22nd January.- Parish Magazine - The Queen died at Osborne House, Isle of Wight. The body remaining there till February 1st, when it was
conveyed to Windsor, the funeral being a military one, taking place on the 2nd.
The body finally placed in the mausoleum by the side of the late Prince Consort.
2nd February - On Saturday at 2 o'clock the time fixed for the funeral of our late beloved Queen the Memorial Service
was held in our Parish Church.
Church Lads Brigade, Free Gardeners, Oddfellows and Shepherds [Lingdale]. It is estimated not less than 1,000 persons were
present during the service.
31 March. - The National Census was taken.
The total for Skelton was 4796.
This breaks down into:-
5th May - Parish Magazine - On Sunday morning there passed away one whose familiar figure was well known in Skelton.
[Contributed by his Grandson, John Knaggs]
|7th May - CHURCH LAD'S BRIGADE - A meeting was held in the Church Rooms on Tuesday to form a detachment for
Skelton of our Company of the C.L.B.
The military name and organisation do not mean that the brigade "is playing at soldiers". They have a more serious purpose - teaching the great lessons of order, obedience, discipline voluntarily submitted to and to turn out into the world strong, true, upright, Christian men.
The Squire took the chair. Some members of the Boosbeck detachment, in uniform, were present with their officers.
It was decided to limit the number to 25 or 30 members, who will be chosen out of the recruits for enrolment in about 6 week's time after a certain number of recruit drills have been held.
Proficiency in drill, attendance and behaviour will secure the first places.
Recruit drill is held in the Church rooms on Tuesday evenings at 7.30.
June - Parish Magazine - Events begin to show that "all things come to him who waits". The sites of station, station yard and master's house, the necessary approaches which have been pegged out for months, have now been fenced round and the platelayers of the Company have received orders to lay the rails into the yard and make connections with the main line. It has been announced in the local paper that the tender of Mr Porteous of Guisborough to build the station has been accepted and the contract signed. The plans give a station master's house of pretty design, of a rather unusual style in England, after a Norwegian pattern, in which timber is largely used instead of the familiar brick or stone. This will stand on the west side of the line, while the warehouse, weigh office and sidings will be in the square enclosure on the east side. The passenger platforms will run paralled to the main line starting from the white gates and running southward towards North Skelton.
The station buildings, ticket office and waiting rooms will, we expect, stand on the near side with a shelter on the far sided across the
The path from Long Acres Mine to North Skelton is being diverted so as to pass round the station buildings instead of through the middle of them.
July 3rd - A local miner records political activity - "Third demonstration at Boosbeck, speakers were Mr. H. Broadhurst, M.P., Mr. H. Wilson, ex M.P., and Rev. A.T. Guttery."
At the Skelton Convalescent Home for Boer War soldiers at 4 South Terrace the matron was a Scotswoman, Mable French.
There were eight patients at this time :-
Tom Thursgood of York, age 23, serving with the 9th Lancers.
Arthur Jones, from Dewsbury, age 22, with the Kings R Rifles.
Charlie Palmer of Cambridgeshire, age 26, with the Army Ordnance Corps.
Arthur Clements of Guisborough, age 21, with the 19th Prince of Wales Own.
Jim Horan of Northumberland, age 36, with the Northumberland Fusiliers.
Tom Hawkey of Cornwall, age 32, serving with the 2nd West Yorks.
Rigwood was occupied at this time by Edward Hamilton, a
bachelor aged 44, who was land agent to Skelton Castle
| Surtees lived in Rigwood Cottage with his wife
Annie from Cumberland and their two babies. Smytheyman was a boarder with them.
The houses pictured, 137 to 145 High St, were built at Home Farm by the Whartons of Skelton Castle for their
farmworkers, about the same time as the Wharton Arms, 1878.
John Beagarie of Richmond, aged 22, is boarding at Bridge House Guisborough Rd with head gamekeeper, William Agar and his wife. He is a "Wesleyan Evangelist lay preacher."
Home Farm. High St, Skelton.
Skelton Castle is occupied by William H A Wharton, aged 48, his wife Elizabeth aged 46 and their daughter Margaret aged 6. They had 20 servants in the castle:-
Butler - Frederick Stonor, aged 37 from Holborn,
[Photograph kindly donated by Alan Ward, the great grandson of the old gentleman standing on the corner.]
Parish Magazine - We are in correspondence with the North Eastern Railways to use a special train to Scarborough for our annual
trip for the members of our choirs and Sunday School Teachers.
Next year, when we may expect that the NER will have exhausted all the tricks of their procrastinating policy, have built the long promised station and are willing to give Skelton some facilities, we might, perhaps visit the Lakes or Scotland. or even the Isle of Man. September - A Library has been opened for the use of members of the Skelton Literary Institute.
A considerable number of new books has been provided and the trustees of the old Free Library have also place their stock at the disposal of the committee.
No additional charge is made for the use of the library beyond threepence for copy of catalogue and library card. A class on mining, conducted by Mr G Whitbread, has been arranged for Wednesday Evenings.
December 10th - The Church Parish of Boosbeck was created with its own Vicar.
16th December. MINE DEATH.North Skelton Mine.
George Gill a back overman, aged 64, died as a result of an accident on the 9th December. "He was pushing at a set to get it to land at an incline bottom, when he slipped by the side of the tubs and got his arm jammed between the edge of a wheel and switch, and it was severely lacerated."