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  1. Hi, do you have any details for the following
    address’ around 1901.

    2 Union Square Stockton. Home of John William Cook. Zone of Matthew and Sarah.

    Also for 12 Ann Street where the family then lived around 1911.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Sara.

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  2. Hi I have been tracing the Di Duca family who were ice cream manufacturers or vendors in the Stockton area. Does anyone know anything about this family, have photos or any information that I can pass to my daughter in laws family who descend from the Di Duca’s

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    • Sally, the 1911 Census shows Gussippe Di Duca as an ice cream dealer in West Hartlepool. But he and his wife, Marta, had lived in Stockton for several years around 1905, as two of their children (Maria and Giovanni) had been born in Stockton. At Hartlepool, Gussippe’s brothers Marco (27), Domenic (23) and Luigi (18) were living with the family and helping in the family ice cream business.

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  3. Hello, I am interested in Fishburn as I believe I have family connections to this county, I am looking for anyone who knew or knows of a Miss Winnerfred Coates from Fishburn Terrace I can go back as early 1940s.
    I would be highly delighted for the tiniest of information yours sincerely
    Angela smith

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    • Angela, in 1939 Winifred Coates was living with her parents William (b.1882) and Sarah (b,1885) at 4 Fishburn Terrace. Wm. Coates and Sarah A Wren had married in 1903 and had had a large family. But by 1939, only Norman (b.1920), Winifred (b.1922) and Joyce (b.1926) were living at home. Winifred married John A Wilkinson in late 1948. Hope this helps.

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  4. This maybe a long shot but I could do with a bit of help putting a name to a face. My father worked at Thornaby Steam Shed between 1960-1963 and he knew a fellow Locomotive Cleaner but tragically one of his fellow friends passed away around 1962 from a tragic motorcycle accident. I do have a picture available if you have any ideas.
    Thank You.

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  5. I am in the process of finishing up a book of memoirs called A Stockton Childhood by the late Juliet O’Connor who was Juliet Wood when she attended Grangefield Grammar in the late 1950s early 1960s. Does she appear in any of the class photos on this site? Would be great to include one in the book!

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  6. Does anyone have any archive video clips of a race or races at the old Teesside Park/Stockton racecourse perhaps from the 1970s. I have seen Rag trade winning there on the ITV vault but that was last fence and run in only and I would like if possible to see a whole race. Any possible sources would be much appreciated.

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    • I have a DVD copy of a Tyne Tees Television film that traces the journey of the River Tees from its headwaters to the sea, part of the film was shot at Stockton Racecourse, there are some interesting shots of the crowds, bookmakers and parts of races, the film was made in about 1962, it can be viewed on the BFI website or I can extract parts of it for you, if you are interested then contact me at billinghamlad@gmail.com

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  7. This is a query of last resort! It would appear that all records of who lived where in old Thornaby were kept by nobody on local or area councils in the years 1901 to 1920ish. I have been trying for several years to find who lived at or owned this address. Before I finally surrender does anyone have a sliver of information which may help please?

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      • According to Wards Directory for 1921-22 3 St Pauls Road was occupied by W Sunley Joiner. He was still there in the 1939 Census John W Sunley, single born in July 1878. Also at that address Ada Fuszard and Edward W Fuszard. At this time his occupation is Air Raid Shelter Labourer. Ada Fuszard was an “Unpaid Domestic Servant” while her son (?) Edward is an “Apprentice Metal Worker”

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        • Hi Albert and Cliff,
          Thanks for your good work. Sad to say that you have both brought me to the place when I asked the question. I owe you both an explanation.
          The W. (Wallace) Sunley was my great grandfather. His second daughter was Ada b.1875 in Guisborough. She doesn’t appear on 1901 census but was in York in 1911.
          Edward F.Fuszard was born St Helier. 1901 census saw in in Ripon in digs as a journeyman bread baker. He is not on any 1911 census.
          The pair of them married in the Peel Street Primitive Methodist Church in Thornaby in 1917 from a residence of 3, St Pauls Road. Edward died in 1923 having had only one child.
          My grandmothers & uncles & aunts are all within a few streets and all traceable except Ada and Edward from 1901 to 1917 (their wed). Cliff mentioned the annual register of electors: unfortunately they don’t exist for the period. I tried Durham, Stockton, Tees-side and Guisborough some years ago: somehow while the responsibility for Thornaby was passed around the records appear to have been binned.
          To make things even odder. I tried attacking it from a religious viewpoint – searching all Methodist records. I had been told by two contemporary people and one direct next generation of Edward , that he was a Methodist lay Preacher. Not only is there no mention of him in Methodist records but curiously, the Preacher who married then was not a Rev! The preacher who married them was in place from 1911 to 1920/21.
          So I do believe I am stuck. What attracted then both to Thornaby sometime between 1912 and 1916ish I may never know.

          Thanks for trying to help. This hobby sure does help to keep some grey cells moving!

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      • There is no entry in the 1901 Census for St Pauls Road, so I don’t think it had been built. But there is an entry for the 1911 Census. It was the home of Joseph (35) and Mary Ellen (34) Davies and their family. He was a Mill Loader at a local Ironworks.
        If you want information from later years, I suggest that you look up the names of the householders in the annual register of electors. Copies may be held at Stockton Local History Library.

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      • Hi. I managed to search the 1911 census using the address and got the following for you:
        Joseph Davies (35) Head – Mill Loader. Ironworks
        Mary Ellen Davies (34)
        William Robinson (37)- brother in law. Labourer
        Elsie Davies (8) daughter
        William Davies (4) son
        Frederick Davies (2) son
        Elizabeth Small (15) servant

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  8. My Grandmothers brother was Zachariah Hick born 1891 died 1955 he lived at 19 Longley Street, Stockton-on-Tees. When he died his brother took his hand cart? Is there any pictures of fish sellers carts it would be interesting to see.

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  9. Hi, this is a very big long shot but here goes…. I am looking for any information and possible pictures of Katherine (kitty) Blyth nee turner. Kitty was born in 1909 in Stockton, she was injured in a bombing raid in 1942 in Norton. She was cut from the rubble but later died from gangrene, would there be any news paper articles or anywhere I could look for info or pictures?

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    • Angela, in the 1939 register of residents, Kate Blyth is recorded as living at 44 Ancaster Road, Norton, with her family, including 7 year old Dennis. She was laid to rest as Kitty Blyth in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

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    • Angela, are you sure that the bombing raid was 1942?
      The following website, gives details of the bombing raids on Stockton and surrounding area. The raid on 15 August 1941, killed a number of people in Norton, and demolished houses in Ancaster Road where Kitty was living. It may be that Kitty died of her injuries some time later in 1942?
      http://heritage.stockton.gov.uk/stories/get-that-light-out-the-bombing-of-stockton-1940-43/

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    • Hi Angela,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      We hold the Evening Gazette in Stockton Reference Library on microfilm from 1860 onwards. If you would like to view the newspaper you can just pop in, however we do advise booking a microfilm reader to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a reader by contacting us on 01642 528079 or reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  10. Does any one in Thornaby 1937-1950 remember my Uncle Alfred Kidd with his garages at the bottom of Thornaby bank. He was an agent for Morris cars and had about five different petrols for sale from all new pumps?
    J.Norman Kidd.

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  11. Looking for a map that shows Pigeon Street in Thornaby. It is mentioned in early census records as being in the Trafalgar Street area, but may have had its name changed, as all of the maps I have looked at, at Stockton library don’t show it. My great grandfather was born there shortly after his parents came over from Northern Ireland.

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    • Bob, I have been unable to find Pigeon Street on a map, but the 1861 Census lists houses in “Pigeon St Trafalgar Street”. The first page of District 16 in the 1861 Census, lists the various roads in the enumeration area. The sequence in which those roads are listed reflects their geographical position, working from the south end of Trafalgar Street northwards towards the Ferry. Pigeon Street, appears to have been an extension of Trafalgar Street, and was eventually assimilated into the main thoroughfare.

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  12. Anyone in the Thornaby area, especially members of St. Patrick’s RC Church on Westbury Street, know what The ’50’ Club was/is? Any information would be much appreciated.

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  13. Is there any information on the Chinese restaurant located on Yarm Lane Stockton in 1964. Or photographs? It may have been called China Restaurant.

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  14. Does anybody remember the old weigh bridge on Church Road, and was it turned into a toilet in the 60s? There was the Municipal Buildings then a big stretch of green in front and I’m sure a public toilet there that you had to go downstairs to use it.

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    • The situation you describe is, I suspect, as it is now, Before the Municipal Building, Police station and Library were built in their current location the area was occupied by the Stockton cattle market. Regret that I can not be certain but I vaguely recall the toilet being on The Square (where the top of Church Road is now) and the weighbridge is a fairly certainty at a cattle market (I think this may have been on the markets exit on the High Street side.

