Representation of the People Act. Now any male occupying land or property with an annual rateable value of £10
could vote and this increased the number of adults now eligible to 24 percent.
LOCAL BOARDS JOINED.
2nd January - COUNTY BRIDGES.
4th January - NEW SKELTON TO NORTH SKELTON BRIDGES.
The Surveyor, Mr Ambrose Cross, reported the dangerous condition of a house in High Street, which was unsafe to the people living
next door. Instructions were given to attend to the matter at once, the Chairman remarking that they would have to be more stringent
in respect to those "miserable hovels" than they had been.
The Medical Officer reported the registration of 30 births and 7 deaths, being at the rate of 88 and 7 per 1,000 respectively.
10 January - SCHOOL FEES PAID BY BOARD
6th February - TURNIP DAMAGE.
13th February - SCHOOL BOARD, MORE RED TAPE.
7th Mar. William Bellinger was fined 6d for damaging grass at Skelton.
7th Mar - HUNTING DEATH.
12th March - LECTURE. HEAR, HEAR.
28th Mar - SEVERELY BURNT.
4th April - VOLUNTEER SHOOTING.
22nd April - SON PINCHED FATHER'S HORSE AND SOLD IT.
3rd May - FEVER HOSPITAL.
6th May - INCONVENIENCE.
6th May - PIGEONS VANISH FROM COAL HOUSE.
16th May - ALLEGED DEATH CAUSED BY TOO MUCH SCHOOL HOMEWORK.
20th May - PAID IN BUTTONS.
13th June - SKELTON CHURCH NEW PULPIT.
16th June - CRICKET.
20 June - BOY IN MINE ACCIDENT.
30th June - WORKMEN'S TREAT.
A dinner was given at the Wharton Arms Hotel by Mr J T Wharton of Skelton Castle to the workmen employed at the new Church on Friday evening, when 26 sat down. Mr John Wood was elected to the chair. Amongst the company present were the contractor, Mr Caldcleugh.
2nd July - ATTEMPTED RAPE.
2nd July - SALTBURN, SKELTON AND LOFTUS DISTRICT BENEFIT BUILDING SOCIETY.
9th July - DEAD SLEEP WALKER.
"Fatal accident to a Somnabulist." William Whitelaw, aged 60 was buried in Skelton Churchyard. He met his death in a shocking manner. It appears deceased got out of bed in his sleep about 12 o'clock on Sunday night and fell downstairs sustaining such severe injuries that he died on Monday evening."
12th July - KICKED BY HORSE.
18th July - MISSION TO SKELTON GREEN.
19th July - SACKED FOR BRINGING THE ROOF DOWN.
21st July - CRICKET.
22nd July - PINCHING STRAWBERRIES.
24th July - NORTH YORKS RIFLES VERSUS DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY.
2nd August - NEW ROAD.
6th August - SKELTON ESTATE GARDEN COMPETITION.
14th August - BOY DROWNED.
18th August - McCUTCHEON MEMORIAL.
24th August - PICKPOCKET AT THE RACES.
27th August - DAD KILLED IN MINES - CANNOT AFFORD SCHOOL FEES.
9th September - BOOKIE WILL NOT QUIT.
19th September - VOLUNTEERS VERSUS SKELTON CASTLE.
24th September - FOWL PLAY.
1st October - BEER LICENSE REFUSED.
14th October. The new church in the High St was consecrated by the Archbishop of York.
The total cost was £13,476, obtained mostly by the sale of church land.
The rector at the time, John Gardner, was the moving force behind it.
The old church was said to seat 500, but it was thought a larger church was needed for the increased population.
The stone came from Glaisdale, Skelton and Skelton Shaft.To see 1859 origin of font. click.
The font was brought from the old church along with one of two bells dating from the thirteenth century.
The other bell is in the Victoria and Albert museum in S Kensington, London.
The organ was a gift of rector, John Gardner.
The peal of 8 bells and clock were the gift of J T Wharton.
The Anglo Saxon sun dial fragment from the old church was placed in the porch.
The Church clock was made by William Potts of Leeds.
Skelton Church Clockmaker
of the rectory of the said parish of Skelton-in-Cleveland, and the Reverend John Gardner, Clerk in Holy Orders,
the Rector or Incumbent of the same parish, have, by an instrument under their hands, bearing date on or about the fourteenth day of October,
in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four, certified to us, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners
for England, that it would be for the convenience of the said parish of Skelton-in-Cleveland that the said new church of All Saints,
situate within such parish, should be substituted for the old parish church (also dedicated to All Saints) of the same parish.
21st October - DRUNK.
22nd October - ASSAULT ON THE SQUIRE.
[Walter William Blackett was a basket maker, who lived at Skelton Ellars].
Blackett knocked down the prisoner who said he would kill the Squire. He got up and they had a hand to hand to fight before he knocked him down again. They got more assistance and secured him with a rope.
Mr Silcock, the Workhouse master, said that Bevin was brought to the Workhouse from Loftus on Monday night, appeared to be the
worse for drink, was very violent and he had to put him in a straight jacket.
He had begged in the morning to be allowed up and he was given breakfast and set to work. Subsequently he was seen out of town.
Whilst in Court the prisoner tried to feign insanity. He was sent to prison for 2 months hard labour.
4th November - POACHED RABBITS.
Defendants said they were ratting in the beck and a water hen flew to the fence and they ran after it. Coleman and Shepherdson with
previous convictions and Harding who did not appear were fined 8s 6d and the others 5s 6d each.
7th Nov - SKELTON CORN MILL, BANKRUPTCY.
10th November - MINE ROYALTIES ARE NOT FAIR AND DAMAGE BRITISH TRADE.
There was a strong feeling in many quarters that as the Royalties for the invention of the blast furnace had passed into the possession of the people, the landowners had no right to impose what amounted to an oppressive tax on material that was extracted hundreds of feet below ground level.
Nothing was done to change the system.
As with money-making from Land and multi-Property ownership today the Politicians themselves had too many fingers in the pie.
21st November - WRETCHED SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
A letter was read from Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools who had been struck by the wretched attendance at the Skelton schools and said if this could be raised to even 80 percent it would raise the grant to considerable over £200.
Scarlet Fever. Burials at Skelton Church. 22 January. Mary Lizzie Hodgson of Skelton aged 7. 18th April Edith Maud Rippon of Fogga, aged 2. Mary Ellen Huntreds of Fogga aged 7. 24th April Hannah Jane Dale of Lingdale, aged 11.
25th November - TALLY HO AND YOICKS.
19th December - PARENTS OF SCHOOL ABSENTEES TAKEN TO COURT.
23rd December - THUMB BITER FINED.
24th December - MINER MAY LOSE EYESIGHT.
29th December - BOOTS PINCHED AND 2 COATS.
30th December - UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN CLEVELAND.
30th December - MERRY CHRISTMAS.