Teesside Airshow c1976

Military Aircraft taken during the 1976 Airshow at Teesside Airport.

Photographs taken by Tony Whelan, courtesy of Nick Whelan.

Durham Road, Stockton

t15241 t1524280 Durham Road – The picture was taken August 2016 when the “modern” signage had fallen off the run down shop to expose what you see. This was clearly a Bakery Shop for the Sparks Bakery, but I am unable to date it other than to say it was before 1975 when I moved to Stockton. None of the electoral rolls list No.80 so it must have been purely a shop.

78 Durham Road – The picture was taken August 2016, next door to Sparks Bakery Shop was Cleavers Butchers Shop – the name and occupation always amuses me. This morphed into the shop front shown on the photograph sometime in the 1990’s. On each side of the shop you can see the bars which supported the canopy which kept the sun and rain from the shop front. Perhaps the original signage will be exposed one day.

Photographs and details courtesy of Peter Edwards.

Arrowsmith’s Removal Business

t15240This photograph was taken opposite the Red Lion in Norton. Frank Arrowsmith is on the left, 2nd from the right is Mr Featherstone. He used to give us a ride back down to Maple Avenue, Thornaby when we were kids. Arrowsmith’s shop is still going in Stockton, just near the station, it’s ran by Franks grandson. I bought Franks garage in Yarm in 1973.

Photograph and details Derek Brittain.

Londonderry Bridge, Durham Road c2016

As part of the Lustrum Beck flood alleviation project the demolition of Stockton’s oldest bridge, Londonderry Bridge on Durham Road, Stockton is well underway. The existing bridge has been replaced with a single span structure which will allow water to flow more freely and reducing the risk of flooding in the area. Completion is scheduled for winter 2016/17.

Photographs taken by Tony Flynn, during March, July and November 2016.

Discovering Family

t15217While looking into my family history I discovered this photograph amongst others that my parents had when they died. The writing on the back is like my mother’s handwriting and it clearly says the word “Mother”. My mother was born Ethel Dwyer and if the little baby is my grandmother she would be a “Kilvington” at this point and lived in Clarence Row (Portrack). The date of the photograph is the key which I don’t have. The photograph also has the name of the photographers, Charles W. Sterling, Bridge Street, Stockton.
I’d be grateful for any clues.

Photograph and details courtesy of Frankie Hatton.

R Durham & Sons, Skip Wagon c1960s

t15213When I was growing up in Billingham in the 1950s there were a number of companies that were well known, ICI and The Shipyard (Furness) of course and to a lesser degree British Titan, amongst the smaller firms.

‘Robbie’ Durhams was also well known, very likely this is because there were very few vehicles on the road at that time, cars were rare and commercial vehicles rarer still, we did get visited by Marshalls’ bread van, Rossis’ ice cream van and the Co-op coal wagon but that was it, our fruit was delivered by horse and cart by Maddrens’ and even the Council maintenance team pushed a two wheel cart around the estates repairing pavements and replacing broken windows.

The vehicle is a KV model, these were introduced in the mid 1950s and produced until the mid 1960s, the earlier models had single headlights, the twin headlights were introduced in about 1960, this dates the photo to the early 1960s, the wagon is obviously brand new and fresh out of the paint shop, it doesn’t even have a registration plate and the gloss is so high the photographer can be seen reflected in the paintwork.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.


Stockton Footballers Terry Turnbull and Eric Young

t15202Mohun Bagan v Crook Town – two Stockton footballers Terry Turnbull and Eric Young played for Crook Town in Calcutta, India. The match was watched by a crowd of 100,000.

Back Row (l-r): E. Young, C. Nattrass, C. Sinclair, G. Richardson, B. Agar, P. Brown, T. Turnbull, G. Potter.

Front Row (l-r): S. Bell, J. Suggett, C. Morrison, E. McMordie, W. Horner, P. Weatherall. Mascot, A. Banergee.

Image and details courtesy of Anon.


Brunner Mond, one of the founding companies behind the formation of ICI

t15205Ludwig Mond (1839 – 1909) was a German-born chemist and industrialist who took British nationality. After attending schools in his home town, he studied chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. He then worked in factories in Germany and the Netherlands before coming to England to work at the factory of John Hutchinson & Co in Widnes in 1862. Here he formed a partnership with John Hutchinson. Shortly after starting work at Hutchinson’s he developed a method to recover sulphur used to manufacture soda. In 1872 Mond got in touch with the Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay who was developing a better process to manufacture soda. The following year he went into partnership with John Brunner to work on bringing the process to commercial viability.
They established the business of Brunner Mond & Company. Within 20 years this business had become the largest producer of soda in the world.
John Tomlinson Brunner (1842 – 1919) was a British chemical industrialist at Hutchinson’s alkali works in Widnes, there he met Ludwig Mond, with whom he later formed the chemical company Brunner Mond & Co. Their initial capital was less than £20,000 (£1.6 million in 2016) most of which was borrowed. After its slow start, Brunner Mond & Company became the wealthiest British chemical company of the late 19th century. On its merger with three other British chemical companies to form Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1926, it had a market capitalization of over £18 million (£940 million in 2016.
Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) was formed by the 1926 merger of Great Britain’s four major chemical companies: Nobel Industries Ltd.; Brunner, Mond and Company Ltd.; United Alkali Company; and the British Dyestuffs Corporation.