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    • I know there was a cattle market as described off Church Road where the library now is. The weighbridge (I assume) was so there wouldn’t be a dispute when selling cattle. Old maps show sketches of the green and houses there too. The ‘Cattle Market’ pub still exists opposite the Parish church in Church Road. The cattle auction was still there at least in the 1940’s, possibly 50’s. There may have been an underground toilet there but I can only remember one between the Shambles and the Town Hall in the centre of the High St. It had a thick glass tiled roof to provide natural light but was filled in and replaced with modern facilities several years ago. To be honest it seems a more likely site as market traders and shoppers alike would use it.

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  15. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Christine Weims, she was my very first girlfriend, we were both about 7 years old and she left What was then Billingham in Co. Durham to move with her family to another part of the country. I would love to get in touch with her to see how her life has panned out.

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  16. I remember watching a meeting on the ICI cricket pitch at Billingham and the athlete I remember was Harry Whittle he was the Captain of the Olympic team at Helsinki. Is there any pictures of this man performing at this event and what year was it taken, it would be the early 1950.

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  17. I am trying to find the location of Bath Street, Stockton mentioned on a 1882 birth certificate of the Registration District of Stockton but cannot find it. It may be a Middlesbrough address. Any suggestions? Also was Middlesbrough part of Stockton Registration District in those times?

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    • Peter, Use the following link to look up a map of Stockton from the 1890s.
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488
      You can zoom in and enlarge the map.
      Go to the extreme northern end of the HIgh Street.
      Look for King Street on the right hand side.
      Go along King Street and you will find Bath Street is the 5th road on the left.

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    • Peter, the Ordnance Survey people surveyed this area in 1938 and their subsequent map shows Diamond Road in a half-completed state. But I do not know whether the other half was completed before or after WWII.

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    • I was a young child when Diamond Road was built, and it was in the early 1930s I am now coming up to my 98th year. I was brought up in Thornaby from 3 years old and attended Queen Street school and Arthur Head. I left Thornaby in 1955.

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  18. Harry Pearson and apprentice Gilbert Oram working in blacksmith shop behind William the fourth pub 1966. Are there any pictures from local Gazette?

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  19. Trying to get a copy of a gazette photo from 1970’s. Billingham lollypop lady retires. Photo taken outside Asda Billingham near John whitehead Park. I’m the little boy in picture, aged about 9 or 10.

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    • Hi Paul,
      We hold the Evening Gazette in Stockton Reference Library on microfilm from 1860 onwards. If you would like to view the newspaper you can just pop in, however we do advise booking a microfilm reader to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a reader by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

      Kind regards, Hannah

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    • If you have a look at this OS map from 1953, https://maps.nls.uk/view/91629708 you will see that the whole area above the Pentland Avenue/ Malvern Road area was farmland, there are a number of buildings on the map with very familiar names, Northfield House, White House, Wolviston Grange, High Grange, Low Grange, Marsh House and Owington Farm.

      The dotted area shows the new roads that were to be built around the yet to be built Town Centre, there were houses around the Roseberry Road, Hambleton Square area as well as those to the west of the Billingham Bypass including Queens Drive and Chatsworth Gardens

      The first phase of the Low Grange estate was started around about 1955 and was the Knole Road area down towards the railway line, taking in Delaval Road, Gilside Road and Gisburn Road.

      Low Grange Avenue was being built when I started at Stephenson Hall School in 1958, my Grandmother was living in a new house in Quenby Road at that time and of course building continued for many years after that date.

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  20. My husband was ran over in March 1981 outside billingham South school cos that day there was no lollipop lady. I seem to think it might of been in local paper it was 6th March. He ended up with head injuries and was hospitalised for a number of weeks. His name is Simon Heads would be gratefully appreciated if you could find anything thankyou Denise Heads

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  21. Would any of you know anything about Thompson’s Farm near Holme House Prison in Portrack? My dad is talking about an old racecourse he remembers being there and a friend of his finding old coins in the field which he thinks would make it one of the oldest racecourses. I’m at a dead end now, I’ve Googled it and there’s nothing. He said he has seen pictures in the library but my search has produced nothing

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    • Rachel, Stockton has had two racecourses over the last 200 years, But neither location is really close to Holme House, and both sites are now built upon. Is there any chance that you might have heard your Dad talking about the course of the mill race? Billingham Corn Mill, stood in the middle of Billingham Bottoms and was fed by water in a stream called the Mill Race.

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    • Rachel, That farm was called Lambert’s farm in my time although I believe it was a Mr Lumley who farmed it. There was a Green Lane across the farm from Norton to Middlesbrough long before the Newport Bridge was built, people had walked it for many years before I walked it with my Mother after the Bridge was built and opened. Before that ferries would run across the River and some still existed well after the war.
      There was a large field near where the Portrack Roundabout is now which had Rocket Batteries in it during the war years, was this used for the odd horse race I do not know, Stockton Race Course being the only one I ever heard of.
      We did that walk many times walking over the Newport Bridge then getting the bus to North Ormesby, my Mother was a keen walker.
      Sorry I cannot help more.
      Frank.

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    • Hi Rachel,
      Not surprisingly, the 1860 ‘Old Series@ O.S. map shows the farm where the prison now is to have been ‘Holme Farm’. No race course is shown in the Portrack area on the 1899 /1901 maps. Maps of the 1930’s) showed a sports ground just north of Queensport close in Port track This grew in size to eventually becoming a sports park with running track & gym. It now has a school and a field, The 1860 map I have is 1:50,000 and so small details are missing. BUT. I know from my your in the 1950’s that the small ground still existed and was used as a football ground of some Stockton note. The Portrack Rangers was the local team. More importantly to you perhaps is that the ground was in use in the mid 1800’s as a cricket ground. At least two County Cricket matches were played there. The ‘Cricketers’, the now closed Portrack pub, derives its name from those games.
      The only race track in the immediate area was a dog track (closed in the 1950’s I think). This was on the edge of Tilery near the Brown Jug pub.

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  22. Can anyone give me any information on a local painter from Stockton by the name of Arthur Simpson. He painted apparently in the 1902’s onwards and was keen on Stockton/Redcar/Whitby area.

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    • Darren, there are some of Simpson’s paintings currently for sale on e-bay from an art dealer in Somerset. They had dozens to sell a month ago, and most have been sold, but there are still a few left. But I cannot find anything out about him.

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  23. Trying to remember the name of the newsagents shop 75/77 Oxbridge Lane in Stockton late 60s early 70s before it was Wielands.
    Thank you for any help

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  24. One of my ancestors lived at 3 Raglan Terrace, Stockton in 1911. His name was Richard Wilberforce and he worked at the gasworks. I cannot trace Raglan Terrace. Can anybody help?

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    • John, the Raglan Terrace entries on the 1911 Census are sandwiched between entries for people living in Stamp Street and Hutchinson Street. So it looks as if Raglan Terrace lay at the western end of Mill Street, or thereabouts. Mr Wliberforce was only a short walk from his job at the gas works, probably crossing Bishopton Road via the pedestrian bridge to the railway station.

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    • Raglan Terrace made up the last five houses on the northern side of Mill Street West, and would of faced onto the steps of the footbridge, that crosses the railway line over to Phoenix Sidings, and railway turntable. It later became No.s 66-68-70-72-74 Mill St. West.

      The terrace appears on an 1893 map and can be clearly seen in these images from 1950 (register for free to be able to zoom in).
      https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EAW033958
      https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EAW033951

      On this 1949 image you can see the terrace and the gas works.
      https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EAW024094

      It must have been demolished before 1971.

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      • My ancestors Wm Myers Robinson, wife Jane and family are also on the 1891 censuses. They lived in the area at ‘back Stamp st’ which was next to Raglan Terrace. It was also called Railway Cottages so would have been used by railway workers (as my gt grandfather was). It must have been confusing for the postman! Many streets in the area were named after military people or battles – (possibly Lord Raglan). I went to find it about 10 years ago and not surprisingly it’s gone but some has been replaced by modern housing with the same name. Stockton Station is still nearby.

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  25. Hi I have a partner who was in the Dixielanders jazz band from 1984 to 1988/1989, was wondering if you had any pictures please, Thank you 🙂

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  26. hello, you dont seem to upload new pictures as often as you used to (ie, before xmas),there used to be new photo`s added daily, now its a few days between them, not running out of them are you?
    😉

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    • Hi. Pleased you look forward to seeing the pictures. Earlier in the year unfortunately the site had some issues when we were not able to add images. We’ve had less added in the last month due to staffing issues. And you’ll be pleased to hear we haven’t run out of photos yet. We’re also happy to receive them from our viewers too!

