14 thoughts on “Labourers demolishing a house on Housewife Lane

  1. I have the 1901 sensus for my great grandparents Francis & Isabella (nee Lyons)Casey
    Hannah age 14/Frank age 11/Mary age 8/Robert age 5/Elizabeth age 3 she was born 1899. My grandad was Robert, they all lived in Hosewifes lane, would love to know what happened to Hannah – did she marry and have children? Frank – I’m sure he married one of the Jobson lasses. Mary – did she marry and have children? Robert, my grandad, was a complete stranger to me until last year when I went in search for him. Wounds he received on the Somme were to lead to his death in 1939 aged 43. I am still hoping and praying a photo of my grandad will turn up as we never got to see him. I do have all my grandads war records kindly sent by some lovely people I have met on the journey to find my grandad. When grandad married gran at St Marys church June 6th 1917, his younger sister Elizabeth was one of the witnesses. Elizabeth married James Gavaghan, they had a son named James born March 1929. Sadly Elizabeth died young, amazing how the first names are still being used. Hope to hear from anyone who can connect with any of this, please ask the PictureStockton team for my e-mail.

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    • This is Tommy Muldowneys great grandson I have heard a lot of stuff you have written my old granny Lillie told me how good pantry boy was up until he broke his hock I would love to speak to you in person unfortunately I never got to meet pop and would love to hear more about him feel free to contact me. Picture Stockton will forward on my email address if you email them at pictures@stockton.gov.uk Many kind regards and Merry Christmas

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      • You are right there the greyhound Pantry Boy was a flying machine prior to breaking its hock, after its accident a guy called Higgins from Ragworth had him.

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      • Thomas Muldowney, my Casey’s family and Muldowneys were connected through marriage, Lillie Muldowney was always very nice to my mam & dad, Lillie would come around Swainby Road when I was a kid pushing a pram with cloths our mam’ would buy for coppers, no one had money those days, don’t know how many times I went to school in a jumper off that old pram, my mam Norah Casey & Lillie never ever passed each other with out long gossip (friendly) Lillie and family were salt of the earth, wonderful people, Lillie’s son Jimmy was with out doubt the best doubles dart player I ever saw, he would come in the Brown Jug and would more often than not go from 1 to 20-25- Bull with out missing a shot, I recall him being a very nice man, all Muldowneys I knew were nice folk.
        All the best.
        Derek

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  2. Mark, as you can see Francis Casey was my great grandad also. Have been searching for other Casey family members for some time. The picturestockton team have passed you my email address – look forward to hearing from you.

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  3. My Great Grandad lived at 7 Housewife Lane and nearby Thistle Green. He is Francis Casey, he married Isabella Lyons who lived in Snowdons Yard.

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  4. This is where my grandad was born in 1895, his parents were Francis & Isabella Casey. As a young lad he was an apprentice riveter for Ropners & Sons, then in 1912 he joined the army K.O.S.B 1912 3rd battalion special reserve. He was sent to France 1914, ended back at the depot hospital, recovered and was sent to Gallipoli then into France again for the Somme offensive. On the 1st day of the battle my grandad was badly wounded in the left leg with bullet & shrapnel, time was spent in French hospital, then moved back to UK and a spell in a Birkenhead hospital before moving to Newcastle hospital. His wounds were too bad for him to continue soldiering and he was disharged 1918. In 1917 he married our gran Beatrice Warhurst Kirk 6th June 1917 at St Marys Church Stockton, lived at Snowdons yard until all the areas were demolished and moved to Swainby rd with lots of other folks from around Housewifes lane area – old friends, stayed friends. My grandad died 1939 same year as his 1st grandchild was born. None of us got to see our grandad, no photos seemed to have been taken. I have learned that just before the great war and some time between 1912-1914 my grandad had a photo taken with his mate Patrick Sullivan also K.O.S.B and from same area as grandad in thier army uniforms. This photo hung in Biddy Hughs house right up until I got married in 1970 (I didn’t know this) wonder if this photo still survives would love a copy if it does. Also wonder if any of the Caseys who married into other families ever had a photo of my grandad Robert Casey pte 6371 K.O.S.B. PictureStockton have my e-mail address if you can connect with any of this.

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        • Hia Derek. Dave Birdsall (Casey). Taking with Joan and we ended up chatting about you. I’m just reading through many posts and found you here talking with others about Housewife Lane. It’s incredible.

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          • Hi David, how’brothers, I got into ancestry after I lost brother Leonard, an amazing journey, would love a photo of your mam (our Mary) if you can send one to me that would be lovely, picturestockton have my email. I remember your dad when I was young, he worked on railway as fireman, he had my dad (bob) take me to rail yard and let me sit on the steam train and pull the whistle, so long ago those days, our Mary always had a hearty lovely laugh when she sett off, so did our Lizzie.
            I live in Billingham now, me and wife Rita had two lads and a wonderful daughter, Mark eldest spent almost 24 yrs in R. A. F finished as a warrant officer, Darren younger lad spent about same time in army, finished as Staff Sergeant, Angela stayed well away from services.
            Get in touch through picturestockton – pictures@stockton.gov.uk.
            All the best.
            Derek

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          • Dave Birdsall, a couple of months ago a chap and his wife moved into the bungalow next door to me, seems he was a mate of you and our gordon, he’s called david dalglish, does this ring any bells with you.
            All the best.
            Derek (decca casey)

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  5. This area was part of a slum clearance project in the 1920s. The residents were rehoused in areas such as Mount Pleasant, following Dr. M’Gonigle’s study proving the link between poverty and ill-health.

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