Manchester House, Stockton c1869

t13508A view of Manchester House, 145 High Street, Stockton. Manchester House is on the corner of Wellington Street, and is currently occupied by Leveys paint. J Kindler the plumber was also a gas fitter, and the shop shows a range of gas mantels for sale.  R Leng appears to have been a ladies clothing shop of some description going by the contents of the shop window.

The two urn shaped stone carvings on the roof are still there, but the ornate ironwork around the R LENG sign, and the first floor balustrade railings have long gone unfortunately.  I assume the two white posts outside the premises were for tying up horses ? I’d be interested to know if anyone can add any further detail or authenticate the 1869 date.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Brown.

Bailey Street School Certificates

t13451 t13452These swimming certificates were awarded to my uncle George Sunley when attended Bailey Street School 1931/32. George was born in Darlington but the family moved to Victoria Terrace Norton Road in the 1920′s. They owned a fish and chip shop with a dining room until 1938. George, an accomplished swimmer and cyclist apprenticed as a painter and decorator before joining the Royal Marines in 1940, he later took part in the action in Burma.

Images and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Stockton Races, 1970

t13476 t13477 t13478 t13479 The first photograph shows a horse called Mahalakshmi which ran in one of the supporting races that day. The jockey is a very young apprentice called Pat Eddery, he went on to be a racing superstar with over 4000 winners and was champion jockey many times.

The second photograph is of a horse called Noble Lad, his jockey is Ernie Johnson. Mr Johnson was also a top class jockey and the previous year had won the Epsom Derby riding Blakeney.

The third photograph shows a horse called Island Chief being led around the paddock, you can clearly see the race course stands in the background.

And finally a photograph of another well known jockey called Phillip Waldron seen walking out of the paddock in his white cap and purple/lilac colours.

Photographs and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

The Odeon and Borough Hall, Stockton High Street

t13486‘Down to the Sea in Ships’, starring Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore and Dean Stockwell was released in 1949 so it must be around that time?

The Odeon had quite a distinctive design and was built in the 1930s. The Borough Hall, by this time 160+ years old, looks to have seen better days and would last less than another 10 years.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jonathan May.

Billingham Synthonia Juniors

t13467 t13468 Two team photographs of Billingham Synthonia juniors under 18′s Football Team. The first photograph was taken at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough where they defeated a Boro team 1-0 which I believe was c1968…

Back Row (left to right): Gibson, Wiltshire, Hall, Hindmarsh, ?, ?, Front Row (left to right): Forrest, Edwards, ?, Buttle, Alderson.

Back Row (left to right): ?, Jeffers, Hindmarsh, Blackie, Wiltshire, ?. Front row (left to right): Harrison, Edwards, Blowman,?, ?.

Photographs and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Wartime Cricket, 1942

t13469During the war years the local cricket leagues tried to keep their various competitions going. This photograph shows my late father Tom Birtle holding two trophies won by Norton Juniors in 1942. The team had done the double winning both the league and cup. Tom who was 16 at the time was the skipper of the team. The photograph was taken on the land adjacent to Norton Junction railway cottages over the road from where Harpers garden centre used to be.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.