352 thoughts on “Tilery Road, Stockton

  1. My search is two fold. I’m searching family history of my mothers family… Audrey Buttery from Swainby Road.
    And also my father Billy Johnson from Stockton. His parents were Elsie and Bob and my mothers parents… Lily and I don’t know my grandfathers name.
    I was known as Billy Haslam in the 70s I went to the grange if anyone can help me trace any family members.
    Audrey was from a family of 14 I think and my father (who I haven’t seen since I was 3) had a brother called Bob and a sister called Shirley or Sheila.
    Any info would be a great help.
    I lived in Hampton Road and then we had an off license in Grove St.

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  2. Does anyone remember the Moss family or the Swainstons that lived in Alice Street? I never met my great grandmother granny Moss I think she lived just off Dovecote Street I would like to know more if possible, I have been doing my family tree.

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    • My father lived in Canning Street, his name was John Sealed. He was raised by his gran, Betsy Staples, she was a WW1 war widow. I would love to hear from anyone who knew of them.

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  3. I’m researching my family history… Does anyone remember a Marjorie Marsh who lived at 3 Headlam Street in 1966?
    Also can you let me know where Headlam Street used to be – a map would be great.
    Thanks in advance.

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    • They both now live in Melbourne, all the family emigrated there approx. 1971. George, Alan, Arthur and Jean all live in or near Melbourne. I went to visit George 2 years ago as we were best friends from Tilery road juniors and were the only 2 lads from our class who went on to Richard Hind instead of Albany road school. George lived in Kingston street and I lived in High Headlam street next door to the Oliver’s.

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    • Hi Yvonne,

      George Thompson here. Brian Madigan passed on your message. The Thompson family – Myself, Alan, Arthur and sister Jean all live in Melbourne Australia. We emigrated in 1969 and now all have families here. My e-mail address is gtthomspon@gmail.com (note the spelling it is not Thompson it is thomspon) drop us a line

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      • Hi George

        I saw the comment from the lady called Yvonne and couldn’t help replying as I remember you and Alan very well and remember it was 1969 when you emigrated. I would love to know how Alan is after all these years I was his girlfriend ( briefly ) for a time before you left if you could call it that us only being about 12 or 13 at the time! my name is Jacquie though I doubt neither of you will remember me as it was 47 years ago….

        Jacquie

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        • Hello Jacquie, Brian and George. I remember you all well. A pleasure (most of the time!) to be at school with you. I have moved around a bit since those days with the roots to the area limited to my brother Peter who also went to Richard Hind from Tilery. Brother Phil (also Tilery then Albany) is in Norway and I live near Wetherby. Those days at Tilery weren’t bad at all. Wish you all well.

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  4. Hello. Does anyone remember working with Betty Bowes in the Brown Jug circa 1968-69? Or does anyone remember drinking there? I’m looking for someone called Patrick, irishman who drank there. He knew my mother. I think he might be called Patrick (Paddy) Cooper but I don’t know for sure. Many thanks.

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    • He did live on Tithebarn Road and was a Councillor for part of the Hardwick Estate.
      This would be in the late 1970’a and early 80’s.

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      • Harold is alive and well and lives just outside Stockton. I lived in Newton Street during the war at my Aunt Mary’s (Eddy) place with my mum. Really shocked to see Tilery on Benefits Street. We had 8 of us living in a tiny 2 up and 2 down and all lived quite happily.

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        • Hello Jim,
          Hope you don’t mind me calling you by your first name as I don’t think we have ever met. Who was your mum? You see your aunty Mary was my nana, my mother was Elsie.
          Best regards
          Elisabeth

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          • My sister whom I have not been in touch with for the past 20 years. Posted a comment on the 20th September 2015 at 2:04, her name is Elisabeth van den heuvel. Any information to help me get back in touch would be appreciated. Harold Eddy.

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          • Well hello Elisabeth – Sorrry for delay in replying, but I had quite forgotten my search on the Tilery website. I wonder why we never met? I knew you as Harold’s sister. Elsie, although could be difficult, was my favourite relative. If you contact Picture Stockton they will forward on my email. Best wishes Jim

            Ps – My mum was Maria, but everybody called her Ria or Rita, and my dad was Charlie. Jim

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  5. I’m trying to catch up with Jane Foster born circa 1960 who went to Grangefield Grammar in about 1971 and was a keen tennis player. I was crazy about her and I think her married name is/was Madden. She went out with Phil Davison and her brother was called David. We went to a Be Bop Deluxe concert at Newcastle City Hall. We lost touch years ago and I would love to catch up. My name is Adrian and if she wants to contact me, please ask Picture Stockton for my email

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  6. I’m an ancestor of Mr Rochford who had the sweet shopin Jane Street, I’m his great grandson, I think his name was Richard Thomas Rochford, if anyone can tell me anything about him I’d be happy to hear it. Or if you know what his parents were called thank you

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    • Hello Jeffrey.
      I can certainly remember ‘Rochies’ as we called it, it was at the Tilery Road end of Jane Street, would generally call in and he would be sat on a stool behind a very small counter at the far end of the shop it can’t have been more than eight foot long and very dimly lit, if lit at all, a waistcoat wearer with pocket watch and chain, his penny tray was the attraction which he brought out on request from under the counter.
      That would be in the early 50’s when Tilery almost boasted a shop on every corner, opposite to him was another shop called ‘Booler’ Thompsons.
      Rochies had a distinct aroma which I’m sure was pipe smoke, can’t say I ever saw him at the other side of the counter, a loveable chap in a strange way, me as a mere youngster could never strike a meaningful conversation with him but I was a regular visitor as I lived in Craister street.
      Trust this gives you a small insight into the character of him.

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      • More on the life of Richard Thomas Rochford ( Rochie ). He was my maternal grandfather who married Mary Elizabeth Hunter and his parents were Thomas Rochford and Margaret Jane Gough. My mother was one of Rochies 8 children. I lived at 16 Moss Street for most of my life before emigrating to Australia in 1973.

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      • I lived in Tilery, Herring Street until we were moved not sure of the address we were moved to in Tilery. I lived with my mum and brother. My mum was Mabel Wilson nee Swainston, my brother was Raymond Wilson who sadly died. We both went to Tilery Road School. I remember living next door to the Waltons. My name is Sheila. I was badly burnt when I was 10 and I remember being told that two men on their way to work helped my mum get me back in the house, I never found out their names. I have lived in Leeds for about 40 years I have recently got in touch with my cousin Mary Steel nee Quinn been away so long I lost touch with most of my family. I would like to hear from anyone that may remember me.

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        • Oh my word I’m Liz Walton I remember you getting burnt x hope you are well. I often remember your mam and my mam Flo were very good friends, both mums on their own.

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  7. Does anyone know of the Brown family that lived in 20 Canning Street? Robert my grandfather was a Blacksmith and his father also Robert was a Stamper at the forge.

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    • Christine – I believe we are related. Robert Brown was my great grandfather – born 1868 died 12.04.49 Married Elizabeth (1870 – 14.03.27). My grandmother Doris was one of the 10 children. William, Ethel, Fred, Robert, Stephenson, Sarah, Matilda, Thomas, George & Doris
      John Thompson

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  8. Hi Penny, As you can see I have not been on this site for a while. Yes Dalos was my dad. My mam used to talk about Freda, Freddy and Hilda Burns, who were obviously her cousins. I didn’t know they had lived next door. I am very interested in my family’s past. You can request my e-mail address from this site if you want to talk some more. Thanks.

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  9. Whilst rummaging in my box of receipts, that I keep for big purchases of mine. I came across a interesting item, my Dad’s old club card, which was in a brown leather case, which he gave to me, when I joined the Hardwick social club in 1981. The club card was of Tilery social club, that my Dad was a member, it was dated, year ending December 31st 1964 and Tilery social club was located in Shields Street, which is I guess, now Tilery Way. We lived in Compton Street, a few streets down Ware Street. The club general secretary as on the card was W. Garry.

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  10. I am trying to contact my Aunt Maureen Ayre. My mother Doris lost touch with her a number of years ago. Maureen will be approximately late 60s. I think she will be in a residential type of sheltered accommodation. If anyone knows any information about her can you please let me know as my mother would love to get in touch. Thanks.

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  11. Does anyone remember my Dad Dalos Young? His brothers and sisters grew up in Tilery and he moved there at 20 years old. He has passed away now and it would be nice to know what kind of a young man he was.

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  12. Does anyone remember my Dad, Dalos Young. He didn’t grow up in Tilery but moved there in his early 20s. His mam was Madge but not sure of her surname at the time as I think she married 3 times. She brought up his younger brothers and sisters there. I think the older ones were called Enderwick which I think were Maureen and Elsie.

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    • Hi, Dalos was my uncle who i never got to know. I was only made aware of him in my late teens and only met him and his wife lilly a few times. My Dad, Dalos’s brother was Thomas Enderwick. The other siblings were Maureen, Elsie, John, Pearl and Alan. Unfortunately only Maureen, John and Alan are the only ones still alive as the others succumbed to cancer.

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      • Hi David, Yes I met your parents just once and Maureen was the only one I really got to know. I met Madge a few times during my late teens as my Dad had only just got back in touch with her. I haver never met the rest of the family. I was trying to find out about my Dad when he was young. He always had good things to say about Elsie and your Dad Tommy. (Unfortunately my Mam has recently passed away as well).

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        • Hello, am Davids mam, Tommys wife. David has just sent this to me. I didn’t know Dalos all that well but we did meet up a few times. I know Maureen kept in touch with Lily after Dalos died.

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    • I have a map covering a large area of Stockton, including the Tilery area. The map was put together on A4 sheets by a late friend of my family. He spent many hours making good use of Stockton reference library, I assume that is where he obtained the map. I also have photostat copies of some polling registers, from earlier years, covering parts of the town.

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      • Hello John, I lived from Birth in at 21 Moss Tilery until moving to Roseworth around 1954, a map of the area would be great! How can I get a copy of yours please?

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      • My Nana used to live in Providene Terrace (Norton Road) and was born in No. 1 huntons Brickyard, I would really appreciate a copy of your map.

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      • Paul – Call into Stockton reference library upstairs in the main library and ask one of the lovely helpful ladies to look up the map you require. They will print them off at 50 pence a print, if you have time sit and look at some of the old maps from the map drawers they are a revelation on our ever changing town.

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    • Paul – what Frank suggests is probably the easiest option for you to obtain copies of the map, including the area that is of interest to you.

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  13. I have just learned that my Grandfather Robert Brown and his family lived in Tilery. I think the men in the family worked at the forge. There was a Billy who married Sally, and then may be, my mom’s memory is not so good, a son who was a Spitfire pilot in the war and won a DFC.

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  14. I used to live in this road. Except, my house looked how most council houses still do. It had a fence around the front garden. A very high one. It had two separate bathrooms. One room had the toilet [this room was the size of a cupboard], and the other bathroom had the sink and bath. That’s more convenient if you ask me. As there’s nothing worse than not being able to use the toilet when someone is taking a shower/having a bath. I can’t understand having one bathroom that has the toilet, in the same room as the shower and bath. As that’s much less convenient. Unless those types of bathrooms in homes were only meant for one person living there.

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  15. Derek Oliver, I also remember your mam Queeny, can still see her in my minds eye, also your older brother Edwin, we lived just past your flat in 34, I remember when hula hoops first came out, your Kathleen, Audrey Pierce and myself were having competitions of who could keep the hula hoop going the longest, I also remember going to Pierce’s for sweet to but, usually Freddy give them to me, my aunty Norah and Jimmy Casey lived next door to them, you remember Eddy {passed away in early 80s} Jimmy, Elizabeth, Paddy and Albert, the very last time I saw you Derek was in the Tall Trees, we all went over there with Bob Oliver {he too passed away a few years ago a great mate of mine} I’m very much into ancestry these days Derek, been doing my Casey ancestry all the way from Ireland, Scotland and down into old Stockton, Stockton has changed so much especially the river behind the town, I’m sure you will have seen it online. Hope all is well with you Derek, all the best Derek.

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  16. Janette Gosling asked about the clay works at “St Annes”. The pit for this gradually extended until it reached the north end of St Annes Terrace. It was cut at depth of 30ft up to about 1945 and then cut deeper by about another 30-40ft. The brickworks associated with this shut down in the early sixties,and the pit was filled up with “guess what?”, bricks from the demolished terraced houses of Stockton. This vast clay pit was the venue for stone throwing fights between kids from Portrack and Tilery. There do not seem to be any photos of the pit or the brickworks but I have a drawing of the disused works that I did around 1969. There is also a picture of mine of Watson Street on “Picture Stockton” which gives an idea of what Portrack was like.

    The material in the pit was obviously good quality boulder clay, fairly free from stones and was of a bright orange colour. Grass grew on the less worked parts of the pit and there was a large pool for drainage which had frogs and newts.

