Street Party, August 1925

The only information I have about this photograph is written on the back, ‘Ethel Hall, August 1925’. Ethel is the young girl dressed as a flapper next to the lady with the parasol. Her sister Beatrice is seated second from the left and looks to be dressed as Wee Willie Winkie. This was probably taken in Metcalfe Street/Bolsover Road where they lived although why the street party I have no idea. Someone recently suggested to celebrate the railway centenary…

Photograph and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.

View from Port Clarence c1880

This view is taken from the top of the Bell Ironworks blast furnaces in Port Clarence. The two men would have had the job of charging the blast furnaces, dropping iron ore, coke and limestone into what is called the bell. I would guess that the furnace at this time would have been off line.

There is a ferry, halfway across the river, in the middle distance. This would have been at the location where the Transporter Bridge now stands. The Clarence Railway comes in from the Stockton direction, on an embankment (which is still there), and then splits into branches serving the blast furnaces, salt wells and tar distilleries. But it is possible that the turn off to the river is where the original staithes at Port Clarence were built. The buildings near the railway bridge (hard to make out) , which goes over the road leading to the ferries, would have been part of the Port Clarence railway station.

Image and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

William Newton Staff c1972/73

t14904Back Row (l-r): Vicar, Peter Curland (science), Mr. Llewellyn (science).

Middle Row (l-r): Pat Upton (Maths), Joyce Hazelton (Home Economics), Margery Thompson (English & Drama), ?? (Commerce), Margaret Hodgson (Art & Needlework), Anne Pickard (French), Mr Hall.

Front Row (l-r): Marian Heald (Art), Dorothy Coates (PE), Miss Nicolson (Head), Liz Bennett (Geography), Mrs Hall.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maureen Lonsdale nee Boardman.

Stockton Corporation Bus in Middlesbrough

This Stockton Corporation Bus is pictured in the Wilson Street side of Exchange Place, this was the bus station for Middlesbrough Corporation buses, I was born and raised in Billingham and never knew that there was a Stockton bus that ran from Billingham to Middlesbrough, I know the “O” bus ran from Stockton to Middlesbrough, it is possible that this service ran from Billingham Stores and didn’t serve the estates north of the railway, our service was run by United and ran from Hartlepool to Eston Square.

Exchange Place, Exchange Buildings and part of Marton Road disappeared when the A66 flyover road was built.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.