Fireman Fox c1920s/30s

t13963I don’t know where the photograph was taken, but I think it was taken around the 1920s/30s. The gentleman stood on the engines footsteps is Fireman Fox, my Great granddad. I don’t know who the other two gentlemen are however I would assume the man on the footplate is the driver and the man in front of the loco is the shunter.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Rees.

A19 Bridge over the River Tees

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Photographs taken by my father, Philip Southward of the A19 bridge being built over the River Tees.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Southward.

Billingham Town Centre c1960s

t13941This postcard shows Billingham Town Centre sometime in the 1960s, there is the number BLM67 which could be the actual year… the roof of the Forum is just visible and this opened in about 1967.

Interestingly the first three shops to the left of the image are Woolworths, Freeman Hardy and Willis and Dewhursts all of which were part of the first phase of the town centre in the early 1950s, all of these chains have since disappeared from the high street, other shops that were originally there have also gone forever, the likes of Timothy White’s, Mac Fisheries, Home And Colonial, Meadow Dairies, Radio Rentals and Chain Libraries as well as many independent shops whose names I can’t remember.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Mary Peacock Manager of the Regal Fish and Chip Shop

t13942It is possible that Frank P Mee and others, who were regulars at Modern and Avenue Cinemas in Norton, will recognise this lady, Mrs Mary Peacock, who managed the Regal Fish and Chip shop across the road from the Modern. Mrs Peacock was my aunt and she lived in over the shop, as it were. Her husband, Charlie Peacock, was a lab technician at the ICI. In some ways a prestige job, in those days when, for most men, work involved hard manual labour.

The sitting room was behind the fish shop. Behind that was the kitchen. To get to the staircase for the bedrooms one had to go into the shop. So the house must have been converted at some stage.

The fish preparation and production of the chips was done in a small shed at the end of the yard. The actual owner of the shop was Mary Davidson who lived in the big house on the corner of Newlands Avenue and Norton Road, and was Mary Peacock’s aunt.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Private Benjamin Brown, DLI

t13937This is a photograph of my father Benjamin Brown who enlisted in the DLI at the start of WW1 by claiming he was older than the required 18 years for the Army, I am sure many other men did the same – switch their ages to go off to war in what they thought would be a great adventure. Once they had sampled the trench warfare at battles such as Mons, Ypres, Passchendaele, and many others they would have realised war was not an adventure but a terrible experience for all involved.

My father would not talk about the war, like so many others but sometimes when he had had a few pints we learned snippets of some of his experiences which were very interesting, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, as was the story about the time when they were watching this German as they thought in a forward position spying on them, they all lined him up and shot him. When they advanced later that day they looked for the Germans body only to find it was a British Officer who obviously had been spying on the German lines. The only consolation for Dad and his mates was that six or seven of the DLI had shot at about the same time so they did know who had fired the fatal shot. The DLI were famous as the fastest marching Regiment in the British Army, many of the Regiment were from Stockton and District.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

Tilery Road Boys School, Senior Class 2 c1950

t13939My name is Bill Lambert and this photograph was recently sent to me in Australia where I have lived for the last forty one years. I am second from the left in the centre row and the only name I can recall is the headmaster on the right Mr Griffiths although I do recognize a lot of the faces. Hoping someone can jog my ageing memory!

Photograph and details courtesy of Bill Lambert.

Malleable Working Men’s Club, Norton Road

t13929My grand-parents used to either own or run (I am not sure which) a local pub/working men’s club on Norton Road, it’s called the Malleable Working Men’s Club. This pub/club had some sort of association with the now long gone Malleable Steel works in the Portrack area of Stockton. The Malleable may possibly have been rebuilt or altered since my grand-father owned/ran it.
My grandparents were Nicholas Dillon and he married to Mary (nee Cunningham) in 1929.
Their five children were Rosalea (b 1929), Lawrence (b 1931), James (b 1933), Brian (b 1935), and Terence (b 1944). Any information about the Dillion Family would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Stephen Dillon.

