In 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.
An aerial view of Eaglescliffe Industrial Estate, we believe the date to be c1990s…
I 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.
The Grays Road Institute off Bishopton Road, Stockton is another well known building that seems to have been there for ever c2007.
Photograph and details courtesy of John Robson.
A photograph of my mother Cissie Davies outside no. 23 Stanley Street c1947. Stanley Street ran across Wellington Street, Stockton. Our neighbour Mrs Smurthwaite can be seen peeping out of no. 21.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bill Davies.
Yarm High Street showing Hintons and numbers 30-36 c1970.
This 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…
This 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.
This photograph was taken after the High Street demolition in 1970. Finkle Street can be seen in the distance, Stockton.
Photograph and details courtesy of Peter Jordison.
Two 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
Back 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.
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The entrance to Hambletonian Yard seen from West Row in Stockton c1967.
Photograph and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.
This photograph shows Phoenix Gardens under construction c1978.
An advert for the Arthur Haynes Show with guests Ken Morris, Joan Savage, Lauri Lupino Lane and George Truzzi. The Globe September 1961.
Image courtesy of Barry Jones.
A photograph of Thorpe Thewles Viaduct taken in 1935. The viaduct was demolished in 1979.
Photograph and details courtesy of John Corney.
Aerial view of Billingham Beck Valley. Date unknown.
A photograph of the Harker family celebrating the company’s 100 year anniversary in 1978.
Photograph and details courtesy of Mike Bellerby.
This 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…
The 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.
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.
The 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.
This photograph shows my Great Grandma Mary Anne Moore outside the family shop on 1 Temple Street just off Tilery Road, Stockton c1912.
Photograph and details courtesy of Val Waites.
I 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.
A photograph taken of an old matchbox and label. Whilst the matches were made by a Richard Bell in London, he does acknowledge John Walker’s matches. The date of 1832, is only five years after Walker invented his safety match.
Photograph and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton
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…?
A photograph from Number 2 workshop know as 2 shop. The first machinist is Jimmy McPhail the crane operator and others are unknown.
Photograph and details courtesy of Mike Bellerby.
Advert for the Metropole Hotel taken from the Stockton-on-Tees Coronation Souvenir Booklet, 1953.
Image courtesy of John S Corney.
I 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.
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.
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. http://www.1245sunflowers.org
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.
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.
An aerial view of Norton Grange, possibly mid to late 1990s…
A view of West Hartlepool and Harbour railway station – when Norton Road, Stockton was crossed on the level – the trains entered at the left-hand end.
Situated 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.
Seen in the photograph is Norton resident, Len Nicholson refereeing at the Tow Law v Bishop Auckland football game.
Photograph and details courtesy of Len Nicholson.
The Cleveland Flour Mill closed in the 1960s and was demolished in June 1970. If I remember correctly this photograph was taken from Victoria Bridge the day after the first attempt to demolish the mill had failed.
Photograph and details courtesy of Geoff Poole.
Harker’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.
An aerial view of ICI Billingham
This sign was once seen outside the home of Mrs Favell on Dunottar Avenue, Egglescliffe c1968.
In years gone by, many newsagents sold tickets to a selection of bus trips with Beeline tours. This was a trip to Gretna Green, and I remember picking up passengers from Norton, Stockton, and Middlesbrough. We were asked to be the Bride and Groom in a mock wedding over the anvil, a great coincidence as we eloped to Gretna a year earlier, in 1967!
Photograph and details courtesy of Alan Prosser.
Views of St. John The Baptist, Church Road, Egglescliffe c1981.
It is claimed that there is an underground tunnel from the church to the Friarage in the grounds of Yarm School. It is alleged that it was originally used as an escape tunnel for the monks…
A view of the River Tees at Yarm. In the background is Wren’s Vinegar Works and in the distance a glimpse of St. John the Baptist, Egglescliffe. Possibly c1890…
A photograph showing three men working in the forge, Kennedy’s Enginneers c1975.
I am researching Kennedy’s Engineers – they had a factory on the Riverside, Stockton until the 1990’s. It became Lionweld Kennedy before moving to Middlesbrough. Does anyone have any photographs of this plant especially during the 60’s and 70’s?
Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Smith.
Photograph taken in Smiths Yard, Portrack, Stockton c1970.
Photograph courtesy of Paul M Bruce.
Two adverts taken from the Stockton-on-Tees Coronation Souvenir Booklet, 1953 – Contractors, George Fordy and Son Ltd. and Concrete Company, Kendrews
Image courtesy of John S Corney.
A view of a Layfield Transport Services vehicle – FVN 873. Seddon FB13F c1949.
Is this in the Stockton area? This photograph was given to us by Mrs Denton but unfortunately we don’t have any other information about it. Can anyone hazard a guess to the whereabouts?
A view of the shopfronts of Dolcis and Stead & Simpson on Stockton High Street c1985.
A copy of the National Health and Pensions Insurance Record Card for Arthur B Henderson.
Image courtesy of Deb Branson.
Billingham & Haverton Hill Motor Services Transport with registration number EF3909. ADC 416 Strachan & Brown B32F c1928.
A photograph taken during a Retirement Presentation at B.T.P. Tioxide West site of the safety and canteen staff, June 1980. The people I can name are Nick Burns, 2nd from the left, front row and Lily ?, 3rd from the right front row. Does anyone recognise any of the others?
Photograph and details courtesy of Malcolm Corner.