Redcar and Cleveland

Loftus is a small town in the Redcar and Cleveland district.

Loftus Town HallHigh Street, LoftusLoftus MemorialLoftus is about a mile inland from the coast and a mile from the North York Moors National Park.

The town is about 3½ miles west of Staithes and 4 miles south-east of Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

While there was a long-established village at Loftus, it grew in the Victorian era due to iron mining in the area. It gained a railway, a station and a Town Hall.

Loftus also established its present name during the Victorian era having earlier being recorded as Lofthouse, a name shared by two other Yorkshire villages.

The station closed to passengers in 1960, but the line remains to serve the potash mine at Boulby, 2½ miles away.

Saint Joseph and Saint Cuthbert Catholic Church, LoftusIron mining continued in the area until the 1950s and its story continues to be told at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in nearby Skinningrove (see below).

St Leonard's is the anglican parish church of Lofthouse and mostly dates from the end of the 19th century when a rebuilding of an earlier church was commenced in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. However, the new church was not consecrated until the year after her death in 1901. Loftus also has a Catholic Church, dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Cuthbert.

 Town features

Loftus has a choice of pubs.
The town has shops.
The town has a Post Office.
The town has a pharmacy.
The town has a cafe.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese.
Loftus has a town hall.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
There are public toilets in the town with limited hours of use - 9-4 Winter, 8-5 Summer.
Loftus has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic.


Bus travel

The town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Loftus can be reached via the A174 B1366

Places to visit

Zetland Lifeboat Museum and Redcar Heritage Centre

Esplanade, Redcar
Redcar's original lifeboat 'Zetland', built in 1802, is now the world's oldest surviving lifeboat and well worth a visit. Long before the days of the RNLI, the boat was the 11th to be built by Yorkshireman Henry Greathead. After moving to South Shields, County Durham, early in his life, he built more than 30 life-saving boats. The large open wooden rowing vessel which saved 500 lives in its 78-year service is housed in an old lifeboat station which now charts its history. The boat's historical importance is such that it listed on the National Historic Ship Register. Upstairs is a museum with a fascinating selection of boat models, nautical instruments and displays of past photographs of Redcar's seaside history and the boats that were wrecked on its hidden rocks. The free entry museum is supported by volunteers, donations and fundraising.
More information at  Zetland Lifeboat Museum website.

Saltburn Pier

Saltburn Pier

Lower Promenade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Saltburn-by-the-Sea is the location of Yorkshire's only pier, or, at least, its only surviving one. The pier, completed in 1869, crosses the resort town's golden beach at the foot of its water-balanced cliff-lift, which was built to provide an easy connection from the town's railway station. Damage by ship collisions and storms over the years have left less than half the original pier now restored, but with diminishing numbers of such piers around the country it remains a fine example of Victorian seaside heritage. Recent attractions at the pier are an amusement arcade with a more modern interior and the so-called 'yarn-bombing', where a variety of knitted woolly wonders provide a colourful and comical array of attachments to the railings along the pier.

Gisborough Priory

Gisborough Priory

Church Street, Guisborough
The stonework of the 14th century east end of the priory church and part of an original Norman gatehouse survive among the ruins of one of the first Augustinian priories to be built in England. Gisborough was founded in 1119 by Robert de Brus, an ancestor of King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, and dissolved in Henry VIII's reign in 1540. The family-owned priory site is managed by the Gisborough Priory Project which is restoring gardens established on the site around 1700. The site is open from the beginning of March to the end of October. The usual opening is Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am to 4pm, but check the website for any alterations or dates when the site is closed for events. Entry is free, but the site relies upon donations.

For full details see the Gisborough Priory Project  Gisborough Priory Project website
or English Heritage  English Heritage - Gisborough Priory website.
Find on map:  Gisborough Priory   More about Guisborough

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Mill Lane, Skinningrove
Situated on the site of the earliest mine in the area, opened in 1848, this independent museum celebrates the ironstone mining heritage of the Cleveland Hills. More than 80 Cleveland mines were responsible for around one-third of Britain's iron production, which was shipped around the world. The museum provides a guided tour and the chance to explore the old buildings of the mine, experience candlelit tunnels and view the equipment the miners carried as they went about their work. The museum is open daily, except Sundays, from mid-March to late October.
Find out more at the  Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum website.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Stewart Park, Marton
Reknowned explorer Captain James Cook was born in 1728 in the village of Marton, around 3 miles south of what is now the larger Middlesbrough. Although the birthplace cottage is no longer there, a purpose-built museum tells the story of the world-famous Yorkshire navigator.
More details at the  Captain Cook Birthplace Museum web page.

Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall

Ladgate Lane, Ormesby (B1380)
Situated around 4 miles south-east of Middlesbrough and 7 miles south-west of Redcar, Ormesby Hall is a fine Georgian mansion set in 250 acres of parkland and farmland with a formal Victorian garden and stories of the life of the family who bequeathed the property to the National Trust.
More information at the  National Trust - Ormesby Hall website.

North York Moors National Park

Part of the Redcar and Cleveland borough is within The North York Moors National Park which stretches across the moors and along the coast in the south and east of the district. For further details about the National Park see our North York Moors page.

Emergency services

Cleveland Police  Cleveland Police website.

Cleveland Fire Brigade  Cleveland Fire Brigade website.

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust  North East Ambulance Service website.

HM Coastguard  Coastguard - Coastal safety webpage.

Local government

Civil parish council

Loftus Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:  Loftus Town Council

Borough (unitary district) council

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Redcar and Cleveland is a unitary authority based in Redcar. Its boundary runs from the eastern edge of Middlebrough along the River Tees to its long stretch of North Sea coast as far as Cowbar, on the western side of Staithes Beck. To the east and south the edge of the district is within the North York Moors National Park.

In addition to Redcar, places within the district include Marske-by-the-Sea, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Guisborough, Skelton, Brotton and Loftus.

The council is divided into 22 electoral wards. Each has one, two or three councillors. All the council are elected at four-year intervals.

Link to  Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council website.

Political composition after May 2023 election:

2312118TIG41 CIG
59 members TIG = The Independent Group | CIG = Cleveland Independent Group.

Cross-county strategic authority

Tees Valley Combined Authority
Provides a decision-making authority on economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills in the four unitary boroughs (Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland) which for a time made up the county of Cleveland and now with the addition of the Darlington unitary authority. It is made up of representatives from each authority plus the chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited, the local enterprise partnership. A mayor for the Tees Valley Combined Authority was elected in May 2017. Of the boroughs involved, Middlesborough, Redcar and Cleveland and a part of Stockton-on-Tees (south of the River Tees) are part of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire with the other areas part of the ceremonial county of Durham.
 Tees Valley Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland
Oversees Cleveland Police covering an area made up of the four borough (unitary district) councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
 Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland website.

Fire Authority

Cleveland Fire Authority
The 16-member fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four borough (unitary district) councils of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.
 Cleveland Fire Authority website.

National government region

North East England

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire


-1968 In the North Riding of Yorkshire.
1968-1974 The northern part of what is now Redcar and Cleveland borough was placed in the County Borough of Teesside, independent of the North Riding of Yorkshire.
1974-1988 The present borough area was created as the borough of Langbaurgh within the artificially-created county authority of Cleveland (which included Teesside County Borough, districts from the North Riding of Yorkshire and the borough of Hartlepool, County Durham).
1988-1996 As above but with the borough renamed Langbaurgh-on-Tees.
1996- County of Cleveland abolished. Langbaurgh-on-Tees becomes a Unitary Authority as Redcar and Cleveland.

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