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  27. Can any one remember Zachariah Hick he lived at 19 Longley Street, Stockton-on-Tees he was a Fish seller. He died in 1955 and left over £2000

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    • Zachariah was born in 1889, the youngest child in the large family of Newrick and Harriet Hick. His father was also a fish seller, and had been born in Staithes in 1845.

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      • Thank you. Also from another Answer on this site I as able to find the house he lived in when he died 19 Longley street, Stockton.

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  28. Hi I am looking for a man called David Parker, from 1982 he lived in Hartlepool and he published a sports book, does anyone know him?

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  29. Hi, I am looking for a photo of the Masons mark on Stockton’s stations railway bridge known as Paddy’s shovel. thank you.

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  30. Hi I am researching my family history and hoping that someone might recognize the following addresses.
    Belasis Avenue, Haverton Hill, Billingham MD and 158 Humble Lane, Wingate.

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  31. Some of my ancestors (Charlton) lived at 6 Caroline Street, Stockton-on-Tees. The street was demolished in 1960. Where did they get moved to in Stockton?

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  32. Hi, I’m looking for any one that is connected with a Booth family from Stockton. My gr gr grandad Bryan John Booth was the superintendent of the Stockton Police force. Lived at 5 Palmerston St/Rd. His son William was a blacksmith, my gr grandfather. His only daughter was Catherine Booth, my grandmother, she had 6 brothers. A David Booth has just posted a photo of Stockton High St on here, just curious if there is any connection.

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  33. Hi, I am on the front page of the local paper in 1959 after reacting badly to the whooping cough injection, I would love to find that paper is that something you could help me with please?

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    • Hi Lynn,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      We hold the Evening Gazette in Stockton Reference Library on microfilm from 1860 onwards. If you would like to view the newspaper you can just pop in, however we do advise booking a microfilm reader to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a reader by contacting us on 01642 528079 or reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

      Kind regards, Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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  34. I am originally from Thornaby, now living in Northumberland, and I am in the process of planning a model railway centred around Thornaby Railway Station, the bridges, branch lines etc circa 1960’s, my boyhood era. I’ve looked at many of the pictures in the archive to help me to construct the buildings etc to as close as possible how they looked in the 1960’s. But I would like to know if there is an active archive that can be viewed to search more quickly through pictures i.e. in Stockton library? I visit the area frequently as my immediate family still live in Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick and it would help me tremendously if there were such a viewing point. Kind regards, Neil Llewellyn.

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    • Hello Neil
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      As far as pictures go, all of our photographs are on Picture Stockton’s website. There is a search facility that should help you find what you want.
      The Reference Library does also have a great many books relating to local railways and you are welcome to come and look through these whenever you are in the area.

      Kind regards, Julie
      Senior Library & Information Assistant

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  35. Hi, I’m hoping you can help. I have an ancestor that was born in Blue Point House, Stockton and when I Google it, it seems to be an individual area, I was wondering what was there in 1871 when he was born, his father is listed as a waterman?! Thanks

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  36. Hi, I’ve been looking for a friend of my grandads called Kenneth Murray he was born 7 April 1936. My grandad is called Norman Dixon he was born 27 April 1938 both attended Oxbridge Lane Primary school

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  37. I have been looking at JW Cameron Stockton-on-Tees, they were at two addresses:- 16 Finkle Street & 27 High Street, I would be grateful for any information and pictures is available. Many Thanks Anth

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  38. My father was born at 73 Lawson Street in 1902. It looks from Google Maps as if it has been demolished. Can anyone help with this please. Are there any old pictures showing Lawson Street?

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    • Look at the Stockton 1899 Maps, Lawson Street is off Yarm Lane. It was a long street from Dovecote Street to Yarm lane. All that is left after being flattened then rebuilt on is the Medical Centre and the Chapel on the corner of Lawson Street and Yarm Lane. Hope this helps
      Frank

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    • Yes Chris, I remember it quite well. It was a terrible crash, and if I remember right there were some deaths and a lot injured. I think the top deck of the bus was sliced off by some sort of construction vehicle. We have the Evening Gazette on microfilm here in the Reference Library if you are interested enough to come and look through it.

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      • Hello and sorry for the late reply. I worked for Cleveland transit at the time and remember the accident well. I believe it was late 73 and was due to a crane being left on the roundabout with the end of its jib overhanging the road during A19 construction. The 41/42 service from Middlesbrough to Billingham unfortunately collided with the jib which was not visible in this peak time november (I believe) tragedy
        Thanks. Ivor

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      • Yes my late father was in it, it was a Beeline bus taking ship yard workers to Haverton Hill and onto Smiths dock, South Bank, some of the men were to go onwards to start fitting out ships for the Falklands, the bus over turned and I believe two killed. ICI teams on scene first, cops in my opinion were disorganized. We lived on Winterbottom Ave, Hartlepool, my mother saw police come to a house over the road mid morning and her husband soon after, it wasn’t until around the time my father was due home the woman over the road told her what had happened, soon after that I arrived home. At that time I was in the RAF on X1 sqn RAF Binbrook, I saw the crash on the lunch time news, I told my boss and he said contact the police, the police said no not involved, so I contacted North Tees Hospital and they said yes he was there but gave no details. I went off to the boss with the info, Pete my boss said see if the RAF will get you home, na big joke, no help at all, so bag on my back and on foot with my thumb out, first bit of luck when a taxi driver stopped and told him my story, get in I will get you sorted, he was heading back to Scunthorpe, my head was spinning. Sorry for long story, so the taxi driver drops me at Brigg M18 and said wait there someone will come, I didn’t know he had a CB, a HGV stops, ‘you Paul? get in I will drop you on the M62 A1 and someone will be waiting’. Thanks to so many HGV drivers and the taxi driver I was home just after my mother had got the news, no thanks to the police or the RAF, oh you may say why knock the cops, my father carried five types of ID including a driving licence he had done many jobs time served as a shipwright, officer onboard ship [joined the company he launched a ship for] and after coming out of the Merchant Navy could not get a decent job and became a copper until he could get back to shipbuilding in 1970s, there was no excuse for police for not informing my mother of the accident, my father was critical, had a heart attack pulling one of the lads out of the wreck. Unfortunately not the end of the story. I got a visitor at the door it was my fathers GP, he informed me I had been posted AWOL, nice. I went back on the Monday and told by the engineering office you’re on a charge, ‘ok’ I said my old mans solicitor wants all the details, hour later I was told the charges had been dropped. The police were still insisting my father was not involved in the accident, what gets me is the police got his name wrong, but not the address so what stopped them from informing my mother. My father was not able to work again due to his condition after the crash, this was due to damage to the area around his hips, my father Vic died of cancer four years ago in Sunderland he missed his job, his work mates and the amazing ships he had helped to build on the Tyne, Wear and Tees.

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        • I’m trying to get hold of headline in the evening gazette of the beeline coach crash from 14 July 1982 can you help

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        • Hello I sat at the back of the bus next to your Dad Vic what a great guy he was. I was 22 when this happened, it cost me 3 years of my working life. They got my details wrong but luckily mam and dad were informed. It’s 36 years tomorrow but I remember it like it was yesterday. I would really like to get hold of the picture on the front of the Mail, Gazette or Echo but I’m not having any luck. So if anyone knows where I can get one then please email me at thomas_kirkland_1976@hotmail.

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          • Hello Thomas,
            We hold copies of the Evening Gazette on microfilm going back to 1868 in the Reference Library. I shall email you a copy of the front page of the Evening Gazette for the 14th July 1982.

            Kind regards,
            Hannah

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  39. I was born at 30, Lawson Street on 5th January 1953 and I am trying to figure out how and why?
    All I know is my mother was travelling down from Scotland, having visited my father who was stationed there and she went into labour prematurely on the train. Somehow she ended up at the above address. I’ve always assumed she was taken in by a kindly resident but sadly she is no longer alive so I can’t ask her. I wonder if any of your viewers would have any information?
    Her name was Jean, 23 years old, and she would have been heavily pregnant and travelling with a 3 year old called Russell.

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    • Reg, according to the old electoral registers held in Stockton library in the years 1952/1953/1954 30 Lawson street was occupied by Clifford Hunter, in the same years number 31 Lawson street was occupied by Ivy and WIlliam Fenwick. In a register dated 1938 the Kings Head public house was stated as being No 31, I mention this as when I heard you on the radio you mentioned being born in this pub. Is there a possible connection with the above named people and your parents?

      John

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  40. I’m trying to find a picture of my dad riding a penny farthing in the 1953 Coronation, his name is Geoffrey. Can anyone help?

