9th January - CRUSHED AT MINE.
A "back-bye man", named Thomas Blenkin, residing at Skelton, was rather severely crushed on Saturday morning whilst working in the "sump" at the Park Mines, Skelton. The cage descended upon him. He was removed to the Miners' Hospital at Skelton Green.
12th January - PUPIL TEACHER HIT GIRL ?
February - WHERE IS OUR RAILWAY STATION ? Parish Magazine.
apparently in much the same position still. The last report was that it was "in lawyers hands".
It is about time it was in the contractor's hands. It is curious what a long time is necessary for huge bodies like the North Eastern Railway Company to make arrangements for such a little undertaking as this.
Skelton may some day perhaps develop into a manufacturing town, or a place for the villas of Middlesboro merchants;
but we shall first want a station and some railway facilities.
13th February - MUSIC HONOURS.
3rd March - LOCAL BOARD ENTERTAINMENT.
75 persons did ample justice to an excellent spread provided by Mrs Ridsdale of Skelton, after which Mr Calvert of Middlesbrough gave
an excellent address on "Hints etc to Teachers".
Board members, T Petch, J Milligan, Isaac Scarth and school managers T Shepherdson and Thomas Ranson also addressed the Company followed by dancing to 12 p.m to the strains of music provided by Mr Robert Bell.
3rd March - RUN OVER AND KILLED IN MINE.
4th March - STEAM ROLLER AND SMALLPOX.
29th March - SERVANT THEFT FROM EMPLOYER.
At the Guisborough Police Court on Tuesday Frances Evans of North Skelton, a domestic servant, was charged with stealing articles to the value of £10 from her employer, Miss Marley of Boosbeck.
The mother of the prisoner, Jane Anne Evans, was charged with receiving the goods, knowing them to have been stolen. Both pleaded guilty and Frances was sent to prison for one month and her mother for two months.
30th March - RATCHET DISPUTE.
Its introduction caused many disputes in the local ironstone mines.
A meeting of the Cleveland Miners' Executive Committee instructed Messrs Norman and Toyn to meet the men and manager at Skelton
Shaft to try to come to an amicable arrangement about working the "ratchet machine", both as to system and rate.
The ratchet was used to drill a hole in the stone, into which the gunpowder was packed with an iron bar called a "stemmer".
Prior to the introduction of the ratchet the hole was made with an iron bar, a much longer process.
24th April - MINE ACCIDENT.
5th May. London Gazette.
[This photograph and the one below were kindly sent by Richard's Great Grandson, John Knaggs.]
| Middlesborough, in the county of York,
on Tuesday, the 16th day of May, 1893, at two for three o'clock in the afternoon, in one lot, certain freehold and long leasehold
In Skelton: Houses numbered 17 and 19, Thomas Street ; 2, 4, and 6, Charlotte Street; houses and house and shop numbered 17, 19, and
21, John-street; houses numbered 29 to 35, 45 to 55- (odd numbers inclusive), Boosbeck-road (Nos. 45 and 47 being shops); cottages
numbered 12 to 22 (even numbers inclusive), Charlotte Street, New Skelton; houses Nos. 1, 3, and 5, Thomas Street,
New Skelton; cottages numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4 Shemeld's Yard; shops numbered 9, 11, and 13, High Street,
15th May - FELL OFF LADDER AND KILLED.
English Cup qualifying competition, 1st round. Played at Skelton on Saturday. Skelton 20 - Stockton 69.
15th June. On Thursday the choirs of the Skelton Parish Church and of St Mary's Church, Moorsholm had a trip to York, the former starting
from Boosbeck and the latter from Boosbeck.
A very pleasant day was spent, for besides the usual attractions of the place, the Floral Society was holding their annual Gala.
Skelton was reached shortly before midnight.
Whit Sunday - VOLUNTEERS CAMP.
21st June - CHILDREN'S TREAT.
7th July - ROYAL WEDDING. Parish Magazine - The bells at the Parish Church rung at intervals during the day in honour of the royal
marriage of the Duke of York [later George V] and the Princess May of Teck.