Information courtesy of Bob Wilson.

Remembrance Sunday, Thornaby 2016

We remember. A service was held at the Cenotaph on Acklam Road Thornaby, Sunday 13 November.

Vaughan and Steve from the Billingham Silver Band.

Derek Brittain with my old Westbury Street school pal, Allan Huitson and local funeral director, Irene Jessop in the Aerodrome Club, Thornaby.

Photographs and details courtesy of Derek Brittain.

Arthur Head Football Team c1949

t10632This photograph shows the football team at Arthur Head School, Thornaby-on-Tees c1949. Our eleventh man must have taken this picture for his collection. Could have been my old friend Arthur Beddow. Back Row (l-r): A Dunford, K Cambell, Goal Keeper ?, K Hatton, D Wray (captain). Front Row (l-r): ??,??, ?? me and at the end and Ralph Smith who I kept up a friendship with after leaving school.

Photograph courtesy of Neil Hampton.

The Team that Beat York City in the Final of the North Riding Senior Cup

t15200This is the team that beat York City in the Final of the North Riding Senior Cup at the Victoria Ground. The team facing the camera: John Raby (right half), Des Clough Captain (centre half), Percy Musgrove (right back), Bill Ditchburn (goal keeper), Tommy Thompson (left back), Teddy Lowe (left half).

Front Row: John Taylor (outside right) Brian Armstrong, (inside right), Trevor Cockerill (centre forward), Benny Brown (inside left), Neil Moody (outside left).

I can not recall the goal scorers but maybe someone can come up with the players concerned. Much has been said about Stockton AFC over the years but they have certainly been under achievers when compared with their earlier history of winning the English Amateur Cup and being recognised as one of the top Amateur teams in the country. When we played in the Midland League we competed against professional teams week in week out, which deserves some sort of plaudits.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

Stockton High Street c1910

t15203This is a snapshot taken from a British Gaumont film from the early 20th century, film producers would visit a town and film local activities which they would then show at the local theatre/cinema, as you can see the furniture depository was in Knowles Street which of course is still there, the film was taken from a horse and cart being driven along the High Street and shows many young boys messing about as only young boys can and other horse drawn transport as well as people on the footpaths.

Courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

To see this nice piece of local history visit… http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-stockton-on-tees-1910/.

Wolviston Primary School, 1945/46

t12290A class photograph of Wolviston Primary School taken in 1945/46 with the Headmaster, Mr Batey.

Back Row: Wilf Thornton, Tom Parker, Kath Hutchinson, Joan Cook, Ethel Dodds, Mary Pearson, Roy Thornton.

Third Row: ? Durkin, Maurice Dowd, Joe Allen, John Archer, Joyce Brackenborough, Brian Sayers, George Thornton, ? Ward, Bill Sisson.

Second Row: Ann Brackenborough, Dorothy Reynard, Barbara Lay, Joan Reynard, Peter Dodds (my brother), ? Durkin, ??, Ann Bullock.

Front Row: Jill Swinbank, Bill Archer, Tom Linton, Reg Hardwick, John Foster, Sid Hutchinson.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ethel Foxley (nee Dodds).

Rainbow over Holme House, 1972

t15199The main reason for taking the picture was the rainbow, which must have been produced by a shower over the Rocks (Portrack Shamrocks Football Club) Field in Portrack. But it does show construction on the old Holme House farm site. Was this a temporary school at the time, or was the building of the prison under way?

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Teesside Airport 1960s

t15193 t15194Here are a couple of shots of Teesside Airport in the 1960s, the exterior shot shows a ‘C’ registered car which dates it to 1965, the car is probably collecting visitors for either ICI or British Steel as both companies ran a fleet of cars for such purposes, the coach is likely awaiting a charter flight from sunnier climes.

The interior shot shows the sign to the spectators gallery and a practically empty departure lounge, apart from a couple of people in the doorway there is very little activity.

Photographs and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Transporter Control Cabin in 1969

t15185A view of the Transporter in 1969, looking towards the Middlesbrough side. I think the time would have been the early afternoon, but I can’t remember what time of the year it was. Maybe early spring. There isn’t many cars on the platform and the walkway over the top had been closed. It all looked a bit derelict. It seems to show that the Transporter needed two men for its operation. One the driver, in the cabin, and his mate to look after the loading of the cars and opening and closing the gates. I suppose in those days they would have been getting about £12 a week, but these costs would have had too much impact on the toll charges. Does anyone remember what they were in those days?

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.