Quakers in Skelton

An enquiry has been sent in by Susan Brandt who asks for information about “…the Hoopes family, Quaker history of Skelton”

Can anyone shed any further light on either the Hoopes family or Quaker families in Skelton?


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7 Responses to Quakers in Skelton

  1. I recall that, when leading one of her alum walks in the Skelton area, Beth Andrews took great delight in mentioning Quesipherus Hoopes. Unfortunately I cannot remember the exact context in which he made his appearance.

  2. David Trigg says:

    There was an old buriel ground containing the Skelton Quakers located on Saltburn Lane, it was on the left side of the road behind a tall hedge and heading down Saltburn Lane from Skelton. The site was located about 800 yards before the railway bridge (which to the left went over the viaduct and to the right towards Longacre/ North Skelton.) It was not until roads and houses were built in the fields on the Northern side of Saltburn Lane ( in the developments of the 1970`s) that the grave boundaries were lost. A bunch of VERY tall fir trees clustered together surrounded by an old rusty metal fence always marked the spot. How it was allowed to be built on I will never know. The buried Quakers now lie `lost` under the gardens and the occupied houses !. My grandmother & grandfather (Lawrence & Mary Todd) lived nearby in the 1940`s and 50`s at `Auld Reekie` 10, Saltburn Lane, he was a councillor and Chairman of Skelton & Brotton Urban District Council for a time as well as Checkweighman at North Skelton Mine for many years. I was just a child at the time, my late parents (Richard & Doris Trigg who were married at All Saints Church, Skelton in 1942 and eventually went to Nottinghamshire to live) would always take me to Skelton to spend my Summer Holidays (1949-1954) staying at Auld Reekie. I remember Mr. Bell (organist at the church for my mothers wedding) who lived on the High Street `trying` to teach me to play the piano. I recall that my parents would take the walk down Saltburn Lane to Saltburn and the delights of the sands, pier and Italian Gardens every morning. Often in the late evening, generally when it was nearing darkness, we would walk slowly back up to Skelton, but we would all find that Quaker spot on Saltburn Lane very eeire, with the sound of the wind whistling through the overhead wires and the rustling of the dark tall fir trees surrounding the buriel ground swaying menacingly in the breeze. We would then all run quickly to 10 Saltburn Lane and safety. We eventually came to Skelton to live in 1956, buying a `Harker of Brotton` built bungalow near the Drill Hall when Marlborough Road was first opened up and developed on what had been an allotment site for Skelton. I then spent my last 2 years of schooling (1957-8) going to Stanghow Lane School, with Joe Reed one of my school teachers (he lived at `Trimdon` 8 Saltburn Lane, just next door to my grandfather and grandmother) Apart from passing the spot containing those `lost` Skelton Quakers I recall that they were happy days when Skelton was still something of a `real` village.

  3. It is possible that there may be some slight confusion here. Ordnance Survey maps from the early 20th century show the Quaker Burial ground as being on the east side of Stanghow Road between Trout Hall farm and Lingdale.
    Peter Appleton

  4. David Trigg says:

    I was well aware of the real documented `Stanghow Road` site and some of its Skelton buriels, I recall its trees on top as the only visual marker left. I refer you back to your old maps and you will see something marked in the position which I indicated in my reply which was always `odd` on Saltburn Lane.
    All I know was that this area in the 1940`s/50`s appeared slightly raised, with the `remains` of an old iron fence around it and a clump of old close-set trees on top and within this boundery. It was always missed by the farmer, ploughing around it. It was so obvious being near the opening of the footpath which took you along the bottom of the open field. If for example you take a look at the map on page 64a of the `Skelton-in-Cleveland site` you will see the exact position which I am talking about, and although not a buriel ground then what was this obvious and strange marked-off `enclosure`? The outward appearence looked very similar, I cannot make out the reference `codes` on this particular map. Yes, your `Friends Site` is indicated in the position you state on the maps, but perhaps you can tell me what the site is which was thought (only by its appearence) to be something similar and resolve for me the mystery ? Thanks.

  5. Margaret Long says:

    Tobias Hoopes1629-1720, gave land, near Skelton, to the Quakers for burials. I have found this burial ground mentioned while reading research films about the Quakers. I have made a listing of over 50 burials at this Quaker burial ground near Skelton. This land was used for Quaker burials from 1690-1780s. I believe it to be near Trout Hall Farm on the other side of the road and a little bit south of Trout Hall Farm. Today only a group of trees is there to mark the area.
    ( Onesiphorus Hoopes was a grandson of Tobias Hoopes). Margaret Long

  6. Josie Bland says:

    Onesiphorous Hoopes was a witness on William Emerson’s Will in 1747, William is buried in Old All Saints

  7. Margaret says:

    An map dated 1894 from the History of Skelton website shows the Friends Burial Ground to be south east of Trout Hall Farm http://skeltonincleveland.com/SkeltonMap1894.html

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