This is a view of the river over the rooftops of Stockton that not many people will be familiar with, a berthed ship, cranes and rail tracks show it was still a working port, across the river is one of the many “Big Sheds” that could be seen throughout this area, steel plants, fabrication shops, foundries, ship yards, chemical plants and many others were housed in such sheds, I worked in a number of them myself as did many others in this area.
I have noticed how tightly packed the rooftops are, obviously there will be access roads around the buildings but there must have been many small alley’s leading to some of the buildings, a lot of these buildings will likely have been built in the time of horses and carts and loading and unloading was a manual task.
The buildings look to be more commercial than residential, possibly housing builders yards or rope works or one of the many different trades and suppliers that flourished in Stockton from Victorian times onwards. Can pinpoint the location the photograph was taken from and possibly name some of the streets, businesses and buildings around that area?
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.