Inside Rembrandt Factory on Maritime Road, Stockton

A photograph taken at Rembrandt Fashions Christmas Party sometime during the 1960’s.

The second photograph shows my mother Anne Graham and her friend who were final checkers at that time.

Photographs and details courtesy of Derek Graham.

16 thoughts on “Inside Rembrandt Factory on Maritime Road, Stockton

  1. The girl in the centre with her hand on her chin is me I worked at the factory in 1967. My name was Pauline Fish then I was 15 years old at the time.


    • We have all done it Fred, not to worry. Your input got people talking who knew the history and that is what this site does, we all learn from it.
      Keep up the good work.


  2. My Sister Sylvia worked for them many years as machinist then checker supervisor and teaching the new girls how to use the machines. She was there until they closed and thought them a good Company to work for. I think Fred is mixing them up with Remploy a different set up completely.


  3. A girlfriend I had in the mid sixties, a girl called Anne Marie Burns, was secretary to the boss at Rembrandt Fashions. I presume this was the guy on the far left of the picture. Anne Marie organized a company Christmas dance at the Maison de Danse, I think in 1965, and I arranged for my friend John McCoy and his band the Crawdaddies to play at the dance. It was the only time the Crawdaddies ever did a gig at the Maison.


  4. I think there may be some confusion here Fred, the Rembrandt factory was where a little ASDA now stands on Maritime Road and was a private factory, nothing to do with the government. I believe it later became known as Bellrise Fashions, although I may be mistaken. My mum Fred is the lady on the right in the lower picture. She claimed she was the only Conservative Shop Steward in the Garment Workers Union! Perhaps a mite exaggerated on her part!
    I remember the “girls” had to get an order finished and sent off to the Paris Fashion Week. They came and worked late until the order was finished, packed up and on its way to Paris. The order, I was informed by my mum was for the Fashion House of Louis Ferraud, which to this day means nothing to me until I was just enlightened by my wife!


    • The Rembrandt factory was on Church Road, on the raised part near towards the junction with Portrack Lane. I walked past the factory many times from Portrack into the town centre.
      The Remploy factory was on the bank of the Tees near to the point where ships were unloaded on Stockton Quay.


      • Was Rembrandt next to Remploy by the river bank before it was on Maritime Road. I seem to remember when using Kelley’s ferry that when landing on the Stockton side you walked between 2 large buildings and onto the road through large gates. On one side was Remploy which was nearest the Town and on the other side was a clothing manufacturers.


        • Bob,

          The buildings you refer to might have been the offices of the North Shore shipyard. Certainly Remploy occupied a building there in the early 1960s. I remember that next door to them was a firm called Northern Insulation, sheetmetalworkers. I’m not aware of any clothing manufacturers there.


          • A 1961 map shows if you had the river behind you and walked between the buildings towards Hunter’s Lane, the building on your right contained a “Sheet Metal Works” and a “Dress Factory” (also shown on 1951), and in the building on the left was a bookbinding company, which I guess was Remploy (I’ve seen a photo with their name on that side).


  5. I have the impression that the Rembrandt organisation, to provide work for partially disabled men and women was set up by the Atlee Government after WWII. I don’t think anything like this existed on a national scale before this time. What happened to these people when the old ship building offices were demolished?

    You seem to take after your mother, Derek!


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