Victoria Bridge c1955

t14518I’m guessing that this photograph of Victoria Bridge was taken somewhere near to where Thornaby Auto Electrics now stands, if that’0909s so then the dockside buildings in the distance must be somewhere behind Stockton High Street. I used to wander around that area in the late 1950s watching the shunting locos and I seem to think there were steam cranes there as well, but that could be a trick of the memory…

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

18 thoughts on “Victoria Bridge c1955

  1. Re the 1950 picture of the Victoria Bridge, the rowing boats in the foreground are probably ship’s lifeboats built at the boatyard of Richard Pickersgill and Sons.

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  2. Just to confirm David Millward’s comment, you can see this area here:

    http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/eaw043770
    http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/eaw043773

    …including a sign for Cameron’s Brewery yard. You can also see the Clevo Cleveland Flour Mill, the Bridge Hotel, the Alexandra Hotel (a bit further along Bridge Road) and even a few boats on the riverside at Thornaby Place just like those in this picture.

    What did the building on the opposite side of Bridge Road used to be? The old SCS building, where the Rialto Court – Mezzino student accommodation is now?

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    • On the site of the student accommodation there was, in the 1960s, a builders merchants/hardware store. Also there was the Corporation bus depot that had been the tram depot in the days when trams operated in Stockton. Down the road alongside the bus depot were various industries including the yard of George Fordy builders.

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      • The builders merchant was Foster Moreland. When I 1st started my apprenticeship at Hrad Wrightsons it was my job as shop boy to collect matewrials from there.

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      • Thanks Bob, just couldn’t make the name out on the linked images. Now that you’ve enlightened me I can now just about read the “Foster” part. Cheers.

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  3. I don’t think that it is the Bridge Hotel on the left-hand-side of the photograph. I think what we can see are the offices that belonged (I think) to J W Cameron, the brewers. I remember climbing the outside steps as we walked over the bridge to Stockton.

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  4. As far has I remember the Bridge Hotel ref to the photo is in the right place. The flour mill was on the opposite bank of the River Tees.I lived in James Street Thornaby and crossed the bridge many time to go to Stockton.

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  5. I think the photograph is correct the building on the Stockton side is the pub next to the labour exchange you can’t see the flourmill and the hotel next to it because the photo is to far to the left possibly wanting the boats and as much bridge they could get the boats belong to the Thornaby boat and gun club I had a mate who’s uncle had a boat moored at Thornaby place we used it a lot as young teens

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  6. The building on the left of the picture were offices for Cameron’s brewery. I worked for a company called T A Flavell &Son, who rented a shop attached to the building from the brewery. I moved away in 1959 but understand the company now operate in Thornaby.

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  7. I suspect that whoever made the print from the negative must have placed the negative the wrong way up for the view is reversed.
    Looking at the picture and looking through the bridge toward Stockton Corporation Quay area, the Bridge Hotel is left hand side (Stockton) but beyond (south side) the bridge. This would place it on the boat yard! To be next to the Bone Mill and Flour Mill the Bridge Hotel, with the Hotel behind the bridge, the negative would have had to have been turned over.
    Hope this makes sense: I learned my hobby of photography in the days of black & White. I developed & printed my own and this was a common mistake to make in the darkroom

    You are correct that the Corporation Quay (after it’s rebuild in the 1950’s) had 2 steam cranes. I’m sure that Fred Starr will be able to confirm this and may even know the exact dates.

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    • Many thanks for the info, I too have been taking and processing photos for many years, my introduction was when I was allowed to help my uncle do his contact prints from 2 inch square negatives, I was allowed to open the flap that exposed the neg and paper to a 40 watt light bulb and then close it after a count of ten, in the sixty or so years since I have progressed through processing black and white stuff on a board over the bath to a full blown colour darkroom with every conceivable sort of gadget to get the best results, during the 1960s and 70s a friend and I did the photos for many of our friends who were getting married, we did colour and black and white at the same time, we could process and print the black and white stuff and have it back whilst the reception was in full swing, we sold large numbers of copies to the guests by doing this, I still have all of my negs from those times, over 5000, when I retired I scanned them all into a computer, it took over a year but I can now find any negs I need in a short time, I am now of course completely digital, in the days of film it could take a couple of hours of work to get the happy couple superimposed on a Champagne bottle, now I can do it in a few minutes, that is a change I can live with.

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    • I believe this picture is correct as is, that building is not the Bridge Hotel, not sure what it was (someone will know) but it faced the Bridge Hotel (out of shot on the right) on the Stockton side. The photo is taken from the riverside at Thornaby Place, looking towards Stockton.

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