February - From now until April there was a national coal miners strike.
This eventually forced Asquith's Liberal Government to pass a Minimum Wage Act.
In the meantime it led to stoppages in other industries that relied on coal - railways and of course in this area the manufacture of iron and steel.
If you could not work in those days, there was no income and many families were in distress.
March - North Skelton Mission - A choir was formed and - the interior appearance of our Mission has been greatly
improved by the addition of the oak reredos from the old Church.
7th March - Mr W H A Wharton of Skelton Castle formed a Central Relief Committee for Skelton Parish comprising the following
[This photograph was kindly contributed by Julie Felgate.]
|The Parish was divided into 6 Districts, each with a sub-committee to go into the cases and to report to the Central
1. Boosbeck Rd, Cleveland St and Harker St - J M Garner, C Bringloe, J W Richardson, J Codd, J Judson and E Smith.
The Central Committe met every week up to May the 4th to receive the reports of the Local Committees and decide on the
amount of relief to be given out.
Back row, second left is John R Hewling, the scorer, and the tradesman whose advertisement is shown above.
[Picture shown by kind permission of Anthony Wharton of Skelton Castle.]
|Soup was issued at Skelton and North Skelton from April 19th to May 18th as well a bread and flour.
The amount of money that was given out in tickets was 264 pounds 16 shillings and 6 pence - besides many things which were given in kind.
265 Pounds in 1912 is equivalent to about 17,500 pounds at 2005 values.
The money was obtained by grants from the Cleveland Central Relief Committee, to which our local subscriptions were handed over.
April - Parish Magazine. Rector H Mackworth Drake -
As I write we are in the midst of a very great crisis in our Nation's History.
April. Sinking of the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.
April - Church Lads' Brigade -
One of the most interesting Field Days in the History of our Company was held at Marske on Easter Monday.
| The idea was the Skelton Company was to defend Marske and prevent Coatham from entering.
The Cycle Corps will commence its runs in May 1st.
June - The Rector, Mr H Mackworth Drake records in the Parish Magazine that Mr Hubbard scored his first century for North Skelton Cricket Club.
The Skelton Church Lads' Brigade Cycle Corps made runs to Castleton, Middlesbrough and Runswick Bay.
14th July - North Skelton Mission. - The Mission Room was packed on the occasion of the dedication of the Organ from the Old Church to the service of God in its new home.
2nd July. Skelton Park Pit.
20th July.Skelton Shaft Pit.
Bottom Row - Henry Bennison, centre and Fred Appleton, extreme right.
[Two versions of this photograph have been donated, one by Peter Appleton, Grandson of Fred; and the other by Michael Bennison, Grandson of Henry.]
|He and another miner were "turning away a working 11 feet wide out of a split which had just holed into the goaf;
They had fired three shots during their shift, the last one being fired only five minutes prior to the accident;
It probably loosened some timber, as when the deceased was pinching down some "dogger" forming the roof it suddenly came away, together with a large block of ironstone;
The latter rolled off some stones and pinned Brock against a prop before he could get clear;
His mate had suggested the use of some planks placed on a tub in the form of a scaffold, on which he could stand, but he thought he could manage without;
His mate's suggestion would no doubt have been safer;
The deceased died two days after'
2nd August - Church Lads' Brigade.
The Company met in the Church Rooms fully equipped for a week's camp at Whitley Bay.
22nd Nov. London Gazette.
(The Production, Storage and Supply of Electricity by the Urban District Council of Skelton and Brotton within their District: the Breaking Up and Interference with Streets and Railways; the Laying Down and Erection of Electric Lines, Wires, Posts and Apparatus; the Taking and Recovering of Rates and Charges; Incorporation of Acts; and other Provisions.)