    A cable narrow gauge railway hauled small trucks filled with clay upto the the works. Occasionally we would unhitch the trucks ( which we called bogies) to let them run down the railway and crash

    I believe that there was also a pottery associated with the brickworks fore WWII. My grandmother worked there and managed to spirit out a big bowl, useful for making bread. She had had her eye on this as it was put back in the kiln on several occasions, so it was very hard fired.

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    • I remember the “claggy” as it was called where we had those fights, I worked at the brickworks, Blackett’s aged 15 straight from school, I lived in Craister St in 1950 till 1962 when I joined the Coldstream Guards. I was born in 1944. my stepfather was called Mick Tierney. anyone remember me?

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        • We must be related. My grandmother was Caroline Hunnam Wheelhouse. Her brother was also Fenwick Hunnam. They lived at 17 Craister Street, I visited from Canada, and lived there from 1960 -1964. I remember Paul Conroy, there was quite a gang at the bottom of the street.

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          • Hi my husband and his family lived at 17 Craister Street his name is Hughie Jones his mum was called Geraldine Hunnam and her brother was called Fenwick Hunnam he remembers Conroys and gangs at the bottom of street but do not know Caroline Hunnam any relation.

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      • A bit late but yes I remember you Paul, your Family lived in the bottom house of Craister Street, we lived about half way up on the same side. The ‘Claggy’ was a magnet for getting into trouble, but quite an adventure playground then.

        Max.

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  17. Derek Oliver, I remember you very very well, and your younger brother Kevin and sister Kathleen. Sorry I didn’t see your earlier posting, my Uncle Mick (Tippey) passed away a couple of months ago, his funeral service was held at St Michaels, it was packed out. My relative Paddy Casey was there with a face from the past Terry Hart, Micky McGowan and loads and loads of old Swainby Road folks, the old road is almost now demolished Derek, the Brown Jug is next in line, sad to see it all boarded up. You went to Australia didn’t you? How is life treating you Derek? Picture Stockton will give you my e-mail address Derek. All the best Derek Casey

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    • I think the Mick Tippey, mentioned here by Derek Casey, was related to the late Ronnie Tippey. A man I knew well, he was a very good friend of my eldest sister Mary and her family. Ronnie was a staunch member of Stockton Buffs club, a well respected and true gentleman in every sense of the word.

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    • Hi Derek, thanks for your reply to my posting. I am sorry to hear about Mick and Eddie (not many of us left now) I have tried to email you severel times, but to no avail. I got your address off one of your other posts, but each time it fails to deliver. My email address is with Picture Stockton, maybe you can get in touch and send me a reply by e -mail. Look after yourself Derek…hope to hear from you soon.

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  18. Does anyone know of Alice Emmott who married a John Frederick Green. She lived at 12 Talbot Street with her parents in 1901 when she was 19. I think Alice and John are my nana’s parents. My nana was Elsie Green who lived in the Tilery area and became Elsie Chipchase. I am doing my family tree and trying to find out what happened to her parents. Any help or information/stories would be appreciated.

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  19. I am doing my family tree and my nana was Elsie Chipchase and her mother was Lily Emmott. The Emmott family lived at 12 Talbort Street which seems to be the same road as Tilery Road (so maybe they renamed it). I think the Emmott family moved in about 1900. Lily Emmott got married in 1904 to someone called Green. I can’t find them on the 1911 census and don’t know her husband’s first name but I know they lived in the area in 1913 as that is where they had Elsie. Does anyone know if they moved away in between? Lily Green/Chipchase is Elsie’s daughter and I am also trying to trace her father. Can anyone help please?

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      • Thanks for replying but the family name was Green not Goodman so this must be another Lily. Did you know the family or know anyone that did?

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      • I checked the registers only one Lily Emmott married between 1900 and 1910 and this was to the above. Ask for my e.mail address via Picture Stockton if you want any help. I know from experience our ancestors did not always tell the truth. By the way, Talbot Street still exists it is further down Norton Road from Tilery Road, if you live in the area it is where they are building the new school.

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    • Hi Elaine, my name is Penny as I was looking at this site I was reading what you said about your family, this is also my family. My granny Burns was a Green, her dad was Thomas Green and mother was Elisah Emmott they got married in 1894 at St Pauls in Thornaby. My granny had 3 brothers and 6 sisters, their names are Thomas, John George, Samuel, Mary, Lucy, Grace, Ethel, Elsie, Maud Lillian (my gran). Maud married Frederick Burns on 9 August 1919, their kids are Frederick, Charles, Hilda (my nana) Freda, Marshall (who died as a baby). Also on this site someone is talking about the Burns. Marshall Burns who had the chippy was my mams uncle. Please get in touch love to talk about the family.

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      • Hi Penny,
        I haven’t been on the site for a while so just got this message. My mother has mentioned Freda Burns a lot, who is her cousin. My Nana was Elsie and I was wondering what happened as she and my mother (her daughter) always claimed that Lillian Green was her mam (as my mother was supposedly named after her). I was wondering if Elsie was given up by her parents and then brought up by Lily who was Elisah’s sister. It’s all so complicated. Getting answers would lead to further puzzles being solved through later generations. Is your maiden namen Covell by the way? As I think I might know you.

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      • Hi elaine, yes Freda Burns was my aunt she has passed away now but, I talk to her daughter all the time, my maiden name was Blackburn, my mam is Gillan Lambert, mams always talking about the family it would be good to hear from you again.

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      • My mam thinks your mam was called Lilly Chipchase? If so, was her mam Elsie (nee) Green? If this is coreect, then Elsie was my gran’s sister. Elsie was married to Jack and lived next door to her sister Maud at 18 Christopher Street. My mam also remembers your dad Dalso Young. Please get in touch, Picture Stockton will give you my e-mail address.

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      • My name is Lesley Dinning, I have been doing my family tree and looks like I’m related to everyone who has commented on this , my nanna was Lucy Green, Thomas and Elisah daughter, she married John Edward Drury and he was the half brother of the Burns’s family. I remember going to see aunt Freda as a youngster. If you have any more info for me I would love to hear from you.

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      • Hi Penny, As you can see I have not been on this site for a while. Yes Dalos was my dad. My mam used to talk about Freda, Freddy and Hilda Burns, who were obviously her cousins. I didn’t know they had lived next door. I am very interested in my family’s past.

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      • Hi we are related 😄 my grandma was Lucy Green I have tried all ways to find them on the census but struggle. I was always told that our great grandparents eloped to Gretna green to be married, and they came from the Black Country, she was supposed to come from money and he was a Gardner.

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    • Talbot Street runs from Norton Road to Routledge Street and faces the Recreation Ground.
      Tilery Road also ran from Norton Road to Routledge Street but went through the centre of Tilery with the majority of the shops where on Tilery Road
      If you require any further information may be I can help. I was a paper boy for Alf and Olive Todd for about 5 years and I lived in Haswell Street which was between Ware Street and Talbot Street and faced the’Ball Alley’ which was in the Rec. I went to Tilery School then onto Richard Hind.

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    • Tilery Road and Talbot are two different streets. I lived on Talbot Street it is the one facing the sports centre, now North Shore school

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  20. I am looking for information on the clay works at St Annes. Does anyone know if there was a Stockton pottery and where it was located? I am also looking for any information, photographs or memories on Portrack School. I am doing a project on the history of the area, so any information would be gratefully received. Thank you.

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    • Hi Janette, I believe the pottery you are looking for was situated opposite the Brown Jug Pub on norton road…the railway turntables were built at the back of it…I was born and raised in Swainby Road from 1938 untill 1956 when I joined the army, I have lived in Australia for the past 32 years but have some fabulous memorys of the surrounding areas.

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    • My Father was the Manager of Blacketts St.Ann’s brickworks which was at the bottom end of Nicholson street, at the top end was the Catholic primary school. The brickworks were burnt down on Thursday the 16th of July 1964 and never rebuilt.

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  21. Does anyone remember me, Christine Douglas? I lived in Seaham Street with my parents and was there till they moved us to Portrack when they knocked all the houses down. What a shame, they were the best days of my life. Living on old Tilery my nanna, Flo Donachie lived in Wynyard Street next to ours and my great gran lived at the top in Hedlam Street. Flo Thompson. It was so sad as generations of families like mine had been born and bred there. Life was never the same again, we all had nothing and all helped each other. You don’t find that these days. Memories you will never forget. I went to the old Tilery school till thay knocked it down in the late sixties, I think, I could be wrong. I then went to the newly built Tilery school in Portrack, then to Albany at Norton. It would be lovely to hear from anyone who went to school with me.

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    • I don’t know you Christine but I do remember Donachie’s in Wynward Street. I was born at No 8 where my parents lived with my grandparents, Jimmy and Annie Walsh. Very happy memories of Wynward Street and Tilery. My great-uncle and great-aunt lived at No 29, Jim and Bessie Hunt.

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  22. Brian l would love for you or your family to contact me regarding big jack brown thanks – you can contact PictureStockton for my email address

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  23. I’m doing my own family tree, and have come across some wonderful pictures of the Talery Rd area. I was born in Haswell Street,and my Great-Grandmother lived in Christopher Street. My father’s name was John Cuthbert,and he had the horse and cart that he sold fruit and veg from. We moved to Kent in the early 1960’s. My Great Grandmother moved to Hardwick Estate,when Christopher Street was knocked down. She died in 1993 at the age of 106.If anyone reading this has any memories – please get in touch – many thanks.

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  24. Hello Dorothy, the era you mention would refer to my fathers family who lived in Wyndham Street, I will try to tell you as much as I know. Dads mother and father were called Malcolm and Edith, who both myself and my sister are named after. They both died at very early ages, they had a large family, names are Edith, Maggie, Katie, Jim, Malcolm, Joe, Jack and frank – all who are now deceased. My grandad Malcolm was born in Scotland I believe, I don’t know where his wife was born. I keep meaning to do a family tree but this business of being retired takes a lot of time up, not enough hours in the day. Forgot to mention both grandparents died before I was born. My mother, who is 92 years old and still fit and well, may be able to give more info. The brothers Joe and Malcolm were twins I believe my dad Jim was the the oldest boy and Edith the oldest girl. I used to have many happy times as a child on visits to Aunt Edith’s who lived at Hammerton near York. Interestingly when I take flowers to Dads grave I now and again visit my grandparents grave – a bit dilapidated now but I always try to clean it up a bit. Obviously your interest must derive from you being a relation. If I can offer any more info through this site or through my email ,please ask the team for my email address.

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  25. Does anyone know anything about the Turner family who lived iat 12 Wyndham Street from 1900 to about 1930? Also, are there any old photographs of the street or of St James church?

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  26. I used to live in Hedlam Street from 1957 to 1968, it was number 54 and we had a house fire that destroyed everything – I dont know if people can remember this?? All the neighbours rallied round sharing clothes, shoes and bed bugs lol! A close knit community! My grandad lived in the same road, everybody knew big Jack Brown. I was reading a post above from Brian Codd and realised it was my grandad who he lived with! It would be great to get in touch with him to reminisce.

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    • My grandfather was Robert Brown and I am trying to trace more about his family life. I believe he had a sister called Dora, and a brother called Billy. My mom cannot remember well anymore. I am sure there was more than one Brown in Tilery, but you never know… If it is not the same family I shall keep on searching. Thank you.

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      • I think Dora is incorrect – should be Doris or Dot as she was known, my grandmother – married John William Thompson, lived in 14 Canning Street. Her brother Steve, Stephenson, lived in no. 20

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    • Yes I lived at the Browns house as a lodger from 1956 to 1960. I left to get married to Joan Williams of 11 Compton Street, Tilery in 1960. I have my wedding photos of big Jack and his lovely wife who treated me like her own son. I hope you reply.

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      • Brian, Picture Stockton may still have Diane’s e-mail address on file contact them direct and ask them to send your reply and e-mail address to her just in case she does’nt see it on the site.

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          • No relation at all Brian but just trying to be of help, Diane’s posting was some time ago and she may not look on the site very often. So in order for your message to possibly get through to her quicker it may help to get in touch with Picture Stockton and ask them to forward a message to her directly if they still have her e-mail address. Click on “contribution and Comments at the top of the page and you will find Picture Stockton’s e-mail address, let them know which thread you were looking at and the date of Diane’s and your posting, Good Luck.

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  27. Pennocks lived opposite us, the Casey’s, in Swainby rd, not for long but remember the lads very well. Moodies lived next door to them, Robert Pennock and brothers were all footballers, think their mates were John Wilkinson, Davy Bowes, going back a long time mind. Talking about old Tilery rd school photos, if anyone comes across the one of Brian Clough taken at the school swimming gala in Billingham I would love a copy, searched for it for years now.

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  28. Alan Gordon, I was there at the same time and may I suggest that if you come into possession of any ‘new’ photographs that, if possible, you have them published on this site. Your friend’s name rings faint bells in my memory, but unfortunately no more than that.

