The Green Bushes, Stockton. October 2013

A former Stockton pub. The railings and gate are very ornate and the building itself, although not very wide, is quite long and I wonder if it was once a hotel or grand town house? Like a lot of the buildings in the High Street some of those on Yarm Lane also are very ornate, or once were, especially if you look up above the modern shop fronts.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

The Wolfson Research Institute, Thornaby-on-Tees

The Wolfson Research Institute is based on the University’s Queen’s Campus, at Stockton-on-Tees and began operation in November 2001. As well as helping to meet the University’s goal of furthering research activities and health education in Britain, the institute strengthens its links with the Teesside area by its strong regional support activities. There are around 150 research and research support staff along with 100 postgraduates working within the Institute, furthering its extensive research aims.

The Institute was funded by Sir Isaac Wolfson and son. Sir Isaac, a British business leader and philanthropist, was born in Glasgow in 1897, the son of Solomon and Necha Wolfson. As a young man one of his first jobs was selling picture frames his father made, another was selling alarm clocks from a market stall. By the time Queen Elizabeth bestowed his baronetcy, he had built his company, Great Universal Stores, into the largest mail-order concern in Britain. In 1955, Sir Isaac, set up the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust, one of Britain’s largest charitable donors which supports fundamental research projects, to date more than 8,000 grants totalling in excess of a £1 billion pounds have been distributed by the Wolfson family, to UK causes.

Picture credits: The Wolfson Research Institute, Thornaby, and the National Gallery, London. Details courtesy of Bob Wilson.

Michael Heavisides

t5946A photograph of Michael Heavisides relaxing in his garden. In 1870 Michael took over the Heavisides and Son printing business in Finkle Street, Stockton from his father. Michael Heavisides was one of the first social photographers in the Stockton area.

Photograph from the Heavisides Collection.

Decimalisation, Hardwick Junior School c1970

In the foreground of this photograph is my mother Dorothy Wright (nee Bowes) and her sister Jean Calvert during a class held at Hardwick Junior School to help prepare people (probably mothers of the children at the school) for the coming of decimalisation in 1971. I think the photograph was probably taken in the autumn of 1970. My mother was a dinner nanny at the school.

Photograph and details courtesy of Dorothy Butler (nee Wright).

Billingham Methodist Central Hall c1930

This shot of the Central Methodist Hall shows the builders just as building work was completed. I was married in this church in 1968 and at that time there were a set of gates and an iron fence to the right of the main building, the annex to the right was the church hall, if you were to walk past the hall you would be in Chiltons Avenue with two prefab classrooms belonging to the South Modern School.

Continuing across Belasis Avenue and along Chiltons Avenue you would bring you to ICI’s West Gate, Chiltons Avenue continued through the ICI works and reappeared at the East Gate. The imaginatively named New Road was built as a replacement for Chiltons Avenue. The church in no longer there, in fact there is very little or nothing left of the original East Row.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.