12 thoughts on “Cheese Merchants, Jacques & Knowles

  1. The Building on the corner of Knowles Street and Bishop Street became the Grand Theatre and Opera House later the Plaza or as we who at times used it the Flea pit. The building was there into the 1960’s. Part of those buildings in the picture became the Victory Club during and for a time after the war, Stockton had many flourishing working mens clubs at the time and the Victory Club had a bit of a reputation.
    I say Working Mens clubs because Ladies were only allowed in the lounge at weekends, some of the pubs did not allow Ladies in at all, the Sun Inn Knowles Street had a back room up the back alley where women were allowed, in my time using the Sun the only woman in the bar was Tommy’s wife who later took it over. The Black Lion Domino room in the back never saw a Lady either, most times I played domino’s in there we had a booky taking bets on the games, we were a pretty hard school and there was many a noisy inquest. Darky Stirling Pianist and Bouncer being the only woman I saw in that room and nobody argued with her, even the toughest went quiet when she told them to.
    A lot of the area around Knowles Street was factories, docks warehouses and other businesses it was a busy place with many people employed, they worked hard drank hard and by todays standards the play would be classed as a riot but we had fun.
    Frank.

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  2. Shame we can’t read the business name on the building that’s on the the corner with Bishop St. It’s No. 5 Bishop St. and seems to have a very large lamp suspended from it. Circa 1880 it was G. R. Toogood, Elephant Tea & Coffee warehouse, “Family Grocer, Flour Dealer and Provision Merchant”.

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  3. Just one question, can anybody tell whether or not these carts are bringing cheeses to the warehouse, or are they being sent out to retailers?

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  4. We are looking south down Knowles St. towards Bishop St. The large building being Benington & Sons, wholesale grocers & provision merchants at 19 Bishop Street (& 6 Silver street).

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  5. Fantastic photo. Is this building on the sight of the original workhouse, I mean even before the one at Portrack in the very early days.

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  6. As mentioned on another post, the company of Jacques & Knowles was founded in the 1850`s, by Anthony Crosby Knowles JP & George Jacques . It was, as can be read in the photo, a wholesale grocery business. A cart bearing the company name can be seen 20 secs into a 1910 film that can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTQxQmewROk , the sign on the cart states “Furniture Stored, Apply, Jacques & Knowles, Knowles Street, Stockton on Tees”.

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