This drawing must have been done from 17 Kingsport Close, Portrack, where we lived, and shows Walton Court as it then was. In those days there was unrestricted entry to the buildings and central area, between the blocks of flats. There was also just a simple wire mesh fence to stop people getting into the central area. As can be seen, this was just used as a sort of playground obstacle by the local kids, who are climbing over it and the surrounding walls. Gone was the opportunity for the kind of mild and commonplace vandalism that my school mates and myself used to indulge in.
I see from various websites that these flats no longer belong to the Council. I would guess that at the date that this picture was drawn, 1972, the Council must have built and owned about 70-80% of the dwellings in Stockton.
Image and details courtesy of Fred Starr.