Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill.

A view of the War memorial on Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton.A row of terraced houses with advertisements on the gable end of a house in Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton.Street lights and telegraph poles in Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton.

412 thoughts on “Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill.

  1. I lived in Drake Street, worked in Furness Shipyard and know one or two of the aforementioned.
    For anyone interested I’ve written a book concerning Haverton Hill and some of its then residents, it’s on Amazon (kindle e-books) titled A Time on the Hill.

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    • Vague memories of a man known as “Anti” who had a general dealers shop in HH or maybe PC. A chainsmoker who always had a Woodbine in his mouth.
      This would be late 40s/ early 50s. Ring any bells.

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  2. Does anyone remember a Thomas Street in Port Clarence?

    Just found out tonight that our family (on the Wilson side) moved from Clarence Street to 24 Thomas St, Clarence, Billingham, Durham – according to a census from 1881

    List of people there:
    Martha Wilson Head
    James Wilson Son
    Kezia E Wilson Daughter
    John T Wilson Son
    Sarah Wilson Daughter
    Wilfred Wilson Son
    Sam Wilson

    Seems the father, William, died between 1871 and 1881

    My grandfather (James W Wilson) ended up in Chester Street, Cargo Fleet. I was born in the same street.

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  3. Does anybody know where the plaque from 3 Cambridge Terrace has gone and why they demolished the house? Thank you

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  4. I’m looking for anyone who remembers George and Margaret Gatenby they left Haverton Hill when my dad was a child probably 1930 or 40’s so would love to know where exactly he lived. Sadly passed away a long time ago.

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  5. I lived in high clarence read some stories about the clarences quite a few tales missed outlike the lad who nearly lost his leg on the railway turntable also no mention of the air raid shelter opposite high clarence shops Bill strange building aboat at the back of bell street many more tales to tell

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    • Melvyne Wilson lost his leg below his knee messing around on those sidings, he lived in Bell St. The Strange family also lived in Bell St.

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  6. I lived at 48 Collingwood Road, Haverton Hill from 1954-1962 when our house was demolished and we moved to Billingham. The local shops on Belasis Avenue were Taylors and Allen’s I used to walk to school with Brian Allen together with our mums we would pass the Post office which was on Belasis Ave about 100 yds before DAF lorry place now. There was a Library on Belasis Ave just before you turn right now at DAF place. My granddad was a doorman/committee man at the Top House or Club “George Green” my Gran was Margaret they used to live in 46 Collingwood Road, We used to go on a summer outing from the Club usually just to Seaton by Bus and us kids were handed pocket money usually about 5 shillings which seemed like a fortune to us we used to sit on the beach and build sandcastles and grandparents and aunts would me sat in deck chairs while men went to the pub. Dinner was chips eaten out of paper which usually had sand in them and I remember they tasted good. We had lots of rides on the amusements a good day out was had by all.

    My mothers name was Ivy (Taylor)Archer and my dad Billy I remember their friends from accross the road Chuck and Thelma and their kids emigrated to Australia about 1960 for £10. My Gran use to take in lodgers from ICI I remember when I was about 6 one of them broke his leg and could not go home for Christmas so he stayed over and joined in New Year celebrations. My mothers brother my uncle Totty and his family lived in number 44 Collingwood road so we had plenty of family around us. Our next door neighbour’s at 50 were called Dodds they had a daughter and a son I remember the son I think his name was Norman had been to Billingham to babysit for his sister and he was knocked of his bike and killed on the way home this was the first time someone I knew died if he came home from work early and his mum was out he used to lift me through the kitchen window to open the door for him.
    I remember the local Policeman Sargent Elliot he would give any naughty boys a clip round the ear and go and report to their mums and dads.

    I went to Haverton Hill school in the village but don’t remember much I started in 1959 when I was 5 and the toilets were outside and very dark. We used to eat our school dinners at our desks. We would line up get out dinner and take it back to our classroom. Our teacher sat at her desk which was near fire at front of classroom and it was a tall desk so she could see everyone.

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    • Hi Beryl, I have been wracking my brains trying to remember your Archer family.. we must have known each other, we lived at 54 Collingwood Road and our next-door-but-one neighbour was Mrs. Dodds (mam called her “Dodsie”). I don’t remember about her son being killed, how sad! Dodsie was with my mam when my brother was born, she had a distinctive voice and I remember hearing it during the night. Happy times in Collingwood Road – we moved to Hawke Street when I was about 9 or 10 to be closer to the school. I remember walking to school too – or should I say running, cos we were always late and you’d be in trouble with the teacher. Teachers were Miss Caborne, Miss Dinsdale, Miss Kelsey, Miss White, headmaster was Mr. Taylor (lovely mam who smoked a pipe).

      I am wondering if you would have been in my class? My friends were Jean Harvey (lived on Leven Street, she helped Mrs. Marley at the sweetshop opposite the Post Office. My other friend was Judith Allott whose dad was Post Master. Other girls I remember: Barbara Hamlett, Christine Barron, there were 3 Margarets (Cavannah was one of them), Lynn Rossinelli (her dad was Jewish and had a shop on Clarence Road (I think?). I also went to GFS at St. John’s Church Hall and remember going to the hut (think it was Victory Hall? which was near the Railway Line in the village) for Saturday morning kids movies, loved it!

      I too remember the outdoor toilets and the cloakroom with the hand basins to wash hands. It was across the corridor from the teachers office where me and Jean Harvey would make the huge bowls of different coloured jellies for the Christmas Parties and the teachers tea (good perk especially when it was freezing outside!). Remember playing rounders on the school field and doing the “Gay Gordons” in gym class (the partitions would be pulled back and you had to dance with a boy) haha. Hated assemblies.. remember having to be taken outside on more than one occasion cos I was feeling sick, think it was nerves? Still remember the smell of the floor polish in the hall. One of the school secretaries was my babysitter when we lived at Frederick Terrace (moved when I was 6?) – her name was Rita.

      Those are my memories of Haverton Hill, well some of them! Happy times when kids could play outside until dark and be safe, riding on bogies without brakes and roller skating until your knees were skinned and bleeding, playing on the “Bendy”. I remember being so sad when the houses were demolished and we had to move to Billingham in 1968/9. Great place to grow up! I tell my kids all the time about it all – they had a totally different childhood growing up in Alberta, Canada and Vancouver Island, BC.

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      • I remember Miss Cabourne her beetle car which was called “Happy” and the other teachers you mentioned however I think I was in the year above you the the other names you mentioned Jean Harvey and Barbara Hamlet were in my younger sister’s Carole’s class. Do you remember Irene Robinson she was and still is a very tall girl and her and my sister are still close friends they are an odd couple as my sister is only 4ft 11inches and Irene is over 6ft they were also an odd pair at school.
        I also tell my son’s how we used to play outside games in the street and my mum used to join in. Do you remember Mrs Parker she was the first one in the street to have a fridge freezer and used to sell us ice lollies she made for 1p. Also the fish man who used to come once a week with fresh fish sold of the back of a flat cart pull by a horse. We also went fishing in the beck at the end of Collingwood road for sticklebacks. I used to take my sister Carole and brother Billy to the pictures in the hut in the village it gave mum a chance to get some housework done without us around.
        When we moved to Billingham my mum did a interview on our doorstep for The Billingham Express and they put a picture of her holding my youngest brother Tony who was about two at the time and the headline was “Haverton Hill Refugees” she did not like were we went one neighbour was ex councilor and the other grew flowers for Billingham show and I don’t thing they liked a family with four children moving in. There was not the close community atmosphere like we had in Haverton Hill. We went to Pentland School in Billingham then onto Campus “Davy Hall”. My children never got the chance to play in street I always had their friends in the house or garden. Even when they grew up I had lodgers quiet a lot. I drive along Belasis Avenue to take my four year old granddaughter to Seaton and I have told her I used to live in a house one what now has some pipes and small industrial site.
        At the time we moved we were told it was so ICI could expand which did not happen I have recently read an article which says we were moved because of polution for chemical works. My father died with brain tumour and my young sister has had treatment for cancer so maybe it was good they moved us.

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        • Hi I never lived in Haverton (I now live in Billingham) but I promised a friend I would try and trace (Catholic) school photos from the 1940’s. I can’t find any but can anyone remember my friend Kathleen nee Kelly Gortowski from her growing up in Haverton? My late neighbour Mary nee Hall Shaw was a midwife there and proudly told me of her many deliveries. She could remember the pollution literally melting her nylons as she cycled to new mothers in to 1950’s. I thought she was exaggerating, but I’ve been told it was true Just as well it’s been cleaned up – but why couldn’t it be cleaned up without moving people out? Everyone who lived there (and Port Clarence) seems to have such lovely memories. ICI and other chemical companies have a lot to answer for. I lived in Norton as a child and remember the pongs when the wind was blowing the wrong way from ICI!

          Anyone remember Kath?

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          • Hello

            I have a number of Haverton Hill school photos from the 1940s and 1950s, some are just marked Haverton Hill School and none specify which school, if you are interested ask Picture Stockton for my email and I will send them on to you.

            Bruce

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            • I’m George Morris of 43 st Vincent St HH and went to the local HH school.
              I was born 1938. Would like a copy of your school pictures please.

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            • Hi Bruce, I have just read your comment about having Haverton Hill school photos from the 40’s and 50’s. I would love to have any pictures at all please! I was Carole Huzzard (now Duff) and went to Haverton Hill School from 1959-1966. My dad, Vic Huzzard, would have been there from 1935 until 1944/5 and my mam (Patricia Laing) was at St. Gerards from 1938 until 1947/8.