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  41. Does anyone remember or have any pictures of the Beyer Garratt steam locomotive which was painted on a large hording directly opposite the Turks Head pub, near Maritime Road?

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  42. My Mother Margaret White lived at Port Clarence in Church Street with her parents Frederick and Nora White. The family left the area in 1933. I would live to see a picture of Church Street which I understand is no longer there. If anyone can oblige, please let me know.

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  43. I am interested in getting hold of a copy of the Brick Bat magazine produced for Crossleys. My father Norman Johnson produced the art work for it. Can anyone help?

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  44. Does anyone have any pictures of film of Thornaby Steam Locomotive Depot from 1960 to 1964?
    My father was a Cleaner and a Fireman there and I’m wondering if anyone has pictures or film of any staff who worked three during that period or does anyone know Des Fernihough?

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  45. Does anyone know where 1 Spring Gardens was (is) in Hartburn. Have an aunt who died there and want to know the nearest c of e church/cemetery where she is buried. Thanks

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    • Liz, presumably you know your aunt’s name, and approximately when she died?
      If so, then visit the website of the Stockton-on-Tees Registry Office at
      https://www.stockton.gov.uk/register-office
      Enter your aunt’s details and search for her burial. The results will show if she was buried in the Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, the nearest one to Hartburn.

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  46. Hello
    Does anyone remember my father Joseph Clifford Trotter Fellowes (known as Cliff) who was born in September 1919 and lived at 84 High Street Norton with William Jesse Fellowes, Elizabeth Mary Adeline Fellowes (nee Trotter) and George Robinson Fellowes.
    My dad died in 1984 having emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1956. I would love to learn more about his early life in Norton and about his relatives – I believe the Trotter family was quite large!
    Thanks

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    • Having grown up in Norton I remember there was a small grocer shop at this address, or thereabouts. It was next to the Yorkshire Penny Bank. Mr Fellowes always wore a brown coat.

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  47. Does anybody have any information about HUNTONS TILE & BRICKYARD that was in Tilery in the 1800’s, my relatives used to live and work there. But there is no mention of it.

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  48. I would be most grateful if you had any images of 43 Norton High Street when it belonged to my grandparents and would have traded under C C Kay, fishmongers, although they had other shops in Stockton and I think Northallerton and my grandmother always referred to them as Fish Game and Poultry Merchants.
    Kindest regards

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    • Hello Mr Wallis my name is David Jones my father Ernest or Ernie as he was know used to be transport manager for Issac Robsons on Bridge Road which is now sankey home improvements and they got all their wagons from Bob in the 1960s all part of my childhood. I miss it we were in Bickersteth Street at the time just thought I would reply about Bob Alexanders sorry to bother you I now live in Essex.

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  49. Wondering if there are any photos available of aircraft being built at F.Hills & Son during the second world war as wooden aircraft were being phased out

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  50. Can anyone tell me what became of R. Durham haulage, also F&F Robinson and lastly Peacock Haulage. Durhams lived in Portrack, I think, Robinsons were on Yarm Road and I don’t know where Peacocks were, but they had a fleet of mainlt Mk.14 Seddons. Over to you, chaps.

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    • Bob Durham is a Haverton Hill lad, I have a school photo of his class in my collection, in common with many hauliers he started with either a horse and cart or a handcart, his last depot was on the Cowpen Trading Estate, Bob lived on Darlington Back Lane just round the corner from the Mitre pub, and one of his sons lived in Leven Road in Yarm, when I was working as an auto electrician I used to meet up with his electrician at the trade shows organised by the Lucas company.

      I believe Durhams were taken over by a larger company but I don’t know which.

      A friend of mine, Reg Peachy, drove a Mk11 Atkinson for Durhams and the noise from the engine affected his hearing so badly he was almost totally deaf, the rattling from the wood framed doors was almost as noisy as the engine, they were in fact a terrible thing to drive.

      I remember seeing F&F Robinsons vehicles around the area but I know nothing of Peacocks but I do remember the Seddon trucks as I have repaired many of them in my time, I had twenty tears of working on commercial vehicles and covered just about every make, from a 1930s Crossley up to the Dafs, Volvos, Scanias etc. of the 1980s, an extremely interesting time, I had to give it up as working outside in the winter was taking its toll, my wife remembers me coming home after a particularly arduous day rewiring a Poclain digger in freezing conditions on the Redcar steel site and saying “This is a young mans game”.

      Did you see the photo of the Durham skip wagon I posted on this site a while back?. https://picturestocktonarchive.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/r-durham-sons-skip-wagon-c1960s/

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      • F&F Robinsons depot was at the top of Church Rd Stockton. It was young Bobby Durham who lived on Darlington Back Lane he lived in the big house behind.
        The Mitre Hotel called (Bishopgarth House) very nice person

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        • Henry peacock is as far as I know is still on the road more likely his Grandsons, they have a place on the Bishopton back lane and I have often seen two or three trucks there. He started on Portrack Lane long before the war when there were quite a few Haulage Contractors with their own trucks my Father being one of them and another Stan Grey. Billy and Tommy Pollard drove for Henry and they were all friends helping each other load or unload while they waited.
          Bob Durham was a late comer who was a coal merchant with a horse and cart living in Haverton Hill I went to the house a couple of times, Dad had his first truck in 1931-2 as did Stan Grey, Robinsons and Peacocks, Bob Durham got a truck in the run up to the war and Billy Barnes was his first driver.
          The war made many of them as they were all employed moving material to build Roads Aerodromes and Barracks, I still have visions of the truck being winched up Burk Brow by the Steam Roller tipping the Tar-Mac and then back down I used to get out and walk. One big contract was steam coal, nearly every Factory in the area had coal fired boilers that worked the belt driven machines. We took loads to Brompton Cotton Mill, Vom Pie Factory at Leeming Bar and many of the local Works.
          Bob had a name as a hard man you had to be to rise from a horse and cart to millionaire but he was a Gentleman who kept his word as he did with my Father. Once on leave I was in the Garage when Gordon said come on I will give you a driving test, we jumped in a short wheel base Bedford and off we went, getting back he told his Dad I was not bad so Bob said are you driving in the Army? “Err yes” Scammels Leyland six wheelers, American Mack tank transporters and Diamond “T’s” do you want a job he asked.
          Frank.

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          • Thanks for the info on Peacocks. The reason I asked was about 60 years ago a friend and I were going to cycle down to Sheffield but I bust the gears on my bike and had to put it in single freewheel which would have made things difficult. So my dad Bill Russell was foreman of the fettling yard at Davy & United at Haverton and he fixed us up with a lift, bikes included, to Davies at their Darnal works in Attercliffe Road, and then a return ride back a week later. The return trip was quite an event as the truck was empty and it simply flew back. I was about 15 years old at the time and was well impressed. Thanks again.

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        • It was Freeman Volkers and Stuart wagon depot at Church Road, Prestons transport F and F Robinson was on Yarm Road next to the A66 roundabout. Fred lived on Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe near the golf course.

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        • Bobby’s sister Cathleen just died a week ago. The service was at the church in wolviston. I did electrical work for them for many years.

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      • As a kid in the early 60s I Remember Fred Robinsons Depot being on Phoenix sidings my uncle Tom drove for him before he left and went on Stockton Ambulance service.

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    • R Durham’s was sold in 1993/94 to Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority. Old man Durham bob passed away 1991. His daughter Kathleen, my Mum passed away 18 Jan 2018.

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      • Jacqui would that be the daughter who married one of the Fletchers from Beaconsfield Street, I saw the report and wondered if it was. I remember her as a typical teenager full of fun.
        Your Granddad was a man who called a spade a spade but our family knew him as an upright man who kept his word.
        His first Driver was Wilf Barnes but we all called him Billy.
        Frank.

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    • I heard a story from the Ridley family, their grandfather (Emmanuel) who lived at The Larches, Thorpe Larches, knew Mr Durham and loaned him the money to buy his first lorry.

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    • Peacocks moved from Portrack Lane to Redland tiles at Blakeston Lane in the 70’s I worked for Redland tiles and Peacocks as a fitter. Peacocks closed in the 90’s. There is a small estate built there now where Ossey woods is at the end of Roseworth est.

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  51. My mother Florence May Elsworth was born in 1932 in Stockton union workhouse. I have been trying to obtain any details. She lived in Buxton Street, Stockton.

