to the numbers on the books had increased from 65 percent in 1880 to 72 percent, notwithstanding that the increased number includes a class of children who are kept at school only by the constant efforts of the Attendance Officer and the Magistrates were too lenient in dealing with cases of non-attendance.
24th January - SCHOOLS. RIGHT AND WRONG COMES FIRST.
A meeting of the School Board reported that attendance had increased from 65 to 72 percent and would have been better if non-attendance had been treated more strictly by the Magistrates.
Next to high moral training and discipline, the first object, the Clerk says, has been to give every child a thorough grounding in reading, writing and arithmetic.
[The modern progessive educationalists knew better and produce at enormous cost to the local tax payer, our present day amoral, illiterate, innumerate and unemployable village yobbos.]
The results of the examinations made by Her Majesty's Inspector had been very satisfactory.
26th January - FIRST AID IN THE MINES.
About 46 miners were awarded certificates by Surgeon-Major Hutton of the St John Ambulance Association. They belonged to No 18 Class from the Clay-lane Iron Company's South Skelton Mine and No 35 Class of Bolckow and Vaughan's North Skelton Mine.
They were complimented on the very able manner in which they went through their drill and the oral examination and thanks given to their instructor, Dr Merryweather, JP.
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.
The Local Volunteers were renamed the 1st Volunteer Battalion, the Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). The Headquarters were moved from Richmond to Northallerton.
3rd February - MINE ACCIDENT STATISTICS.
The half yearly report of accidents in the Cleveland mines showed that in the 6 months to 30 December 1882 there were 304 minor and 11 fatal accidents.
Figures for the Skelton mines were:- Shaft 27. Park Pit 39 and 2 fatal. North Skelton 8 and 1 fatal. Longacres 18. South Skelton 9 minor. A note added that the data was incomplete and "450 would be nearer the mark than 304."
5th February - UNRULY PERSONS.
A largely attended meeting on Saturday night was held in the Drill Hall, Skelton. It was addressed by the following candidates for the School Board - Messrs Ellis, Hyslop, Hobbs, Petch, Taylor and Toyn. A number of unruly persons greatly disturbed the meeting.
17th February - BLOOD FROM A STONE.
At Guisborough County Court before the Registrar, Mr Tuck, grocer and postmaster of North Skelton sued a married woman, named Mullett, for 19 shillings for goods supplied.
The plaintiff said the defendant was in a position to pay, receiving 2 registered letters from London every week, but the defendant said that she was in receipt of parish relief and that her husband had been confined to his bed for the last 4 years.
Mr Sowerby refused to make any order.
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.
His father had been the owner of Slapewath mine from 1864, but his Company had gone into liquidation in 1880.
The terrace houses at Charltons were built for the mine workers there and named after the family.
William Charlton acquired the nickname "Ratchet" Willy after introducing a new ratchet drill into the mines and causing a dispute with the workforce.
The knowledge required for mine management was often passed down families and William's son likewise became a local mine manager and then of a Colliery at Tow Law in Co Durham.
In the First World War he became the Commanding Officer of the local 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment as Lt Col Bernard Hedley Charlton. M.C. He was killed on the 22nd March 1918. His story can be read on my website about the 4th Battn. click here.
"Ratchet" Willy Charlton died on the 13th March 1929.]
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.
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.
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.
Charles Thomas, a travelling showman, was summoned for cruelty to the animal by keeping it in an improper place.
Inspector Cape of the SPCA examined the animal at North Skelton and found it in a box with just room to stand up and lie down.
Defendant said it was not right and would remove it. He always took it out when it was quiet and invariably kept it clean.
Bench considered the calf had not been properly treated, but this time the case would be dismissed.
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.
The surveyor, M Cross, reported to the Skelton Local Board that the cost for stand pipes to be fixed in the street for the water would be £10 5s each, but he did not know about the price the water consumed would come to.
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.
John Peel. a miner aged 48 died of injuries received on 3rd August.
A local paper describes that he was killed "by explosion of powder, supposed to have been lit by squib instead of match."
John lived at 31 William St, North Skelton and had been born in Norwich, Norfolk.
He left a wife, Rose, age 41, who had been born in Neurala State, India and was presumably the daughter of a British serviceman.
He had two children at the census of 1881, Rose, then aged 7 and Charlotte 5.
They had been born at Rosedale, Yorks and there seems to have been a movement of miners from there to the Skelton mines, as the 1881 census shows.