Notice is hereby given, that the urban district council of the urban district of Skelton and Brotton, in the North Riding of the county of York (hereinafter called "the Council"), and whose address is at the office of the surveyor of the Council, High-street, Skelton, intend to apply to the Board of Trade, on or before the 21st day of December next, for a Provisional Order (hereinafter Lighting Acts, 1882 to 1909, for all or some of the following amongst other purposes (that is to say) : —
1. To authorize the Council to generate and supply electricity for all public and private purposes as denned by the Electric Lighting Acts within the whole of the urban district of Skelton and Brotton, in the North Riding of the county of York aforesaid (hereinafter referred to as "the Area of Supply "),
[Photograph contributed by Graham Smallburn of Birmingham.]
and to enable the Council to enter into or carry into
effect any contract, agreement or arrangement with the Cleveland and Durham Electric Power
Company for tha supply by such Company to the Council of electricity in bulk.
To authorize the Council within the urban district of Guisborough, in the North Riding of the county of York, for the purpose of enabling electricity to be brought into the area of supply from a generating station situate outside the area of supply, and for the purpose of supplying from any such generating station and distributing electricity within the area of supply, and otherwise for effecting the purposes of the Order, to open, break up and interfere with all streets, roads, ways, footpaths or public passages or places, and to alter or interfere with mains., pipes, sewers, subways, tunnels, wires, tubes, apparatus, matters and things therein or thereunder, and to break up or otherwise interfere with railways and tramways and to lay down, set up, maintain, use, repair, remove, renew and alter all such cables, wires, posts, pipes, tubes, casings, troughs, inspection boxes and apparatus as may be necessary or convenient for carrying out the objects aforesaid or any of them.
To authorize the Council to break up the following streets, not repairable by the local authority and bridges and railways, viz.:—
Old Skelton — Road leading to the Old Church and Skelton Castle, Wood's-yard, Robinson'syard, Robinson-street, Dixon-street, Yeoman street, Road to Skelton Castle, Road from Foughfield-lane to North Skelton Station and Elliott-street, Skelton Green.
In Old Skelton — The bridge over the Saltburn and Whitby Branch of the North-Eastern Railway at the end of Foughfield-lane.
The two bridges carrying the Guisborough and Saltburn Branch of the North-Eastern Railway over the road known as Stanghow-lane leading from New Skelton to Lingdale.
In North Skelton - The two bridges carrying the Guisborough and Saltburn and the Saltburn-and Whitby Branches of the North-Eastern Railway over the road leading from North Skelton to Brotton.
The names of the streets in which it is proposed that electric lines shall be laid down within a period to be specified by the Order are as follows: —
The main road from Cross Green, Skelton,through New Skelton, North Skelton, and Brotton, to the boundary of the urban district at Carlin How....
1913 - The bodies of Captain Scott and his Antarctic exploration party are found.
Suffragette throws herself before George V.s racehorse in the Derby and is killed.26th July - The Annual Camp of the 150th Brigade of the Northumbrian Division was held at Redcar. Men of the local Territorial Force, the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, which included Skelton "G" Company, the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment [based on Beverley area], the 4th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment [based on Hull], and the 4th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry [South Durham] gathered for a fortnight's training.
The above photograph of the Commanding Officer of the 4th Yorks, Colonel W H A Wharton was taken at this time.
A description of the camp and the story of the bravery and many trials of the 4th Yorks in the First World War can be read on my website :-
by clicking here
The coal miners' strike of the previous year was just one symptom of British workers' grievances. A rally was held in Skelton to which local ironstone miners from the villages round about marched with their banners and bands. [Exact date and venue not known.] They were reportedly addressed by Keir Hardie, who had become the Nation's first Socialist MP back in 1892. The Victorian decision to educate the lower classes and the greed of the owners of Industry was coming back to haunt them. It seemed in the years immediately ahead the labouring class would rise up for better pay and conditions. Instead they obediently and gallantly went off to the First World War to die or be mutilated.
Building of Skelton drill hall.
The Roman signal station at Huntcliff was excavated.
The Methodist minister, W G Taylor, who left this area in 1870
as a missionary, returned to Skelton to preach.