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    • Hello Albert, I hope that the following information may be of interest to you.
      The Stockton workhouse contained a hospital, which provided maternity services. So it is quite possible that your grandmother had a short stay in that hospital part of the workhouse whilst she gave birth to your mother. The fact that she was born in the workhouse does not mean that the Elsworth family was penniless.
      The birth registration records show that your grandmother’s maiden name was Watts. A search for children born in Stockton to Elmsworth and Watts in the 1930s shows the following births –
      Florence May Elsworth 1930
      Florence May Elsworth 1932
      Robert W Elsworth 1934
      George H Elsworth 1937
      I have not been able to find a registered marriage for Elsworth and Watts.
      Giving the two girls the same name suggests that the one born in 1930 had died in infancy.

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  52. Apologies. The nursery in Yarm was owned by Leonard Finch that my father worked at during the 1950’s. Does anybody have any information about the family. They also had several flower and vegetable shops in Stockton and surrounding towns. Does anyone remember the nursery in egglescliffe?

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  53. Hi can anyone help? I am looking for a Maureen Dyer (maiden name), don’t know whether married or not, her mam was Elsie, nee Scholes, then Coates. Had a brother named Norman who is now deceased. I am looking for some photos of when I was small, and hoping Maureen could help. I am distantly related. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Ange.

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    • Angela, according to civil registration records a Maureen Dyer married David Cameron on Teesside in Spring 1970, that sounds as if it could be her.

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  54. Does anyone remember a nursery owned or run by the Flintoff family in Yarm area during the 1950’s. Are any of the family still around? My father would like to contact them as he was a former employee during the 50’s.

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  55. Hi . Does anyone have any information / history on the Victorian houses opposite Claymond Court flats, the road was previously called Claremont Terrace in 1900’s.

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  56. Does anyone have any information on the Haverton Hill Cricket Club. They appear to have won the Cleveland Cup twice around the early 1900’s. I have a photo showing my great grandfather and great uncle with the cup – both called William Sidgwick.
    An interesting fact re formation of League as my Great Grandfather William Sidgwick was born in Hutton Rugby and the house he lived in in Haverton Hill he called Hutton House.
    My suspicion re Haverton Cricket Club was that it may have merged with Cowpen Bewley but this based on no facts. I would welcome any information.

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  57. Hi everyone, I’m trying to find out any information no matter how small about my dad. His name was Geoffrey Bullock and he passed away in September 1964. I believe he was in an orphanage when he was younger. He had a sister called Mablethorpe whose married name was Boughren from Billingham I think. My dad was in the Navy at some point. He worked at the ICI and we lived at 40 Scanbeck Drive in Marske. Although I was 8yrs old when he took his life I have no memory of him at all. It would be amazing if anyone knew or remembered him. I have also tried to find his obituary on line to no avail. Thank you for taking time to read this.

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  58. Historically, what was on the site that is now Diamond Road, Thornaby. Particularly where the show home was for the new development

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  59. This question may not qualify for Stockton Pictures as it concerns Malcolm Cambells Bluebird being on show at the Park on Linthorpe Road or a garage near the Park. My father took me to see it as a little boy. I have never forgotten going and the thrill of standing looking into the driving seat. Does anyone else remember this event. I think the year would be about 1934. My pal Keith Dixon also of Grantham Road – parents had the Bairswear and wool shop in Norton High Street. Mr Dixon must have been related to Freddie Dixon the famous racing driver whose garage Mr Dixon bought post war,also on Linthorpe Road almost opposite the Park gates. Keith and I were children of Mum’s and Dad’s who were first time buyers and occupiers of 13 Joseph Kidd 29 William Dixon (Billy) Grantham Road.
    J.Norman Kidd

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  60. Does anyone have any pictures from around 1955 onwards of a ice cream shop in Tilery called Paleschi – peleski ice creams – my great grandmother has a shop next door or over the road called Annies. Any information on this is appreciated as my dad is not good health and would love to see this one last time. Please, please help.

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      • Yes there was definitely a Paleschi’s ice cream shop in Tilery Road & I believe on the other end of the block was Annie Rollinson’s shop!

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        • Yes, I remember Paleschi’s coming round with a ‘ice cream bike’ in the 1950’s in Norton – the forerunner of the modern ice cream van… It had a big tub on the front of a pedal tricycle. Last year in 2017 I bought an adult pedal trike from a factory in York. They also do a version which is called ‘an ice cream trike’… although tradesmen also sold other stuff door to door way before the days of supermarkets. Italian ice cream was (and still is) very popular.

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  61. Does anyone remember the Simpson family who lived in Swiss cottage on the salt Marsh, Tees Road Seal Sands roundabout from around 1910 to mid 1980s John and Hannah Simpson and children, Margaret (Peggy), Molly, Elsie, John and George.

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  62. Hello there everyone, I was wondering about Grangefield Spennithorne Road, Stockton in the 1950s and if anyone has any pictures if possible – doing a history project, thanks.

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    • Hi I was born in Redmire Road which leads on to Spennithorne Road, in 1949, so spent a lot of time as child in the immediate area, not leaving there until 1975. As kids we spent most of our playtime playing games in the roads around the estate, (no traffic apart from the rag and bone man with his horse and cart and the dustbin cart). Spennithorne Road was a favourite in the winter after snow as with it being on a good slope was ideal for sledging or in the summer great for getting up speed on our home made go-carts. Many happy bruised memories of a childhood on a lovely estate.

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  63. Hi was wondering if anyone has any information with regards to a shop in old Tilery, it was a shop called Annie’s was run by my great grandmother Annie Rollinson in the 1940-1950 ish
    would love to see this in pics

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  64. Hello. I am looking for a photo of myself from around 1968 to 70 from Billingham North Primary school. The only class I can remember is Mrs Lightowlers class that I was in at that time as me and me brothers moved away. I also remember being at that school when we had that bad large sleet shower and the day went into night….thanks

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  65. Hi, does anybody remember Sydney Street and Pat Geldart? I am her Daughter-in-law and we would be pleased if anybody has some photos from Sydney Street and the area. Does anybody know the Stoker Family in Portrack Street?

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    • If your mother-in-law went to Richard Hind School from 1962-1967 I might have a photo of her. Also I think a friend of mine lived in Sidney Street that might remember her.

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  66. I am looking for a photograph of Charles Tinkler for an interpretation panel at Tinkler’s Yard, Norton. Below is the information that I have on him. Can anyone help?

    Who was Charles Tinkler? Charles ran his wagon and haulage business from the site we know today as Tinkler’s Yard; the site occupies two acres at the north end of Station Road (formerly ‘Crook Dike Lane’); historically parts of Crooks Barn Farm (most of the land was developed in the 1960s for the Crooksbarn Estate and School). Charlie’s depot had large buildings and massive trucks, which explains the compacted nature of the soil. The Tinkler haulage business relocated by the mid1960s and Charlie kept poultry and livestock on his land until his death in 1987. He was a country man at heart and Tinkler’s Yard is his lasting memorial and a pleasing legacy for the people of Norton to enjoy.

    Susan Antrobus
    Tees Valley Wild Green Places Manager

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  67. I am currently writing a report for the SS Hazelwood which sunk with all hands on 19th October 1917. This report is part of our ongoing project “Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War”, executed and delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust, more info: http://forgottenwrecks.maritimearchaeologytrust.org/.

    The SS Hazelwood was originally built by Ropner & Sons Ltd, Stockton-on-Trent, in 1904. The company has since been liquidated. I came across a photo from the shipyard on this site (http://bit.ly/2zFiAH2) and I was hoping that somebody might have some more information about the building of the ship. There are some contradictions with her armament in the existing records online. Does anyone know where the original documents from the shipyard might be? Or could point me in a direction to somebody who might know the answer?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Laura

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    • The Museum of Hartlepool is said to hold some company records for the Ropner Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. They have records from 1894 – 1925, but I do not know if they are continuous throughout that period. I hope that you find something relating to the Hazelwood there.

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    • Rochester Road is one of the roads on the Roseworth housing estate in Stockton. As the estate was only built in the late 1950s-1960s, I do not think that you will find any information before that date.

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      • I believe Kiora hall existed on the site however construction of the housing estate began in 1949 and was completed in 1954. A lot of the land in Ragworth and Roseworth was owned by Fewsters nurseries until Fern Park and Woodlands estates were constructed from 1961. Hope this helps.

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  68. I seem to remember a shop at the end of Silver Street going towards Thistle Green in the 1950s
    displaying a replica of the Crown Jewels, it may have been a jewellery shop. Does anyone know the name of the shop and what became of the crown?

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  69. I am looking for some photos of Eubank Street in Stockton. There was a bomb in WW2 at the top of the street apparently. It was demolished at some point. I’m after some pictures to jog my fathers memory

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  70. Anyone have any definitive answers as to when the Moderne Cinema at Norton closed? Still going in 1958 but was the Fiesta Club from 1965.