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      • I remember Jean Harvey. My parents bought the Marley shop and Jean worked there. Also knocked about with the Harvey twins, Peter and Paul and knew Lynne. My dad was Kevin Greenley, same as me, and he had the barbers shop near the old ice rink. Mam is Kath, still living in Stockton, brother is Mike. Remember the Harvey’s, Tommy Luke and Winker Watson. My Dads uncle Tommy Donnelly lived Hawke Street. Good days!

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        • Kevin cut my hair many times, I had to get the bus from down the Port, always a magazine to read while you waited, a very nice man.

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      • Did you know Margaret Middlewood or David Middlewood? from haverton School. They lived at #2 Windsor Street right across the street from the school.

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      • Hi Thomas long time since we left Haverton I have not gone far I now live in Norton. I have two sons William and Robert who are both married William and his Wife Helen have just had a baby three weeks ago named Benjamin and Robert and his wife Lindsay have a lovely daughter Tabitha. Sadly both mam and dad never lived to see. How is you family and what area do you live in now?

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    • Hi Beryl, I’m tottys oldest daughter Pam, long time no speak what you wrote brings back memories, hope to get in touch soon

      Pam Jackson (nee Taylor)

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      • Hi Pam, missed your comment only found this site by accident it would be nice to keep in touch as I have told Tom is their a way of exchanging email address?

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    • Hi my name is Ann (Gardiner) we lived at 25, Collingwood Rd, I lived there from 53 to 58, then moved to Billingham, then back to High Clarence about a year after.

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  7. would like to know if anyone might know of my Dad or maybe of someone that might know of someone who might, His name was George Statham born 1931. He has sadly passed away and we didn’t ask him enough about his family history.

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  8. Hi, can anyone remember the Carrick family. I believe they lived on cottage street??? Heleena, Mark (known as ted), Marian. I’ve been trying to find out about where they lived but can’t seem to find any reference or maps with cottage street on.

    Thanks Jody

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    • I remember the carricks they lived next door to my grandma and granddad think it was 61 Cowpen Beauly Road their names were Reginald and lillian Toft

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  9. My name was Maria de Crescenzo does anyone remember me? I went to St Gerards in Haverton Hill lived at no 48 Howard Crescent 1965/69

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    • Hello Maria, your name seems to ring a bell with me. Do you remember any of the Mccalls? Ray, the oldest had bad feet. Clive, Ian, Stewart, Malcolm. Or maybe you might know my younger sisters, Ann or Olwyn?

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      • Hello Maria I went to Haveron Hill School and Davy Hall Campus with your brother Stewart. My name was Maureen Barber back then. We lived in Hawke Street. Think he was friends with Terry Moody.

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    • Maria, I think I remember your surname now. My younger sister, Bernadette McCall had a relationship with Gerry de Crecsenzo. They had 4 children..3 boys and a girl. Bernie was forced to put her daughter up for adoption. Something that made her really ill and she has never got over it. Are you any relation to him?

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  10. I lived at 9 Cleveland Ave, Haverton Hill, Billingham. I was born in 1944 and left in 1958. I remember the Rose family, the Tingles, the Hansons, and the Mellons. Anyone know them? I went around Billingham a few years back, and was so upset to see where I was brought up had just disappeared, so sad.

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    • I remember all the people you mention, but not you, Bobby Tingle was in my class at school, I lived in Rosedale Grove, we left in 1955 to live in Billingham next door to the Davis family,—remember them Keith and Maureen.

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    • Hi Joan
      I’m Tony Gamble from Bilsdale Grove – I do remember the Tingles and Mellons, I worked with Taggy Mellon in the shipyard

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      • Hi Tony, my Aunt Agnes,worked in the shipyards, so did my dad, John Bendelow, but we left Billingham, and lived in Newcastle since. Thank you for replying.

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  11. Hi anybody out there who went to St. Gerard’s when A.C. English and John Kearney were teachers and remembers Paul Brown?

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    • yes I was in Mr Kearneys class – Kathleen Mcmanus, your name rings a bell . I was a twin – Marjorie is her name

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    • Hi Paul, I went to St. Gerard’s, when A.C. English & John Kearney were there. JK used to throw the blackboard duster at us, lol. Can’t remember the number of our house in Cleveland Ave, we were near the end, the school was at the top of the hill, the names I remember are the Cotterells, Morgans & the Buckleys. My name is David Butler.

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  12. I lived in 4 Leven Street from birth 1965 until 1976 (the end of Leven Street)
    in number 5 was the Leadbeaters, no.3 was the Knightons and no.1 was the Devlins.

    Anyone knew the Lavericks from Haverton? Eric was my uncle but more concerned with my mothers (Joyce Laverick) parents. I’m Will McManus.

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  13. Great site first visit but it won’t be my last. Lots of names I remember. I was born at 24 Hawke Street in 1939 once again great site

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      • Hi I was at 15 St Vincent Street 1938 and my brother Albert was a year younger than me. my dad and grand dad worked at Furness Shipyard during the war and after I remember a Freddie Cooper and the Wrays

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    • Freddie you must have known my late dad Matt Teasdale born 1930 pat 16 Hawker street, his younger sister Brenda was probably your age and they had a baby brother Alan. my grandad and grandma were Tot and Madge.

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      • I remember Mattie well he lived near me in Allendale Road until he sadly passed away a couple of years ago. I knew Brenda and Alan his younger brother as well

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    • Freddie. Your name is familiar. I’m George Morris of St Vincent’s street HH.
      May have gone to Haverton Hills boys school with you? I was born born April 2nd 1938. (April 2nd date of your comment!)

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      • Hi there, a bit of a long shot but I had relatives that lived at 38 Vincent Street – Felix & Elizabeth Cooling, I am wondering if they were still around when you lived there? He worked I am guessing for ICI?

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      • David, I remember you but mainly your mother who was always kind to me. Fanny used to ask me in and sit me in front of the blazing coal fire with a drink and a cake. We lived a few doors away from you and family name is Dowdle. I was know as Roni.

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        • Hi Roni Dowdle. I haven’t seen you since 1959 when we left school. My name is Peter King I lived on Belasis Ave. opposite Featherstons shop, I remember your Brian and Dennis.

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    • Hi I remember you Fred. I was born in 1938 in St Vincent Street my name is Margaret Glenn my brother is Albert we went to Haverton Hill School, dad and grandad worked at the Furness shipyard and my brother Bill played football, lots of memories. I now live in Australia I emigrated with husband Ken Gretton in 1963. Hope you get this post.

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  14. Superb memories here. I was born in number 9 next to the Royal, and our family, like so many others moved to Cowpen Estate (Devon Crescent) Dad worked for years at the ICI

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  15. John kelly I lived at 5 Hood Crescent with my 2 sisters Ann and Mary. I left in 1965 to join the Navy, I went to St Gerards School then St Michaels. My nickname was ‘Ginna’ Kelly if anyone remembers us please get in touch.

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    • Hi John this is one of your next door neighours’ – one of the Brown’s – Paul.
      I am here visiting my sister Margaret who lives in Carlton and doing some research. I live in Germany and our older sister Terry is also here from Canada and resettling here somewhere in the NE.
      Do you have any old photos or bricks for sale?

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  16. Does anyone remember the Overton family, we lived in Beach Terrace, Mum (Janet or known as Jenny) John, Walter, Maureen and me Janet, we moved to Billingham in 1955 ish, sadly John and Maureen have passed away.

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    • I remember the Overtons living in oxford tce. I new John Walter and Maureen
      Maureen was a big friend of my cousin Pam Davis. You must be quite young
      as I do not remember you.

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    • There was a Mr and Mrs Overton who lived in Malvern Road Billingham in the 70`s, near to Grampian Rd junction, then the moved further up Malvern near the Pentland junction, good friends of my mam Mary, Mrs Overton used to organise days out/coach trips, if its the same one

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    • I knew John Overton – I lived at 15 St Vincent Street Haverton Hill
      I was born in 1938 and went to Haverton Hill girls school also worked for Bob Durham Transport

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  17. Does anyone know of the Allen family from Port Clarence ?
    My mother is Patricia, her sister included Celia, Sheila, Margaret, Mal, Mary plus 3 others.
    I am interested in tracing my roots!

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    • I think I knew Patty Allen who lived just close to Samphire Street…
      My family lived in Saltview Terrace and before that in Crosby Terrace.
      Patricia was at St Thomas’ school. My aunt was Miss Kernan who became headmisress in the 1960’s.
      I now live in Paris….
      Paul Kennedy

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  18. Have loved reading all your comments have brought back such happy memories. Does anyone remember Delma and Margaret Donnelly? We lived at 19 Victoria Terrace between 1936 and 1952.

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    • My mothers’ family lived in Victoria Terrace in the 1930’s…this was the Kernan family living in 13 Victoria Terrace I think…
      I remember Eddy Donnelly and his brothers…
      Still see Eddy in Billingham although I live in Paris.

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      • This is a long shot, but did the Kernans go to Port Clarence from Workington? My relative was Mary Margaret nee Devlin married to John Kernan and they had two daughters Mariea and Gertrude. Sadly Mary died in Port Clarence 1924 she was my grandfathers sister.

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        • Hello Patricia,

          Yes, the Kernans did move from Workington (Harrington) to Port Clarence. Mary Margaret and John were my grandparents. They had five children, Kathleen, Gertrude, James (my father), Hilda and Jackie. Kathleen who may have been called Marie Kathleen died before I was born (1941) and so I never knew her.

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        • Hi Patricia,
          Do you have any information on your grandfather? John Kernan was my grandfather and was married to Margaret Devlin.

