Was this where the Tin Chapel in Tilery once stood?

t15081We believe this small patch of land was where the Tin Chapel stood – Tilery Primitive Methodist Mission, Ware Street. It first began in a house, and came on to the Methodist Plan in December 1871. A new temporary tin mission hall was built in 1899. Closed in 1962 on merging with the Methodist Church on Victoria Avenue.

7 thoughts on “Was this where the Tin Chapel in Tilery once stood?

  1. My Mam used to clean and tidy what we used to call the ‘Tin Box’ which was at the top of Craister and Routledge Streets in Tilery. My parents were both Wesleyan Methodists.
    There was a patch of open ground behind it where we used to have our bonfire every year. My grandparents lived in Routledge Street until the early ’50s. We lived at 30 Craister Street until 1960.

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  2. I was at Tilery school from 1945-49 and we had lessons in the Tin Chapel, which fine unless the weather was very hot or raining.

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  3. Bob, a telephoto lens tends to distort distances making distant objects closer together. A 50mm focal length lens gives pictures roughly similar to what we perceive. Glad you have confirmed what I wrote about the gas holders, etc.

    However, you are basically right about Tilery and Newport being closer than what one would think. I used to work at Dorman Long’s research labs in 1961-62, next to the Newport Bridge.. Living in Portrack I used to get my leg pulled about me walking home to “Stockton” . My workmates thought I was walking the length of the Wilderness road, then over the Victoria bridge into Stockton.

    Instead all I had to do was get the No 1 bridge to the North Tees Trading estate from Portrack and then walk along the old A19 across the Newport Bridge, then down the steel walk way into work..

    By the way, during the 1980s I ran into a chap from the streets you refer to. He was a bit younger than me but was a senior lecturer at Imperial College and was an expert on the thermodynamics of slags.

    It was quite a shock to me to find that, by about 1968, all those streets had ben demolished. All lost without even a picture…

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  4. The gas holders seen in the distance were situated at our end of Cannon Street,Middlesbrough”, an 1/2 mile away was the Newport Bridge, and to the right and out of sight the Blind School and ‘Cleveland Park Dog Track’ situated at theMiddlesbrough end of ‘The Wilderness road’. The derelict land near the gas holders was for some years a popular spot for Sunday morning bare knuckle fights and Two Pennies – penny tossing meets which attracted a crowd of about 20-30 gamblers. These activities died out around 1964 when Cannon Street was demolished following the race riots which had occurred in 1961, following a stabbing incident. Its enlightening to see that Tilery was far closer to Middlesbrough than you’d think.

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  5. The Ordnance Survey show, on the 1893 1:500 map, what appears to be a substantial Primitive Methodist chapel (‘seats for 250’) in the middle of Hodgson Terrace, on the west side of Norton Road, just north of the end of Ware Street.

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  6. If the picture is of a spot on Ware Street, in which direction are we looking?

    (I mention, in case it is relevant, that there was a small (tin?) Methodist chapel at the far, east, end of Tilery Road, but that one was, according to the OS, Wesleyan, not Primitive).

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  7. This picture looks like it has been taken with a long focus or telephoto lens from what was once Tilery Road. For this reason it is possible to see the gas holders in North Ormsby and the towers of the Newport Bridge in the far distance. Off to the left are the remains of Holme House Farm and one of the searchlight tower of the Freight Depot.

    Judging from the Ordnance Survey Maps this was indeed the site of the Methodist Chapel.

    Much more important, for the Picture Stockton catalogue, is this appears the only half-decent picture we have of the kilns and chimneys of Blacketts brick works. This stood at the far end of a vast clay pit that was worked out over a forty year period.

    Blacketts is very important in Stockton’s history as I would guess that most of the bricks would have been used in constructing the housing estates around Stockton. Is there any anecdotal evidence or Council Records to confirm this?

    The only other picture we seem to have is entitled “Drawing of Backetts Brickworks 1966”.

    This huge pit was gradually filled in during the 1960s and one can see the final stages of the filling in, just over the concrete fence.

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