Stockton Sappers c1916/17

t13735This is my grandfather Sapper Joe E Drinkel of the 225th Field Company Royal Engineers taken in France, he had just come in from the field. In the Royal Engineers he was graded a Saddler.

The second photograph is George Harland, a good friend of my granddads. I was given this copy by his family. George was also graded a Saddler. Both George Harland and my Grandfather were Boot and Shoe makers in Stockton.

Photographs and details courtesy of Denis Rigg.



Stockton Stage Society

t13729I believe the people in this photograph are part of the Stockton Stage Society, my Mother, Edith Mary Cartwright nee Hughes is in the front row, kneeling, 2nd from the left. Although I cannot put an exact date or location on it, I would put it in the same era circa 1955 as a previous addition to Picture Stockton titled ‘Stockton Stage Society – The Arcadian’.


Photograph and details courtesy of Ian Cartwright.

From Beaconsfield Street, Norton to the Western Front

t13727Grandad Thomas Birtle was brought up by his maternal grandparents Thomas and Mary Ann Merrington. The 1911 census finds them living at 67 Beaconsfield Street, Norton on Tees. They lived there for quite a few years.

The first picture shows a very young granddad pictured in his Durham Light Infantry uniform in I think 1915. He joined up in September at the age of 16. The young child at his feet we believe to be a cousin but are not certain exactly which one. The Merringtons were born in the late 1850s in north Yorkshire.

At some stage granddad was transferred from the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) to the Highland Light Infantry (HLI) and by 1918 he was a sergeant. He always said that his being transferred was because he was a useful footballer and the HLI people welcomed him as an addition to their battalion football team. One of his new team mates played for Aberdeen FC in the 1920s and was capped by Scotland.

t13728Having been in France for some time Grandad’s luck was bound to run out and he was shot through his left elbow in august 1918 near the French town of St Quentin. The second picture can be dated to between the time of his wounding and April 1919 when he was discharged from the army. Facing the camera he is on the left of the picture and you can clearly see his left arm has been wounded. You can also see, that as a proud Englishman, he is wearing his bonnet.

Photographs and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Staff from Newtown Infants School

Two photographs of Newtown Infants School Staff in 1972 and 1973.  My mum Anne Bellerby has included as many names as she can remember…

t13704Newtown Infants School Staff 1972
Back Row (l-r): Margaret Shepard, ??, ??, Ann Liddle, Ruth Bowbanks and Jean McKinley
Front Row (l-r): Anne Bellerby, Tricia Armstrong, Alison Ashton, Mrs J Thompson (Head Mistress), Hilda Kinnis, May Buckle and Pauline Taylor.

t13705Newtown Infants School Staff 1973
Back Row (l-r): Joan Hobson, Jill Baguley, Ruth Bowbanks, ??, Jean McKinley, ?? and Margaret Shepard. Front Row (l-r): Lynne Duncan, Alison Ashton, Mrs J Thompson (Head Mistress), Hilda Kinnis and May Buckle.

Photographs courtesy of Mike Bellerby.

Unknown Couple

t13726Unfortunately I cannot positively identify the couple in the photograph, I am hoping that visitors to Picture Stockton may be able to help…

I would guess it was taken between 1901 and 1911 and the female might be Margaret Calvert formerly Turner and Price.The male could be Francis Calvert her last husband. They were both from Stockton although she was born in 1855 in Springhill,Glasgow. Margaret was my great grandmother and lived at West Row in 1891 and then moved to 12 Wyndham Street before the 1901 census.There are still descendants of the family in the Stockton area so I am hopeful that someone might have a copy of the same photograph with identification on it!

Photograph and details courtesy of Dorothy Young.

Bowls Team c1960s

t13725I wonder if anybody remembers this bowls team… I think they are in Littleboy Park, Thornaby and the photograph would have be taken during the 1960’s. My father’s name was John Vincent, although he was often called Jack, he is first left on the second row. He also represented Yorkshire County.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Vincent.