Several flags floated in the breeze, testifying loyalty and good wishes to the young pair, who if they live, are destined to be some
day our King and Queen.
The day, however, was not observed as a general holiday, although several tradesmen closed their establishments at mid-day. The whole of the employees on the Skelton Estate were given a day's holiday.
25July - STRIKE BALLOT.
28th July - MINERS STRIKE.
The Cleveland Miners Executive waited upon the mineowners at their offices today. Mr T H Bell presiding.
The Men's representatives explained that they had balloted the members and four fifths of them had decided that, except some arrangement was made to settle the matter on a satisfactory basis, the men will put their notices in on August 5th to terminate their engagements at Skelton, Slapewath, North Skelton and Longacres Mines.
After a long discussion no settlement was arrived at. Therefore notices will be tendered on the date named.
29th July - NORTH SKELTON SHOW. Parish Magazine:-
4th August - THE RATCHET QUESTION.
The meeting unanimously agreed with the steps taken by the Association to put the sweating principle down.
It is expected that all the men getting and filling ironstone will hand in their notices tomorrow at Skelton, Slapewath, Longacres and North Skelton mines.
9th August - CHILDREN'S PICNIC TO ROSEBERRY.
School leaving age raised to eleven in this year.
14th August - HOSPITAL SUNDAY.
21st August - RATCHET PROBLEM.
September - Magazine- Our Agricultural Society made a new departure this year by having a garden party in Rushpool grounds, kindly lent to them for the occasion by A J Dorman Esq, instead of the usual concert.
September - WHERE IS OUR RAILWAY STATION ? Parish Magazine:-
12th September - PINCHED BRAN.
22nd September - GREAT SKELTON FIRE CAUSED BY BOYS.
A fire of an alarming nature occurred last night at Green Farm which is occupied by Mr R W Stevenson.
It is supposed two little boys about 6 years old were playing in the granary with matches.
The fire quickly spread to other outbuildings. The Skelton fire brigade were soon on the scene but owing to an insufficient water supply was of little use
A number of men formed a chain of buckets to the main some 100 yards away. After 3 hours the Guisborough fire engine arrived and by this time the hydrants at Saltburn and Coatham had been turned off and a good supply of water was obtained.
The fire raged for 8 hours and destroyed the straw house, the barn,the granary, the chaff house and about 20 tons of straw.
The estimated £400 of damage is covered by insurance.
26th September - DEATH ON LEVEL CROSSING.
4th November - MANUAL FIRE ENGINE.
13th November - SHORT TIME AND NOTICES.
21st November - TERRIFIC STORM.
Great damage has been done throughout the district. In Skelton the roof of the Drill Hall has been stripped. On Skelton High Green hardly a house has escaped.
2nd December - SKELTON BRANCH CLEVELAND WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION.
NORTH SKELTON ROVERS. The "Football Club History Database" records North Skelton
Rovers joining the Northern League by topping the Cleveland Amateur League.
A big step for a small village to play the bigger towns.
In 1893-94 season there were 8 teams and they finished seventh with 7 points having won 3 drawn 1 and lost 10 with 25 goals for and 52 against.
The following season was too much with 10 teams they finished bottom and were relegated back with a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 16 defeats. 16 goals scored and 117 against.
A dry Spring and early Summer brought drought and some crop failure.
November - We have to congratulate the Local Board on the improvement effected by asphalting the footpath from
Mr Wilson's shop, in front of the Infant School in South Terrace.
12/11 was 12 shillings and 11 pence.
[12 pence = 1 shilling. 20 shillings = 1 Pound.]
While we are about it, we might express our wonder that the ratepayers who live on the North side High Street, westwards.
do not ask for a footpath in front of their houses, to reach from Mr Dunning's shop on the East side to Mr Kidd's on the West.
Perhaps they are waiting till the flagging in front of the Royal George is carried through, past the Duke William, or until the people living on the west side of Boosbeck Road ask for a similar favour.
It is said that the authorities want to do away with gardens in front of the houses in question and run the footpath close up to the windows.
8th December - RATCHET WAGES.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS.
"The Miner's family had an average wage of 30 shillings
a week by the end of the 19th century, [£1.50 decimal]