Class Photograph, Frederick Nattrass School c1970

t14907Back Row (l-r): M. Pearson, M Ferguson, Russell Dobison, Edward Grieve, David Pattinson, Stephen ?, F. Sedgewick, M. Poulton, Philip Wood.

Third Row (l-r): George Hugh, ? Johnson, Barry Cowan, S. Cooper, M. Bigly, A Burridge, B. Matthews, Kevin Young, Derek Nichol.

Second Row (l-r): C. Moss, Julie Arnold, Sylvia Stott, Linda Green, M. Heighley, J. Hutchinson, Gina Nagy, E. Phillips, Carol Dinsdale, Carol Irish.

Front Row (l-r): Sheila Skipp, Judy Peacock, M. Boardman, June Carter, Susan ?, Mr Thompson, Yvonne Copeland, Victoria Jefferson, Linda Gray, Diana Middleton, Margaret Crowe.

Seated (l-r): Bobby O’Keefe, Robert Butler, Bobby Holmes, Philip Renton.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maureen Lonsdale nee Boardman.

The Official Opening of Ashmores South Works in 1950

t14806Although the grand ceremony was held in 1950, it took until 1954 to install all the production machinery. That’s good old British pomp and ceremony for you!

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Wade.


t14899 t14900 t14901These three photographs were contributed to Picture Stockton by Lee Arnold…

In the above photograph you can see memorial stones on the wall – one c1918 and the other c1951. These stones are currently located outside the Jacobs offices on Surtees Way (was Aker, and Davy International before that).

Port Clarence Railway c1969


I climbed up onto the railway embankment, which was about 25 feet high, following a cycle ride around Haverton Hill. It appeared that this stretch of the Clarence Railway was more or less disused at this time, not even a solitary waggon in the scene. Apparently, however, the line is still in existence, but has gone from four to two tracks. The Furness shipyards can be seen in the distance. There is a terrace of houses on the right that has now disappeared, but there are similar ones in existence nearby, which may be under a preservation order. The cooling towers belonged to ICI, I think, not to the North Tees power stations.

I hope when the bicentenary of the Stockton and Darlington is celebrated, the Clarence Railway, which did far more for Stockton and Billingham than the S&D ever did, is also given it full importance. Please note that the first proper Stockton station was just off Tilery Road on the North Shore Branch.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Freightliner Terminal By Night

t14893I am not sure how close I got to the Freightliner Terminal for this picture, but I may have been using a telephoto lens or have simply done an enlargement. In which case I would have taken it from the bottom of Kingsport Close in Portrack. The picture will have been taken around 1969-70.

I don’t have any recollection of the floodlights having been used, but perhaps the light in the background is from the floodlighting…

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Mrs Short and Class, Bowesfield Lane School c1944

t14894With teacher Mrs Short at Bowesfield Lane School in 1944.  I am on the second row, third from the left.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kenny Birch.

Names we know are… Garry Chapman, Malcolm Corner, Arthur Goodall, John Garnett, Alan Bowron, Kenneth Highfield, Alan Edwards, J Best, Colin Fairchild, John Drummond, John Ray, Douglas Thompson, Cyril Tuck, Benny Doneathy, Colin Jarnell, Maurice Cockerill, John Edwards, John Cooper, John Bailes, Peter Shaw, John Holmes, John Evis, Arthur Wilkinson, Kenneth Atkinson, Derek Brocklesbury, Peter Holmes, John Miers.

Head Wrightson Fettling Shop c1935

t14891This is Head Wrightson Fettling Shop c1935 and looks in the other direction to ‘Unknown – any ideas‘. The crane is the same and a good reference point. Enid Thirlwell whose
office looked over the site said the men were out in the open in all weathers. The expressions on the men’s faces says it all.

A film titled ‘A Pride Job’ which looks at the extraordinary links between work and community that thrived at Head Wrightsons can be seen at

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Smith

‘Tracers’, Drawing Office, Haverton Hill c1965

t14882This group of self assured young ladies worked as “Tracers” in the drawing office of Furness Shipbuilders in Haverton Hill during the 1960s.

Can anybody put any names to these faces? I am particularly interested in the girl second from the left, standing slightly behind the others, I was at school with her but I can’t remember her name, we were in the same class at Billingham Stephenson Hall from 1958 until 1961. I wish to include her in a School Album project I am working on and knowing her name would be a great help.

