Hardwick after hours school club c1975

t14714My mother-in-law, Mrs Rose Jennings, used to help run a club at Hardwick school in Stockton for several years. I believe the purpose was to care for the youngsters until one of their working parents could make it home after work. She thoroughly enjoyed the hobby. This photograph was taken on Halloween night 1975. Perhaps it will stir a few memories?

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Wade.

Londonderry Bridge, Durham Road

t14702 t14703 t14704The first photographs shows Londonderry Bridge on Durham Road Stockton from the downstream side, January 2016. You can see that the original bridge, constructed about 1826 – 1828 with Durham Road would probably have had two large and two small culverts. The two nearer town have been walled up by some wise persons in the past, and the stream has silted up to a considerable depth. You can also see where the bridge has been widened with concrete pillars and steel beams. In the background you can see Newtown School.

The third photograph shows Londonderry Bridge on Durham Road Stockton from the upstream side, January 2016. On this side the two town side culverts have been completely covered and incorporated into concreted land. The bridge is due to be replaced with new bridge in the next two months.

Photograph and details courtesy of Peter Edwards.

Changeover Day at Billingham Station, 1967

These excellent photographs were taken by my cousin John Hardy on the day the old Billingham Station closed and the new one opened, Saturday 4 November 1967. The first three photographs showing the old station and the final one showing the very first train to stop at the new one. A little bit of railway history in the making.

t14696The first photograph shows the 10.36 Middlesbrough to Newcastle 6 car DMU service. According to the timetable this train boasted a miniature buffet car. Those were the days!

t14697In the second photograph we can see the arrival of the 11.40 service from Newcastle to Colchester train. The loco in charge is a Sulzer Type 4 (later class 47) No D1769.

t14698The third photograph shows this train in Billingham station. Note that no less than 3 members of staff are on the platform. The chap with the gold braid on his left sleeve is Mr Marshall the station master.

t14699The last photograph shows the very first train to stop at the new station. The loco pulling this is Sulzer Type 2 No D5149. The single carriage is called the ”Glass Carriage” by John as it contains the railway big wigs. They are here to inspect the new station before the common herd are let loose on it.

Photographs and details courtesy of John Hardy and Martin Birtle.

Captain William Christopher Inscription

t14701There are several plaques in Stockton Parish Church to Captain William Christopher. He made several voyages of exploration to Hudson Bay in the mid-1700s. It is claimed that he knew Captain James Cook RN, but no evidence has ever been presented to prove that.
A set of books about Captain Cook’s third voyage has just been sold at auction in the USA. The title page of one book contains an interesting description which reads as follows…

“A Present from the Executors of Capt. Cook to Mr Wm Christopher Commander of one of the Hudsons Bay Company ships, for his assistance in discoveries in the Hudson’s Bay, especially Chesterfield Inlet – A.D. 11784 – May 26th. Nine days before the Voyage came out.”

This inscription is written in Capt. Christopher’s handwriting. It is the first real evidence that the two families knew each other.

Image and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.

Queen Victoria High School for Girls on Yarm Road c1906

t14700Victorian architecture is not generally considered to be attractive but I find this to be quite pleasing on the eye, it is slightly unusual in as much as having the usual Victorian red brick construction at the lower levels, but the upper levels are rendered, this rendering was very much in fashion during the 1930s, everybody will have seen bow fronted houses with rendered upper floors, they usually have half porches and curved top front doors, sometimes with stained glass, there are some in the Oxbridge/Hartburn areas, also the chimneys are huge, I presume to clear the smoke from the rooftops, these large chimneys hark back to a much earlier time, Tudor and Elizabethan chimneys were often very large and ornate but by Georgian times the chimneys were very much smaller, look at them in Yarm, altogether an interesting building. The postcard is dated 1906.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

10 Buxton Street

t14688This photograph is possibly one of very few taken in Buxton Street. The boy in the image is Harry Robson one of my younger brothers riding his beloved 3 wheeler bike. Harry is approaching his 70th birthday so that gives some idea as to the age of the photograph. We were born in 10 Buxton Street and lived there until the mid 1950’s. The wall showing in the image was the one blocking the street from the railway which was always very busy in those days.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Robson.

