Aldbrough Cliffs 1955

A Memory of Aldbrough.

HI. Nice to see the photo and comment . I was born in 1945 ,half a mile inland at the crescent, an half circle of 15 brick bungalows. probably built in the mid 1930's.
I worked on the Farm mentioned it was called Mount pleasant owned by Mr G Caley. previously owned by Mr A Burnip a hull butcher. The cafe was owned by Mr & Mrs L Johnson. Who also lived in the Crescent. they lived next door to Mr L Johnson's mother the previous owner, And their daughter a couple of years younger then myself still lives with her husband in her grand mothers bungalow.
I started helping on the farm approx. 1958 aged 13 yrs and went as a tractor driver when I left school in 1960 staying about 4 yrs.
The steps were made and provided by Slingsbys who owned Church farm Aldbrough and also steel some kind of steel manufactures in hull. They were taken up after the summer holidays and replaced around Easter time.
There used to be a long row of wooden chalet bungalows running north parallel to the cliff top . many of these were moved inland along seaside road in the 1930's when the army acquired land for a tank range which was later taken over by the RAF as a firing range. Hence all the shells etc being found on the beach due to the erosion towards Cowden.
The remaining bungalows as seen on the photos on Mr Caleys land were moved back inland when they became in danger of the erosion. We used to jack them up and put large battens under and use pit props as rollers. towing them back with a crawler tractor. This was stopped in the sixties when the council's policy was to get rid of them .
The steps were eventually badly corroded and damaged and were replaced by Mr G Caley who also built a new café. the cafe has now gone and steps are not allowed by health and safety .I am now Retired and still live in the village . The cliff top is now only about 30-40yds from the pub, which must be a loss of over 200-250 yards of land.

Added 10 January 2021


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