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    • Hello Sandra,

      We have checked and are unable to find a Thornaby Street. Are you sure it was a street and not Thornaby Road or Thornaby Place?

      If you would like to email us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk with your grandparents names, we will try to find where they living for you.

      Regards, Julie

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  71. Hello, I’m trying to find out about a photographer called Frank White who took photos for the Power Gas Corporation. I believe he lived in Redcar. There were a couple of photo book publications in his name published by the Power Gas Corporation one called ‘Stockton Day to Day’. Does anyone know anything about his life / his works? Thanks

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    • I think Frank White worked at Turners Stockton as their industrial photographer during the mid 70’s and earlier when I think he must have been near to retirement. I’ve alerted the person I know who worked with him then to this post hopefully he’ll be in touch.

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  72. Hi, I’m looking for information about the Manor that once stood in Fairfield and also a church and its hall that was demolished to make way for new houses. It is now known as Manor Place behind the old Rimswell public house. I would appreciate any info. and the people/vicars who lived there.

    Thank you

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  73. Does anyone have any information about Holme House in Egglescliffe, it was the home of my family (Wetherell family) at one point. We be nice to know its location and if there are any photos.

    Steve

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    • Steve, have a look at a high resolution map showing the town of Yarm, which lies just south of Egglescliffe. Now look to the west of Yarm, and on the opposite side of the River Tees you will spot Holme House Farm. It is not a modern building as it appears on maps from the mid-1800s. The name comes from its location, as a “Holme” is a northern name for flat land which lies adjacent to a river. I am just not whether the location, so far to the west of the village of Egglescliffe, would have been classed as in Egglescliffe. But that property is your best starting point.

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  74. I’m currently involved in a Cultural Heritage Trail in Stockton Town Centre. If anyone has stories or photographs of the Dovecot area of town, I would be very interested in hearing from you.

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  75. Hi I was wondering if anyone knew/had any stories about Dave “Blackie” Fletcher? I’m his granddaughter and never knew him – hoping I can find out more xx

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    • Hi I knew Blackiel from his time playing snooker in Sloaneswith a mate of mine Jimmy Robson they were well matched and had some great games.I met him again later after he married Ros Wegg and they lived in Eaglescliffe. He was a real character but not someone you would want to cross.

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    • Hi again
      There is a guy called I think Kevin McCullough who occasionally posts on the site who was a good friend of Blackie, Picture Stockton will have his E Mail and could maybe contact him for you. One more snippet of information a local man called Billy the Boxer taught Blackie how to box.

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  76. Hi was anyone in Nazareth House orphanage in Middlesbrough during the 60s and 70s and have you got any photos to share? I would love to hear from anyone that remembers the Ward family.

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  77. Who owned 2 Bishopton Road, Stockton in 1993? The building with the tower? I believe the building was under pinned then and I need to get either a report or information of which company did the works.

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  78. Hi, I am trying to find information on the Holy Trinity Boys School and hope you can help.

    I would like to know what the age range was, what year it closed and which schools the boys then went to.

    Both my father and my two brothers attended the school.
    thank you

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    • I went to Holy Trinity School and left in 1955 the headmaster was Mr Nesbit, I worked at Stockton Odeon till 1968 and the school was there then, I think I was 8 years old when I started the school. I am trying to find what has become of the Odeon Cinema I understood the council bought it.

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  79. My Grandfather, Cyril Worthington Goodsman was born in the Durham Hotel in Leeds Street, Stockton in 1893. Does anybody have any photos or knowledge of this pub?

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    • The 1891 Census shows the Durham Hotel as No. 24 Leeds Street, on the corner of Leeds Street and Durham Street. Mr Goodman was then the “innkeeper”. You may be interested in the following death announcement which appeared in the North-East Daily Gazette for 3 March 1897.
      “On 2nd Inst. at 5 Cardigan Street, Stockton, Gennie Goodsman, beloved daughter of Adman and Mary Goodsman, late Durham Hotel, Stockton. Interment on Saturday , 2.30 at Oxbridge Cemetery. Friends please accept this invitation.” Cardigan Street was located just east of Stockton railway station.

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  80. We are trying to find a newspaper article about a boat built in the garden by a man called Ronald Thorpe. There was a article in 1963 and 1964 in Stockton-on-Tees. We are just trying to find the article for family.

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    • Hello Brooklyn,
      We have the Evening Gazette on microfilm for the years you require within Stockton Reference Library.
      If you would like to book a film reader to view them please contact us on 01642 528079 or by e-mail: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.
      We also offer a search facility for a charge if you require.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  81. Hello Picture Stockton. I have been informed that there is a website on which to book visits to the Transporter Bridge but so far I have drawn a blank. I am due to re-visit Teesside in the 1st week in September. A trip up to the top deck would be magic. Please can you help. Looking forward to your reply.
    Ian Russell

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    • I have five photos associated with St. Gerards School, one of which can be found on the Picture Stockton site, they consist of two football teams, one photo of a group of boy pupils, one photo of four teachers and a photo of the school building.

      All of the photos were taken in the 1950s.

      I have the names of a number of the pupils and teachers in these photos.

      If you want them emailing to you then ask Picture Stockton for my email address and I will send them off to you.

      If you find any photos of Cleveland Avenue then please let me know, My Grandmother, Father, Aunt and Uncles all lived at No3, and my step Mother-in-Law lived on the opposite side of the street and I would love have copies to use in our family photo album.

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  82. What was the office block called at the end of St Cuthberts Road/ Richardson Road before the new Bellway build and is there and pictures?

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    • Hello Jeffrey,
      The first reference we have for the Unicorn Inn, Known locally as the Top House is in the 1828 wards directory.
      It might be worth contacting Teesside Archives to see if they have any plans etc for the pub.
      I hope this information helps, if we can be of any further assistance you can contact us by e-mail on reference.library@stockton.gov.uk or by phone on 01642 528079.

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  83. Hi I am wanting to know if anyone lived or living in Grosvenor Road, Stockton would know if there are Air Raid shelters in the back garden?

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    • I live in a similar type of house in Newham Grange. Both my house and the house next door had “Anderson” bomb shelters at the bottom of the garden. I have seen photos of them, but there is no trace of them now. I understand this type of shelter had a corrugated iron roof over which you could heap earth. They were usually positioned in gardens some distance from the house. They were not designed to protect against a direct hit, but to protect the family if a bomb caused the house to collapse. So they would very likely been used in other gardens in the area.

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    • The famous Stockton seaman – Captain William Christopher – made out his Will in 1797, in which he referred to his “Estate at Grange Fields, Stockton.”.

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    • Hello Donna,
      Here in the reference library we have lots of resources that may help you with your research including historic maps, local history books, newspaper cuttings and access to census records. Call 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk if you would like further information.
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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    • Hello Donna
      My family lived on grange field estate at Redmire Road from just after the end of the war , until 1980 when our father died. Any information I can help you with l shall try and help.

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  84. Does anybody have any photographs of Stockton Bank signalbox either internally or externally. My interest is that Stockton is my surname and railways a hobby.
    I would to be happy to purchase pictures if any are available.
    Many thanks

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  85. Hi there. My Mother was from Stockton, she met my Father who is Chinese around 1965, he was working in China Restaurant, which was on Yarm Lane on the High Street. I just wondered if any photos exist of this premises in your archives? Thank you very much

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  86. Hello. Does anyone remembered Head Wrightson? Does anyone remember my dad, Tommy Dover? He was a welder there. Also had a brother called Richie

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    • Hi Sandra, I didn’t know your father but in 1954 whilst employed as a pre-apprentice by Heslop & Hall from Hartlepool, I worked at Head Wrightson Brenda Road Hartlepool, fitting 6″ water cooling pipes to the stamp forging machines. The forgings were transported to Fords at Dagenham. My father (Herbert Castling) was one of the drivers for Smith’s Hauliers who would load and deliver the forgings. Then the route to the south was the old A1 and it would be a good 6 or 7 hours journey in the old Seddon.

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      • Hi. Thank you for replying. What a shame you did not know my wonderful dad. He sadly died in 2014. I was born in the Robson Maternity Home in August 1952. I am a retired teacher in Rotherham. Left Teesside 41 years ago. Still a fanatical Middlesbrough supporter.

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    • Hi
      I used to live next door to Norman and Olive and Alan when they lived at the Hardwick estate around about the early sixties. They where there a few years if my memory is right. Alan was a grammar school lad. I believe Olive died awhile back.
      Norman often passed my house now on Roseworth 2017 but I have not seen him since. He told me Alan had passed away in China a few years ago with tears in his eyes, very sad.
      Norman looked frail not sure if he is still with us.

      Jeff Cooke.

