Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Loftus at War

On Easter Saturday a guided wartime walk was given around Loftus by Stuart McMillan. One of the many interesting things we saw was the base of a Blacker Bombard, also known as the 29mm Spigot Mortar. It is located on the south side of the Foundry Bridge, looking towards the railway station and the road to Liverton.
The weapon was hated by the army and was used mainly by the Home Guard, although 22,000 were built very few, if any were used in anger.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Stonemasons Yard

Loftus Community Forum has added a figure to the old Stonemasons Yard Tony Leonard LCF, George Dunning RCBC, Geoff Robinson (figure maker) Dave Fitzpatrick LCF, Olwyn Peters Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, John Stockwell LCF

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Street House Dig

Steve Sherlock and his archaeological crew are back again for another dig at Street Houses, remarkably, there are four different tribes in one field spanning nearly 4000 years. The Romans are also there but were left alone this year - the only tribe missing are the Vikings.

Steve measures out an Anglo-Saxon Grave.(shorter than usual)

Steve looks at an Iron Age salt maker.

A Bronze Age structure.

A Neolithic Burial Site.

Neolithic stone art.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Loftus Town Hall

A Heritage Open Weekend was held in the Town Hall 8th-11th September. The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust had an exhibition on alum called Alum, Alchemy and Ammonites. The Loftus History Group had a display called Storytelling in Loftus.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Harry Dack

Harry Dack was not yet in his teens when he first 'went down the pit' as a boy worker in the hey-day of the Cleveland ironstone mines towards the end of the nineteenth century. By the age of twenty, he was an active figure in the union movement, became a checkweighman just five years later and went on to become miners' agent for 21 years before embarking on a distinguished career in public service which saw him rise to be vice-chairman of the North Riding of Yorkshire County Council and chairman of the council's education committee. In 1934, he was made an officer of the order of the British Empire and received his O.B.E medal at the hands of the King himself at Buckingham Palace; and in 1954, was further honoured when the Loftus Junior School was named after him.

The medal, along with its accompanying citation signed by the King, was handed for safekeeping to one of his daughter's children who was christened Harry, after his famous grandfather. He in turn, travelled around the world with his precious charge during a career which took him thought North and South America, Asia and finally to retirement in France where he has almost reached the age when his Grandfather died.

At 75 he has contacted his fellow cousins to meet at the school named after their grandfather so they can collectively present the much-travelled medal to the head teacher for permanent safe keeping in a custom-built glass case and allow the children to know more about the history of the school. the presentation ceremony is set to take place at the Loftus Junior School on Tuesday April 5 at 1:30 p.m. In the presence of the pupils, staff, and an impressive group of dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of the Redcar and Cleveland Council along with seven of the eight grandchildren who hope to attend. The pupils have prepared a special day of celebration and exhibits to mark the event. they intend to make it a fun occasion! Harry Atterton

Each class at the school put on a display - Harry Atterton and his cousins hand over Harry Dack’s medal - The guests look around the school - Harry and his wife Jacqueline take a well deserved break.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


North York Moors National Park are restoring the 18th century walled garden at Handale Abbey and have asked Loftus History Group to help with an interpretation board.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Loftus Town Hall Heritage Day

Saturday September 11th, repeated for local schools Monday 13th. Several local groups were involved, the work of the Loftus History Group was in two parts.

A brief history of the Loftus Alum Works

The important paper written by Louis Hunton

We were also involved with the Octorama

Screen Number Six