          I am now living in Paris but have a UK number which Picture Stockton will pass on if you want to chat…

          I do know that the family lost 2 sons in the battle of the Somme in 1916. (Francis and Peter). They are buried in France and are mentioned on Thiepval monument in the Somme.

          Paul Kennedy

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        • Gertrude was my teacher at St Thomas’s in Port Clarence she taught there for thirty odd years and is buried in Low Grange cemetery. I believe Jimmy Kernan who lived down next to Morleys pub was a relative.

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    • Hi Nephew,
      Yes they were a lovely family, Ran the top house in the mid 50’s. If only bricks and mortar could talk what stories that pub could tell!
      If you look on Google earth map’s the pub is still there most of the perimeter walls are gone, the yard was very large containing stables,storage building and the men’s urinal which I had to hose out many mornings..

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  19. Hello does anyone know anything about the O’Brien family that lived on Bell Street in Port Clarence from around the 1920s until the 1950s? The only names I know are William O’Brien and his son Joseph Thomas O’Brien who was born in 1924.

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  20. My late Mum Joan Stringer, lived at Haverton with my Grandparents, Jane and John Stringer, and her 2 sisters Margaret and Dorothy, can anyone remember them?

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  21. I was born and lived in 20 Hawke Street 1960-1968, does any body remember the Wray family? My Dad George was a shipwright at the shipyard

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    • Yes they lived on Marlborough road, I knew the Thorpe’s too ( if related ) Desi, Brian and Dennis, the latter was in my class at Haverton school.

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    • Hello
      I don’t remember the Hatton family at Haverton Hill but I do know Colin very well, did you know that he wrote a book about Haverton Hill? , it is a very good read,
      Colin lives in Marton, two of his sisters Betty and Barbara live in Billingham and his other sister Dorothea lives in York, Colin was an engineer with Power Gas and travelled all over the world with his job, he is now retired and gives talks to local groups and societies on The Great War, this is how I got to know him, I now create slide shows to go with his talks. I know Colin has a photograph of a class of the 1950’s at Haverton Hill school, I will try and get hold of it and send it to Picture Stockton.

      Both sides of my family lived in Haverton Hill, my mothers family came from Kent to get work and they lived in Ash Street and Beech Street or Road, I’m not too sure which, before settling in the Cowpen Estate, my fathers family lived in Cleveland Avenue and the eldest son Bill lived in Rosedale Road, my mothers family name was Leek and my fathers was Coleman, across the road from my fathers house lived Louise Madden, she is now my Step Mother In Law.

      I have been trying to get in touch with one of your contributors “Billy Corking” through Friends Reunited recently without any luck, if you see this Bill ask Picture Stockton for my email as I have a photograph you might like to see.

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      • I have Colin’s very interesting book and it’s got so many memories of Haverton Hill. I lent it to a colleague (from HH) who lives down here in Hertfordshire. He’s trying to get one. Anyone know where?
        Our family George and Amy Morris (parents) and me and my sister lived in St Vincents street.
        George Morris

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        • Hi – a friend has just told me that surprisingly lots of old documents and birth marriage and death details from Haverton and Port Clarence have gone to Hartlepool archive (at the library next to ‘the ramp’). They are very helpful so good luck.

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      • I’m finding it difficult to get on to the right Stockton Picture site, and your brother and I used knock about with the Cotswold crowd, I don’t hear anything
        Of Ronnie Scott (also from Graythorp) who moved to Hartlepool.

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  22. I used to knock about with potrisher her father was a vicar at St Johns Church, Haverton Hill on the Sunday I used to go. My name was Ingrid Allan,now Clark. Her father used to make me sandwiches to eat on the way home. I HOPE some one knows of her. We had good times together.

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  23. Does anyone remember William Thomas Gill or Mary Ann Gill from Haverton hill? We were told he owned houses in Haverton Hill and died from a motorbike accident. Mary Ann Gill moved to Cowpen and a daughter called Constance Gill and a son called Harry Gill.

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  24. Many of you who were born in Haverton may have been delivered by my great Auntie Mary Shaw (Nee Hall). She was a local midwife. Does any body remember the Halls? George and Helen with all their children. George worked in the shipyard.

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    • Mary was midwife when I was pregnant, I lived in Rodney Street. I remember the Hall family and their daughter, I think she was called Jean and owned a Guest Houae on Norton Road. Don’t know if she still does. I remember seeing her Dad there as I worked at the home next door.

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      • Hi Dad, didnt know you came on this site 🙂 Don’t forget Aunty Mary delivered our John at home in St Vincent street.

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      • Anyone remember me, George Morris (born 1938) 43 St Vincents St. HH . I have a sister Dorothy. I was the paper boy. Went to HH school boys school. Left about 1953. Joined Coldstream guards in 1955 now live in Hertfordshire.
        My mate was Bill Collier from Marlborough road. My sister lived no 3 ?Marlborough Road when she got married to Jack Page. He was an ICI tanker driver.
        Mam .. Amy Morris worked in the fish shop. Dad worked at ICI after 30 yrs in Army. Dad used to go in the ‘middle house’ pub!!
        I also sang in the Haverton church choir!!
        I’d be pleased to hear from anyone who knows me.

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        • I remember you George, I’m from Hartlepool, it was my granda and nana Collier who lived in Marlborough St., my grandad was the groundsman on the sports field opposite the house, spent most of my summer holidays in Haverton Hill all through 50’s and 60’s, Bill was my uncle who worked in the shipyard. He married Janet and had three daughters and a son, Debbie Dawn Janice and Brian, I’m Bob the son of his older sister Mary who married Jack Christal. Sadly Bill passed away six months ago, but was good to hear a name so familiar in my childhood, brought back memories, hope you and yours are well.

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          • Robert. Good to hear from you. I did know my mate Bill had died.. Was very sad about that. He was a great character and still miss him. We had many a good night out! Often had to walk over the Transporter late at night because the bridge was closed when we’d been to Middlesbro.. Were at Bill and Janet’s wedding… must be over 56 years ago now as ours was 55 yrs!
            Bill married Janet from the South and I married Maureen from London and still live down here but in Welwyn Garden City now.
            We know all their children and spent many good times with them when we visited from London. We still keep in touch with Janet and Dawn. They know where we live.
            Was it your mam who sang? I remember staying in Hartlepool with one of Bill’s family many a night when I couldn’t get back to Haverton caused by one thing or another!
            I had a motor bike a Norton Dominator and showing off one day went through the fencing around the sports field. The fence suffered more than I did.

            Good memories of Haverton and Bill and Janet… I remember Eileen too.
            When you see Bill’s family say Hello from me.

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          • Hope you’e keeping well Robert. Dawn told us she had recently married. Said Janet was in Australia visiting Brian.
            Your nanna was a great lady. Always remember her lovely white hair!
            You can get my email from Dawn or this site if you want to keep in touch.
            all the best George

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    • Im a Hall and all my family came from Haverton hill. My dad and his brother are Bill & Alan Hall son’s of Ernie & Nora Hall, Mary Shaw ( Hall ) was my Grandads ( Ernie Hall ) sister George was my grandad’s brother and they both worked in the shipyard. My nana & grandad lived on marlbrough road and we lived on the corner of St Vincent street.

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    • My oldest son (John) was delivered by Mary Hall with doctor Abel who lived in Cowpen Village this took place in 22 Hawke Street.

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    • George was a shipwright ,had a son Brian. My dad,and brother John worked there.

      John,lives near Beverly,Yorkshire,I live in Ontario,Canada.

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  25. I’ve just found the will of a John Trotter in 1904 who either owned or lived in “Clarence Hotel”. Would anyone have any information about this hotel?

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    • Jackie I would love you to contact me, so we could meet up. Please ask Picture Picture Stockton for my email your sis Joan.xx

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      • I’ve just seen this today my god I’ve tried contacting you I’ll try and contact Picture Stockton or you can add me on FB

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    • Yes I knew Martha, she was a lovely lady, she took me in when I was about 16-17. My dad lived with her, Jackie are you my dads daughter? I lost touch with you a long time ago, I got to meet your children, a boy and a girl, and your husband, I forgot their names, I would love to see you again, please get in touch. Joan.xx

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  26. Does anyone remember Caygill family? We had the Fish and Chip Shop in Haverton Hill, we then moved on to Billingham where we had a Newsagents in Windleston Road. My name is Susan, I am the youngest of three daughters, there was also Ann and Freda. My Mam and Dad were called Margaret and Robert.

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    • Yes, I remember Caygill’s very well, and Ashton’s fish shop next door (I went to the Convent in Hatlepool with their girls, Liz was in my year) and the Co-op on the other side (even remember my mam’s ‘divi’ number! I used to go to your mam and dad’s shop, (with my old penny pocket money) and buy the smallest Cadbury’s chocolate bar you could get! I lived in Hardwick Road round the corner from Windlestone, from 1956 to 1972 but it seemed miles to walk…

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    • I remember the Caygills fish and chip shop but can’t remember how many fish and chip meals I had from there! I remember the name Susan but can not put a face to the name.

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      • Hi Bill, the best and I think only fish and chips in Havo. I was the youngest of the 3 girls, Ann, Freda and me Susan, I was the little GOOD LOOKING one, hee hee hee. Can you remember Marley’s sweet shop opposite or near the pictures? We used to go to the flickS on a saturday for the matinee, somehow ‘Zorro’ springs to mind.