ICI Ammonium Sulphate Tower, 1971

t13935At least one of these towers still stands and is a big feature on the ICI landscape. The picture was taken from the road into Haverton Hill. Did the two very tall chimneys take the waste gases form the rotating anthracite kilns?

Back in 1960, when I was in Stockton Grammar, we were taken on a trip round this part of ICI Billingham where we saw the kilns at work. At that time they were fired using pulverised coal. The heating drove off sulphur dioxide which was then used in the contact process to make sulphuric acid. The solid waste from the firing could be used to make cement.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

British Titan Works Committee, 1948

t13931My father Benny Brown Senior was a member of this team, back row left end facing camera, another who was in this team was Mr Wharry the Works Manager, back row centre and Mr Dixon also a manger, front row second left. I wonder if any of your readers can identify other members of this Committee. These Works committee’s were great idea that helped management to sort out problems with the work force before they developed into a dispute, I wonder if modern management still carries on with this example of good management.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

Newham Grange Vs Mill Lane 1949

t13928This 65 year old photograph shows Benny Brown of Newham Grange School scoring with a header over the Mill Lane goalkeeper. The caption on the back although faded reads Newham Grange 10, Mill Lane 0 goal scorers; Brown 5, Dolan 4 and Campbell 1.

In the photograph are Ducka Banks, behind Benny Brown waiting for a mistake, Ray Frost behind Ducka Banks, and the Mill Lane player looks like John Prosser ?

The other members of the Newham Grange side who represented Stockton Boys that year besides Benny Brown, were Ray Frost, Ducka Banks, Trevor Briggs, and Denis Grubb. All these players are either 80 years old now or nearly eighty years if they are still with us. Myself I am one of the young brigade only 79 years old until July next year.The match was played at the Grosvenor Recreation Reserve and as I remember it was a cold and misty November type of day. The teacher in charge of Mill lane football and Stockton Boys football was Mr Harry Rigg the well known Stockton Sports teacher and the Newham Grange Sports Teacher was Mr Ray Irvine, the well known Stockton CC cricketer.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.


t13927This photograph was taken December 1946 in Stockton and I believe one of the children pictured is my uncle. I’m not sure of the location but the uniforms make me think it might have been a hospital or maybe a children’s home… would there have been somewhere like this in Stockton at that time?

I am researching my family tree and any help would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Allison Wanstall

Stockton Racecourse Programmes

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A series of images showing racecourse programmes and race meet information from 1945 through to 1969.

Images courtesy of John Wilson.

Demolition of Norton Board School

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Photographs of Norton Board School in the early stages of demolition. Unfortunately I have not recorded when I took these!

Photographs and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Another sort of Hero

t13913The photograph shows my uncle, Dick Starr, who was invalided out of the Royal Artillery in 1942, after volunteering for medical experiments relating to tuberculosis, in which he was injected with the disease. I am not sure what happened next, but the TB caught hold and he became very ill.

He was sent back to his parent’s house in St Annes Terrace, Portrack. Because of the fear of infection, a shed was built at the end of garden to keep him away from me and the rest of the family. Unfortunately he never recovered.



The pages from his pass book seems to confirm that he was in very good physical condition when he entered the army in 1940, where he became a gunner.

The comments section state that his conduct was exemplary. But I suppose they would have to say that. I myself have no recollection of him as I was only about two years old when he died.

Photograph and image courtesy of Fred Starr.

Henry Doyleson of the Royal Field Artillery

t13909This photograph was donated by Lorraine Dayes whose Great Uncle, Henry Doyleson, is in the centre of the three men shown.

A copy of it was addressed, but probably not posted, to ‘Charles Malcolm, No. 77 Mess, HMS Queen Mary, c/o GPO London’, by his sister Mary Malcolm.  The message on the back of the card reads as follows…..

