Chelmsford Street, Thornaby c1972

This is my cousin Albert removing the front door from our house at 11 Chelmsford Street, shortly before the street was demolished in 1972. Albert took our door because it was better than the one on his house on Westbury Street.

Photograph and details courtesy of Philip Moore.


7 thoughts on “Chelmsford Street, Thornaby c1972

  1. My family lived at the other house in the photo, No. 13, with the boarded window in the door. Their door was the same style and I’ve always loved those doors since. One of my earliest memories, is visiting my newly married Uncle Tom and his wife, Ann. I would only have been 3 or 4 year old so not long before this photo. Apart from the door, the other thing I remember was a load of horse brasses around the fireplace in the front room.


  2. What is the historical background to the demolition of Chelmsford Street? As a relative newcomer to Teesside (from Canada), I am intensely curious.


    • Hi Ted, I don’t know why, but Chelmsford Street was very close to where the A66 now cuts through that part of Thornaby. Adjoining streets (St. Leonard & Lyndhurst) were completely demolished to make way for the A66.


      • If you go to the St. Patrick School and stand with your back to it. Look across and you will see a narrow alley. Albert lived in the first house of the newer ones.


      • I have looked at your picture. Where Albert lived was a little further up Westbury Street, opposite St. Patrick School. It was a newer house than the one shown in your picture. I live in Leicester now but still go to Teesside on occasions.. I will try to get over there an have a look.


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