Building of Skelton Green School at top of Skelton bank.
It was enlarged in 1892 and 1900.
It appears that 20 Boosbeck Rd had been used as a school.
Tom Curnow in his History of Skelton says that when a Mr Allison bought this house in the 19th century one of the rooms contained 4 school desks and the walls had been used as a blackboard.
Evidently, he says, 8 children paid three pence a week to learn the three R's.
There is some evidence to indicate that this house was the old Wesleyan School, where the parents of Frank Wild, the Antarctic Explorer taught in the early 1870's and where Frank was born in 1873. See the page about Frank Wild here.
8th March - GROCERY THEFT.
12th March - PUPIL BEATEN.
30th March - THE AGED POOR.
the Guisbrough Union district - exclusive of the Redcar and Marske parishes - is 365 and of this number no less than 259 are over 60 years
Guisborough stands first with 78 [11 between 80 and 90, 26 between 70 and 80 and 41 between 60 to 70.]
Skelton is second with 66 [2 at 90 years of age, 6 between 80 and 90, 27 between 70 and 80 and 31 between 60 and 70.]
Loftus third with 46 and Brotton fourth with 20.
14th June - EX-ARMY TERROR.
20th July - SWINE FEVER CHARGE.
24th August - MINE ACCIDENTS.
6th September - BELLRINGERS OF SKELTON.
21st September - NEWSAGENT BANKRUPT.
8th October - NEW GAS LAMPS.
8th October - ALLOTMENTS NOT FREE.
5th November - FINGERS CRUSHED AT MINE.
5th November - THE CASE FOR ALLOTMENTS.
8th November - CAUGHT BEGGING.
She had taken up with a man, who the Chairman of the Bench described as "a lazy, drunken reprobate."
The police stated that he was in the habit of staying with her at lodging houses, ill-using her and compelling her to beg for food.
On Saturday the Skelton Police Constable observed her begging in that village and on her leaving the Rectory asked her what was her business.
She gave her name as Alice Forster and said her husband was a miner of Brotton who had been laid up with a broken leg. Enquiries showed this to be false and she was put in custody. The man Yates had however had his leg broken some time ago.
The Bench admonished her and advised her to leave the man and return to her parents or seek some honest means of earning a living.
23rd November - PREACHERMAN PINCHED STRAW.
24th December - FOOTBALL. NORTH SKELTON WIN. REF CHASED.
Yarm played North Skelton in the second round of the Cleveland Cup, and the conclusions of a football writer are strong and to the point.
He says the match resulted in the
“most blackguardly and disgraceful scenes ever witnessed on a football field,”and that the responsibility for this rested “chiefly with the Yarm spectators and some of the team.”
The score was eight goals to three in favour of North Skelton; and Mr John Reed, jun., who was the referee, writes:-
“Every score made by the visitors was appealed against on the ground of ‘off-side,’ and as the two umpires systematically disagreed, the onus of deciding against these appeals vested entirely with me. The first and second goal given to North Skelton caused some grumbling, the third and fourth ignited a blaze of indignation, the fourth and fifth produced hoo’s and yells, and so on until the eighth goal was got, when the Yarm people were dancing madly.
Mr Reed thus describes what followed upon the conclusion of the match:–
“After blowing the whistle I walked smartly away from the crowd, it would have been foolhardy to have gone to it, and would only have involved my friends in the melee that would certainly have ensued.
For a minute all was quiet, then horrible yells rent the sky, from which I knew my proceedings were noted. Soon I felt a panting and cursing behind me; so in self-defence, I stopped. The intruder used very violent language, which, summed up, meant he wanted to kill me.
I protested there was not time – there wasn’t time; for at a good pace came streaming, like red Indians at the charge, a couple of hundred reckless hobbldehoys and half-drunken men.
Quickly throwing my overcoat into the face of the first assailant as a feint, the next instant I took the open country at top speed.
The situation was intensely funny. Here was I speeding down the valley from the unrighteous of Yarm, but, if I had been caught, it might have been the opposite to funny.
The intent was to put poor me into the river; but as the evening was cold and frosty, naturally there was an objection on my part. If I had no fear I certainly had the wings that fear lends, and I soon lost the foe and gained the shelter of a kind and friendly house.”
Bearing upon this, the Cleveland Association have instructed their Secretary to take legal proceedings against those spectators who threatened and assaulted him.
Such disgraceful proceedings should be firmly dealt with, or football will lowered to the level of the prize ring.