Thornaby Ironworks c1890s

t14680The view appears to have been from somewhere on the roof of the Cleveland Floor Mill which was erected in the 1880’s. The blocks of houses must have been those between Trafalgar Street and Railway Street on Godfrey’s 1897 ed. OS map of Stockton & Thornaby. In the distance and across the river would appear to be Stockton’s Corporation Quay area, while at about 11 O’clock across the river would be the Malleable Iron Works. The tall chimneys belong to puddling & early blast furnaces;  the smoke just went up the stack untreated. It is no wonder that a major cause of death in the area was chest diseases and infections.

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Wade

Rimswell Manor Lodge

t14675This is a photograph of the lodge which still stands at the entrance to Manor Place in Fairfield. I myself lived there for a few years. It was built in 1898 and was originally the gatekeepers lodge and the road would have led up to the big Rimswell Manor house at the top of the road. The house is long gone now and has been replaced by regular houses.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Callender.

Armstrong Flooring Factory

t14674This photograph was taken at the former Armstrong Flooring factory on the Thornaby Industrial Estate. My brother, who is in the photograph, dates it around the late 1980’s or early 90’s. From left to right the men are Brian Henderson, Harry Robson, Barry Davison, Fred Jones and Harry Butler.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Robson.

Charabanc Outing c1917/18

t14666This image was found among items and clippings belonging to my Aunt Dolly after she passed away. The image is of a charabanc trip for neighbours and friends from the Herbert Street and Bath Lane area, dated around 1917/18. There are about a dozen names mentioned in the clipping one being my grandmother Robson, standing on the extreme right.

Image and details courtesy of John Robson.

Stockton Built Electric Loco for Brazil

t14665Does anyone know where the works was, in Stockton, where this metre gauge 3000 volt dc loco was built?

Date was around 1954. The loco was designed by Metrovic, but all the parts and assembly were done by Beyer-Peacock Ltd of Stockton. For its size it was quite a powerful machine and was intended for the Rede Mineira de Viacao system in Brazil. Maximum speed was 50mph and the four dc motors had a combined power of 1072 hp. What happened to this company?

Images and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

The Pack Horse bridge over Lustrum Beck c1954

t14660There was some discussion a while back on Picture Stockton regarding this bridge and the sad lack of images. While sorting out pictures recovered from a failed PC, this image has surfaced. I hope the picture helps those who contributed their comments to ‘An impression of Portrack Pack Horse Bridge’.

Image and details courtesy of Derek Wade.

Alex Holmes Print c1880

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This printed image which I believe, from the velvet frame parts dates from about 1880. The girl is carrying a basket that has Alex Holmes Stockton-on-Tees printed on the side. I was wondering if this was a generic type print, or specific to the company. There are a couple of buildings in the background.
The odd thing is, I found this in Saint John, NB, Canada about 30 years ago. My family on my Mum’s side, including her, all come from around Stockton. They were Dickens (grandmother’s side) and Humplebys (grandfathers side). The print now lives on Canada’s west coast. Any information would be appreciated.

Image and details courtesy of Noel Fowles.

Leven Bridge Revisited

t14658 t14659I strolled down to Leven Bridge to retake the photograph as requested by one of your contributors, I also photographed the ‘Cross Keys’ as was, it is now a house, the two buildings to the right of the ‘Cross Keys’ are also homes and the rightmost building is an estate agents.

As you can see the shot was taken from a similar position as the original but I was unable to get to the exact place as there is now a fenced off area with young trees growing there, the trees and bushes along side the weir have grown up in the last 60 years and it is nigh on impossible to get a view of the river or the houses on the other bank, also, the river authority have fenced off the weir on both sides of the river and there is no access to the riverside at all, the field on the other side of the bridge has no sheds or railway carriages but is otherwise very much the same. The wood and wire fence that had the bike leaning against it is still there, the fence that is not the bike! The fence is in such a rickety condition it may well be the same one as in the original photograph.

Photographs and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.