Unknown – Any ideas?

t14861Can anyone help identify the building in this photograph? The photograph was found in a box belonging to Sarah and Alice Walker. They were baptised in the Methodist Church chapel in Regent Street, Stockton-on-Tees, in 1884 and 1886. My grandmother, Emily Thorpe, was baptised in the Methodist New Connection Zion Chapel, again in Stockton, in 1888. I am sure this photograph predates them as ladies are dressed in crinolines.

Their father, Joseph Finkell Walker, also lived in Osmotherly and Yarm, and there are census records showing family members being born at Hornby, Guiseborough, North Allerton and Kirklevington. Their mother, Elizabeth Thorpe, was born in Norton, Durham. Any help would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Pat Moss.

7 thoughts on “Unknown – Any ideas?

  1. I think the building has Tudor features but is not of Tudor origin. The detailing noted by Cliff is something that was used on “public” buildings through the 19th cent.
    Interestingly note the May issue of North East Living magazine complementary issue houses for sale shows Ailesbury House Swainby grade ll listed former school house…. a building I’m not familiar with, could this be the mystery building with additions? Is the original negative the wrong way around.


    • I see what you mean Norman. The listed building description of the Whorlton School house, built in 1856, refers to the style as “Elizabethan revival”. I do not think that the mystery building is the ex-Whorlton School as the former does not have stone dressings at its corners. I wonder which other schools were built in North Yorkshire in the 1850s?


  2. The main architectural features of this building suggest a Tudor origin, stone mullioned windows, label moulding and diamond leaded lights. The building had been re-roofed with slate tiles. The group of girls and boys in the foreground suggest that the building was being used as a school.
    If this building was still standing it would have been “Listed” by now, but I cannot find anything looking like this amongst the current listed buildings in North Yorkshire.


    • This isn’t St Peter ad vincula on Thornaby Green. St Peter’s is stone built and nowhere near the size of the brick built edifice in the photograph.


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