Details courtesy of Bruce Coleman. This photograph is from Colin Hatton’s collection.

Trains on Stockton Bank c1960s

t14864 t14865 t14866Stockton Bank was also the name of the signal box at the exit of the marshalling yard. I would not be allowed to take such photographs today with health and safety; I was fortunate in those days to possess a lineside pass which allowed me access to the lines.

The first photograph is of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ on the ‘Pegler’s Pullman’ special from Doncaster to Edinburgh on 9 May 1964.

The second photograph is of a freight train passing the signal box hauled by 43100 taken on 28 October 1965 heading towards Stockton.

The third photograph is of a Peak class diesel no.D183 also on 28 October 1965 passing the ‘box’ with a southbound passenger train.

Photographs and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

Thornaby Tool Van Crane at Loughborough

t14877 t14878Photographs of the Thornaby Tool Van Crane taken on the Great Central Railway at Loughbrough on 27th August 2009. There was just the crane there, no vans with it. I got a bit of shock that day having worked on site with it during incidents in the North East and the last time I had seen it, it had toppled over at Ryhope Grange I think due to the operator over reaching a loaded HHA coal wagon. I thought it had long gone.

Photographs and details courtesy of Bill Adams.

2016 Vintage Bus Running Day

It was the annual Teesside Vintage Bus Running Day on Sunday, organised and run by the local 500 Group and as ever was based at the Middlesbrough side of the Transporter Bridge. This event is held every April and this year was the sixteenth ‘running day’ and they seem to grow more popular by the year with increases in both public who turn out to ride on the buses, and for free!, as well as an increase in vintage buses which come from all over the north east of England with the majority of them being group or privately owned. Without doubt a labour of love!

Although having its base on the wrong side of the Tees there were still some associations to Stockton including the 500 Groups own Dennis Loline double decker which was built in 1958 and took the public on various rides around the borough including a return to Stockton Town Hall as “the number 11 bus”. There was also a bus well known to me from my youth in Billingham, the number 52 which ran from Stockton High Street to Low Grange in Billingham.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Billingham Forum Programme for Double Dealer

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In recent times Prunella Scales along with her husband Timothy West have often been on our TV screens as they chug along the canal system in a selection of narrow boats. They have visited many parts of Britain and in the last series they were to be found in Sweden. In April 1973 the play the Double Dealer was showing at the Billingham Forum and as you can see it was directed by Prunella Scales. Amongst a large cast was the late Pete Postlethwaite.

Images and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Dredger on the Tees

t14862The wash form the steam tugs was believed to wear away the bank side.  It was the task of the TNC to maintain the riversides. The TNC turned to dredging the river to allow larger vessels, especially at the coal staithes, to move along the river unaided.

Dredging was used to create more depth to the river and allow ships easier passage.  Between 1845 and 1900 upwards of 34 million tons of material had been removed by dredging of the bed of the river.

Advert for Metro Vickers c1959

t14854This is an interesting advert from a 1959 Railways Illustrated magazine, showing how Stockton on Tees, was part of the modernisation plan for British Railways. the Metro Vick, CO-Bo’s, with their unusual wheel arrangement, built in the Bowesfield area, some former railway colleagues related to me that they could remember them brand new waiting for dispatch in the siding at Bowesfield Junction, though the design proved to be a poor one and did not last in service due to poor reliability.

The claim to fame with them was working the CONDOR freight service from Glasgow to London along the West Coast Main Line, which was highly publicised, even an oil painting was produced by Cuno the artist. Sadly they finished their days mostly at Carlise Upperby 12B and Carnfoth 10A, during 1966/68, I in fact saw a couple before they vanished at these depots, shame really.

Image and details courtesy of Bill Adams.

Unknown – Any ideas?

t14861Can anyone help identify the building in this photograph? The photograph was found in a box belonging to Sarah and Alice Walker. They were baptised in the Methodist Church chapel in Regent Street, Stockton-on-Tees, in 1884 and 1886. My grandmother, Emily Thorpe, was baptised in the Methodist New Connection Zion Chapel, again in Stockton, in 1888. I am sure this photograph predates them as ladies are dressed in crinolines.

Their father, Joseph Finkell Walker, also lived in Osmotherly and Yarm, and there are census records showing family members being born at Hornby, Guiseborough, North Allerton and Kirklevington. Their mother, Elizabeth Thorpe, was born in Norton, Durham. Any help would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Pat Moss.