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  29. I was in the same class as Bob Pennock at Tilery School, perhaps some of the names he will remember are Harold Eddy, Eric Whitehouse, Dessie Betts, David Young, Chris Hill, David Burns, Chris Bloomfield, Alan Cornforth (woodwork teacher) lives in Norton, and Rege Crinson lives in Fairfield. I have a booklet about Tilery School, ask picture stockton for my email address.

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  30. I am trying to put together a brief history of Tilery Road Boys Shool along with some photographs of the school for the years between 1952/1958 for a freind of mine, Robert Pennock, who attended the school during these years. I would be grateful for any information you can supply.

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  31. My grand mother had a general dealers shop at 6 Ware st in 40`s to 55`s and before that I think she lived in Compton St her name was Emma Daisy Poole. My older brother Barry Atkinson went to Tilery school ( primary) about 1940 to 1951. The Spillsbury’s lived across the back street from my nan`s shop. Mason`s Funeral Directors were on Norton Rd on the corner. They had a daughter Judith who would be about 72 now . The Wild Ox pub was on the opposite corner to Mason`s, I remember many happy days playing in the ‘rec’ and playing tennis on the courts there.

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  32. I don’t know what possessed me to google pics of Tilery School other than feeling a little nostalgic I suppose and came across this one – above – among others. I grew up in Bowron Street – just a few strides from this picture of Tilery Road. My Dad worked in F W Hills and Sons Ltd – the ‘doors’ at the end of the road in the picture. He used to come home from work every lunch time!I remember the Rag ‘n’ Bone man, The Penny For A Ride call and also a fruit and veg man that used to come into the street every week with a big horse and cart that used to pull up outside our house. I can remember sitting on the curb with my pals during the – what seemed like very hot/long summers – plucking up the black sticky tar between the cobble road stones – my mam used to have to wash us with butter to get it off! I started at Tilery Infants in about 1960. I fell in love with my first teacher – Miss Willis. The names you mention – Mr Rigg, Plummer, Cornforth and Mr Crinson (my form teacher one year) all bring back such happy memories – as I went through Infants, Juniors and on into the Seniors on Tilery Road – before being moved to Albany School – round about 1965(ish). I’d love to meet up in a re-union with old pals so if anyone has any plans up their sleeve, let me know.

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  33. Very interesting reading all the comments from Tilery, I am tracing my family tree and wondered, does anyone remember the Connor Girls from Carlisle Streets 1950’s Kathleen and Margaret, their mam was Margaret Connor (nee Rochford)of the Rochfords at the same address and Arthur Connor known as ‘one blonk’ because of his one eye? One of the Rochfords Also ran the sweet shop on the corner of Jane street.

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    • I’m the great grandson of Richard Thomas Rochford who owned the sweet shop, do you know anything else about the family?

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  34. This is what I remember, but nobody will remember me.
    I started Tilery school 1952 till 1962.
    Colin West passed 11 plus went into the legal profession.
    Tom Barnard 1st class swimmer for the school.
    Brian Allison from Swainby Road also Terry Patterson from Danby Road.
    George Kennedy science and swimming teacher.
    Woodwork teacher was it Alan Cornforth.
    Nice looking young school secretary. Some relation to pupil Barry Cooper I believe, very smart lad.
    Red, Green, Blue and Yellow teams.
    Playing cricket on Tilery Rec. It sometimes got flooded.
    I remember Frank Bowran who lived on Norton Road. I used to go out with his sister for quite a while.
    Mrs Murphy teacher when I was in the infants.
    The tuck shop in the assembly hall used to sell wagon wheel biscuits.
    David Pinkney, he lived over the road from me. His relation Susan Pinkney in the
    girls school.

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  35. My extended maternal family are from the Tilery area and lived on Tilery Road I think. I find this site fascinating. Does anyone remember the Lambert family who lived in the area in the 40’s and 50’s. My great aunt is Audrey Lambert and she was the youngest of 7 siblings. My great grandmother was Edie Lambert. Also wondering if anyone knows an Arthur Walker who lived in the area in the 40’s.

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    • Hi jan, my name is penny, I have just found this wonderful site and I may know your aunt Audrey. My maternal family are also from Tilery, my mam is a Lambert, her dad is Ernest W Lambert and he had a sister called Audrey, there mothers name was Elizbeth ‘nee’Crooks? Sadley my mam lost touch with her dad when she was a little girl but she would love to know anything about this family as she only knows bits that her grandparents told her. Her grandparents where called Burns, the same family who had the fish shop. Please get in touch we will have a lot to talk about.

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      • Hi Penny, I’ve just seen your response. It would be great to catch up with you. The best way to contact me is by email. Picture Stockton will pass on my email address, if you contact them. If you email me I’ll see it straight away rather than posting through this site. Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully I can help your mam find out more.

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  36. There was a Law Street north of the Old Clay Pit and south of the North End Recreation Ground in Tilery. It was off Headlam Street which itself was at the east end of Tilery Road. Law Street was next to Melville Street. No doubt it was demolished some many years ago.

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  37. Can anybody tell me where Law Street in Stockton is/was? I am doing some family history research and had relatives that lived there, but I think it has since been demolished?

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  38. Just to set the record straight, we lived at 84 Headlam street not 85 like my sister Debbie said, she hit the wrong key! I remember the Madigans well, I also remember Stephen Watson – he married Yvonne Bytheway who I met a couple of years ago when she worked in a fabric shop on Portrack Lane, I couldn’t believe she knew me after all those years, she is a really nice girl. I also remember Alan Thompson who went to live in Australia and his brother George. My sister and I are in Australia at the minute visiting my sister Joan. There’s lots of other people I remember, too numerous to mention. Imust say this site is absolutely brilliant, it brings back lots of happy memories of old Tilery If only we could go back and meet all our old friends, oh well happy memories.

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  39. My Dad’s family were raised in Swainby Road – Ken, Tommy, Brian, Mick, John and Alan. I am currently tracing my dad’s (Kenneth Allison) family tree. Surname of Hall and living in Compton Street, Stockton. Any pictures of Compton Street? or ideas of where I can find one? Interesting reading the above entries, very enjoyable. I too was brought up in swainby road, my nanna living on Tilery.

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  40. Is this the Malcolm Murray who’s mother was Grace, father Jimmy, and older brother also Jimmy – if so your dad was the brother of my mam, Mary.

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  41. I remember a Tilery lad called Malcolm (Mally) Murray, the younger brother of Jimmy who played in the same Stockton Ex-Schoolboys team as Trevor Cockerill. Malcolm, a good inside-forward played in a very good Acklam Toc H team in the South Bank & District League Division One in the late sixties run by John Corner who is now a top man in the Teesside League. They changed their name shortly after to Nunthorpe Athletic & the rest speaks for itself producing numerous professionals, some were Mark Proctor, Stephen Bell & Mike Angus of the Boro & Jeff Lilley, Nottingham Forest. Acklam Toc H team had a big contingent of Stockton lads Cliffy Thompson(captain) & his brother Neil, Graeme Huby, Tony Reed, John Banks & Ken Aitchinson.

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    • Hello Malc… Many years have past and I always look back at the memorable times around Tilery and Norton Green, curious at what happened to Noel, John Weighell, John (Doc)Dixon, Barry Brambley, Barry Baines and many others from the same era.Regards John L.

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      • Hi, John Laing, John Weighell here. I’ve just found this web site. Please contact me, (Picture Stockton have my email). I’d love to here from you, it has been 50 years.

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  42. Malcolm Murray, you mentioned a name from the past ie Alfie Moss. Is this the same Alfie Moss that lived over in Swainby Road and went to Tilery Boys’ between 1955-1959. There was an Alfie Moss in my class at that school and the last time I saw him he was working for Tommy Burr the local coalman in Portrack. During my time at Tilery Boys I was called by my middle name of Ronnie or Ron and lived in Portrack. I left Stockton in 1963 on joining the army and have remained living in Hampshire ever since.

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  43. Malcom Murray; are you the same lad that used to play football with me for Tilery? Phil Marshall; hope you are keeping ok, give my reguards to Alan next time you speak to him.

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  44. I was raised in the Tilery Road area, I lived in Lower Headlam Street and I have so many happy memories of growing up there and the many ‘adventures’ we all had there. I remember Swainby Road over the river(beck), Swainby Road is scheduled to be demolished. I had a paper round and delivered on the Swainby Road estate, I remember the Rogans and little Alfie Moss.

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  45. Well there are quite a lot of names on here that I remember, plus the great Tilery Road School. Met up with John Wells recently and Gillian Morgan. For those of you who might be wondering I was Billy Clarks younger brother. So I was at school with Geoffrey Madigan, Alan Thompson and Trevor Ayre. David Goldsborough 15 Weston Crescent I think, we lived in number 9 with John Wells in No 13. Great times indeed.

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  46. Just spent a few fantastic days with Brian Madigan, his sister Susan and their partners in Melbourne – What a fantastic time we had talking about the old days and drinking lots of red wine. Tilery road will live on forever in our hearts. I think I remember every bit of it with such fondness. Lovely to hear from Lorraine Kilvington, David Goldsborough, Norman Hill, Stephen Watson and many more from Stockton. Anyone comming to Australia ( Melbourne ) is welcome to catch up.

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    • Now then George, we met last time in the late 70s on the Qantas aircraft in London Heathrow. You were going home to Melbourne with your partner, I was based in Singapore during that period. I still live in Yarm after moving from Victoria estate and frequently visit the old house location. Amazing what memories come back everytime I see the place, which sadly is being demolished along with the rest of the estate and the Spotted Cow pub. I’m still working between Europe ,USA and Asia. I’m currently based in Perth (WA). I had your old mate Eddie Russell working for me a few years ago, just around the corner from you in Portland.( SA ).
      Be good to hear from you. its been a very long time mate. ( FREDDY BROWN )

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      • Hello Freddie (Dave).
        Just came across this website, amazing that you and George are still in contact.
        How are you doing.
        Regards Eddie Russell (Jack).

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    • As boys born 1948 and 1949 Eric and Frank Dinsdale, we lived at 21 Moss Street our back gate looked straight into the clayhole and the allotments. The family name was Whitfield my Mum was Eva, uncles were John, (Last Mayor of Stockton before it became Cleveland borough) George and Harold. Grandparents were John Whitfield and Annie Whitfield. Remember Neville Towse, Anne Lambert, Dennis ? and the Popple family close by.

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      • We lived at 16 Moss Street and Anne Lambert who you remembered is my sister. My name is Bill and mam and dad were Bill and Nellie Lambert. People I remember in the street were the Gelders and Halfpennys and of course yourselves. My Grandfather had the sweet shop on Tilery road right next to the school. I now live in Australia with my family.

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  47. Just been told about the site by my brother Brian and I remember you Stephen Watson, you were in my class at school with Alan Thompson and after school we all used to meet at the zoo wall outside of Tilery school. Spent loads of pennies in Ma Stocktons shop and I remember the Blythemans taking over the off licence opposite Ma Stocktons. Kevin Smith, known as fatty smith to his mates, and Kenneth Walker, what a sweet left foot he had, all playing for tilery school in the brazilian colours of gold and blue. The best years of my life by a country mile.

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  48. I was born in Craister St in 1939 & I can remember a lot about my childhood in Tilery but I can’t remember what happened last week! If you need any help with your book Stephen I would be pleased to assist. Picture Stockton has my email address if you want to make contact.

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    • Hi Maureen, lets see how good your memory is. I’m Paul Conroy and lived at 47 Craister Street. If you want to chat Picture Stockton has my email address. My mams name was Mary, looking forward to hearing from you.

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      • I certainly remember you Fenwick, you used to call at our house in Fairwell Rd Fairfield when you were selling fruit & veg. I believe you emigrated to Australia are you still there? We emigrated in 1962 but came back to UK in 1966, I would love to hear from you ask Picture Stockton for my email address. My maiden name was Laing & I lived at the bottom of Craister St.

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      • Hi Fenwick. My mother-in-law is Kathleen Malcolm (nee Atkinson) born in 1949. She lived on the Tilery with her sister Elaine, brother Paul and mum Mary Jane from the mid 50s when they came back from Australia and left in the mid 60s. I’ve been doing the family tree for a few years and we have a couple of people called Fenwick Hunnam in the family. Are you by any chance descended from Fenwick Hunnam born around 1889? His father was Peter Hunnam who, according to my notes, was born around 1857 and was a Copper Smith from Sunderland. Any relation to you? Peter

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        • Hi Peter my dads name is Fenwick Hunnam, his Grandad was also Fenwick Hunnam born 1888/9 but doesn’t think his great grandad was Peter Hunnam, more than happy to help if I can fill in any gaps, please feel free to ask for my email address from the site. Kind regards Pauline Hunnam

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  49. My brother, Brian Madigan has just introduced me to this wonderful site. Such happy memories. We lived at 86 Headlam Street with our youngest brother, Geoff Madigan. The Oliver’s lived next door at 85 Headlam Street. Our grandmother Alma Sullivan lived in Carlisle Street. I used to hang around with Jean Carter, Sandra Hoyle and Babara Oliver – does anyone know their wherabouts. I went to Tilery Road school and I think Miss Towell was the head teacher.