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    • I remember your family well although only remember you as a baby. My name is Denise née Little and my parents had a shop called Elsie Liddell Ltd. in The Circle. We moved there in 1950 from York where my Dad had been a policeman. My sister Sheila was a friend of Ann and I used to play with your sister Freda. I remember your tiny ferocious dog too that took a chunk out of my ankle! I have several photos of us all playing together when we were kids and one including your Dad although I have absolutely no idea where we were at the time – maybe a picnic outing. I remember being quite fascinated by your Dad’s chipping machine! Loved his fish and chips and the free ‘scraps’ in return for a stack of newspapers – heaven in a paper cone, I don’t suppose the diet police would allow it now!

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      • I remember my sister Freda used to be your mate. How wonderful. Where do you live now Deniese? I also remember your Mams shop, also Doc Omalleys and Eva Lowerys cake shop too. Good memories. I the dog Monty was a villian he used to wait for the ship yard kicking out to chase one or two on there way home. Freda would love to contact you if you would care to. Please ask for my email address from Picture Stockton.

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        • HI, I have just stumbled on this site and am amazed! I’m Karen (nee) O’Malley. My father was Dr O’Malley. My sister and I have just been talking about the ‘Old Days’ and thought we might find something to jog our memories. It brought a smile to my face reading all about where we used to live. In my family there wer 3 girls. Tricia, (who sadly passed away last year,) Jenny who lives in London and me (the youngest). We lived in Haverton till 1958 then moved up to Billingham. I went to St Josephs in Hartlepool.

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          • Karen Blenkharn, I have fond memories of your dad (I was actually a wee bit scared of him when I was a little girl and my mam would take me to see him at the surgery on Belasis Ave, no idea why, he was a man of few words and wore glasses like me). I remember my mam refused to see Doctor Hunter, always waited for Dr. O’Malley. He delivered me and my siblings at home, one of which was a very difficult full breach baby. My mam had full faith in him and refused to go to the hospital for the birth. He was our family doctor until he retired? from the Marsh House surgery. I have such fond memories of life in Haverton Hill too, was born there in 1954 until our family was moved to Low Grange.

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            • HI Carol. I’ve only just looked at this site again and found your reply! Thank you! You are only 3 years younger than I am. I was born in 1951 in London but we came up to Haverton HIll where dad set up the surgery. Thank you so much for your kind comments about my dad.

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          • Dr O’Malley was my doctor he had surgery with Dr Abel in Haverton until they moved to Billingham estate. My name is Margaret Gretton née Glenn from St Vincent St. I live in Australia now.

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      • Hello , Denise, I went to school with your sister Sheila, at the convent in Hartlepool. I also stayed at your place in Haverton Hill with you all. I would love to be in touch with Sheila!? My name was Hilary Porter and I lived in Greatham near Hartlepool. I now live in Valencia, Spain.

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    • Yes, I remember the Caygill’s fish and chip shop and Dr O’Malley’s nearby. I think I was in the same class as Freda at the primary school. We lived at the Queen’s Head Hotel from around 1953-1957. An unforgettable experience!

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    • I remember you very well and your family. We lived at 23 The Circle Haverton Hill. My dad was Dr O’Malley. We moved to Billingham in 1958. I think I was brought up on fish and chips as you were only a couple of doors away from us! I’m Karen, the youngest of three girls. There was also the the bakery next door to us and on the other side was a haberdashery and wool shop owned by the Liddles. I went to St Josephs Convent in Hartlepool.

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  27. I was born in Rodney street in the late 1950s. I am lucky enough to have travelled to many places. But Haverton Hill will always be a place in my heart. The people were the most friendly you will ever come across. We moved to no 1 Harrow Terrace and later to Cambridge Terrace before moving to Billingham. I had great times living in the clarences and grew up with John Tindle and Geoff Robinson to name but a few. My late mam and dad, George and Olga Williams you couldn’t ask for better parents. I am nearing my retirement now and will be heading of to pastures new, Barcelona were my team the arsenal will be getting a good lesson in football! But the people of Haverton Hill and the Clarences will remain in my heart till I die.

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    • Hi Rob, I am Ian Robinson born on Leven Street my dad was Geoff Robinson, my mam Dorothy lived I think next door to Dr O’Mmally. Brothers are Les, Alan, Leonard and Frank, sisters Marie and Jean. Does anyone remember the Robinsons? I used to visit Mrs Moody if I recall.

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  28. My grandad and gran lived in Hawke Street, Haverton Hill. The Charlton family. My mum Minnie moved south to Cobham in Surrey. I was born Hawke street in 1946 but went south with mum. Grandad was called Chuck in the shipyard as was his son David Charlton. I scanned the Pictures to see if I could see any members of my family.

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    • My Grandad ‘Tot’ Teasdale, lived in Hawke Street and my dad, Matty used to talk about ‘Chuck’ Charlton, he has to be your Grandad. I was born in 1955 in the flat above Clarke’s Butchers in Hope Street. Sadly my Dad passed away in November 2011 and ‘Tot’ in 1982.

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        • I remember you Robert as you were then. You were always tinkering with a motor bike in the back yard if I remember rightly. I lived at 25 Hawke Street with my mum and dad Tom and Ruby Barber and younger sister Eileen. I was Maureen Barber back then.

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      • Hiya Bob Gibson, sorry I don’t get on this site very often and have just seen your response. Yes, Madge Trattles, was my lovely Gran. She died when I was 1 in 1956, she used to work in the Havo chippy.

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      • David Wray – I remember Tot marying Nora !!! they had their ‘do’ in the pub in Stockton High Street, (the ‘Vaux’? maybe you were there!) I must have been about 8 or 10 and my aunty Brenda (nee Teasdale then Carroll), taking me over to the market to buy me a manicure set to keep me quiet. Saldy both Brenda and my Dad Matt have passed away in the last two years.

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  29. Does anybody remember Alice Such the midwife? I am trying to find out what year she qualified. They lived in Cambridge Terrace, Uncle Jack such worked at the shipyard and my mum, the late Doris Tyler nee Such.

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  30. What an absolutely brilliant site. I lived in Billingham but had to travel through Haverton Hill by bus to get to work in Middlesbrough. I used to love coming home early on a Friday and see all the shipyard workers pile into the pubs – brilliant days. I was surprised to see Martin Durnion’s name mentioned, married to Mary Mulloy. Martin and I used to be in the Silvertones Jazz band – sorry if you’re reading this Martin and it’s embarrasssed you lol. I’ve lived in Guernsey since 1977 but was back in Billingham last year, went to take a look round Haverton and Port and was going to cross over on the Transporter but it was out of action due to repairs, very disappointing. Keep on posting things on this site it’s great.

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    • The Martin Durnion that was married to Mary Mulloy was my brother, he died in 1977 so maybe it was his son Martin Durnion who you were in the silvertones with?

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  31. My gran Alice Baker was born in Haverton Hill in 1910, her parents were Roger Baker and Sarah Jane Elliot from Port Clarence. Do you know any family history on the Baker family from Haverton Hill also the Elliott family from Port Clarence? Sadly my great grandmother died in 1911 when my gran was just few months old baby. All I know that my great grandfather was remarried to Mary Whalen (Berry) in 1935, he died in 1961. My gran left Haverton Hill for Dundee, Scotland for the jute job. She was married to Edward Brannen in 1930. I would be happy to hear from the Baker or Elliott relatives who would know about this family history. Please write me back. I am over in Canada. Thank you, cherrio Margaret Brannen.

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    • My family were all bakers from Port Clarence but lived in Sycamore Terrace, my gran was Florrie and dad was Ken, one of three brothers, the oher two being Maurice and Les.

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      • I remember Jenny Cartwright very well, also her sisters Andrea,and Margaret. I was born in Laburnum Grove and my family the Burnham’s loved the port still have cousins living in the port and will not leave. I now live in North Shields, have done since I was 15 but still class it as going home to visit family.

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      • Hi Veronica, my mam is Andrene and Jenny and Mag are my aunts. Good to hear that somebody remembers them. Andrene is still a great mam!

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    • Hello John I lived a few doors from George and Mary on Rosedale Grove. My mam and dad, Ray and Joan Green, sister Linda, brother Ray and me John used to be the Wedgwoods Nancy, Denise, Colin, Sandra, Dave, Denise, Chris and Ian. We used to have a black Labrador tied to the washing line, your mam would never come in the back garden the dog used Togo for her. Have you got any old photos of Haverton?

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  32. Nice bit of history in this photo as on the right is Port Clarence signal box which was knocked down in 1964, I was the last person to work a shift there, as I walked out of the door they bulldozed it down, thanks for that memory.

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    • Nice to know your still around mate, sad to hear about Arnie last time I was in the TUC. Taffy now living in Singapore, all the best to you Gordon.

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      • Good to hear from you Taffy, I hope your doing well, I’m doing well. It was tragic about Arnie he was so young and a good mate. All the best to you Taffy.

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    • Phil Elliott, Yes I remember Harry Meek well, I moved into Windsor street after getting married to Marion Fielding, I had a job as a joiner in the shipyard and had an old van that required constant attention and I went to the scrapyard to took for parts, Happy days.

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      • Hi Phil, it’s Maureen from Scarborough, originally from Howard Crescent, Haverton Hill. I seem to have misplaced the information I had of yourself e.g. email address, phone number etc. I changed my email address a few months ago and have not been able to retrieve the information. I would very much appreciate it, if you could contact me via this site please? Thank you.

        I was wondering wether or not you had found out any information regarding my grandad Tommy Walker?I have not had chance to speak to you since my marriage, and have been too busy looking up my dad Johnnie May’s ancestors. I ended up at Haverton Hill 2 weeks ago, broke down on A19 and were fortunate enough to be offered help from Robert McAlpine highways Incident Unit, we ended up at their depot at Haverton hill Yard. They were a great bunch of blokes, they couldn’t have been more helpful, really Good Samaritans.

