Standing, left to right - Bill Varty, overman; John Oliver, overman; George Covell, deputy;
John Johnson, deputy; Robert Carver, deputy;
George Watson, undermanager [great Grandfather of website maker]; Scott Coates, pipefitter;
Seated - Levi Faulkes, deputy; Charlie Clark, deputy; Robert Slater, deputy;
Dan Chilvers, deputy; John Lightburn, deputy; Jack Downey, overman;
John Clayton, foreman blacksmith.
For more information on Skelton Park Pit, click here.
|HEAVY SNOWFALL - LIVES LOST. :-
"The storm which commenced with a fall of snow on January 7th, may be said to have continued without intermission until the 17th March. The heaviest snow fall of the year in the North of England took place on the 16th and 17th of March, and human life was lost and many thousands of sheep perished.
For several days together trains have been snowed up and house and villages have been cut off from their neighbours. Cutting through the snow drifts has fortunately employed many of those who have suffered so much from want of work this winter."
Skelton is declared a rectory and the new rector is the Rev Robert James Ellis of St John's College, Cambridge.12th January - RIOTOUS PEDLARS.
Charles Jenkins and Samuel Richardson were charged with being drunk and disorderly at Skelton on the 29th December. PC Brough found them drunk and shouting and swearing in Boosbeck Rd, Skelton Green and they had to be locked up. Fined 5s and costs.
They were then charged with acting as pedlars without a certificate at Skelton. Sgt Imeson saw them going from door to door. Jenkins said he had a certificate at Hartlepool and Richardson's expired in 1882. Fined 5s and costs.
Then they were charged with damaging the door at the public house of W G Tate, who said they commenced quarrelling and fighting in his house
and he had to put them out. They used abusive language and threw a quantity of pots at the door and through the fanlight.
Fined 10s, costs and damage 6s.
12th January - WASHING RIGHTS ON THE LINE.
18th January - DESTITUTE FAMILIES.
27th Jan. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.
William Henry Anthony Wharton 1859 - 1938
Rector of Skelton, 1886 - 1911.
William H A Wharton became the master of Cleveland Foxhounds
Like some many other Masters he began his hunting experience with a pack of 16 inch beagles, which he kept at Skelton.
After being at Eton from 1873 to 1876, he went in 1878 to Magdalen, Cambridge, a college which for generations has been the home of riding men.
John Charlton's book "Twelve Packs of Hounds" records -
The season of 1870 the Hounds were hunted by Mr Watson Dixon, the hon. secretary to the hunt, and then Mr JT Wharton, of Skelton Castle, became master.
Mr Wharton resigned at the end of his third season and was succeeded by Mr R. A. H. T. Newcomen, of Kirkleatham Hall, who
kept them for five years.
Mr John Proud of Yearby, then accepted the mastership, and retained it until 1886, when he resigned.
Mr W,H. A. Wharton (son of Mr J. T. Wharton, who had previously been master of the Hurworth) then took them and is now master and hunts the Hounds.
17th February - WORKHOUSE.
The "Workhouse" website states the following, source not known.:-
18th Feb - DEATH OF REV DR JOHN GARDNER LL.D.
18th Feb - MINE DEATH, ROOF FALL.
20th Feb - PINCHING BEEF.
3rd March - HORSE CRUELTY.
8th March - WORK FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.
13th March - Mr Charlton moved at the School Board meeting that children under 5 years of age be admitted to the schools at a charge of 1 penny per week.
18th March - HOW MUCH DO THE BUILD-TO-LET LANDLORDS MAKE ?
26th March - SKELTON AND BROTTON LOCAL BOARD. Nominations for the election.
23rd March - LOAN SHARK.
30th March - THE UNEMPLOYED DISTRESS.
31st March - DISTRESS, WORKHOUSE OR LABOUR.
At a meeting of the Guisbourough Guardians a deputation of 5 men from a meeting of the unemployed at Skelton asked if anything could be done to relieve the present distress.