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  50. The penny longride was every sunday if my memory is right. I lived in 35 Headlam Street with my nana and grandad, there surname was Bains. I also had family living in Craister Street – Lily and Denis Cook. Brian Madigan, you may not remmeber me but we all went round in a gang, playing in all the empty houses prior to them being demolished, football down the rec… Was your street called High Headlam Street? I’m hoping to write a book of the good old days living in Tilery.

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    • Hi Stephen. A while after your original post. My Mother and her parents lived at 36 Headlam Street (Hughes), I always remember that over the other side of Tilery Road (past Stocktons shop), we called it High Headlam Street, but I don’t know if that was the correct name. I can remember my Gran talking with Mrs Bains.

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  51. Just found this site today. Lynn Oliver, I lived next door to you at 86 Headlam street and remenber your family well. Norman Hill, I went to Richard Hind School with you
    and George Thompson who lived in Kingston Street and I am going to stay with George
    in Melbourne next month. No doubt George and I will bore our wives to death reminiscing about all the good times we had as kids growing up in Tilery – the battles with Portrack & Swainby, the Claggy, the oggy raiding, playing in all the empty houses prior to them being demolished etc etc.

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    • Hi Brian, do you remember when our house burnt down and we were all sat around in the ashes cooking xmas pud cos thats the only thing that didnt get burnt lol. We are all ok, I hope you are enjoying Scotland, its a long way from Headlam St, eh? xx

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      • Hi Dianne, I visit this site from time to time just to remind myself of how great Tilery was for a youngster growing up. I do remember sitting in what was left of your burnt out house back in 1968 it was a major incident back then and you were left with nothing after the fire. We now live on the Isle of Mull and it is a wonderful place with no crime, no hassle, very little traffic (excluding the holiday season) and surrounded by incredible wildlife and scenery. It is a long way from 86 Headlam street and whilst I love where we live now nothing can take away the fantastic times and memories we had growing up in Tilery.

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  52. I was born at 59 Tilery Road in 1960 (Jeanette Frances Ann Smith). Mothers name Maggie Ann, known as Ann, 1920, from Blackhall Co Durham. Fathers name Fred Smith, 1926, from Union Street, East Portrack. My siblings, Dorothy Ann (1950)… Alan Thomas and Glenn Francis (twins 1953)… Barbara Ann (1958)… myself (1960)… and lastly Sandra Irene (1962). We moved to Billingham in 1966. Dad’s Mother, my Gran, lived at Etherly Walk Hardwick. Her name was Annie Smith (nee Pybus )her husband was called William Smith.

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  53. I wasn’t around when this photograph was taken, but probably had many relatives who were, and after noticing same surname I wonder if the family tree goes back… my grandad was Robert Oliver (Bob), sadly I dont know of other relatives except 2 sisters, Mary and Rosie. I know there were more siblings though. My grandad passed away about 17 years ago. He had my dad (bobo) and then, in another marriage, 2 daughters – Janet and Caroline. Would be nice if any relatives out there.

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  54. My relatives lived at 20 Wynyard Street, Tilery – Mr and Mrs W Harbron.

    We were frequent visitors.
    The thing I remember is the closeness of Head-Wrightsons ‘Forge’ and the cobble-stones.
    The entrance to Wynyard street, off Norton Road, had the Co-op on one side, a common behind bill-boards, an ideal place for the men to play Pitch and Toss’, and for bonfire night.
    ‘Heads’ office block stood to the south of this common, an alley-way leading to the 10ft high wall entrance of the works. This wall continued to the rear of Wynyard Street at the end of which the 25ft end of the machine shop loomed over the street. (The office block still in situ)

    Gas work cinderrs was standard fuel , with dozens evey day waiting at the Thompson Street Depot , taking their sacks, which were hand-loade from a hopper away on broken down prams or ‘bikes’ ( a good bike carrier could take three sacks , one on seat ,one handle bars the third through the ‘croggy’

    Lightowler also had a cart carried , hand driven roundabout with 4 ‘Chairs’ and a boat shaped wagon the ‘QUEEN-MARY’ for a street touring
    The charge was either money , jam-jars or bottles.

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  55. Would be very interested in seeing a photo of the penny a ride man. Only ever seen the Lowery drawing in Sunderland.
    My wife Liz Hindmarsh remembers the excitement of his visits to Roseneath Ave.
    I don’t ever remember him visiting Greta Rd.
    Any chance of encouraging Mr Littlefair to post his photo on the site… PLEASE!

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    • Hi Norman & Liz

      I am coming back to England for a holiday in September 2013 for Sid’s birthday. Would you like to help me get a Richard Hind reunion together? Sid has my email address

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      • Are any of the Popple family still around? Doreen was a pretty girl – she attended St. Joseph’s Convent, Hartlepool, 1950s.

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      • Hi
        would you be the George Thompson who had a brother called Alan and emigrated to Ausralia about 1969 ? You were going out with a girl called Marty Dent at the time, her parents ran the dance at the FC Club, Oxbridge. The night before you left there was a kind of farewell party for you both there.

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  56. Barry, would it be possible to get the photograph of Penny long ride posted on this site. It was my Grandfathers cousin who owned this and my Father would love to see a photo. As I am sure a lot of people who remember it would.

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  57. DEBBIE OLIVER- THE PENNY LONG RIDE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES FROM MY SWAINBY ROAD DAYS, I ALWAYS REMEMBER IF YOU GOT ON THE LAST RIDE IN SWAINBY ROAD MR LIGHTOWLER WOULD TAKE YOU OVER TO TILERY, THEN I WOULD WALK BACK TO SWAINBY ROAD ACROSS THE REC! LENNIE LITTLEFAIR HAS A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PENNY LONG RIDE!

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  58. I was born at 85 Headlam Street, Tilery in 1961. Beryl Clare mentioned Alfie Storr. he was my dad’s friend (Arthur Oliver). He would come and pretend he had a little boy in the coal house, he was so funny. I was only 7 when we left Tilery but, like my sister Lynn, I remember all the shops and I loved the toffee lollies we would get from Stockton’s shop, going roller skating on a Sunday down the rec. The clay hole my uncle, Tom Umpleby, worked there, so did my granddad, Harry Uumpleby. My brother, also called Arthur Oliver, used to play down there with his mates. I loved Tilery and I wish we still lived there. Everyone was so freindly and you felt safe. Everyone looked out for you, my brother used to go round selling the Sports Gazette on a Saturday night, someone might remember him, my sister Lynn Oliver, and Joan Oliver who emigrated to Australia.

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  59. I was born in Headlam Street and remember the penny a ride, it was RLnnie Lightowler who rode the horse and cart round the streets. He also had a horsedrawn cart filled with fruit and veg and went all round the streets selling it. I remember Paleschies icecream van coming round the streets, we used to take a bowl and get it filled with ice cream for tea on Sunday. I also remember Beattie’s pie and peas, we would take a bowl and get it filled with mushy peas, ooh I would love to taste them mutton pies again, lovely. And Wells fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. I also remember Fernie’s the fruit shop, Joe Wright’s, butcher Bells, Toddy’s paper shop, Stockton’s on the corner of Headlam street, the off door opposite, the Locomotive pub, happy memories.

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  60. Is this the same Terry Carline I went to school with? If so I still remember you giving me the odd lift home from Head Wrightsons Thornaby. Do you know the old road – Swainby Rd – is being demolished?

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  61. My Uncle and Aunt, Jim and Betsy Irwin, are the ones who lived in Moss Street. They have a daughter Florence and son James. Betsy died about 3 years ago in her 90’s. Living in the next street was another relation called Irwin with Nancy and Laurence their daughter and son.

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  62. Re Tilery Road and area. I was brought up in the area living in Moss St until the age of 21. I would be delighted to hear about any other people who lived in Moss St at that time. The names I remember are Waring, Brown, Gelder, Pearson, Laing, Ross, Irwin, Whitfield, Spinks, Upson, Close, Farthing, MacHardie, Fearny. I am not 100% sure about some of the spellings.

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    • Hi, The Whitfield family who lived at 21 Moss Street were John and Annie, and their children; John, George, Harold and Eva (my mum) sadly all but George have passed away now but going back to 1930/40s I myself (Eric Dinsdale) lived at No 21 with them until moving to Roseworth in 1954.

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  63. Great site – came across it by accident. I also came from Tilery before moving to Hardwick, lived in Jane St in Tilery and Chopwell Close in Hardwick, would love to hear from anyone.

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  64. Hi.Maureen,Yes Alan is my oldest brother who now lives in N Yorkshire. There were four of us. Peter,David and myself, Alan got married to Thelma Preston while in Tilery. We moved to Hardwick when it was first built. I remember vaguely the Higgins family, Joe was the father. We used to go to their house a lot, but I seem to remember going in and out of everybody’s house as the doors were always open. I know its nostalgia but they really were good times. Thanks for replying.

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    • New Years Eve was always a pleasant time to remember in Craister Street, most of the Dads would got to the top of the street just before midnight and after the works hooters and sirens signalled the hour, everyone would let their own first foot in and you rightly say it was nothing if you returned to your house and found a party going on, you always left cake out and drinks within reason, doors were always open.

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  65. I knew an Alan Marshall who lived in Routledge St,any relation Phil? Also we lived over the road from the Eales although Carol was quite a bit younger than me, she was more my sister Anne’s age.Pam Higgins was a friend of mine,she lived in Routledge st. I have fond memories of my childhood in Tilery, it was a great community.

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  66. Hi,
    My name is Phil Marshall, I lived in 17 Routledge Street at the very end of Tilery Road. I was on holiday last year with another resident Carol Eales who’s mother and father had a shop, not sure if it was at the botom of Headlam St. I lived next door to Angela Powley who later married Tommy Osborne. I remember the place with great affection.

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    • The Eales lived in Craister Street before taking on the shop at the bottom of Headlam Street,Maudy was Caroles Mam and I’m sure there was a Son called Colin, I used to go to their house and watch the telly!Carol always pulled my ears. Somewhere I have a photo of Carols Mam and Dad.
      Phil you may also remember a young bespectecled lad about 3 or 4 doors up from the bottom, Malcolm?

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  67. There appears to have been a public house on Norton Road called the `Locomotive` from c.1840 to c.1870. This property may have been rebuilt, as from the mid 1870`s a pub named `The New Locomotive` appears in Tilery Road. At some point it may have reverted back to simply `The Locomotive`. Frederick Tinkler must have enjoyed his time as landlord because ran the pub for 30 years from the early 1900`s onward.

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  68. I remember going to a darts match at ‘The Locomotive’ in Tilery Road, just down from Norton Road on the right, with Tommy Glass from ‘The Royal’ in Dugdale Street near the Malleable offices. This would be in the late 60s, can’t remember it being called ‘The New Locomotive’ though, I could be wrong, it’s a long time ago now.

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  69. Chris Davey, I am in regular contact with your sister Anne. As you are probably aware, Anne and I are both tracing the Davey family history. John Charles & Mary Louisa Davey of Thornaby being our Great Grandparents. I’m sure the Picture Stockton team will give you my email address if you would like to get in touch.

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  70. Tony Jackson – just seen you post from 2006 above – hope you are still looking at this site. Annie & Jim Walsh were my Grandparents, John & Doreen Davey my parents. The family moved south in the early 70’s but I am now living back in the North East. Dad (John) no longer with us, but Mam (Doreen) still living in Milton keynes. I’m sure she can fill you in on some details if we can get in contact with each other – Picture Stockton have my email address.

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  71. I have a 1936 directory for Stockton which lists a public house called the `New Locomotive` at 21 Tilery Road. The landlord was Frederick Tinkler. Does anyone remember this pub and when the last pint was pulled? The `Wild Ox` is listed at 21 Providence Terrace, the landlord was John Langhorne. There are also two beer retailers, which I believe is the forerunner of what are now called off licenses. These were at 38 Tilery Road(Charles Williamson) & 94a Tilery Road(Thomas Barker).

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  72. I SURE DO REMEMBER THE EMPIRE
    WHEN IT WAS WORKING AND WHEN IT STOPPED WE HAD A CAMP INSIDE UNDER THE STAGE, GREAT PLACE FOR US TO PLAY. I WAS BORN 1952 IN CANNON STREET, A DOOR OR TWO FROM THE SALVATION ARMY HALL. THEN A FEW YEARS LATER MOVED TO COBDEN STREET IN THE TOWN.
    I DO REMEMBER THE RAG AND BONE MAN, THE PENNY FOR A RIDE, THE CLAGGY, NITTY NORRA, WALKING TO THE DINNER HALLS AND MUCH MORE. I NOW LIVE ABROAD BUT STILL HAVE FAMILY THERE, LORRAINE WOOLAGE AND I WERE BROUGHT UP AS BROTHER AND SISTER ALONG WITH MY BROTHER DAVID BRIGGS.