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      • Hi Maureen, are you the family from Howard Crescent that were formerly called the Raynors? If so I remember 2 sisters and a brother called John who I became pals with, I would love to get in touch, all the best Tony Noble.

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    • Yes, His wife made my wedding cake. I am Ron Crosthwaite, I lived in 1 Willow Terrace High Clarence, I’m now living in Sydney Australia with my wife. 4 kids and , 8 grandkids.

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      • I remember you Ron and your sister. Your names were used to name your dads boat Ronlyn. His name was Sonny I think. The Snooks was where we had our boats and there used to be house boats further up the beach, The Lees, Wellfords, Iversons . I can remember also another couple of older people who had a boat called TekNaf,. he was an electrician in the shipyard.
        I now live in Ontario with my wife, our daughter lives in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

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      • Hi Ron, its Gloria. I am trying to find anyone who knew my father, Gerry McCall, and I find you instead. Hahaha. Small world indeed 😉

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      • I went also went to school with Joyce and left on the same day. I remember Bobby Gibson as he was in those days just as I was Billy Hall.

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    • I seem to remember that my Dad knew him. He was called Robert Caygill of the chip shop in Leven street commonly known as the circle.

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    • Yes I remember there was Wilf and Harry Meek. I also think I know your husband is it David or John? I used to live in Osbourne Street.

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  33. I am wondering if anyone might have known of my father George William Statham (Jones) born in Haverton Hill 9th May 1931.

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    • Hi Tina, I used to knock around with Richard, Harold and Tucker, and had some great times with Jacky. ask her if she remembers Steve (skemmy) Maughan

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  34. My Mam Audrey and Dad Fred Burrell ran and lived at the middle house (Wellington Hotel) for 5 years in the boom time of the shipyards. Lunchtime in the pub was always busy and Dad would have me and Mam pull the ‘bankers’ (half pints ready to top up) ready for the rush of workers from the shipyards. My Dad also worked for Bee-line Coaches at the time. I started my schooling in Haverton Hill and later moved to Port Clarence when they pulled the school down. I then had to walk down to the cenotaph to catch the bus to take me to Furness Seniors. Not long after the shipyards closed down we moved to Billingham. Reading all the comments brings back a lot of memories of events and people in the area, I remember a lot of lovely people living in Port Clarence and grew up with many of them, good memories!

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  35. Mervyn Booth – Your Nan was my Great Nana – Eliza Povey (Fisher) – The family moved there some time before 1901. John and Eliza lived further down this road on Queen’s Terrace with 3 boys under 5. John worked as a steel smelter and later a Wheel Charger. Looking at the census records, most of the men in this area worked in the steel works at the turn of the last century.

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      • Hi Mervyn, I will answer for Roger ( I am his mother) I am married to Alan… who is the son of John and Dorreen. I remember all your family. Alan and I have been married coming up 50 years . We have son Roger and daughter Joanne. Roger is compiling quite an extensive “Povey family tree”. If any of the family are interested.

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        • Hi Julie. My name is Colin Madden. I worked with Billy Povey at Tata Steel Hartlepool. Formaly Chorus / British Steel. His nick name was Puffing Billy because he use to smoke a pipe. He was a lovely man who I got on well with. I use to live in the Top House. My brother worked in there. He was known as Scotch Andy. Andy lived in Kennedy Gardens. He sadly passed away on August 2014

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      • Billy Povey the former Middlesbrough footballer, went to Grangefield Grammar School and played for South Bank Juniors as a fifteen year old, is another one of the boys, brother of Alan.

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  36. Does anyone remember the Browns? Maureen, Charlie, Danny, their mother was Elizabeth (Maureen Brown) went to Haverton all girls school in the late 40’s early 50s, she married William (Billy) Farrow, they would go down the top house every Friday night. Mum’s father was Goerge Fagan, love to hear from anyone who remembers them.

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  37. My parents, Stan and Alwyn Martin nee Savage, lived at 29 Cowpen Bewley Road in the back of Cathy Durhams hairdressers, does anyone remember them? Also looking for info on Sylvia and Terry Osborne, he was a motor mechanic and lived in Denbigh Rd Billingham then Farndale Grove Haverton Hill in the late 1950s to early 1960s, would be grateful if anyone got in touch.

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    • Hi Colin, came accross a picture of us in a fooootball team (lifeboys?) as kids a little while back after my mum passed away. Great to see your name here.

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      • Geoff, I am researching my fathers family, I think he is related to your mother’s grandparents who used to live on Newby Terrace. My email is available through Picture Stockton, I would be really grateful if you can contact me. Thankyou.

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      • hello hazel, i remember you now, you where always in your uncles shop. I wanted to take you out, but didn’t have the courage to ask.

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  38. Can anyone remember in 1920s John and Ethel Laverick from 14 Clarence Street and Arthur and Henrietta Watson from Graythorp? They were my Grandparents who I never met and I am looking for information about them.

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  39. Gran, I would think Kenny is the older Brother of Jimmy & Norman Monaghan, they were both good footballers. Maybe some of the subscribers above who originated from Port remember the family.

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  40. Wonder if Anon or others know anything about Kenny Monaghan. He was one of our gang at the Sec.in Nelson Terrace, where we nicknamed him Rinty, after a well known Boxer of the day. Oddly enough, Ernie Lynn and I were just reminsceing about him last week. He played for Boro Juniors, Synthonia and Whitby up until about mid fifties, but lost track of him after that due to National Service etc.

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    • I’m Peter Monaghan, son of Norman. Kenny is my dads cousin. I was talking to Kenny last week he is living in Middlesbrough

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  41. James Joseph McCabe played a total of 42 games for Middlesbrough between 1937-48. another Port Lad that played for the Boro was Alex Smith who played a total of 135 games between 1961-72. A lot of good footballers came from Port Clarence to name a few were Donnelly, Monaghan, McGarth, Larkin & Tierney.

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  42. The house with the advertising boards was the Wharton family’s. Bob & Margaret, (?) Uncle Pat, Patricia, Angela and John (maybe some more I can’t remember). Bob Wharton made the best home brew in Port -reassuringly inexpensive!

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  43. I lived in the next house to the gable-end house with the advertisement posters. I have only fond memories of those days and I’ll remember Port Clarence as long as I’m able too. I wonder what the exact year was of that photograph, maybe I was I was in the house at the time because I was born in 1955. I remember the ceremonies at the cenotaph and my mum would become very emotional because her brother John (who’s name is on the cenotaph) was killed in WW2. I have read the comments from former Porters on this site, some names I’m familiar with other not so but it was lovely to share briefly with those who we shall never forget.

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  44. The war memorial was unveiled by sir Hugh and Lady Bell in 1922. It bears the names of 94 Great war dead and 46 who lost there lives in the Second world War. The Great war names include a number of brothers among these are Richard & Francis Keenan,and Stephen & Joseph Tulip. Haverton Hill and Port Clarence were both small communities, which reminds us how huge a sacrifice previous generations have made for our country. Hopefully as people pass this small memorial they may give a sideways glance and remember all those who have served,and are serving in the armed forces.

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    • I’m George Morris from 43 st vincents st HH . I went to school with Colin Tulip any relation to Tulips mentioned on war memorial?
      Colin was from Marlborough rd and also Neville Cowley . His Mum owned the sweetshop near Clarkes the butchers.
      I joined the Coldstream guards and now live in Hertfordshire.
      Be pleased to hear from anyone who knows me.

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  45. I also grew up in the port. My parents were Frankie and Mary Tierney. My sister and brother are Margaret and Jimmy, and Eddie is my cousin. I have great memories of St Thomas school moving up to St Micks. Turning 18 and going in the Royal and Jacks. I now live in Billingham but are still in touch with friends who still live there.

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  46. Spent so many days waiting near that memorial for the P & R coaches. One for St. Michael’s and one for Northfield, If St. Michael’s coach was full ya had to get on the Northfield bus. It used to terrify me. The coach drivers were ruthless, they would see you running toward the cenotaph and pull out and leave you behind. They showed no remorse. Anyone remenber Mr Rattigan, Mrs Baylis and Miss Troddon from St Thomas’School. Can anyone attach some information about them. I loved St.Thomas’s School (most of it). My Likes (not in order): Everyone! Little yard line up on a morning. The toffee sauce on the white blocks of ice cream. Cheese flan and chicken pie(not together).Singing ‘Far round the world’. Buying a biscuit from the teacher at breaktime. Eating chalk. Playing ‘The big ship sails through the illy ally oh’. Swimming – old billy baths. Buying stamps for the charity cards so you could name a child when it was full. Named hundreds! My Dislikes:(not in order) Going to the outside loo block in winter. Tapioca and semolina. Singing ‘Morning has broken’. Boys kicking a ball over wall from their yard. Having to cross yer legs for soooo long in Mr Bentley’s office to watch the ‘posh’ TV. The programme – ‘How we used to live’. Walking home. School Photos. HAVING TO LEAVE!

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  47. I lived at 25 Newby Terrace just about where the bus is in the photo. Kevin Greenley lived next door and the Hamiltons lived the other side. My mother was born in port in 1898, the daughter of Thomas Loughran. Two of his sons are remembered on the war memorial they both died in 1916 on the somme. As to Gerty Kernen, she was a very good teacher, tough and very strict. I am proud to have been brought up in the port and remember my time there fondly.

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    • Just found this site – Kevin Greenley was my dad, I am also Kevin Greenley! We moved to Cambridge Terrace and then up to Haverton Hill where my mam Kath (who now lives in Stockton) had the small shop near the Post office and my Dad was the barber – Kevin the barber no less!