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  87. Hello. My father was born in 1915 at Swiss cottage on the Seal Sands roundabout, ICI his father was John Simpson I was wondering if there was a picture of the cottage before my aunt left in the 80’s. I have a picture when it was empty.
    Thank you
    Mrs Anne Young (need Simpson)

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  88. Like many others I am a Jack Taylor fan, and of course a fan of Norman and Ken. Does anyone know if Ken is still alive?
    I live on the West coast in Southport (between Blackpool and Liverpool) and want to open a small museum dedicated to the three Stockton lads.
    It is incredible that no one has done this in Stockton… I know there is no money in it but the Taylors put Stockton on the map.
    Other than my Jack Taylor bikes; 6 solos, 4 tandems and some pictures from the factory, I don’t have much else. If anyone has any news-clips or photos I would be very grateful for a copy.
    Someone from their hometown stated ” we thought of ’em as ordinary blokes; nothing special”.
    I would say they were legends, all three of them. Incidentally I have Norman Taylor’s own bike, built by himself in 1990, and that of his lady friend. It’s the only lady JT I have ever seen.
    No matter how small your snippet please forward a copy, thank you, Mel Blake.

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    • Walking my dog a few years back I often bumped into Jack and we would walk together talking, he certainly had all his marbles and I often got the odd tale about his life. He died age 90+ a couple of years ago the last of the Brothers. If you go on Picture Stockton and write Jack Taylor Cycles in the find box at the top of the page you will get pictures and stories from people who knew them.
      Also go on http://heritage.stockton.gov.uk/ there you will find quite a write up on the bikes and brothers plus a picture of the three seater three wheeler bike they made.
      Frank.

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  89. I am trying to locate Hodgson’s Yard in Billington, where my Grandmother Olive Smith lived, and where my father Terry Coyne was born. I know there is a Hodgson’s Yard in the centre of Stockton, but the references are very specific that there was also one in Billingham. Thanks in advance for considering.

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    • The 1891 Census for Billingham shows that Hodgson’s Yard was situated off The Green, 5 properties along from the Black Horse (but I do not know which side of the pub this was). Ralph Hodgson was wealthy enough to be recorded as “living on his own means”. Hodgson’s Yard was probably behind his house, which overlooked The Green.

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    • There are several photos of the first ticket office on the Picture Stockton website. To view them, use the search facility to look for – ticket office.

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  90. Hello, does anyone know where the offices would have been for distributing Ration Books during the war in Stockton. My Mum, Margaret McNaughton (nee Taylor) worked there during the war and I am trying to track down where it was and what sort of work she might have done there, working in “distributing” ration books.

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    • My mother, Marie Rhodes (nee Watson) also worked during WWII distributing ration books. She is no longer with us but I remember her telling me that she worked out of the police station on Church Road but because there was no office space available she was allocated a jail cell from which to work.

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  91. Hi all, please can some one help me sort out a McIntosh problem I have… John William McIntosh married Virginia Harbisher last qtr 1940, they had 3 children, Lawrence W McIntosh. Mavis McIntosh. David McIntosh. I’m trying very hard to find who the John William McIntosh’s mother was, {John W McIntosh who married Virginia Harbisher} seems there are several McIntosh’s living in Stockton same time.
    Please ask PictureStockton team for my e-mail if you think you can help.
    {or just post as normal}
    Many thanks.
    Derek

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    • Derek, I think that John Wm. McIntosh was the first son of J.W.McIntosh and Sarah J Whitehead, who had married at Stockton in early 1915. Hope this helps.

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      • Cliff thank you very much, he may well be related to my McIntosh’s, but my John William McIntosh was born 1912, his mother Milly McIntosh, nee Peacock.
        His father was killed in first couple of weeks of great war breaking out, his mother remarried but i dont know if she took him when she left Stockton or he was brought up by my maternal great grandmother.
        Thanks again Cliff for time and kindness.
        All the best.
        Derek.
        ps amazing how many J W McIntosh’s around at this time.

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  92. We live in the old terraced houses on Darlington Lane opposite the flats. Just wondered if anyone has any old photos of the houses, it be great to see them. I think the road was previously called Claremont Terrace when the houses were built 1900. Then it changed to Darlington Lane. Thanks.

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  93. Does anyone have any pics of a shop on old tilery way late 1950’s of a corner shop called “annies” it was my great grandmas shop and very inetrested to see old pics

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    • There are some old pictures of Tilery on this site Mark. Was your great gran Annie Rowley or Rolands because I remember that shop which was on the corner of Tilery Rd & Douglas St.

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  94. Hello Again, I am currently trying to locate the Commercial Inn on Norton Road but unfortunately I have had no luck so far. As a long shot I am wondering whether it still exists but under another name. Any help would be appreciated.

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  95. In your picture archive there is the photo of two soda bottles. I would like to know whether the date of manufacturing or uses of the bottle on the right side with the crown cap is known. Any information is highly appreciated.

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  96. Was there ever a sweet shop/grocery shop near Beaconsfield Road in Norton. I have a memory of a little shop on a road with the incline of Beaconsfield Rd about half way up in the early/mid 80s?

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    • Yes there was a little shop halfway up on the North side. I used to drive a work van from Eaglescliffe to Seal Sands in the late 70s and pick up workmates on the way, one lived on Norton Green so we used to go down Beaconsfield and stop at the shop the odd time. I don’t know anything of its’ owner or history though

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      • I’d be interested to know a little more about the ‘bottom shop’. I think for many years it was known as Carrolls. Was this a general dealer or a confectionery / newsagents etc? I believe this was detached from the terrace of Beaconsfield Street. Why was this, was it built before or after the terrace? Does anyone know what year Beaconsfield Street was built? I guess about 1905….I have seen reference to someone living there in the 1911 census. Any information appreciated.

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        • Mr Carrol owned this business as a Saleroom for household items The Carrols lived in the new road built on the site of Norton House? demolished to make two roads parallel to Beaconsfield Road. I am getting a bit forgetful now at 89 and can not remember the road names. However the facts are correct.
          J.Norman Kidd

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  97. Does anyone have any knowledge of John Fletcher, Builder, of Norton. My grandfather Richard Henry Thompson worked for the firm all his working life, from the 1890’s until his retirement after WWII; apart from his WWI service. His two sons Dick and Frank also worked for the firm. I believe that they did contract work for LNER, maintaining the tied workers cottages, and also building maintenance worked in Head Wrightson’s at Thornaby. I believe that the firm closed in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, possibly due to bankruptcy. Any information will be helpful.

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    • It looks as if Mr Fletcher had some very loyal employees. In addition to your relatives David, there was a William Laverick of Norton. He died in February 1940, aged 73, having worked for John Fletcher for 60 years!

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      • Mr Fletcher had a yard in Station Road Norton next to the Signal Box, he had a horse and cart all the years I knew of them. My Dad Charles Philip Mee had a Haulage business and sometimes took loads to or from what we called the wood yard. Loading bricks and curbs often damaged the floor on the bed of the truck which were wood boards, Mr Fletcher would cut and fit new timbers. Norton was a small village still I think Dad and Mr Fletcher must have known each other a long time, I certainly knew of Bill Laverick though as a young lad you do not take too much notice. It did strike me as strange that at a time transport was rapidly motorising Mr Fletcher stuck stubbornly to his old horse.

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      • Yes, a limited service. I know because I worked in the office and had to work Christmas Day or New years day. We also had a decorated Christmas Bus running through Dec. All done by the clever staff at the Bridge Road Depot. It was a treat if it was on your route.

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  98. Does any one remember if Tetley brewery had a building in the 1960’/1970s on Letch Lane, Carlton? It later become a Laboratory and then a blinds company had it, now knocked down.

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  99. I used to live on Greens Lane in Hartburn and was wondering when the old farm house that was near the gates to Fairfield Secondary School was demolished.
    Many thanks
    Nigel fenwick.

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    • Hello Nigel, the farm house was demolished either late 1960 or early 1961. It was known as Greens House Farm originally, and was a listed building. Sorry we can’t be more specific about the date.
      Bets wishes, Julie.

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    • From comments made elsewhere on this website by former pupils, I believe that the head may have been Miss Alexandrina Ruth Chalmers.

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    • Teesside Archives have a number of documents relating to the Hostel at Haverton Hill, unfortunately they are not yet on line, the titles can be viewed but not the content, a document dated June 1948 proposed that the Hostel could be used for the treatment of Scabies, another later one says that the Ministry of Labour had acquired the Hostel, you can visit the Archives by appointment to view the documents and they also have large format scanning equipment to make copies, I believe there is a charge for this, I did see a site listing all of the documents from 1919 until the mid 1950s but of course I now can’t find it, type Haverton Hill Hostel into Google and you will find a couple of sites worth visiting including the Archives.

