20 thoughts on “A view of Silver Street, Stockton

  1. My mam June Brack worked as a hairdresser in the basement at Margaret Ellis. The Everley Brothers among many celebs would go there for a hair cut prior to their performance at the Globe.

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    • Sue, do you (or your mam) remember a girl called Maureen Allan from Thornaby, Maureen worked there around about 1963.

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  2. You are so right Pat. I used to go to the basement every week to have my hair done – with more bleach, back combing and hair spray than was really good! At the time I was a ‘clippie’ and could afford to have my hair done every week!!

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  3. Thanks for putting my memory right Kay, I too remembered going downstairs to the basement but thought I may have been mistaken. Nice to know I was not! French pleats with curls on top, held with enough hairspray to keep it like that for a whole week. Lots of ladies went in for the platinum blonde look at that time too with what must have been very harsh bleaching methods.

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  4. In 1961 to 63 Margarets hairdressers had a basement, ground floor and a first floor – all 3 were in use. I used to go in the basement where Kath, a great hairdresser, would do wonders with my hair.

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    • When I was 11 yrs I had my very long plaits cut off at Margarets. I’m sure it was up some stairs, Quite an event in my young life because my hair had been so long for years. It took me ages to get used to it. I knew a lady who worked there called Gwen Whitaker who eventually had her own business in a house on Bishopton Rd, Newtown ,opposite Hebron Hall.

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  5. According to my mother, the Margarets in the photo was a ladies hairdressers which was accessed by a stairway, it was located on the first floor only. she had her hair done there the day before she was married in July 1955.

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  6. From an advert in the Newcastle Courant for 15th April 1842.
    For sale by auction
    ‘All that desirable freehold Dwelling House and Shop situate in Silver Street, Stockton, with the Candle House and Cottage behind, late in the occupation of Mr Edward Atkinson deceased. The above premises have been occupied by the said Edward Atkinson and his late Father as Grocers and Tallow Chandlers for upwards of 40 years…..’

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  7. Interesting to think that the Stag in Silver Street was formerly known as the Buck.

    Other pubs in Silver Street from past years were the Westmorland, Queens Inn and the White Swan Hotel.

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  8. I believe the model shop was called ‘DeVries’. I bought many a model from this shop and was once shown round the workshop behind the sales area. The one item I remember buying was a small glow plug aero engine.

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  9. Was there not a model aeroplane shop on the left in Silver Street? Before the era of plastic models, this shop specialised in build-it-yourself balsa models, powered by twisted rubber motors or miniature two stroke engines, running on ether.

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  10. During the 1950s, when I”m sure this photograph was taken, I was an apprentice at Appleby”s the printers on the corner of Prince Regent Street and Dovecot Street and I often had my dinner in Bert”s Snack Bar in Silver Street. It”s in this photograph under the chef sign midway between Margaret”s and Maddox on the left hand side. The guy who ran it later moved up market with a smart little restaurant in Staindrop.

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  11. The pub was the Stag Inn, does anybody know what happened to the girl that used to live there her name was Ann Hardy, we went to Mill Lane School together.

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        • It was the same Carol, David. She, her husband and their children lived in Waverley street for many years next door but one to my parents. Sadly both Carol and Craig are now deceased.

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          • Hi Trish if I remember correctly Carol lived near the Lodge family and the Allison’s over the road from John Perkins and along from the Richardsons who lived in the tiny corner house.

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