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  48. We lived in the ‘Top House’ the Haverton Hill Hotel in the early 60’s, my Mother jean was the landlady while my Dad Syd worked in the ICI. I remember there were houses directly opposite the pub. One great memory is that of Friday dinner time for the guys at the shipyard – my Mother and the rest of the staff would line the bar with pints of beer, when the hooter went there would be a mad dash to get to the pub, each worker would pick up a pint and a pie, throw the right money in a box on the bar, they were never short changed, always the right money. One of the papers (I think maybe the Northern Echo’ did an article on the pubs dinner time sessions, I have some great B&W photo’s of the workers entering the pub and also shots of the bar lined with pints of beer.

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  49. I was born in 12 Young Street.Haverton Hill and later Hawke street and Osborne Street.My mam is Ellen Fearn nee Cavanagh..I later moved to High Clarence where I married Dave Turner.His mam is Milly Crook nee Dorgan. We loved Haverton and still live in Port. I have lived in Eton ,Oxford ,Rugby ,Cambridge and now Holly where I’ve been for 13 years. We both went to Haverton Infants and Juniors and later Campus. I have a lot of good memories of Haverton and there are still a lot of Havertonions in Port to this day. I can’t ever see me moving away unless I have to. I tried once and came back within 6 months. Our local is the Top house and I also remember Rita and Dave who ran it when I was young. I knocked about with their daughters Denise and Karen. Also Annie Rigg and the Kents from the Queens(bottom house)and The Burrells from The Wellington (middle house). My daughters have married into Port families.(The Fairweathers and The Mulloys. If you talk to people ,most of them have had a relative from Port sometime or other or still have…

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    • You lived at 10 Young Street and I have found on Ancestry UK that in the 1911 census my paternal grandmother Elsie Francis Parr lived with her family at 10 Young Street, Haverton Hill. Elsie and her parents (Harry and Mary Ann Parr) and siblings, Lily, and 3 brothers, David John, Charles and William arrived from Kent so that her father could help to build the Transporter Bridge. Elsie’s brothers worked at the salt mines at Port Clarence. I decided to take my Elsie (my grandmother) to have a look around Haverton Hill but when we got there it was too late as it had been demolished!

      Don’t suppose anyone can recall the Parr family?

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  50. I, along with my brothers John and Eddie, lived in Newby Terrace at the bus stop in the picture above, just a few doors down from Kevins barber shop. The shop was also a meeting place for a number of keen cyclists of which Kevin was one. I noticed the posting above from Kevin Greenly (jnr). Since attending the funeral of Kevin I have wondered what became of Kath, Kevins wife. If he can throw any light on this I would be very much obliged. Happy Days.

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  51. Like your comments Angela Orrick, nee Kernan. If Gert was your aunt, and John (Jackie) was your Dad, and Maria Kernan was also your aunt, you are a cousin of Maureen (Patricia) Tierney?
    Glad to see you are still posting Kath Oyston (Conlan).

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    • go on Facebook and add the site where are all the ‘Portys’ – lots of info and pics on there( I’m a Grant, I wonder if we are related – my dad’s side were from Haverton)

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  52. Reading the comments on this site makes me feel young again and brings back many happy memories. I was one of the pupils who owed much to Miss Kernan (Gert). As her niece Angela says ‘her bark was worse than her bite’ and boy could she bark. I have lived in Preston for many years, but again like Angela, I go back to Port whenever I get a chance and reminisce about how it used to be.

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  53. My Father Joseph Mckeown was born in 1922 at Port Clarence, he had 3 sisters, Veronica, Mary and Rosemary and 3 Brothers Patrick, James and John. His Father was from Tyrone and his mother was from Wicklow. Does any one remember The Mckeowns?

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  54. I was born in 1946 and lived in Fredric Terrace, Haverton Hill and attended St. Thomas’s School in Port Clarence. My grandparents lived in Crosby Terrace and my aunty Kathleen Conlon’s name is on the Cenetaph, she was killed in the blitz in London. My father’s aunt was Mrs Muckian and she lived in Laburnum Grove and taught at St. Thomas’s School. Sadly she died at one of the Reunions in Billingham, she was to be guest of honour. I have many happy memories of the Port and remember well many of the above names and families mentioned.

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    • My Grandma was Mrs Muckian who lived in Laburnam Grove. My mam was Pat who married Norman Swash and had the twins, Michael and Clare.

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  55. Can anyone help me?.. I am trying to find infomation on my Grandparents. Grandad was Joseph Boland and Great grandad was Joseph Boland Snr who died in 1931 and Gran was called Elizabeth. They lived at 8 Rodney Street, Haverton hill in 1945. Grandad married Rose Marie Griffin in 1945. And thats all I can find out – I am stuck. They were all rivetters or catchers. If anyone has any info please ask the team for my email. What might interest someone who is looking for the church name – my grandparents were married in The Church of St Thomas of Caterbury, New cottages, Port Clarence.

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  56. I HAVE SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF PORT I LIVED AT 3 CROSBY TERRACE 2 DOORS AWAY FROM MORLEYS. BLACKBURN LIVED AT No 5, McCARDLES AT 4, PATTERSONS AT 2, No1 WAS THE BOARDING HOUSE FOR MORLEYS. THEY SOLD IT AND THE BARBERS MOVED THERE.I HAVE SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF PORT GOING TO SCHOOL AT ST THOMAS. MR PAYNE WHO WAS HEAD MASTER WHO WAS GREAT. GERTRUDE KERNAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS GERTY WAS MY AUNT AND SHE WAS A TYRANT BUT WAS A BRILLIANT TEACHER. ALL OF HER STUDENTS HAVE A LOT TO THANK HER FOR. I REMEMBER OUR SPORTS DAYS ON THE REC. NEAR SEATON RD. PORT WAS SUCH A HAPPY PLACE TO GROW UP IN. I STILL DRIVE DOWN PORT AN REMINISCE ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS PLAYING TARSEY UP THE TIP AND BONDY COLLECTING I COULD GO ON AN ON.21/2/2011

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    • Hi, I appreciate this post is from 2005 but I think I am a distant relative of Gertrude Kernan and would like to get in touch with Kernan family Her mother was Mary Margaret Kernan nee Devlin born County Armagh 1879 but moved to Workington Cumberland as a child. My grandfather was her brother John Devlin 1885/1934. Kernan family lived Harrington, Cumberland from 1908/1918’ish before moving to Port Clarence. Last address I had for the family, from my uncle Pat Devlin, was 3 Victoria Terrace in 1940. Hope you read this. Steve Young

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    • Hi Angela I remember you and your family very well, you use to play with my older sister Steph and all the others you mention. You used to push me on the swings and tip me off when I was cheeky to you lol, such a nice playing field then. I also watched all Crossby Terrace gettting knocked down, it was sad to see you all move on…all happy memories. Now you wonder who I am well I was born at number 1 Crossby Tce on the 7.7.1960 still guessing well…? I am Craig Barber. I have just come a cross this site and the comments and memories are lovely and I hope you call back Angela some time soon to read this and if you’re from Port Clarance or Haverton Hill, God Bless you all.
      love Craig Bxxx

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      • Hi Craig, I remember your brother Paul and that your dad owned Princess taxis in the Boro. I seem to remember that you moved to Marton road. My name is Tom Taylor

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  57. Happy days from Haverton Hill. I lived at 48 Rodney Street, next door was Mrs Bryson. In the same street were the Nevissons, Bells, Mccarricks, Degorgis – they should have left it standing.

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    • Hi Peter, I am of the Bells that lived in Rodney Street I was born 1941 but reading all the names you mentioned certainly brought memories from the back of the old grey matter.

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  58. Ann-Marie Basnett Roberts you must be the niece of Billy, Patrick(Paddy) & Mary Basnett, Paddy’s wife Mary(nee McDonagh)was a Port Clarence lass she is a real nice person. Other characters from Port were the late Peter Armstrong & Ralph Edmonds, the greyhound man.

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  59. Among the Great War dead commemorated on the war memorial is the rector of St Thomas, Port Clarence – Matthews Forster Burdess. He joined the Royal Army Chaplins Department (attached to the 1/6th Gloucester Regiment). He was killed in action on the 18 April 1917 aged 39. Originally from Sunderland he was laid to rest in Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery.

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  60. Does anyone remember the Mulloy family from Laburhnam Close. I think they lived opposite the Appletons. I went to school with Jimmy Appleton and Patsy Salmon who I adored. My nana was Kitty Mulloy, and my mam was Mary Mulloy. She married Martin Durnion, and I spent a lot of my time in Port Clarence, always wishing I was born there because I loved the people. I now live in Newcastle, and have recently retired from a career in Education. I would love to capture some of the images and stories about Port Clarence and any memories you have of the Mulloy Family.

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    • If one of your ancestors was Tommy Mulloy, then I knew him. He was a very good friend of my dad, whose name was Syd Dallison from Clarence Street, Haverton Hill. Tommy was a lovely man. When I immigrated to Canada in 1957, Tommy gave me a St Christopher medal to keep me safe on the journey. I still have it somewhere.

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  61. I want some photos of St Thomas’ school as I left there in 1976 to go to St Michaels school. Does anyone have the photograph of the party we had that was shown in the Evening Gazzette?

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  62. Does anyone know if there has been any research done into the servicemen whose names are listed on the memorial? I have read books concerned with other districts that bring to light the stories of people listed on their war memorials. From my basic research I believe the memorial was unveiled in October 1922 by Sir Hugh & Lady Bell. There are 94 names recorded from the Great War 1914-1919 and 46 names from the Second world War. Do any readers of the site have relatives named on the Memorial?