They said they represented some 300 men in Skelton, Boosbeck and surrounding places, that they had stood out as long as they could, but many were now in an utter state of destitution.
The Guardians said relief was provided on two tests, one was the Workhouse and the other called the labour test.
If the first was refused then only the second could be provided. If the local authorities could employ them in some way they would receive wages. They were advised to supply the names of all those in the most destitute circumstances to the Relieving Officer.
3rd April - HARD WORK FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.
Mr J T Wharton of Skelton Castle said he was prepared to spend £100 in excavating and road cleaning near the Castle under the
supervision of the Board. A number of men could be employed at 2s per day.
Arrangements were also made to have a quantity of stone broken at 1s 8d per ton.
10 Apr - MERCHANT BANKRUPT.
20th April - UNSANITARY DWELLING.
27th April - CLOTHES LINE THEFT - BIRCH ROD.
7th May 1886. - SAD FATALITY.
12 pence = 1 shilling. 20 shillings = 1 pound.
1st June - FLORIN PICKPOCKETS.
Minnie Richmond and Mary Ann Smith were charged by William Mitchinson, a labourer of Skelton, with stealing 2 florins from him on the 29th.
It appeared that on the evening in question the 3 of them went into the Mermaid Inn at Guisborough and whilst there Mitchinson gave each of the females 4 pence and a glass of beer.
Smith went out and Richmond took the money from his pocket. Both prisoners were committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions at Northallerton.
14th June - VOLUNTEERS CAMP.
1st July - PINCHED LAMB.
At the Yorks Assizes James Brown, a miner aged 37 and Hesekiah Brown, aged 16, were found guilty of stealing a lamb, the property of Thomas Petch of Skelton. Sentenced to 6 months and 1 month prison respectively.
1st to 27th July - GENERAL ELECTION.
21st July - LUNATIC ASYLUM.
George Harrison of Skelton, aged 58 was found hanged in York County Lunatic Asylum.
People from this area, who were certified as insane by the local doctor were taken the 60 miles to the Lunatic Asylum at York.
An example of this can be seen as early as the Overseers of Skelton Book for the 1820's decade. Here.
A magnificent building at York had been promoted with the best intentions by the Archbishop of York and completed by 1777.
It's applied Tuscan columns, pediment and fashionable Venetian windows, were reported in the press as Ďan elegant and expensive affairí, but it didnít please everyone.
William Mason, a Precentor at the Minster, wrote that its extravagant design was a waste of public money and suggested it should instead be advertised as Ďa lunatic hotelí.
However, the study of the disturbed mind was little understood.
As with much corruption, still much reported today in the lack of care and abuse of the old and incapable, it was later discovered that despite its grandiose exterior there were many examples of patients held in terrible squalor and abused with physical and sexual violence by those in charge.
22nd July. Henry Shepherd of Skelton aged 16 was buried in the Churchyard. Coroners inquest verdict - run over.
22nd July - LUXURY OF LAW.
10th August - DESERTING FAMILY.
18th August - PAYS TO ADVERTISE WORKHOUSE.
23rd August - STOPPAGE OF NORTH SKELTON MINES.
30th August - MUGGED AT MIDDLESBROUGH.
4th September - NORTH SKELTON MINE STOPPAGE.
8th September - DRUNK DRIVER.
9th September - SHORT TIME IN THE MINES.
17 September - RESTARTING OF THE NORTH SKELTON MINES - BREACH OF AGREEMENT.
21st September - HUNTING ACCIDENT.
23rd October - SECOND HELPINGS.
11th Nov. - MINE DEATH, ROOF FALL.
They sounded the place and found it all right on Thursday morning. They fired a shot at 7 a.m, bored another hole and were
commencing to fill stone when a quantity about 19 hundredweight fell from the side on Cranmer causing instant death.
13 November - SCHOOL SALARIES.
13th November - TEMPERANCE.
17th November - NORTH SKELTON MINE RESTARTS.
2nd December - WORKHOUSE DISTRESS.
14th December - DOG AND RABBIT.