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  73. Thanks Maureen and George, for confirming that for me. Another part of the jigsaw of Tilery is now in place. I remember them well but for the life of me couldn’t put in place what it was used for. Once again, thanks.

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  74. I too remember the insulated metal canisters, Maureen. The fact that the food ws precooked & kept hot like that is part of the reason, that to this day, I hate liver. The stuff we were given was ox liver, very strong tasting in its own right. Add to that the fact it was overcooked and as stated was kept hot meant it was gritty – ugh!

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  75. In response to the question posed by Paul Smith about long white huts. Tilery School did have their dinners in the long white huts that bordered the common.
    The common separated Tilery from Portrack and was often the ‘battleground’ for snowball fights between the youngsters from Portrack, Tilery and Bailey Street area.

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  76. Yes you’re right Paul, it was the dinner hall as we called it, for Tilery school. The food was brought into the premises in metal containers & was supervised by Miss Jennings who I presume was the head dinner lady!

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  77. Across Lucy Street near the common there was a buliding long in length, was this the dinner huts for Tilery school? I can remember the white long huts? or was it a youth club?

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    • You are right on both counts Paul, the one on left top of Headlam St was dinner halls. Lucy st became the Youth Club for kids with table tennis etc.

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  78. Providence Terrace is located on Norton Road. It is the row of houses on Tilery Bank opposite to where Hills Joinery used to be. The Terrace runs from Ware Street at the bank top, down to Talbot Street. In 1955 my wife and I bought the end house at the corner of Talbot Street and lived there for a number of years. The house had, and probably still does have a Plaque on the Norton Road face, reading “Providence Cottage”. There was no date, but I seem to remember that the deeds of the place went back to the early eighteen hundreds. As an added feature, the house had a Ghost, seen by my wife, myself and several others. It was the shade of an old lady, dressed in black. She caused no problems and seemed to be of a kindly nature so that we were not in the least afraid of her presence. I wonder if she still wanders the bedrooms.

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  79. Looking for any information about the Watson family based around talbot street and Providence Terrace in Stockton about 1890’s to 1920’s. William and Hannah Watson and 8 children. Including William Watson who owned a pawnshop at 2 Talbot St with wife Ethel and my Grandmother Evelyn and her brother Richard. Any info would be great start.

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  80. Providence Terrace was the row of houses that starts at the road where you used to go to Tilery stadium and goes up towards Stockton ending at the road where the Wild Ox pub used to be, I think that it was called Ware Street. If you are able to go and look the sign is still visible just below the bedroom window of the first house at what would be the entrance to the Tilery estate (stadium end)

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  81. Lots of names from the past appearing here now. I was in the same class at Tilery as Peter Craggs and Raymond Longley who was, I believe, related to another classmate, Peter Mandeville! Derek Casey, you and I have corresponded before as your brother Len was in the same class. Also Mike Raw was in our class, which incidentally was the last senior 4 class (under Bill (Eggy) Plumber) at Tilery before the move to Albany Rd. David Rigg, I remember you well, a year or two younger than me I think, but I do remember playing with our “bogie” which I think your dad made. Shepherd St being on a hill we used to roll down hell for leather, just had to hope we could stop before shooting out on to Talbot Street and into the Rec fence.

    Was anybody out there in the Scouts, 2nd Stockton Troop? We used to meet in the Salvation Army Hall in Cannon St.

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  82. I was born in 1956 and lived in Ware Street in Tilery up until 1961 when my parents (Ray and Thelma Raw) were offered a deal that if the council paid of their mortgage they would let them choose their house in Hardwick Est which had just been built.

    I am not sure but I think we lived at No 11, my family had bought their house in the late forties. My older brother Mike living their from 1949.

    Our house was one of the last houses in the street to be demolished as it was right next to a lamp post.

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  83. Terry Carline, is this the same Terry who went to school with me, lived in last house in Swainby Rd then moved, I think, to Portrack, and used to give me a lift home from Head Wrightsons Thornaby in the 70s? If it is then hello Terry. If I remember rightly, when Reg Crinson retired I went to see him and at the time my eldest son Mark was in his class and your daughter, not seen you for years. The fish shop you mentioned was owned by the family of a lad who went all through school with us, Skinny Rawlinson, I remember him as a really nice bubbly lad. Think their were 32 in our class and I can’t think of a bad lad amongst them.

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  84. Annie Rowlands shop was on the corner of Douglas St and Tilery Road. I lived in number 15 Douglas St until moving to Roseworth in 1950.

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  85. Thank you Maureen and Tony for the info. I only found out where he lived through his demob papers after the WW1. He was born in Grimsby but the family moved to Tilery when he was 11.

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  86. Christopher St ran between Talbot St & Ware St. I have an 1899 map of Stockton which is very interesting, bought from Alan Godfrey Maps based at Consett. Just Google his name & you’ll find his website.

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  87. Christopher Street was parallel with Norton Road on the east side between Tilery Road and Talbot Street. The south end came out onto Tilery Road the other onto the Recreation Ground.

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  88. My Father before marriage in 1929 lived in Cristopher Street. I’ve always wondered where it was. Can anyone tell me its exact location please?

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  89. I can only remember two fish & chip shops in Tilery Rd & they were Compsons & Fergusons. There was a lady called Annie Rowlings who had a little grocery shop on the corner of Shepherd St. There was a fish shop on the corner of Ware St & Christopher St run by a family called Burns.

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  90. Bill Pybus. Long time no hear. As it says in the posts from Paul we were neighbors and you and I being similar aged we played together often. Glad to hear you are about and well. I do remember the places you recall so well in your posts. I too remember braying on the pantry wall when the tea was brewed. Great memories.

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  91. Another thing thats comes to mind, at school we would always play in the rec after and lustrum beck was a play area – we would guess how many bridges were over it.

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  92. I also recall Cartwrights – was that a post office or fruit shop? I used to live in Howard Street and I think there was a butchers shop at the end of it and Masons the fruit shop on the next street.

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  93. John, you’re right about the aeroplanes, I was aircraft mad but the RAF soon changed all that. Paul Smith mentions some of the shops along Tilery Rd. As I remember you could get just about anything you needed along the road. There was Joe Wright’s the cobbler, where I got my first pair of football boots, costing 6 shillings. Fernies the fruit and veg shop, and yeh who could forget Beatie West’s Pie and pea shop. Also the Red Stamp Stores at the top of the road. And a grocery/sweet shop on just about every corner. I bet David remembers most of them. Please pass on my best regards to him and Pamela.

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  94. Hey Bill, You knew me as Paul – John is my first name but family call me Paul as you probably did. I now live in Newcastle-under-lyme as I remarried but Pamela and David are still in Stockton. I have very few memories of Tilery of course because I was only 5. I remember crashing my bike and I still have the the hole in my tongue where I bit through it. I also think I remember the ice cream van being on fire, can anyone remember this? Also remember the swings and my brother falling off the top of the slide and breaking his arm. Did you have lots of airplanes hanging from your ceiling? If not its old age playing tricks on me.

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    • Hi John, I remember your family. I used to play with your Pamela when you moved to Salters Lane, your dad would come and pick me up for a sleepover with Pam. I have also written a bit lower down on this page, it would be great to make contact with Pam again. I hope all the family are in good health and hope to hear from Pam soon. I was Diane Brown now Braney. She can get me on facebook, all the best x

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  95. John, I remember your family well I also remember you being born!!!!! Your Mam and mine used to bang on the pantry wall to let each other know that the kettle was on and it was time for a cuppa and a woodbine. I can still see your dad parking his wagon on the street. Re the photo above I can recall walking the length of Tilery rd going messages for Nana Smith (Eddie Rieley’s mother) Calling at butcher Bells, when I got back with the sausages or whatever she would send back up the road to the Stores (Co op) for tea or somthing else. All for the reward of a penny, quickly exchanged at Booler Thompsons for an ice lolly. Are you still in Stockton?

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  96. Just on a point about Wells fish shop, i seem to recall there was another fish shop in tilery road. i think it was Roberts,also there was Beatties pie n peas which were great.I have tried to think of the names of shops on the road in the sixties,Todds newsagents comes to mind.

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  97. A real name from my past there Bill, I was born at 7 Shepherd St, Tilery. My mam and dad were Fred and Jennie Rigg and I have a slight memory of you and Stephanie as we moved when I was 5. I’m sure my brother and sister, Pamela and David, have more. Hope your family are doing well, sorry to say my mam and dad both died yrs ago. If you ask the Picture Stockton team they will provide my e-mail address if you wanna contact me, otherwise just post a message here.

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    • Didnt your dad go round pubs emptying all machines and me and your Pam have to count the coins? It took us ages, then he let us know he had a machine to do it aargh….
      You moved to Salters Lane and l stayed overnight having a midnight feast and when that ran out we crept downstairs to pinch cold new potatoes out of the pan, lol!Those were the days please say hi from me Diane Brown now Braney l was one of the twins happy days xx

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  98. I’ve just come across your entry, Teresa Oliver. I lived at No 9 Shepherd St and remember we were great mates back then. I can’t quite remember when you moved away. I left Tilery in 1966 when I joined the RAF. My Mam and Dad (Dot and Bill) along with my sister Stephanie moved to Portrack when Tilery was redeveloped. Mam still lives there.

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  99. Re Harold Longley; if this is your Great Grandad Katie he lived in Headlam Street and would be about 65″ish, went to Tilery school at the top of the street. As I remember he enjoyed football at school. Also had, at that time, jet black hair.

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  100. My dad, Peter Craggs, remembers Tilery very well as he grew up there with his mam and dad and his brothers and sister, but I want to know if anyone knew his grandparents? His mams mam was nee Baker and his dads mam was nee Madison, dont know there first names but researching the family tree.I would be very grateful if anybody could help.

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  101. I know this is a long shot but but the comment of this photograph mentioned someone called Hharold Longley, I am trying to research my family tree and this person was my great grand father. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information to see if this is the person I am looking for.

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  102. Alan Hutchinson, my sister Ethel is alive & well & living in Billingham. She married Jim Broadbelt who sadly passed away about 10yrs ago. We lived in Craister St & have very fond memories of our chidhood in Tilery.

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  103. I well remember Lawrence “Lolly” was his nickname we knocked around for a short time. Also in the area was John Thomas, Phil Fishburn, Norman Walsh, Barry Cannon, Harold Longley, The heavyside brothers, John Sparrow who suffered a stomach injury after being run over, Ronnie (George) Clements may remember a Ronnie Dawson from Portrack, a Buddy Holly look-a-like from St Annes Terrace ?. Trevor White, John Bowes …. was there a Derek Wade, Stephen Cook,Alan Broadbent, Freda Wilkinson, Colin and Doris Boston, Duggy Titchener, J.L.

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  104. Although, I was born in Park Terrace, just off Bridge Road. I lived in Compton Street, Tilery, for 5 years. I remember the church on Talbot Street with it”s single bell and I used to play hand-ball on Fives Courts. I was a one for wandering off, one day I ended in Billingham and the Police had to bring me back to Tilery. I also remember the public toilets near to Lustrum Beck and the Rec. We never had electricity and only a gas mantle in the kitchen and I remember the melted candle wax on the bedstead. When I tell the young people of today, that we had no electric then, they don”t believe me.

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  105. I was not born in Tilery but lived in Headlam st .I lodged with Mr and Mrs Brown for 4 years, they looked after me like a son. I was 17 years old when i moved in and 21 when i left.Mr brown [jack] was one of the tallest men in stockton for decades. I remember the sons Peter. Gordon. Eric. daughters Mavis and Hilda. My girl friend later my wife Joan codd [nee williams] lived in 11 Compton st .Her mother Florence father Edward lived there till the houses were pulled down.My wife recalls the families Bennents [Rachel] Masseys .Burns. Blakemores Ronny Freddy .By the way Blakemores had the only car in Compton st I still have a photo with my girl friend standing next to the car.Saturday night was bath time .bring the tin bath from the back yard boil lots of hot water .I was chased out to take rex the dog a walk while my girl friend got a bath I only got as far as the Wild Ox for a couple of pints then out to local dances Happy days. I remember Joan Williams best friends Irene Draydon now in Canada her brother Lawrence fell off the big slide in the play ground with serious head injuries was council road sweeper for years but died march 2008 other friends Eileen Davison, Violet Mare

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    • Hi Brian, big Jack Brown was my grandad and omg l loved the bones of that man unfortunatly he died when l was 7 but l would love for any pics you might have of my family as our house burnt down in 68. We lost everything so l dont even know what any of us looked like when we were young. l would really appreciate any information you have or if anybody else for that matter kindest regards

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    • HI BRIAN, BIG JACK BROWN WAS MY GRANDAD, THE BEST EVER. HE PASSED IN 64. ERIC WAS MY DAD, I AM THE YOUNGEST OF 4 GIRLS AND 2 YOUNGER BROTHERS, PETER AND GORDON ARE STILL WITH US. IF YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS FROM YOUR STAY I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM AS WE LOST ALL OF OURS IN A HOUSE FIRE MUCH APPRECIATED XX

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  106. Well I”ll go to the foot of our stairs, I happened across this site and recognised a few names and I certainly add quite a few. Ronnie Clements as I remember you sat behind me in Bob Smailes class and in front in Taffy Jones class…. you threw me with the “George” Didn”t know a thing about the “Association”.. please remember me to Reg Crinson, Harry Rig who between himself George Kennedy and Phil West got me my first job at 15 as a motor mechanic with Phil Wests brother “Dud” at Hartburn Garage. I for some time looked after Alan Cornforths car and a few of the other teachers in the early days. So much to contribute and get my head around, all these very familiar names that conjure up my early days at Tilery Road School and indeed living in Craister Street as well…. just a quick nip home via Jack Temples for a biscuit at play time ….. nobody has mentioned the school bell 5 mins to …. Best Regards to All ….. John.