Three Stockton sisters and a returning Hero

t13722In the early part of the 20th century there was a large Connor family living in the Tilery area of Stockton. There were 8 children in all consisting of 5 girls, Emma, Doris, Nora, Mary and Elizabeth who was my gran and known to all as Betty. The 3 lads were Frankie, Jimmy and John. They were a close knit family but in 1928 there came a parting of the ways when Mary emigrated to Canada going to live in the province of Quebec in a town called Sawyerville. She went with her husband Bill Hall and their young son Billy. More on Billy later…

Just before Mary left 3 of the girls had a ”last” photo taken together as they never thought they would meet again. In the event Mary did come home for a visit but not for 40 years. From left to right, facing the camera, we have Nora, Mary and Betty. Aunt Mary had another 10 children in Canada and some 30 years ago there were over 80 direct descendants of Bill and Mary Hall living across Canada.

I mentioned that when they emigrated they took their young son Billy with them. In 1944 he was back in Britain only now he was wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Billy the young man was back to defend his birthplace.

Stockton Stage Society – The Arcadian

t13717I believe this photograph is the Stockton Stage Society cast for a production of The Arcadians, probably in the mid 1950’s and probably in the Corporation Hall, Stockton.
My mother, Enid Moss (later Pallant) is towards the back with a gentleman’s hands on her shoulders, and her father-in-law to be, Alf Pallant, is to the right of the table and chairs on the left of the photograph.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mark Pallant.

WD climbing Stockton Bank c1960s

t8178This is one of those posts that went missing when we moved to the new site. It shows…

WD climbing Stockton bank towards Norton Junction in the mid 1960’s – the fields on the left are now the Glebe estate.The footpath that crossed the line here led across the fields towards St Mary’s church at Norton – a regular Saturday morning trek for me on my way to 2nd Norton Cubs who met in the hut in what I believe was an old quarry behind the Green.

Photograph and details courtesy of Dave Summerfield.

We have tried to recreate as many of the original comments as possible…

Clevo Flour Mill Site

t13716This Boat was tied up at the Cleveland Flour Mill site, Thornaby. You can see Head Wrightsons in the background. I used to check the build and progress of this boat, as I went to work at National Carriers on Bridge road. There was also a Cameron’s Brewery office on Victoria Bridge on Stockton side just before the dole office and John B. Smiths wood yard

Photograph and details courtesy of Tom McGowan.

Staff from Newtown Infants School

t13702Two photographs of Newtown Infants School Staff in 1970 and 1971.  My mum Anne Bellerby has included as many names as she can remember…

Back Row (l-r): Alison Ashton, Margaret Naisbit, ??, Tricia Armstrong, Pat Dunn, Shirley Fisher, Anne Bellerby and Joan Wilton.

Front Row(l-r): Janet Smith, Margaret Lonsdale, Mrs J Thompson (Head Mistress), Hilda Kinnis and Evelyn Greenacre

t13703Back Row (l-r): May Buckle, Anne Bellerby, Barbara Parker, Alison Ashton, Joan Wilton,?? and Margaret Lonsdale.

Front Row (l-r): Janet Smith, Shirley Fisher, Mrs J Thompson (Head Mistress), Ruth Bowbanks and Hilda Kinnis.

Photographs and details courtesy of Mike Bellerby.

Heritage Stockton

heritagestockton PSThe site brings together articles and stories celebrating the Borough’s rich and diverse Heritage, from the early settlements to the growth of the industries of the twentieth century, the development of the railways, the contributions to the sciences and the arts and the part we played in two world wars. Read the moving story of the Haverton Hill Anzac, or the hero of Dettingen – the soldier with the silver nose. Find out about the Stockton woman who tried to assassinate King George III or discover why Stockton-on-Tees was a target for the Luftwaffe. We will be adding more of these fascinating insights into the heritage of our area as time goes on but we also welcome contributions from anyone who can add to the story of the Borough, its people and its places…

Visit the site at – we’d be glad to have your thoughts at

Thomas Birtle at work in the railway sheds

t13693This photograph taken at Thornaby sheds shows my granddad Thomas Birtle with two colleagues, quite possibly fitters, next to the cab of steam locomotive 63437. This was a type Q6 loco and this class of engines hauled heavy goods such as steel and coal around the north east. Date wise I believe it to be between 1959 (when Stockton sheds closed) and 1964 (when Thornaby stopped dealing with steam locos). My cousin, John is pretty certain it is late 1963 early 1964…

t13694The second photograph shows Thomas Birtle working at his desk. His role was clearly one of administration. The final photograph shows him standing outside his office/cabin within Stockton sheds.