Dear Brother

Just a line to thank you for the PostCard you sent me but at the same time I thought you would have sent me one of your photos.  They have all got one but me so I hope you will send me one.  Mother got your photos Saturday morning.  Mother,  group and also the one of yourself.  Jane Garbutt got one and not Great Aunt (Fanan ?) so do not forget to send me one.  So don’t forget to send one (She repeats herself).

From Your Sister

Give Joe and Jock my best Love Mary


Charles was one of three Stockton brothers who were all stokers on HMS Queen Mary.  They were the sons of Mary and George Malcolm, 14 Union Street, Stockton-on-Tees. All three were killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 while serving in HMS Queen Mary. They were: – Charles Malcolm, stoker, 2655S, RNR aged 22; John Robert Malcolm, stoker, 1430S, RNR, aged 25; Joseph Malcolm, stoker, 2681T, aged 29. All are commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. John Robert and Joseph were married. John Robert had a son John G. born 1915. Joseph had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth born 1910 and Janet born 1913.


Henry Doyleson was a Stockton man and a friend of the Malcolm brothers.  He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (regt. no. 34819) in the early days of the war.  He became a driver, responsible for driving a team of horses that pulled the big Field guns into and out of battle. His battery landed in France on 8th September 1915 in time to join the brigade as they prepared for what became known as the Battle of Loos or the Third Battle of Artois. The battle commenced on the 25th September 1915.  Henry was killed in action on the  26TH September 1915. He had only been at the front for 18 days before he was killed

Henry is commemorated on the Roll of Honour on plot/panel 3 of the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais.  The memorial commemorates 20,000 men who fell in battle and have no known graves.

t13908This is another photograph of Henry Doyleson.  It was probably taken shortly after he had enlisted and was posted from Salisbury Plain where his battery of the RFA was in training before going overseas.   The message on the back of the photograph has faded over the years but what can be read follows…..

One for Ike  and —-one for yourself.  Write back to the address we are at ——————— Salisbury.  Now firing the big guns for a week and then the  —– starts ——-with.  (Illegible words have been replaced with dashes).

Lorraine, who donated the photographs, would really like to find out more about Henry Doyleson.  He was her Grandfather’s brother but her grandfather changed his name to Dayes.  It is a big family mystery. Lorraine would also love to know who the other men in the photograph are…..  can anyone help?

Featherstones, Haverton Hill

t13872A photograph showing Featherstones of Belasis local shop, it is the equivalent of ‘Arkwrights’ from Open All Hours but based in Haverton Hill, you could buy almost anything that was used for day to day living from these shops, from bundles of firewood to light the kitchen fire, to a loaf of bread and a tin of beans for the kids tea and whilst you were there could also buy a tin of Mansion polish to buff up the utility dining table and granny’s mahogany whatnot, every community had a similar shop and I remember seeing rows of prams outside and young mothers inside having a chat, including my mother and her friends.

There was a similar shop in Cowpen Lane that may also be called Featherstones but I am not too sure of that, I’ve no doubt that someone will be able to set me straight…

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Steam on the St John’s Crossing branch

t13863Loco no 6 was the last shunter on this line working there from 1964 to 1966 but for a number of years before this, maybe 10 to 15, the shunting work was done by a loco called Kilmarnock.

Her name came from the fact she was built by Andrew Barclay Co. from Kilmarnock and the name just stuck. Being built in 1898 she was 66 years old when she was finally retired in 1964. The driver seen in the cab had the first name of Thomas.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle and John Hardy.

White Rose Day, Teesside Park c1967

t13803A photograph of my parents Eric (Chairman of Teesside Park) and Jeanne Wilson as they exchange pleasantries with the Duchess of Kent during White Rose Day, Teesside Park. The Duchess had officially opened the new National Hunt steeplechase course there.



This photograph taken on White Rose Day shows Eric Wilson on the right of the Duchess of Kent and Jeanne Wilson second from the left, November 14 November 1967.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Wilson.