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  107. Hello Sandra, Yes, I used to live in Portrack and was called Ronnie in those days. We lived in Lambert Street at number 10 and I knew two Sandras in those days, one at the church I attended and the other was a Sandra Atkinson who lived next door at No 8. There was another brother born in Stockton, John 2 years after Jimmy. Unfortunately there is only Kathleen, Jimmy and myself left. John died in 1986, mother in 1987 and Barbara about 1995.

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  108. George Clement – you said you were called Ron in your younger days. Did your family live in Portrack in one of the streets that ran at right angles to Edith Place? I remember a Ronnie Clements from the early 1950s. He had 2 sisters, Barbara and Kathleen and a brother Jimmy. His mum was called Edna.

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  109. I”m tracing my family tree and was delighted to find the website. Me & my brother George(now sadly deceased)used to talk about our childhood in the early 1950″s in Tilery at no. 1 Sherherd St. Dad was George Oliver (he died in a car crash in Stockton in 1957) and mum was Doreen and she came from Newcastle. Dad had loads of Oliver relatives but I can only remember the names Arthur,Annie & Peggy (I think she was mum to Sydney at 16 Cowper St). Grandad (was he really called Grandad Twit?)was married to Maud and was an iron moulder. If this rings any bells with anyone I would love to hear from you.

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  110. To David Goldsbrough & George Thompson What a lovely surprise to hear from you both! Yes we had lots of fun at Tilery Rd didn”t we David, and, yes George, lots of happy memories (and one or two “battles for supremacy” on the Rec!) Thanks Dave for jogging my memory banks – I particularly remember Gillian Morgan. Unfortunately I don”t have any group pictures George from either Tilery Rd Infants or Richard Hind Girls – The strange thing is I can”t remember ever being camera-shy! Hope you both (and everyone on this site) have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy and (fingers crossed) proseperous New Year!

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  111. TO GEORGE THOMPSON, HARRY RIGG, REGE CRINSON AND ALAN CORNFORTH, BEFORE I MOVED TO SPAIN THIS YEAR I WOULD ALWAYS SEE ALAN CORNFORTH IN NORTON VILLAGE, HE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR A CHAT, REGE CRINSON LIVES IN RIMSWELL ROAD FAIRFIELD, I”M NOT SURE ABOUT HARRY RIGG,IF YOU VIEW PHOTO REF S1150 AND SCROLL DOWN TO COMMENTS FROM HARRY RHODES DATED 29/9/2006 HE IS FROM YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS, HE MENTIONED ALL THREE TEACHERS AND HOW THEY USED TO MEET AND GO FISHING, HE WILL MOST PROBABLY HAVE CONTACT DETAILS. I HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP TO YOU.

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  112. To David Goldsbourough & Lorraine Woolage nee Kilvington. Great to hear from you both. I too, have very fond memories of Tilery rd. ( and the sliding door Lorraine ha ha )Lorraine was my first girlfriend and I often think about the picnic we went on to the Claggy ( how romantic )with Hazel Walker in Tow. I was saddened to hear about her passing she was a beautiful girl – so sweet. It was always nice to see you at Richard Hind too. I would love to hear from you both again Do you have any other pictures of us at school?

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  113. To margaret hogan. you mentioned your grand parents lived at 21 albany road. I lived in the next road, Collins avenue and knew the Hogan family well. I knew the two daughters very well, the eldest is Angela and lives down south I believe, and the other daughter is called Veronica, though I dont knew her where-a-bouts

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  114. To Lorraine Wollage nee Kilvington How great to find you on here Lorraine and how nice of you to remember me. I recall all the old school classmates you mentioned with the exception of Elizabeth Rochford. You were right about George Thompson, he did emigrate to Australia and I carried out some correspondence with him a few years ago now through friends re-united. You may remember names like Billy Clarke, John Wells, Micahel McGarvey, Brian Madigan, Gillian Morgan. I remember that last year at Tilery when we were mixed for the first time. What fun we had between those doors! I have a picture of the footy team and it has now been published here at http://picture.stockton.gov.uk/photos/t9127.aspx. It includes Mr Rigg and Mr Brown in the picture. You were right about Mr Rigg. He really challenged and enthused us. I recall him chalking on the blackboard ones and zeroes, adding them together and showing the answer in ones and zeroes which really baffled us all at the time. It was his way of introducing us to binary. And in 1964, he showed he was way ahead of his time. Happy Days.

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  115. To Lorraine Wollage nee Kilvington How great to find you on here Lorraine and how nice of you to remember me. I recall all the old school classmates you mentioned with the exception of Elizabeth Rochford. You were right about George Thompson, he did emigrate to Australia and I carried out some correspondence with him a few years ago now through friens re-united. You may remember names like Billy Clarke, John Wells, Micahel McGarvey, Brian Madigan, Gillian Morgan. I remember that last year at Tilery when we were mixed for the first time. What fun we had between this doors! I have a picture of the footy team and it has now been published here at http://picture.stockton.gov.uk/photos/t9127.aspx. It includes Mr Rigg and Mr Brown in the picture. You were right about Mr Rigg. He really challenged and enthused us. I recall him chalking on the blackboard ones and zeroes, adding them together and showing the answer in ones and zeroes which really baffled us all the time. It was his way of introducing us to binary. And in 1964, he showed he was way ahead of his time. Happy Days.

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  116. Margaret Hogan. You mention that your Grand Parents lived at 21 Albany Road. My Mothers friend lived next door at 23. She was called Buttery. She had the small sweet shop at the beginning of Dovecote Street in Stockton. BTW her daughter Joan Buttery is still living at 23.

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  117. Margaret High nee Farrow: small world! my brother in law DENIS Tatterton married the Pauline you mention who lived up the top of the lane I think it was Drum Street hence I think the name of the pub on the corner known as “The Drum & Monkey”

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  118. I mentioned in a story about my grandparents, but I said in the comment about my grandmother Rita Umpleby getting the vegies when they came round and ice (but i got the ice mixed up form another story relative) So sorry she used to store things on the cold floor.

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  119. I know that the terrace houses were on the left hand side of the road as my Grandad John McLauglan built them and lived at number 21 were my Mother Winifred was born.My Great Aunt had the baby linen shop on Norton green.

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  120. Lorraine and Frank. There was a Mr Rigg at Tilery School who was Headmaster. But there is another Mr Rigg called Dennis who lived in Albany Road on the right hand side going from South Road. Probably the 3rd house along. A big house which was terraced. This Dennis Rigg worked at Head Wrightsons Thornaby with my Uncle. He was the man responsible for starting me keeping Tropical Fish which I have stated in earlier readings.

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  121. No false memory as far as I”m concerned Lorraine. My classmate Andy Rigg lived in Albany Road in one of the older terraced houses at the South Road end. His father was Headmaster at Tilery Road School. That would have been around 1956 to 1958 when I used to “walk” home that way to Hallifield Street with Andy, a lad called David Langham who lived in the pre-fabs and Pete jackson who lived on Norton Road. I say walk loosely as we used to have adventures along the way.

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  122. To Frank Bowron & Bob Irwin. Have I got a false memory here? Since reading your messages I”ve spoken to my mother. She too remembers him as being the Headmaster during my time at Tilery Road School. However, whether he was a school head or a classroom teacher he had a fantastic way of firing up the grey cells!

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  123. To Arthur Thompson: It must be your brother, although I thought his birthday was the 30 October. I do, however, remember him emigrating to Australia. Say hello from me when you next communicate. Lorraine

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  124. Carole Young, there is something in the back of my mind about a Teasdale family in Tilery, I will put on my thinking cap and also ask a couple of family members and if any information at all, I will leave a further message.

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  125. John McDonnel and Beryl Clare, do either of you have any info on an ancestor of mine John George Teasdale who lived at 35 Craistor Street around 1911? There were also Teasdales in Tilery Road in the 1900″s.One of them, Mary, married Harry Stainton and they had 2 daughters Edna and Cora. Mary emigrated to Canada in 1911. Her daughters joined her but Harry stayed in england. Mary”s mother was Rosa Hilyer whose family had the grocers in Tilery Road.

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  126. To Lorraine Wollage nee Kilvington – you will find your name mentioned a number of times in connection with Stockton Swimming Club elsewhere on this website. My sisters (Petrone and Julie) and I remember you from the club as does another friend of yours – Mary Scott/Graham. Best regards, Peter

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  127. I Also remember the Mr Rigg from Albany Road. He worked with my uncle at Head Wrightsons. He was keen on Tropical Fish. I got my first Guppies from him.

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  128. I remember Mr. Rigg too, but not as Tilery School headmaster, Lorraine. He lived in Albany Road, Norton and I went to Norton High Street School – Nogger Board as it was known – with his son Andrew (Andy).

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  129. Even though I lived in Canning Street in Tilery for the just the first four years of my life before moving to Alison Street (near Stockton High Street) I can still picture playing and riding my tricycle in the cobbled streets and finding “adventure” near the “Black Path” on the Common. I attended Tilery Road Infants & Junior Schools from 1957 and have very fond memories of Mr Rigg (headmaster)who used to dazzle and confuse us(me)with his knowledge – he even tried to show our class how it was possible to work out the number of hairs on an individual”s head using maths! I”m not sure if this was true or whether it was a ploy to get us to become interested in that particular subject, Mr Brown,who was a wonderful form teacher, Mrs Rutter and of course Miss Towell. The only classmates I can remember are George Thompson who shared my birth date, Stephen Duffey, who was brilliant at “ducking” the chalk, David Goldsborough (?), Anne Woods, Hazel Walker(dec”d)and Elizabeth Rochford.

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  130. I lived in Kirby street off oxford street opposite the gas tank my sister and I went to Tilery juniors from 1939 until we moved to Parkfield and Bowesfield Lane school’s remember Stockton’s spitfire plane being brought out of Hills works does anyone else?

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  131. Now that I have seen some more names, others are coming back to me, Julie whitaker,Mrs Rutter and wasn”t there a Lynne Robinson, I think that she left Tilery before me, but I met up with her again at Grangefield Grammar, between 1966 and 1967 then we left to come to South Africa

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  132. I used to go to Bowesfield Lane school I remember having to walk all the way on my own .We lived at 93 Bowesfield lane it had a flat roof and the house was painted white. I used to climb the slag heaps at the back of the house and play in the plant site climbing over the navies and cranes .We got our first TV for the coronation the house was packed that day, later we had a fancy dress party at Tarslag down the road where my dad worked I went as Stanley Mathews with a rugby ball as my dad was a rugby player for Hartlepool so we never had a football, my brother went as a TV set my dad made from large cardboard box with pictures from a magazine on a roller so Pete my brother could change the pictures. Remember the cobble street and the corner pub I think was called the Bowesfield arms and the sweet shop.

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  133. John McDonnell. I was really pleased to receive your message today. Mrs Storr was my Nanna and she did indeed have three sons as well as two daughters, My Mother was called Mary, she was the eldest, (do you remember her ?) then came Alf, next was Olive then Jim, she also brought up her brothers child Jackie Galloway and you are correct, he did play football for Tilery School. What a good memory you have. Do you have any photo”s of Craister Street and its occupants. I would love to find a photograph of my Nanna,she was quite a character. Sadly all of her children have died now except Olive (who married Ken Townshend from ~Addison Butchers in Tilery – Ken died recently but Olive is still going strong at 86 years old). I look forward to knowing if you have any photographs. Best Wishes. Beryl Clare

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  134. It was nice to see a familiar name pop-up whilst browsing the site, Angela Yaxley. I also attended Tilery Road Infants & Junior School and remember all those names along with a few more. Sandra Casey, Olwyn Greenwood(no longer wih us sadly), Jean Bulmer, Pauline Robinson, Florrie Littlefair, Elizabeth Butler, Sandra Burns, Lily Storr, Carol Cuskern and given a bit of time could probably think of a few more. Anyway I lived in Canning St where the Sally Army Hall was and Head Wrightson Forge was at the end of the street, right next to the Black Path leading up to the Cricketers Public House. We lived next door to Mrs Thompson an aunt of Mr Bob Brown who went on to become the Headmaster at Norton Board School in Norton Village until it closed down. Mr Cornforth went on to teach at Albany Secondary Modern School as did Mr Plummer and Miss Towell(who by the way recently died). We moved to Norton when they started knocking the houses down. My mam worked at Wells” Fish Shop for years for Fred Wells, when he retired Franco bought the business.