Photographs and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.






The Talbot Pub, Stockton

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These photographs show the unusual décor in the Pit, apparently painted by a man called Bob Saint. The Pit was in the basement of the Talbot Pub on Stockton High Street. I believe the pub later became the Number Nines bar. The photographs were taken in the early 1980’s.

Photograph and details courtesy Dave Pratt.

Under 16’s Tennis Final, Stockton c1952

t13640The Final was held at Ropner Park Tennis Courts, where the Children’s playground is now situated. It was a lovely summers day except it was spoiled when I broke a string in my only tennis racquet after being one set all. I was surprised on a recent visit to see most of the Public Tennis courts had been demolished in Newham Grange Park and Tilery Road Recreation ground. These courts where the only places that working class people could play Tennis which at the time was deemed an exclusive sport for the rich and famous.

Caption included with image ‘T.L Jones (right), who won the boys’ singles in the junior section of the tournament in Ropner Park, Stockton by beating B.Brown (left) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 on Saturday’

Image and details courtesy of Benny Brown.

E. Winpenny, Stockton High Street c1979

t13663I took this photograph c1979 as part of my preliminary observations and sketches for a painting that I did while studying A-level art at Stockton VI Form College. The painting I did of Winpennys still hangs on my wall.

The shop was just up the road from John Walker Square, on the same side of the road. What happened to the shop? I haven’t been back to Stockton for many years.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maggi Davis.

Dutch Barn Houses c1945

t13659 t13660 t13661 t13662 Three photographs showing the Dutch Barn houses under construction and a final one of the completed house.

The photographs have ‘Bishopton Court, Fairfield 1945′ written on the reverse but there has been some controversy about the exact location over the years on Picture Stockton… Bishopton Court or Durham Road…?

















Pupils at Oxbridge School

t13639I received this photograph from a friend, her late husband Peter is on the top row, first on the left side and
was taken at Oxbridge School. Does anyone know if the photograph was taken during some kind of celebration as they all seem to be wearing medals?

Photograph and details courtesy of Linda Moody.

WW1 Commemoration – Sunday 3 August, Yarm

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The photographs show crowds of people gathered at Yarm War Memorial during an Act of Commemoration followed by a parade and Drum Head Service at Willey Flatts Field.

1245 Sunflowers: Garden of Memories, Stockton

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Sunflowers and other floral tributes have been placed in the Parish Church Gardens creating a Garden of Memories for The Great War Fallen of Stockton. A symbolic and reflective event marked Britains entry into war 100 years ago yesterday – tonight there will be a candlelit tribute of music, words and lights.

The Great War Centenary Anniversary, 4 August 2014

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I took these two photographs of the refurbished War Memorial and it’s newly relaid surroundings which all looked very nice in the mid-morning sunshine on Yarm High Street this morning.

To accompany the Yarm photographs I called in at Egglescliffe and photographed their War Memorial too which also looked equally resplendent in the sunshine.

t13672 t13673Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Wellington Terrace, Norton Road

t10700Situated on Wellington Terrace, Norton Road was a three storey building known as Wellington House – a Diocesan Training Home for servants c1900, it then became St. Mary’s Convent School shortly afterwards. When a new school building was built behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church (seen in the distance) in 1909, Wellington House then became St. Gerard’s Convent.

Photograph courtesy of Mrs Denton.

Harker’s Engineering

t13632Harker’s Engineering Staff – Back Row: Dave Coppins, Les Turnbull, Ralph Watson, Steve Pearson, Terry Blenkinsop and Brian Hussey.

Front Row: Len Stirman, Mike Round, John Alderton and Paul Wright.

Details courtesy of Mike Bellerby, photograph courtesy of Eddie Lattimer.