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  63. Does anyone remember my uncle’s printing shop, The Galleon Press, in Hope Street Haverton Hill? His name was Norman Victor Wilson and in the 1950’s the shop caught fire while he was inside. Lancaster’s bakery was next door. Mr Lancaster threw a basket of loaves through the window to enable my uncle to get out. He saved his life, although he was badly burnt and never fully recovered mentally from the blaze. Uncle Norman later became a warden at Charlton’s pond in Cowpen Lane. He could be seen in Stockton High street each Remembrance week with a monkey and organ, collecting to help the RAF Benevolent fund.

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    • Hi Elaine, I am wondering if you could help me. My Nan Violet Whitfield or could be Whitbread lived at 39 Collingwood Road at 1938 as my mother was born then. We are trying to find information about our nan Violet Whitfield and we are wondering if you could help us. We are trying to find out if Violet had a partner when she lived there as my mam has no information what so ever about her father and this is our only chance to try and find out something. Any information or photo’s of Violet would be greatly appreciated. If any one who knows Elaine Ross please, please can you pass on this message or if anyone has information about this period of time before and after 1938 please get in touch. My email address can be obtained through the Picture Stockton Team.

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      • Hello Linda, are you the young girl that used to baby sit for my brother Norman and sister- in- law Betty in the early sixties, if you are, I remember you,– pretty miss.

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  64. I remember Anne Marie Basnett very well. She was a lot younger than me but was friendly with my sister Helen. Helen now lives in London and has 4 children.

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  65. I lived at 9 Cedar Tce and my mum was Bibby nee James and my Dad Jimmy Basnett.
    I loved living there especially as Mary and Albert, the old couple next door, were lovely. I went to St Thomas School, in fact I stayed there for almost 2 years after moving to Billingham so I could be confirmed there.
    Everday I would travel alone by bus and someone from Port would come and get me and take me to school, and put me back on the bus to go home at night. My mum was best friends with Winnie Fairweather and I remember Kevin came for tea after Winnie died. I loved living there, still love the houses and the odd times I go there I always see someone I know! Remember the May processions from the Cenotaph to the church, and Annie Appleton the teacher, who lived in Laburnham Grove letting me stat school early as her daughter Helen was a year older than me and I was bored without her! My Dad was involved in The Empire club at Haverton for years, I had my 18th there and my Mum and Dad met at the Top House Haverton, where my aunty, Gloria Bath, worked as a barmaid for Dave and Rita, and I remember old Harry Tinkler taking me to see a ship launched at the ship yards! Happy times.

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  66. I’m David McDonnells Daughter and I loved it when I was in High Clarence Nursery. I then moved to Billingham and now Acklam.

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  67. I lived in Haverton Hill, I remeber living in number 3 Hope St then moving to Rodney St. My parents where Ronney Parker and Mary-jane Parker(Finley). I used to go to Haverton Hill infant school then junior school then we had to get a bus to Furness in Billingham. My brothers, Ronny and Raymond, did their apprenticeship in the shipyard and my Mother and Father worked there too. I remember watching the last ship getting launched from there.

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        • Hi Joy! Yes, I remember the Johnson family very well! In fact, you used to babysit for me and my sisters and brother when we lived in Collingwood Road! We used to live in 1 Fredric Terrace (the Huzzards). I was Carole, my sisters Pauline and Vicki and my brother Neil. Your sister, Christine used to babysit when we lived in Fredric Terrace. Sadly mam (Pat) passed away last year. I live in Canada but still call Billingham “home”. Hope you are well!

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      • Derek Johnson and I were apprentices together at the Malleable Stockton we also attended the same night school, but he left to join the merchant navy.

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        • Ronnie was my best mate when we both lived in Rodney St. Didn’t your mam go on to work at the garage on Port Clarence Road near the Royal?

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    • Hi Elaine what number Rodney Street did you live at? I lived at number 5. I remember Billy we used to knock about together. My name is Peter Booth.

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    • My Great grandfather lived at no.1 Hope St. according to the 1911 Census…his name was Thomas Buckley, wife’s name Annie Buckley….did your ancestors ever mention them by any chance ( or whoever did live at No. 1 Hope St.)

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    • Hi Elaine I’m Stephanie, Peter’s sister. Do you remember me hun, as well as my mam Carol and dad Mervyn Booth? If so please reply it would be nice thanx xx

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  68. I would like to think someone recognises me I lived with my nan (Mrs Povey, best known as Tot to her friends) in 8 Holly Terrace. I was born in 1 Holly Terrace. My nan was one of the dinner cooks opposite where she worked (Holly Terrace) who supplied the school. I went to Haverton Hill and I left in 1960.

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    • Hi, I can remember my Mum mentioning the Povey’s when I was young, you may remember my family… Overton from Beach terrace, John, Walter, Maureen and me Janet, sadly John and Maureen have passed away..we left to live in Billingham I think 1955.

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    • Your nan was my aunty she also was acook in the soup kitchen at Haverton Hill she was also an ARP warden with her sister Mary Lawson also Mrs broady

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  69. I loved living in Port Clarence as a child…I went to St Thomas’- with my brother John. We used to love to stand along the river bank and watch a new ship being launched from Haverton Hill. Its a ashame that St Thomas Church was knocked down…a lot has changed – but there are still familiar places…so many happy memories.

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      • Peggy Simpson was my mams aunt and all of the family lived there in the cottage. My nana and grandad Elsie and Chris Horner lived on Saltholme Farm in the houses. They sadly have all pasted away now.

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        • Hi Chris, my dad worked on Saltholme Farm back in the mid 70’s. My mam was very friendly with Elsie. So sorry to hear they have both passed away. I have very vague memories but can remember Rachel, their granddaughter. I’m sure I have a picture of me, Rachel and my sister somewhere

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        • I remember Elsie Horner when she ran the corner shop after Dick Povey. I believe she also looked after me when my mother was at work when I was a baby. I have a picture of me sitting on a dining chair when I was about 3 months old. My mother said I was very advanced but Dad pointed out some hands holding on to me at the back and said it was Elsie Horner. I was always fascinated by what men did in the War. Dad said that Chris Horner was at Anzio. I also remember Peggy who lived over the fields on Seaton Road.

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    • John Simpson once lived in graythorp and worked for a time at Grays dry dock. He had three daughters,Joyce, olwyn and Anne and a son called David. The Swiss cottage you refer to was actually in between graythorp and Seaton Carew. being with ill health she had to leave the cottage .

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    • I think my grandad John Simpson Cook also known as Jack was his nephew, my dad was Donald Simpson Cook, my gran was originally a Mcabe possibly from Port Clarence. When they married they lived on the Wynyard estate, and were into the shooting scene and gun dog breeding, grandad worked at ICI as well.

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      • Hi just to elaborate on my sisters comment above. Our grandmother Margaret Cook (nee McCabe) grew up in port Clarence an we believe had a brother, Steven and sisters Nancy and Kitty. She was born in 1907 and married John Simpson Cook of Swiss Cottage who was in the Navy and later worked at ICI. They settled in Wynyard. Does anyone have any recollection of either family? We were told that John was named after John Simpson, an uncle? But we are not sure? Any help appreciated thanks

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  70. I lived at 16 Laburnum Grove in the early 60’s, with my Dad (Edward Monaghan) and Mum (Margaret nee Richardson). My Grandparents lived there for year (Dolly & Thomas Monaghan) Dolly was part of the Fisher clan who lived in Laburnum and also Samphire St. We moved to Australia in the late 60’s and I recently returned for a visit. Met some great people and reminisced long and hard. I have a great-great uncle on the war memorial from WW1 – great find.

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  71. I lived in Port Clarence for a lot of years and had great friends and neighbours, the place was fab but like other places it hit the dust. I have a lot of respect for the people I still know down there and when we meet we still have a good giggle about the fun we used to have – shame things change.

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  72. I”ve done some research on the origins in Co Tyrone, Ireland of some of the early iron workers of Port Clarence. If anyone is interested in this please ask the Picture Stockton team for my email.

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  73. I feel like I have links to everyone who has commented. I was born at 18 Laburnum Grove, next door to Veronica Burnham (my cousin). I went to school with Kevin Greenley, his father cut my hair, Joe Hopton used to cut my hair but I was scared of Archie (Andrews, (the dummy on the shelf). I delivered papers for Bob Harrod, to Railway cottages and up to the Cafe in Haverton. I played football (badly) for St Thomas”s and “borrowed” fruit from the back of Frank Vernon”s cart. I helped Pip the fruiter who travelled round Port selling from a horse and cart, just like Jobber the fishmonger. I still have a beer with Eddy Tierney any many other Port lads. Love to hear from anyone who knows me.

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  74. My great (x2) grandparents lived in the area in the late 1800″s and into the 1900″s. The surnames are Sharp and McGill, and they married in the parish church in 1869. I would love to know more – I am going to keep and eye on this site. It is heartwarming to see how so many of you have fond memories of this place. Anyone know which church my relatives would have been maried in? Their marriage certificate just says Parish Church, Haverton Hill, and that they both lived in Port Clarence.

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  75. I”m just hoping that somebody out there might have some photos of the pubs – top, middle bottom, Royal, Station and the two clubs. I”m now living in Hythe, Kent and have friends here that are intrested.

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    • Yes they were a lovely family, they ran the top house in the mid 50’s. If only bricks and mortar could talk what stories that pub could tell!
      If you look on Google earth map’s the pub is still there though most of the perimeter walls are gone, the yard was very large containing stables, storage building and the men’s urinal which I had to hose out many mornings…

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  76. I was born at 38 Collingwood Road in 1957. We moved to Billingham about 1960. My late father Jim worked at Furness shipyard and Mother Gwenyth worked at ICI Billingham organics house.

