|Two early buses that would have been seen in Skelton at this time.
Both vehicles were owned by John Dobson of Charltons, N Yorks. Note the "Charltonian" name.
The one on the left, with an "Edmond" body, was new in 1928 and from Feb 1929 was granted a licence to ply the route Saltburn - Skelton - Lingdale - Castleton - Danby.
The bus on the right is a Chevrolet of May 1929 and was photographed in Saltburn ready for the same journey.
Permission to show these photographs has kindly been granted by John Dobson's grandson of the same name.
John, an old Skeltoner, who has contributed other valuable items to this site, published a book about the family firm in 2005.
Called the "Charltonian", it describes in great detail these early days of public transport.
The driver of the bus on the right is his Dad, Bill Dobson.
|1927 - Trades Disputes Act made General
2nd July. London Gazette.
1928 - Women got the same voting rights as men.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.21 December. London Gazette.
(Application for Special Order under Section 10 of the Gas Regulation Act 1920.) Notice is hereby given that application is intended to be made to the Board
Trade by the Cleveland Gas Company (hereinafter referred to as " the Company ") whose
principal office is at Skinningrove, Carlin How, in the North Riding of the County of
York for a Special Order (hereinafter referred to as " the Order ") under Section 10 of the
Gas Regulation Act 1920 for all or some of the following purposes (that is to say): —
1. To empower the Company to acquire the portion of the undertaking of the Brotton Gas
Light and Coke Company Limited (hereinafter called " the Brotton Company ") within the
part of the Parish of Brotton in the Urban District of Skelton and Brotton hereinafter
He believed that he had not dropped before. At a height of 1,900 feet he throttled the engine down and the man to get out would
have to climb down a ladder, which he did, jump first and then pull the rip cord ring which released the parachute.
He knew Wilson had his hand on the ring, but seemed a little tremulous.
30th May - GENERAL ELECTION.
October 24. Wall Street Crash in USA followed by world wide depression.
Cleveland MP 1931 to 1945.
|The church in North Skelton was completed. Col Wharton gave the land and £1,100 toward the cost.
Prior to this services had been held in a corrugated iron building that stood opposite. This had been paid for by the Whartons and was afterwards used as a church hall and was demolished in 1999.
South Skelton mine, known locally as 'Van's Pit' from Thomas Vaughan who started it, is bought by Dorman Long and Co and modernized.
1930 - The government introduced a works programme to counteract economic hardship but 2 million out of work by the end of the year.
Football, World Cup started.
James Howe was elected as County Councillor for Skelton South and served until 1931.
1931 - Independence granted to Canada, S Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Grave economic problems. Bank of England warns of bankruptcy due to cost of unemployment benefits.
National coalition government formed under Ramsay Macdonald.
27th October - GENERAL ELECTION.
The Labour Party split over the issue of budget reductions and an election was called.
The Coalition National Government won with a majority of Conservative MPs.
Stanley Baldwin's Conservatives 470. Henderson's Labour
48. Herbert Samuel's Liberals 32. Simon's National Liberal's 35. R MacDonalds National Labour 12.
At the National Census of this year Skelton, [including Lingdale, Boosbeck, N Skelton] had 1830 inhabited houses. [Old Skelton 689 and N Skelton 376].
The population was 7520 [Old Skelton 2629. N Skelton 1509] with 3837 males and 3683 females.
The Primitive and United Methodists are re-united with the Wesleyans to form the Methodists.
In the last ten years there had been hardly any change in the number of houses and the population had decreased by 1425.
Margaret Ringrose Wharton was elected for Skelton North as North Riding of Yorks County Councillor and served until 1949.
N Skelton and Park Pit were working, but South Skelton on stand by, due to lack of demand for iron ore.
1932 - The whipping of children under 14 is banned.
1933 - Taking advantage of the fear of Communism and the economic depression Adolph Hitler came to power and was appointed Chancellor of Germany.Germany left the League of Nations.
3rd January - Passenger train services ceased to North Skelton [Hollybush] Station.
In the Skelton area the proportion of the workforce the proportion of the workforce registered as unemployed under the National Insurance scheme reached 91 percent.
1934 - The Church organ in Skelton All Saints was rebuilt at a cost of £385 to commemorate the Jubilee of George V.
1935 - Ramsay Macdonald resigned and Stanley Baldwin headed the National Coalition with a strong Conservative element.
6th May. Jubilee of George V. Street parties and celebrations were held all over Britain.
September - Prime minister, Baldwin, published a circular
entitled Air Raid Precautions.
14th November - GENERAL ELECTION.
The National Government, now led by the Conservative, Stanley Baldwin, won with a large, but reduced, majority.
Conservative - 386. Clement Attlee's Labour - 154. The Liberals, who were now led by ex-Cleveland MP, Herbert Samuel continued their decline with just 21 seats held.
In Cleveland the Conservative, Robert Tatton-Bower retained his seat and as this was the last election until after the Second World War he remained the MP for Cleveland until the Labour take-over in 1945.