Billingham Town Centre, late 1960s

When I was a schoolboy in the early 1950s I remember the excitement of the new shops being built, initially where the photographer was standing was a road known as Queensway, there were only shops along the right hand side of this photograph, the building at the bottom was yet to be built, if you could have stood in the same spot in 1953 you would be able to see along the length of Roseberry Road as far as Wolviston Road/ Billingham Bypass, if you were to walk to the fence alongside the bypass and look across the open land you would see the “Russian’s” farm on Sandy Lane, the next village would be Thorpe Thewles, amazingly if you stood in the same spot now you would see the “Russians” farm is no more and the land is a golf course but there are still open fields, woodland and meadows as far as Thorpe, this area was my playground as I was growing up.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Stockton KGH Football Team

A photograph of the Stockton KGH Football Team (date unknown) with the Stockton Sunday League Cup after a 1-0 victory over Oxbridge Hotel to complete a League and Cup double.

Back Row: P. McAbe, D. Munt, S. Mallaby, P. Hodgekiss, ??, P. McDermotroe, T. Churchill, ??, P.Philips, A. Jones, A Kidd, ??. Front Row: S. Seymour, D. Smiddy, J. Louden, T. Smith and son, D. Wing.


Stockton Railway Sheds Home Guard

In the Second World War many places of work had their own detachment of the Home Guard and Stockton Railway Sheds were one of them. My grandfather Thomas Wybert Birtle spent most of his working life at the Stockton Sheds and he was made sergeant for their section. He’d served in the Great War finishing up at as a sergeant in the HLI (Highland Light Infantry) so they were making good use of his experience.

During the war years he was permanent nights running foreman which from all accounts was a demanding role.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Light and Shadows: The End of the Great War

Join us for a commemorative event marking 100 years since the end of The Great War. Local historian Martin Peagam will talk about Stockton in 1918 as four years of conflict came to an end and reflect on the impact the war had on the town.

Friday 9 November, 3.30pm at Stockton Central Library (Jim Cooke Conference Suite). Tickets £2 per person. Book a place on 01642 528079 /

Mr Chetwynd at the Green Bushes Hotel, Stockton

The caption written on the back of this photograph is, ‘Mr G. R. Chetwynd M.P. for Stockton gives a warm handshake to Mr James Castell (85) the oldest member when gifts were made from the Stockton Corporation Retirement fund at a social held at the Green Bushes Hotel, Stockton. Others in the picture are (from L to R) Mr W.A. Pearson, Mr Frank Bailey (chairman), Mr Hugh Allan and Mr Walter Hudson’. My granddad, Frank Bailey, was born in 1902 and began working for Stockton Corporation in 1916 as a tram conductor. When he retired in 1963 he was a depot inspector. He died in 1992.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.

Nurses at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital c1940s

My mother Ida Wilson (nee Colclough) was born in Thornaby in June 1926. She trained as a State Registered Nurse at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital qualifiying in 1948. She moved to West Hartlepool in 1950 after her marriage and returned to nursing in 1967 at St. Hilda’s Hospital moving to The General Hospital from which she retired in 1984. These three photographs were taken during her time at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital. The first shows Nurses Fairy, Colclough (my mum), Hopper and Swales in 1947. The second Nurses Colclough, Pace, Fairy and Swales c1947 and the third Nurses Colclough, Gustiavson, Dr Roberts and Nurse Horley, June 1948.

Photographs and details courtesy of Christine Wilson.