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  135. message for beryl clare,-I knew mrs.storr, I lived in No. 33 Craister Street, & mrs. Storr lived about 4 doors away, she had 3 sons if my memory serves me right, Alf was the oldest, then there was Jimmy,followed by Jackie, I think Jackie played football for stockton, I left Craister street in 1949 & moved to Norton.

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  136. Ref. The Claggy –  I remember the claggy well, it was the clay quarry of Blackett”s Brickworks, my father was the manager of the brickworks up to it”s closure which I think was in 1966 when the brickworks was burnt down. The fire was caused when they were removing the old steam engine which used to drive the brick making machinery. I worked at the brickworks for several years as did my brother & my grandfather, it was hard & dirty work,but the pay was good

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  137. message for peter franks, hi, peter I knew mrs. storr, as I lived in no.33 Craister street, about 4 doors away from mrs.storr. I left tilery and moved to Norton in 1949

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  138. Angela Yaxley. Harry Rigg, followed Albert Griffiths as head teacher of Tilery Road Boys School, pssibly around 1956. Prior to that he was the head at St Anne”s School in Agnes Street Portrack. It was located at the end of St Anne”s Terrace. I attended both St Annes, from 5 to 11 years old,then transferred to Tilery Boys in 1955 and was there until I left in 1959. I left Portrack in 1963 onjoining the army and have lived in the south ever since.

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  139. It was great to find this site, I attended Tilery road infant, Tilery Road girls and then we joined with Portrack, and all the senior school learners went to Portrack, and Tilery became a junior school. I also remember Mr Crinson, but who can remember Mr Rigg? I have now gone blank with teacher’s names. I was at Tilery road with, Anne Lennard, Barbara Lindsay, Joan Price Susan Wells Leslie Robinson, (I think younger than us.) We lived in Norton Road at that time; I left Tilery Road School in 1966, and went on to GRangefield Grammar for girls. I also remember the sweet shop on the corner near the school.

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  140. Tom, What years did you attend Tilery Boys? From the dates you quoted it looks as if you may have been in the same class. The names of the teachers you mentioned are ones that I remember. I often wonder what some of them would have thought if they knew that for the last 33 years I have been a teacher, In those days I was called Ron and was at Tilery Boys from 1955 to 1959 although I was living in Portrack.

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  141. Just found this great site and wanted to contribute. I lived in Tilery, Law Street, next to Melville St from 1945 to 1968. Our street only had 3 or 4 houses because the rest of the street was Tilery Road school canteen. I remember the headmaster Mr Griffiths, George Kennedy for science and my teacher in my last couple of years was Reg Smailes. I remember going to the shop next to Wells fish shop to get charged up batteries for our non electric radio. We lived at the end of the path leading to Portrack which was the scene of many a clash between the Tilery & Portrack gangs.

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    • portrack swainby and tilery were always scrapping,we even had a song that went swainbys swainbys never get a wash and when they do they think they’re posh. each estate shouted it to the other.does anyone remember Nelson from the sorting sheds he would let you have a cuppa and a biscuit l was in awe watching him roll a fag as he only had one arm l couldnt do it with two lol.l hated going to the loo cos it was dark and lots of spiders and you had to tear newspaper into squares and hang it on a hook no loo roll for us but plenty of print on our bums hahaha.

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    • Hi tom joan oliver here from Australia. I remember you well. We used to play rounders with your brother alan Christine marchant and avril, sheila durham what great memories I have of those days. Hope you are keeping well and look forward to a reply. Can’t work computers haha but my sister will look out for a reply from you.

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  142. My parents, Dick and Jessie Jackson were married in 1943. I (Tony) followed 9 months later. Although I was born at 26 Elsdon Street, the Victoria Football Ground was just at the back, I remember several stories of life in Tilery, either just before or just after this time. In particular I remember being taken to visit family friends Jim and Annie Walsh who I think lived in Wynyard Street. Their children were Doreen (who married a John Davey)now living in Milton Keynes, and Raymond who emigrated to Australia. Ray used to draw the most amazing cartoons; Jim smoked the foulest pipe I ever smelt! There was talk of us living in Pine Street but this might have been before I was born. The family seemed to move house fairly regularly at that time due to the attentions of the Lutwaffe. Now that Mam and Dad are gone is there anyone else out there that can help piece together the Jackson story?

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    • Hi Tony. I’ve just been “fishing” around this site and have seen your message from 2004 about the Walsh’s and Davey’s. I see my brother replied to you in 2005. I don’t know if you ever did anything about getting in touch with my mother (Doreen). Just thought I’d let you know she died last June (2012) but Ray is still alive and well in Australia and I am in regular contact with him and will see him in June this year in Australia. Let me know if there are still any questions you would like to ask.

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  143. Hi Frank how well I remember the twins Sonia and Lesley and their eldest sister Marlene along with Vera and Yvonne friends of theirs who all lived in Seaham street next to the forge I lived in Wynyard st our back alley being the same as theres, cant believe we will be all getting our bus passes shortly must be all of 45 years since we all lived and played in those memorable streets.Sonia can you remember the day you pushed my sister veras mamma puschair around the parish church grounds gee was it that long ago.Vera Gibson went to live in Leeds, Yvonne ive never seen since those days.

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  144. My partner Sonia Howden nee Frank was a pupil at Tilery School in the eary 50″s and would love to hear from anyone who may remember and her twin sister Lesly

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  145. Message for Christine McGlade. Thank you so much for your information, It gives me a start to look for Petch”s Farm Cottage. I love this site, anyone have any info on My Grandmother, born in Compton Street Tilery and spent about 50 years of her married life in Craister Street Tilery, her name Mary Elizabeth Storr (Nee Galloway) as far as I know she was always known to the neighbours at Mrs Storr. Anyone got any old photographs of Craister Street ?

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  146. Does anyone from tees-bridge still live in stockton, my sister and I went to bowesfield lane school, we had to walk along bowesfield lane right along to ashmore benson pease iron foundries, passed moses street, we went under a bridge on up the road till we came to our street called adam street, there where terrace houses, and a pub. and a cobble road. Our milk was brought on a horse and cart in large cans, mum would take out a large jug and the man would fill it for a few coppers. the vegetables and fruit would be brought the same way. I remember very well the people who lived in that small street. Pauline, marjory, betty and sister Margaret,Jessy malcom her brother,to name but a few. Norman raymond desmond, pat hays thier sister. Are you there????? email Maggierose1@hotmail.co.uk

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  147. Hi Mike, i left school Christmas 1962,i well remeber Mr Griffiths, George Kennady was my favourite teacher, not for the science classes but for the swimming lessons at old Billingham baths,loved the interhouse swimming galas, i was in red house,i remember representing the school in the Cox life saving compition, they were 4 of us {all my class } Dennis Carter, John Calvert, Ray Ramsden, David Applby } I think we came second and during the next morning assembly we four had to stand up, and the hall give us a bit of a cheer I think George Kennedy was proud as punch with us. Mr Crinson was very special, hard but fare, when he retired i went to see him as did lots of old pupils, after a chat, he took out some old early 50s photos of football teams { Tilery } and named every lad on the photos, a very remarkable man indeed, as I dont believe he forgot any ones surname, but if i was realy truthfull the very best thing at school i liked the very best was when we were taken down the rec and told to run around it all, as this always took place after 3 o”clock i would set off to run and get as far as the nearest dam over the beck and home. Spent the last few year trying to track down a photo of the late Brian Clough, he was invited along to the interhouse swimming gala, we all had our photo {group } taken with him, I recently asked Mr Crinson if he manage to get hold of a copy all those years ago, he told me he regreted very much that he didn”t, perhaps some old lads reading this might be able to help, well all the best lads Derek

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    • Derek, do you remember me? I lived in 24 Swainby Road. I am alot older than you but I remember you and your parents. Say hello to Mike Tippey for me if you still see him. Regards, Derek Oliver.

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  148. Hi Mike I do a lot of decorating around Tilery,the street names are still the same. Surprisingly the people that moved away in the 60s have returned I could write A book about their memories of old Tilery they are the same down to earth people as they where 50/60 years ago,problem is I get little work done listening to thier stories. I remember Chris very well. Im 60 now got my bus pass A few months ago, tho I cant remember Bob Hardisty coming to the School (must have played the nick that day). But I do remember standing on Norton Rd with my flag to wave at the Queen was that in 53?

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  149. Derek & Colin, Derek don”t know your years so you may have been too young but another visitor to the school was Bob Hardisty. Colin I trust you will remember “56 or “57. Chris Bloomfield, a particular fan, was told by Albert Griffiths to make sure that he did “Due Obeissance” when the great man arrived. You know lads, on reflection, I can”t help but think that the staff, some of who were returned Ex servicemen, never talked down to us. In retrospect, along with their natural teaching abilities, is it that that inspired such warm memories for us all?

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  150. Hi Derek, Ropner was indeed red, I was in Samuel House – blue others were green – Crosby and Walker – yellow.  All named after famous people of the town. Yes Wells fish shop was best for miles around, friday nights tea was fishcake and chips with scraps for 7d,the old silver cross pram wheels came in handy for our boggies useful on a saterday night after the market closed when we used to go and collect bruised fruit and veg the stallholders threw away. I used to wait till Blob Fords toy stall closed down and search under the stall for toys they had thrown away one saterday I found a £1 note I was rich.

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  151. I lived just across the Rec {swainby Rd } remember all the teachers names from the old school, i went to see Reg Crinson when he retired, what a man, i dont think he forgot the surname of a single lad who passed through his classes from all those years.Since finding this site i have enjoyed reading all the memories, from the school huts, the walk the dinner hall,George Kennady taking us to Bilingham baths were i got all of my swiming certificates, any one remember the late Brian Clough coming i think to the interhouse swimming competition, searched for years for a copy of the photo that was taken of us all that day, i was in red house which i think was Ropner,going to the gas house for a bag of cinders in a convoy of old prams,i agree Wells fish shop was just the very best, remember the batter on those fish,i think our generation had more fun then than kids do today, any one else agree, by the way if any old school lads remember me from school please get in touch e-mail derek.casey3@ntlworld.com

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  152. I lived in Tilery for number of years,and always missed the place, when we had to move in 1968, i wonder if anyone has any photo,s of tilery school from the 1960″s, such happy times.

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  153. Colin Chapman – Colin earlier on I thought you & I were in different years, but reading your last comment, as “Lawbomb” was a mate from J1 – J4, it seems we were indeed in the same year. Congrats on being made head boy, it was an honour to which the whole school aspired! I assume you still live in the area & as indicated I will be down home soon. Thanks for the email address, I”ll message beforehand & arrange a meeting if you”re up for it – Regards – Mike

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  154. George Chapman, I feel like a bit of a blow in here as I was never a pupil at Tilery Road School. However I was on very friendly terms with a number of the Teachers. You mentioned Alan Cornforth, and with him and Reg Crinson, I would go off for the day Trout Fishing somewhere along the Yorkshire Ouze River. Alan with his state of the art gear. Well, he had store bought Flies, Lures and what not. We had gear that the kids had left at the back of the garden shed. This could have been the reason that Alan”s catch was always a good one, whilst Reg and I went home with very small bags of tiddlers that were disdainfuly dropped into the rubbish bins by our wives. I think that part of the attraction of those days out were that Fishing Licenses were obtained from a friendly Pub which was open for business early in the morning. And that we held Post Mortems into “The Ones That Got Away” at the Rimswell Hotel, Fairfield on our way home. I am still in contact with Reg who lives in Fairfield. Another name that you may remember, Harry Rigg who I knew at a social level with The Rimswell Drinking Society, now sadly wound up for lack of members. The purple stuff that was administered by the Nitty Nurse would have been Potassium Permanganate which was a sort of cure all back then. My memory of that purple stuff takes me back to 1948 when during the Winter there were many sore throat complaints, and a couple of hundred of us were lined up on the Barrack Square whilst the Medical Wallahs came around with buckets of the stuff and we were each given a pint pot full. Gargle!! Can you imagine the sound of two hundred gagging throats trying to force down the horrid brew. I have no idea which “Jankers” Squad cleaned up the Square afterwards and can only hope that evidence of the incident was mercifully hidden beneath the subsequent blanket of snow. I can only say that “The Cure” seemed to work as we had very few Winter ailments that year.