8th August - OBSCENE LANGUAGE.
Yesterday at Guisborough before Mr James Lowther. MP. Frederick Southwood and William Lobb, miners, were each ordered to pay 10s 3d for using obscene language at Skelton on the 29th July.
14th August - DAMAGED PEAS.
William Raine, T Smith, T Wilson and William Legg, all youths, were fined 7s 9d including costs for damaging a pea field belonging to Mr R W Stevenson at North Skelton on the 5th.
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.
Percy Saunders, an ex-Indian Army officer was drowned in the "German Ocean" at Saltburn near where Skelton Beck outflows.
He was attempting to save the life of a Thomas Goddard, who had hired a bathing machine and then got into difficulties.
Thomas was saved by others. Percy was rescued by a boat, but efforts to revive him failed. He was buried in Skelton Old Churchyard. A large procession and Saltburn Brass Band attended. All the shops in Saltburn were closed and the blinds in private houses drawn.
Saltburn did not get its own cemetery until 1889.
25th August - LEG MANGLED AT MINE.
A serious accident occurred at South Skelton shaft. A youth named Charles Phillipson, aged 15, jumped on to a running wagon, when he slipped and fell, the wheels passing over his right leg, mangling it severely. He was conveyed to the Miners' Hospital at Guisborough. His leg was afterwards amputated a little below the knee by Dr Shand. The boy is as well as can be expected.
5th Aug. - PINCHING PEAS.
Henry Hull was fined 10s 6d for stealing peas from John Oakley at Skelton.
26th Aug - VOLCANO. Eruption of Krakatoa, one of several in this year, was said to lower world temperatures by a significant amount.
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.
William Woodroof. a miner aged 57 died as a result of injuries received on 7 August. "A large quantity of stone fell on him while baring. Broken leg and ankle and other bruises"
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.
William Fawcett, Thomas Craven, William Richards, William Groves, David Jones, Thomas Savage and Dalton Taylor were charged with gambling on a public highway. PC Brough concealed himself behind a hedge on Airy Hill at Skelton on Sunday afternoon on the 23rd. He watched the defendants playing pitch and toss in the lane. Savage called 2 witnesses to prove that he was 3 miles away and was discharged. The rest were fined 5 shillings each with costs.
2nd October - TELEGRAPH.
The Post Office at Skelton is now open for telegraph business.
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.
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.
The mayor of Darlington and others brought an action against Thomas Broderick of North Skelton for £3 11s the value of 17 tons of lime at 4s per ton. Defendant said a tenant of his had put it on some land to kill weeds, which it had failed to do.
He had a sample tested and it was useless. Another witness said it did the job. His Honour found for the plaintiff. Full amount to be paid plus costs.
31st Oct - SCALDED TO DEATH.
"Yesterday afternoon Mr W Robinson, deputy Coroner, held an inquiry at North Skelton into circumstances attending the death of Francis William Stephenson, aged 2 and a half, son of a widow residing in that village.Deceased's brother, a youth of 15 had placed on the kitchen table a large pot containing hot tea and during his absence the child upset it, the scalding tea falling upon his face and and chest. After lingering in great agony he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday."
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.
On Saturday afternoon at Guisborough Hospital Mr W Robinson, deputy Coroner held an enquiry touching the death of Thomas West, aged 71, who was injured at Skelton Park Pit on the 12th October.
Deceased was employed as a labourer and was assisting to hoist sacks of corn when the chain of the hoist broke.
One of the sacks fell on him and his leg was broken.
He was taken to Guisborough Hospital where he died on Friday."
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.
Representation were made to Mr G D Trotter of Upleatham Hall to request that the Earl of Zetland consents to opening out of Hazel Grove at Saltburn and Rifts Wood and to the Local Board to make and maintain footpaths therein.
Also to allow a walk to be made across Mount Shandy to Skelton Mill.
Another resolution moved by Mr Toyn urged the Local Boards to arrange for the erection of a bridge across Skelton Beck at Marske Mill.
18th December - EATING TOO MUCH - BROKEN INDENTURES.
A youth named James Walker was charged with a breach of his indentures of apprenticeship.
Mr Thomas Lowe, a bootmaker of Skelton, said that about 2 years ago young Walker was bound to him for a term of 6 years. He seemed to like his trade but about 5 weeks ago he mysteriously disappeared leaving a note wishing Mr Lowe, "Goodbye."
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.