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  77. Hi, I have lived in Port Clarence all of my life except for a few months when we moved to Billingham but we couldn”t settle there and moved back to Port. I have always been fascinated with the Port & Haverton of old and I”ve started my own website. I would appreciate it if people could point out any errors I have made or have anything interesting which I could add to my site. I am 28 so have got most of the info from residents or the internet but it would be nice to have some old stories on there told 1st hand. There is a place on there where you can add your stories. I would also love to see any old photo”s and add them to my site if possible. Please ask the Picture Stockton Team to provide you with my email address if you would like the website address or you have any photos.

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  78. What a great site and a great picture. I was born in Port Clarence in 1950 at 1 Victoria Tce -now long gone. I also lived in Laburnum Grove. My mother Ann Appleton taught at St. Thomas”s School. Like Veronica whose family I remember well, I also thought it was a great place to be brought up. A real community. I have lived in many places since I left in 1968 but I still try to get back for a visit once a year. Not much left now. I went to a re-union some 14 years ago in the Low Grange Club in Billingham. It”s about time we had another. Any volunteers?

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    • Hi Mary,
      I am heading to Billingham and old Port this week-end. It would be too much of a co-incidence if you were around. I remember you and your family well. Well we are related. I read a brilliant study of yours of the origins and connections with Tyrone a few years ago. I hope I can access it again

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  79. My nanna .. Mary Bolton … later Hughes, lived at 3 Holly Terrace for many yrs …before that we lived on Collingwood Road …my nanna ..grandad . my mum Joan and my dad Charlie Lang, my brother Keith and sister Betty … My nanna was also landlady at the Middle House for a few yrs …her and her 2nd hubby George…. yes I remember that place with fond memories … does anyone remember my family?

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  80. i lived in the Clarences most of my life and even named my daughter Haverton, (I know the jokes). Does anybody know of the glass works there and is it true that they made a pair of glass canon for Queen Victoria?

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  81. Hi, I lived in 20 Laburnum Grove Port Clarence, for 15 year”s,untill I left to live in Newcastle with my sister Pat. I still think about the Port and family that still live there,and can honestly say it was a fantastic place to grow up in. I would love to know what happened to the Church and the school,also does anyone know where I could get photo”s of them both. Newcastle is a great place to live but I still think of home as Port Clarence. I have not been down the Port for a lot of year”s as now Billingham,and Norton is where my sister”s live and Ken lives in Hartlepool.but one day I will visit again.

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    • Benji Burnham lived next door to Buller Fleming, anyone know where they are now? I was a Tiger Cub owner around about the mid sixties, and lived in Graythorp, emigrated in ’81. Fond memories of Port, Haverton and Billingham.

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    • Hi Veronica, I think we are cousins my name is Lynn Fairweather I was born at 10 Cambridge Tce. in 1960, I have 3 older brothers Colin, Ken and Tony. I was at school with Marie, your sister, I think, at St Thomas then St Michael’s.

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      • Lynn, I have just just seen your message. I am also a first cousin and had wondered about you and the boys for many years. If you see this it would be nice to hear how you are.

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  82. Used to live in railway cottages next to transporter bridge, port Clarence side, rosie cafe. Many fond memories of living there in the sixties. Caught a school bus each morning to Billingham picking kids up on the way through Port Clarence and Haverton Hill. Good times.

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  83. for the attention of S Kingston there is a book you can purchase for around £12.99 or less called HAVERTON HILL PORT CLARENCES to BILLINGHAM by a gentleman called COLIN H. HATTON, (isbn 0-7524-3425-x) there is references to the Bell Brothers and lots more pictures and very interesting facts about the port, hope this is helpful to you good luck. (This book can also be loaned from Stockton Libraries)

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  84. My grandmother was born in the Bell Brothers New Cottages, Port Clarence in 1900. Does anyone know a local historian who may be able to tell me more about the history of this town.

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  85. Laburnum Grove still stands though it is missing the 3 houses at the end which joined the 2 sides of the street together, they were vandalised by arsonists and then demolished last year. Laburnum is the street next after High Clarence Primary school. Past Laburnum is Victoria Terrace, Queens Terrace, Samphire street then Saltview Terrace. There is also a street called Cedar Terrace which runs down the backs of Laburnum and faces the road, the cenotaph is at the end of Cedar.

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  86. Does anyone remember Laburnum Grove and it”s position to the other streets in Port Clarence and can anyone remember a Mr Mckeown who resided there in the early fifties?

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  87. Does anyone remember Jack Ankers,Betty Ankers,John Cook,Billy Cook, Violet Cook and Harry,Catherine Elizabeth Gill, Catherine Elizabeth Wrench or Audrey Ankers, all members of my family who lived in various parts of Port Clarence. The older members came from Moulton and Over in Cheshire from the Salt works there to the Salt works in clarence.Would love to fill in any gaps of my family history. ken.cook2@fsmail.net

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    • My great grand father Thomas Buckley (wife Annie Buckley) came from Moulton to work in the salt works and according to the 1911 census live at No.1 Hope St.
      I think there must be a connection with the above and all the families coming together and knowing each other. Any one with further information or anything that you think would interest me then please email me – you can get my contact details from the Picture Stockton team

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  88. Pam & Kevin re: – barbers in HAVERTON HILL Fondly known as Smokey Joe”s Joe Hoptons shop was situated on the street where Daf trucks is now, I can remember him having a ventriloquist dummy sat on top of the cupboards directly in front of the chair used as a deterrent for unruly children not wanting to have their hair cut, Joe would throw his voice usually scaring the kids into sitting still while the old basin was fitted and the haircut administered in about 30 seconds flat. Kevin Greenley”s shop was on the same side of the road a little further down the hill on the corner of Hope Street. One of the funniest things I can remember was that his shop was subject to a lot of vandalism and breaking and entry so Kevin bought a dog to guard the premises on a night, one Saturday morning I was taken by my father Eric to get a haircut, as we got off the bus we could see a queue of people outside the shop, as we got closer Kevin himself was at the front shouting obscenities at the dog because it wouldn”t let him or anyone else for that matter into the shop, you couldn”t write the script. Haircut cancelled pocket money in hand straight into the sweet shop, it was aptly named The Chocolate Box. Brilliant memories.

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      • I used to have my hair cut at Joe Hoptons as a kid but went to Kevin Greenley as I got older. Kevin and I used to go to the camera club in Middlesbrough Settlement community centre.

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  89. The street behind the cenotaph in the “photo was Newby Terrace. My grandparents the Watsons lived in No.32, the second or third from the end. My family lived in 12 Samphire street for several years in the 60″s. Used to get my hair taken “down to the wood” by Kevin Greenley regularly!

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    • Hi. Do you know Michael Coyle? He used to live at no 16, he had a brother called Francis, and a sister called Margaret, I heard Francis had died, and Mike moved to Luton…

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  90. I remember Kevin Greenley the barber when he was in Hope Street, he cut my hair. Pam”s uncle would be Joe Hopton,also in Hope Street,there was another barber in Haverton Hill in the fifties at the corner of Clarence Street and Port Clarence Road opposite Hintons I think his name was Bill or Bob.

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    • I had my hair cut in Hope street and remember the barber had a little toy man sitting on the shelf puffing cigarettes ! We used to take our accumalators in the shop to charge! Shows how old I am!
      There was a paper shop opposite the barbers and I was the paper boy about 1953.. We used to get our sweets in there.
      I’m George Morris from 43 St Vincent street. HH.
      Happy memories

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      • Hi I am Margaret Glenn and I lived at 15 St Vincent Street I remember Joe the barber, my grandad and him were good friends

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  91. Just wondering what years the gentlemans father was in the barbers shop as my uncle Joe was also the barbar in Haverton Hill. I remember going there in the early fifties and going to the shop on the corner for a 1d gob stopper good old days! Happy memories!

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  92. I used to live at 7 Cambridge Terracce and a few other addresses in Port and High Clarence before moving up the road to Haverton Hill. You may remember my father (Kevin Snr) who was the local barber for many years. We also had the shop in Robson St, opposite the Post Office. Happy Days

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    • I used to live at 10 Cambridge Tce in the 60’s,70’s then moved to no 14 after the first modernisation in ’75. I think I remember you and your brother playing with my brothers Colin, Kenneth and Tony Fairweather, and you had a alsatian dog that I loved. Happy days

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  93. I was born in Cedar Terrace. It”s correct address was Clarence Road, Port Clarence. The War Memorial at the end of Cedar Terrace, was the start of the then new development called High Clarence, this stretched up to Haverton Hill. The other Street”s were Laburnum Grove, The rest was known as the “Terraces”. Holly, Palm, Willow,Cambridge ,Rugby ,Harrow, Oxford & Eton. (Posh or what!!) I can remember delivering newspapers in in the late 50″s when the river burst its bannks and flooded Port Clarence completely. It was the fastest I had ever ran home. Bill Padley the newsagent at the time, wanted to know why I failed to deliver the papers,  It”s only water”  was his reply.

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    • Hi Eddie. I used to do that paper round in the 60s. My name was Gloria McCall then, and we lived in Rugby Terrace. Do you remember any of my brother’s? There is Ray, Clive, Ian, Stewart and Malcolm

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      • Mr and Mrs McCall and their sons Ray, Clive, and Ian, lived with us for a while in Rosedale Grove in the early fifties, the last time I spoke to Ray, was in the Horse and Jockey pub where he worked in the early sixties, if he is still around, give him my regards.

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      • I knew your brother Stewart Mccall from my school days. He was friends with Terrance Moody, Keith Kellett and Brian Smith. What is Stewart doing these days? Does he still live local?

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