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Nostalgia: Paddle steamer Cambria

The paddle steamer Cambria returns to port loaded with visitors possibly from a trip down to Flamborough Head.

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Newborough Bar and Borough jail, 1845, by Henry Barlow Carter

Nostalgia: The Borough – a law unto itself

Though the old, unreformed Scarborough Corporation had no direct responsibility for the care of the parish poor, the Royal Commission inquiry of 1833 into its constitution, composition and conduct revealed that the Town Hall still retained substantial authority in matters of felony, misdemeanour and punishment.

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1917 court: Conscripts face court over exemption cases

1917 court: Conscripts face court over exemption cases

The Scarborough Tribunal sat at the Town Hall. Dr Everley Taylor presided at the outset. Several cases were dealt with.

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Nostalgia: New lake Peasholm Park

Nostalgia: New lake Peasholm Park

A view over the newly developed Peasholm Park looking towards Scarborough cricket ground on North Marine Road and Woodall Avenue.

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Distribution of charity was usually the responsibility of either the vicar of St Marys and his churchwardns or the Corporation.

Nostalgia: Caring for the town’s poor

Distribution of charity to the poor was usually the responsibility of either the vicar of St Mary’s and his churchwardens or the Corporation. For instance, the Rev John Kirk, vicar from 1782 until 1828, had given the proceeds of the annual rent of £9 9s of Burr Head Causeway Close of five acres in the form of bread on Old May day at St Mary’s. This bequest might have evolved from that of Thomas Sedman made a century earlier and referred to in last week’s article. 

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1917 crimes: Woman pawned goods entrusted in her care

1917 crimes: Woman pawned goods entrusted in her care

At the Scarborough Police Court before Mr J Sinfield, in the chair, and other magistrates, a young married woman was sent to prison for three months in the second division, on a charge of having stolen goods whilst bailee.

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Nostalgia: Castle-by-the-Sea hotel

Nostalgia: Castle-by-the-Sea hotel

A view along Castle Road towards Scarborough Castle and the Castle-by-the-Sea hotel.

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Trinity House on St Sepulchre Street. Money left to the town in Admiral Sir John Lawsons will enabled the purchase of a plot of land for the Society of Owners, Masters and Mariners first hospital.

Nostalgia: ‘The greatest of these is charity’

If two centuries ago the national system of poor relief was on the point of collapse, in Scarborough it survived only because it was supported by voluntary charity. As the Royal Commission inquiry of 1833 revealed, the town had a bewildering number of old and new endowment and legacy properties and funds, many of which were operative, while others had disappeared mysteriously, but all were originally for the resident poor. Here there is space for only a few representative examples of Scarborough’s chief charities.

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1917 court: Boy ‘beyond control’ after spate of thefts

1917 court: Boy ‘beyond control’ after spate of thefts

A deplorable story was told at the Children’s Court at Scarborough. A boy of ten pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing. A basket of fish valued at 4s, the property of George Harrison and another fish merchants on November 10th; three milk cans, valued at 7s 6d, the property of the Woodlands Dairy Co, on November 19th; and 4s 6d, the money of Louisa Tyson, Mill Street, on November 20th.

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Nostalgia: Beach Station, North Bay Railway, Scarborough

Nostalgia: Beach Station, North Bay Railway, Scarborough

Beach Station on the North Bay Railway had two staggered platforms and was roughly half way between Peasholm and Scalby Mills.

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St Peters Church, Hackness

Nostalgia: ‘A small romantic village’

In the published words of Thomas Hinderwell written in 1811, Hackness was then “a small romantic village ... visited by all persons of taste and fashion resorting to Scarborough”. Though it was necessary to travel six miles through “places of little interest” to reach it, the destination was worth the journey. In fact, Hinderwell’s recommended route to Hackness from Scarborough reads like a ride through Raincliff woods and past Everley (“the wild boar clearing”) along the valley of the Derwent, rather than the alternative from “the picturesque village” of Scalby.

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1917 Court: Mariner’s gold watch pocketed by a soldier

1917 Court: Mariner’s gold watch pocketed by a soldier

The story of a sea captain’s drunken spree, and the subsequent loss of his gold watch, which he valued at £7, was told at the Scarborough Police Court when a soldier of the West Yorkshires, Frank Bee, 36 Cross Street, who wore two wound stripes and a good conduct badge, also a bombing badge - battalion bomber - was charged with having stolen the watch from the person of Pierce Roberts, master of a steamship.

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Nostalgia: Floatplane in Scarborough’s South Bay

Nostalgia: Floatplane in Scarborough’s South Bay

A floatplane is attracting a lot of attention in Scarborough’s South Bay as it waits for fuel to be delivered by the chap stood up in the boat next to the Shell sign.

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Lord John Russell, left, presented a bill to the Commons to reform old corporations; right, Sir George Cayley was never comfortable in the Commons and wanted to step down in 1835.

Nostalgia: Reformers spurred into action

A fortnight after the Royal Commission inquiry into Scarborough Corporation, the Town Hall published a defensive report rebutting “the frivolous and unfounded charges and misrepresentations” that had been levelled against its conduct. The Old Guard was defiant and unrepentant. In August 1835, after the House of Lords had rejected the Municipal Corporations Bill, which would have swept away all local government bodies like Scarborough’s, a petition was sent to the House of Lords asking them to exempt the town from its provisions if they were forced to pass it into law!

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1917 Court: Grocers pulled up for breach of potato act

1917 Court: Grocers pulled up for breach of potato act

Four tradesmen were summoned for “Sale of potatoes of the 1917 crop at a price above the maximum prices authorised by Part 3 of the Potatoes’ Order, 1917.”

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Nostalgia: Corner Cafe and North Bay, Scarborough.

Nostalgia: Corner Cafe and North Bay, Scarborough.

In 1925 the promenade was extended northwards and Corner Cafe opened.

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John Woodall, left, and Sir Frederick William Trench.

Nostalgia: Nepotism at heart of Corporation

There were many single events in the history of modern Scarborough that might be regarded as decisive: for instance, Mrs Thomasin Farrer’s accidental but providential discovery of medicinal spring waters at the foot of South Cliff; or Dr Robert Wittie’s publication in 1660 of Scarborough Spaw, the first to give widespread publicity to “the virtues of Scarborough water”, and his second edition of 1667, which was the first to recommend cold sea-bathing.

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1917 Court: ‘Great illuminations’ on South Foreshore

1917 Court: ‘Great illuminations’ on South Foreshore

Warnings as to persons striking matches in the streets having been of no avail a batch of six defendants were summoned at the Scarborough Police Court, the charge against them being that of “failing to extinguish an external light visible to sea” - they had struck matches on the South Foreshore-road on Sunday, October 14th.

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Nostalgia: Children’s boating pool, Peasholm

Nostalgia: Children’s boating pool, Peasholm

Pictured in its heyday is the children’s boating pool in Peasholm Glen, Scarborough.

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Constantine Henry Phipps (1797-1863), 1st Marquess of Normanby, left, and Charles Manners Sutton, Speaker of the Commons, represented Scarborough from 1817-1834.

Nostalgia: Draining the political “swamp”

The low-lying carrs and ings at the eastern end of the Vale of Pickering were not the only water-logged lands that needed to be drained at the beginning of the nineteenth century: two hundred years ago there was a growing realisation and conviction that the country, nationally and locally, should not be ruled and run by a minuscule minority of self-perpetuating, self-serving oligarchs. The “swamp” was political, not merely agrarian; and no where in England was that “swamp” more evident and less excusable than in the case of the borough of Scarborough.

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