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  155. Eggy Plummer deputy head he was my final teacher before leaving school,he was the best thrower of a blackboard rubber ive ever seen he would have his back to you but he would always find the culprit that was missbehaving,I was dead chuffed the day he made me head boy,after a mate Terry Lawson left. George did you finish your education at Tilery? My email addy is chappy46@hotmail.co.uk

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  156. Colin, I well remember the walk to the dinner hall in the prefabs near the claggy. We had to line up outside irrespective of the weather. It brings back memories of (Nitty) Nora and getting seconds if you sat on the right table. It must be true about the saying “out of sight, out of mind” because I certainly haven”t heard about any reunions. Mind you, I moved away from Stockton some 43 years ago when I joined the army and I still live in the south.

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  157. Colin Chapman, George Clement, – Colin, you know when I read your comment about “Nitty Nora” the tears sprang to my eyes. What a wonderful thing memories are. George thanks for more names. Both of you obviously remember, that as a school in, what today, would be classed a “deprived” area we did very well indeed. The facilities, just post war, were exceptional & as we are agreed the calibre of the teaching staff was tremendous. One other name, “Eggy” Plummer – never taught by him myself BUT later met him socially, as I was mates with his son Peter. What a difference a couple of years makes, he was a charming, witty guy & his wife baked the most amazing cakes and scones. Finally, as I have posted elsewhere on the website, I”m planning a visit to Stockton, probably turn of November/December. If you lads are still local I would be honured to stand a pint or two in the SUN, so please next time you contribute please include your email addresses.

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  158. Christine,Their certainly was a Sarah Ross along with a certain Ruth Bollins they both frequented the taverns in the town, they where two well known characters in Stockton.

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  159. George and Mike, how well we remember our school days over 4 decades ago, what ever became of those teachers? I had the pleasure of meeting Alan Cornforth and his wife Miss Bronson a few years ago at a school reunion at the Hardwick club the organiser of the reunion was Ray Stephenson. I recall that we had to walk in 2s along Jane St. to get to the prefabs do you also recall the dinner hall near the claggy, good wholesome food in those days and if you where lucky enough to be on the right table you got seconds I knew there was another reason to go to school. Then there was the nitty nurse (Nora) beware if you had nits out would come the basin to be scalped and what was that purple dye, good days.

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    • I well remember Alan Cornforth as a Woodwork Teacher at Albany School. Eggy Plummer was also there as was Lucy Towl and Basil Ellis. All great Teachers, though I didn’t much like most of them at the time. I was born in Swainby Road, but I remember Tilery well. As as already been said, great days.

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  160. Mike Renwick. Mike, thanks for your reply. I certainly do remember the prefabs of the school. George Kennedy”s Lab with Alan Cornforths woodwork room being one as well. There was also Bob Smailes and Taffy Jones wo also had the hard task of teaching us. In those days I was called Ron, my middle name, and have been a teacher myself for the last 33 years.

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  161. There was a Ross family that lived in Swainby Road area, I think there was a Sarah Ross.I know a Kevin Ross who lived in Norton area, whether this is the same family I coundn”t tell. I have heard older people talk about Petch”s Farm and there where certainly cottages down Portrack Lane. The Farm in connection could have been down what was called Stoney Road going down at the side of the Mallable Works. Have you tried electoral roles for the period.Good Luck

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  162. I have spent many happy hours on this wonderful website, I would like to ask if anyone has any information on Petch”s Farm or Petch”s cottages in Portrack. I am told it was probably in the Malleable works area and the family I am looking for were named Ross – I am searching for family records reasons. Can anyone help please

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  163. George Clement thanks for that info, I had a feeling that the Tilery site was, a storage & distribution facility. You will, of course, remember that the prefabs that were used as dining halls. They also housed George Kennedy”s lab & backed onto that area. In answer to your question I was there round about the same time as you, along with Colin Chapman, who also posts on this site. I left after 11+ for Grangefield but remembered the old place with great affection. My cousin by the way was “big Jim” Smith – Regards Mike

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  164. For Mike Renwick. I remember the gas works in Stockton near the station. As for the one at Tilery, I believe that it was a gas holder. It was situated behind Brown”s Forge on Portrack Lane. I lived in Portrack until I was 19 and worked in a sheetmetal shop on Maritime Road and used to walk past Browns on my way to and from work. When did you attend Tilery Boys” because I was there from 1955-1959.

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  165. I remember the “Empire” building before it was demolished for the Swallow hotel. It stood at the end of Stockton High Street at the junction with Yarm Road I remember that there were shops there but cannot remember their names. On one corner was a coffee bar which we used to frequent as young lads.

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  166. Colin Chapman & Michael Higgins – just on table top mountain, now you”ve nudged the grey cells, yup I remember! Colin, if you would please let me know when the next reunion is – I”d love to come. My email is as follows:- miker2@tiscali.co.uk & by the way I remember tee mac eallyo. The “captives” were held in the small space between the wall of the infants school & the small brick enclosure against the wall that backed on to Headlam Street. Finally Jack Temple”s boy was at Tilery with us, can”t remember what year, but I get the impression that he was younger than us. All this across from the school clinic building.

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  167. I remember table top, a good defensive position but a hard climb. Do you remember the old tin chapel at the end of Tilery road. The waste ground next to it used for bondy”s and I heard that there used to be a large tank of water there for use during the war (before my time) The shops nearby I think one was Rowntrees and the other an offl-icence (Smiths?), My father Denis and his pal Fenwick Hunnem (emigrated to Australia)

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    • I remember your father Denis and his pal Fenwick Hunnem, Fenwick lived in Craister street, I also remember the “clayhole” as my father was the manager of the brickworks which was called “blacketts” I can also remember your grandfather and grandmother who lived about half way down Routledge street, and the allotments opposite.

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    • Hi Michael, not sure if you will get this message, this is Fenwick Hunnam as you know your mam Betty and Dad denis were friends of mine can you please email me (ask Picture Stockton for my email address) so I can get in touch.

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  168. I remember the claggy well, remember the pinnacle of clay that was standing in the middle we nicknamed it table top mountain it was our stronghold when the lads came over from Portrack to nick our bondy, I have been to a number of school reunions and although ive seen pictures of the football teams from tilery school ive never seen one of the school itself as anyone got one they could post on this site. Are your fingers still stinging 6 of the best but where you ever out of bounds again,I remember being prefect and my duty was to catch late comers sneaking in by Jack Temples gate (the caretaker) but I never had the heart to report Jimmy Nelson remember him?

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  169. There are two very detailed reproduction maps of Stockton from the late 1890″s which are published by Alan Godfrey Maps, 57 Spoor Street, Dunston, Gateshead NE11 9BD, which I”ved used for my family history searches. They are “Durham Sheet 50.12” and “County Durham Sheet 50.16” and cost around £2 each. Areas like Tilery changed very little in layout from these maps until the times that are remembered on this website.

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  170. Michael & Keith Michael yes the “Claggy” not only the crane but the rope hauled tubs that took the clay up to the kilns at St. Annes? Got 6 of the best from Albert Griffiths, for trespassing “out of bounds” here. Keith please yes it”s an interesting thing that Stockton had two “gas works”. One near the station & one at Tilery at the back of the forge or was that just gas holders? Also yes please! particularly if “The Team” can manage, “old maps” would be great – regards Mike

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  171. I too was born in Tilery (Routledge Street)and look forward to seing any old maps that could be displayed. I remember the gardens opposite our house we used to cut through to the “Claggy” a great place to play. The crane that used to dig out the clay for the brickworks.

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  172. I have a number of complete maps of Tilery – Portrack – Gashouse and Stockton Station areas dating back to circ 1930ish and maybe further back. They show all the old streets and their names prior to mass demolition. I will dig them out and see if the Picture Stockton can do anything with them.

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  173. I was born in Thompson street round the gas works area right next door to the gas works to be precise, I remember the penny a ride and the rag and bone man, I remember lightowler the fruit man with his horse and cart, I remember the shops on tilery road and i went to tilery road school from abt 1964 to 1967. We didn”t have electricity but we had gas lights and I too remember going next door to the gas works with my older sisters to get the cinders for the fire. hard times but happy times they were.

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  174. I lived at Ragworth as a child and can certainly remember the “Penny Long Ride” doing the rounds of Doncaster Cresent and Dumbarton Avenue it used to be absolutly packed, but talking about remembering can anyone remember the old “Empire building” that once stood on the sight of the now Swallow hotel. Was it a huge arched entrance? Can anyone remember shops in it and was one an Ice cream shop. Looking forward to any answers

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  175. CAN ANYONE REMEMBER THE RAG AND BONE MAN AND PENNY FOR A RIDE – IT WAS WHAT SEEMED A BIG CART AND IF YOU PAID EXTRA YOU COULD RIDE WITH THE DRIVER IT USED TO BE FANTASTIC ALSO PRICES SHOP BIT LIKE ARKWRIGHTS ON THE TELLY

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    • Yes it was Ronnie Lightowler, he also sold fruit and veg, he lived with his father Geordie and his sister Maggie.
      They lived at number 9 Lucy Street, they had a dog called Paddy and the horse was called Alexander the Great

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  176. My father”s family lived in Carlisle Street, Tilery during the 1920″s. Does anybody have photographs of this street, or old maps of Tilery before most of the houses were demolished ?

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  177. Does anyone remember my nana Sarah Burns? My mother Jean Burns. Norman and Susan who lived in Compton Street. It was my mams nana who had the fish shop.

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  178. I was interested to look at what Tilery would have looked like when I was born in 1960. My mam and dad bought a house, in 14 Compton Street. They had to save very hard to get the deposit of £50. My mam always said the neighbours were always there for her especially Mrs Mazzey. It was a sad day when they had to knock the houses down. We probably moved to luxury when my mam and dad got a council house in Hardwick 1961, Electric lights and a bathroom. My dad always says Im a Tilery lass due to me being the only one born in their beloved first home.

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  179. I was brought up in Tilery, and please correct the mistake, that is TILERY ROAD not STREET, the picture shows looking towards Norton Road, Hills doors at the end

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  180. Hello I live in Australia and somtimes we are lucky enough to have family send over a copy. I love the stories as I am able to get to know my heritage a lot better and show my children as well. My family history goes way back in Stockton On Tees. I have often heard my mother Joan Oliver speak of Tilery street as she lived in Headlam she says they where the good old days when the horse and cart came round you got your veggies and my grandmother Rita Oliver nee Umpleby would get a block of ice. They had the outside loo and you would cut up the paper for it if you were lucky. They didnt have a lot but they never went with out.  Sorry about that Tilery Road not Tilery Street, my grandfather Arthur Oliver used to manage the workers club.

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      • Hi Sylvia, my name is Lynn Oliver, Arthurs daughter, I remember your husband Shorty he knocked about with my brother also Arthur. I remember the day they knicked off school and were on the common and my mam walked straight passed them she was going to Well’s fish shop. Happy memories.

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      • Would that be the Jacky (shorty) Long who went to Tilery School and did an apprentiship as a jockey? My name is Derek Oliver and I left school in 1953, I lived in Swainby Road until 1959 when I joined the army. I have lived in Australia since 1981.

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  181. After researching my family tree I have found that my mother”s family came from Tilery Street and my husband”s family came from Tilery Street going back to 1889.

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  182. Looking at Tilery Road I remember the Home Made Shop, and the Tilery Club, also Burns Fish Shop, I attended Tilery School from 1952 – 1962.

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  183. I read Bill Lambert”s comments about life in the Tilery Road area. Like him I was born and lived in a terraced house in Hutchinson Street and like him had an outside toilet and no bathroom. Even worse was the absence of any water in the house at all. Off we went down to the only tap…………..at the bottom of the yard!

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  184. I have just received your great website via my sister in Stockton and must say it has brought back many memories. I grew up in Tilery, went to school there and worked in Furness Shipbuilding at Haverton Hill.I can remember going to the ” Gashouse ” to get cinders for the fire and the best fish and chips in the world at Wells fish shop.An outside toilet and no bath, those were the days !!

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  185. No-one in Tilery Road would have had a car, especially one as flash as that. I assume this shows a visit from the doctor – a very rare event these days but fairly common in the fifties and sixties.

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    • This car actually belonged to the house it’s parked out-side… Burns… If I remember correctly was the family name and it was a luxury he purchased after severe leg injuries following a works accident.
      John L.

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      • It was my grandads house the car is parked outside, Marshal Henry Burns. The car belonged to my uncle Raymond Burns he had his leg amputated in a works accident he is no longer with us now. Jennifer Wallace, Gwen Burns daughter

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      • The car belong to my uncle. Raymond Burns purchased it after having his leg amputated in a works accident. My grandfather lived at 76 Tilery Road his name was Marshal Henry Burns known as ‘fish burns’ as he also had a fried fishshop.

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