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  100. This is a long shot but I was wondering if anyone knew about a Steve Horn. He was born in 1962 and now lives down south, but was born and grew up in Stockton. He stayed there until around the late 80s. From what I know he was a punk that wasn’t afraid of having some fun and he lived down Hertford Road, Leven Road, Green Dragon Yard and Berkshire Road, when married. If anyone knew of him when he lived in Stockton, it would be great to hear some stories.

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  101. Does anybody know the exact location of the McNaughton Launderette all I know is that it was in Bishopton Lane, Stockton-on-Tees and is the building still standing today if so whereabouts, what is the McNaughtons name that owned it? I’m wondering if they are my ancestors as I’m tracing my family tree.

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    • You will find a grave in Oxbridge Cemetery related to the owner of the laundry. It’s quite near to road on the left hand side of the main entrance on Oxbridge Lane. There is also a photograph of Bishopton Lane on this site showing the location of the laundry. It was on the end of the block so you could see the name of the laundry on an old advertising sign.

      My gran and her sister worked there when they first left school. It sounded very tough and Dickensian. My gran was born 1902.

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  102. I am trying to find out about a children’s care home in Stockton-on-Tees that my mother-in-law and her brother were brought up in from 1925 to 1939. Is there any such information available either from local authority or church organisations? I know that the Little Sisters of Nazareth were widely involved in the care of the elderly and from the 1920’s with children.

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  103. Does anyone know the name of the chief engineer of Stockton-on-Tees in the 1960s? This question was asked in our local “Who’s name was printed on the stockton buses” it was painted in white on the side of bus near the front wheel. Thanks.

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    • The name of “W.C.Wilson” appeared on the side of Stockton Corporation’s buses, as he was was the manager of the bus service.

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  104. I am trying to track down this story of a lady who lived on Station Road, Eaglescliffe. She sold her terrace house and all her belongings to fund a school charity in Africa. I remember her knocking on my door in Albert Road at the time asking me if I would like to buy her furniture and it was reported in the Gazette on the front page. I thought she was remarkable and I would like to find out if she was successful in her endeavours and whether I could offer to support in some smell way. Does anyone remember this? Do you have archives it must be about 10 years ago.

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  105. Hi. Doing a little research, I have found that my mams maternal side of the family used to run/own the Wheatsheaf in Norton High St, with a family name of Robson. Anyone able to direct me to some more info or pictures of the pub? Spooky how one of my first jobs was at Blackwells butchers, just up the road from where it was!!

    Ian Harris

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  106. Hi all, another question on my old school Tilery Boys, I’m not sure but several lads in my class John Calvert, Ray Ramsden, Denis Carter and one or two others were {from memory} the first in the school to be awarded Swimming “Proficiency in Personal Survival Awards”.
    August 1962, I got Bronze & Silver, John Calvert I believe got all 3 {Gold} we were given our badges whilst at old Billingham baths and a photo was taken of this event, I remember in the
    90s John Calvert had a very damaged photo from this time and would love to go through newspapers archives to find it. Is there anyone out there from our old school who can help me please or any one with a copy?
    My two badges long gone but still have the certificates. Please ask Picture Stockton for my e-mail address if you can help or would like to contact me.
    All the best.
    Derek

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    • I would like to add one more name to the above David Appleby, in every swimming compition we always swam together, we also {with David} represented the School {Tilery} in the Cox’s life saving compition at the old Billingham baths, the winners of the compition are shown here on Picture Stockton, from memory we came 2nd or 3rd.
      Derek

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  107. Hi. My mother’s parents owned a shop in Stockton in the 1930s. I think is was a grocery shop. There surname was Crimes. Do you know anything about it?

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  108. Hi, I am trying to locate some pictures of my grandfather, Leslie Maurice Booy, he was in the RAF during 1949 (When my father, Mervyn William Booy, was born)
    Many thanks
    Michelle

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    • Michelle, can you offer any more information about L.M.Booy. What was his rank in the RAF, do you know whether he was a member of a ground crew or a flight crew.

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      • Hi Cliff

        I’ve only just found your reply!

        My fathers birth certificate has the following on it, LAC 40203000 and lived at number 22 in the married quarters.

        If you find anything please email pictures@stockton.gov.uk and they will forward on my email address.

        Thank you for helping
        Michelle

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  109. I would like to ask which daily newspaper carried the article about the little lad who drowned in the clay hole between Swainby Road and Portrack, Summer of 1963. I was the first lad on the scene that day followed by my mate’s Jimmy Mannion, Franky large, Freddy Newby and the late George Thomas from Danby Road. I was great mates with these lads. The newspaper carried a photo of 4 lads sitting on stone steps in Swainby Road, I should have been the 5th lad in the photo but I was playing bowls. I could see the photographer taking the photo, all the lad were shouting me to jump over the beck (Lustrum) but I finished my game, with another good mate of mine, Brian Ransome. I’m trying to trace the photo and news story and would love to get hold of a copy…
    All the best.
    Derek Casey

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    • Just to add a thought I believe this tragic incident happened during the 6 weeks summer holidays of 1963, could any one please help me confirm it was this time.
      I would also like to try and get hold of a copy {news paper with photo and story}

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      • Derek, as its likely to have been a local newspaper you may be able to find it yourself with the help of Stockton Library. I’m sure the very helpful staff upstairs will point you in the direction of the resources they have on micro-film and via the internet. If that fails then Middlesbrough Library also have all the old gazettes on micro-film and Darlington Library have old Northern Echo’s.

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        • Thanks Jon, I was this afternoon told it may have been the Northern Echo. I’m hoping some one might remember if it was during the 6 weeks summer holidays, then knowing the month looking through microfilm a lot easier.
          Thanks for reply Jon much appreciated.
          All the best.
          Derek
          ps Please ask Picture Stockton for my e-mail address if you can help.

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        • I now know the tragic event took place August 1963, I’d remembered that in recent years I’d put all my old swimming certificates I’d gotten from my days at Tilery Boys school, and remembered I’d also put the award me and my mates received at the old school from Councillor Temple in December 1963, and it states the tragic event was August 1963.
          Now need the confidence to get to library in Darlington to look up microfilm.
          All the very best.
          Derek

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          • Derek, try Stockton Library first as they may also have what you want, possibly via access to an internet site which they subscribe too, even if you just give them a ring to ask if may save you a journey to Darlington,
            If you do end up going to Darlington check upon the location of the library first as I seem to remember hearing of its possible relocation, not sure if this happened though.

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            • Thanks Jon, the library is still in Crown Street, I’d e-mailed them the other day, just pleased I found the right month, should make looking easier.
              Just trying to drum up the confidence to jump on the bus and go.
              All the best.
              Derek

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              • Hi all again! I would like to ask if any old Tilery Road boys who were still at school December 1963 remember myself Derek Casey, Franky Large, George Thomas & Fredy Newby {Jim Mannion was not from our school} being present with an award for trying to save a life in the clay hole August 1963. I’m wondering if any reporters were present at the time, the award was
                presented by Councillor Temple.
                Two of my very good old mates have since passed away George Thomas and Jim Mannion, I still have my award from that day. I did get to go and find the news paper on micro/film and get a copy.
                All the best.
                Derek

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    • Hi Derek. Stockton Reference Library have the Gazette on microfilm from 1860’s to present day. If you have a fairly good idea of when the story would have appeared, you should be able to find it and print a copy of the page. Please call us on 01642 528079 for more details.

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  110. Hello, I am looking for old pictures of the police station on Sycamore Road, Eaglescliffe. There was two houses with the police station in the middle.

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  111. I’m doing some research into the family tree, and my great grandparents Robert and Mary Simpson (nee Whitfield) managed The Royal Albert in Hume Street, Stockton in the early 1900’s. I’m trying to find some old photographs of The Royal Albert. Is anyone able to help ? Many thanks. Paul Griffiths

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  112. I am trying to trace anyone who can remember my 3rd great grandparents, Mary Hannah and William Gibson. They lived at 13 Summerhouses Square with their sons William (my GG grandfather) and Alfred. Thanks

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  113. My house deeds in Leven Road, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees show a large triangular shaded area to the rear of the back garden (which further extends over the neighboring UNATTACHED property) which states that this land “WAS FORMERLY COPYHOLD OF the Manor of Stockton” and that mines and minerals there are excepted from the transfer.
    Does anyone know what this means and what the boundaries originally looked like? I’m wondering if the peculiarly shaped land appearing on the land registry title is in some way a response to original manor of Stockton boundaries? Because I’m told land registry title outlines are drawn with reference to physical features on OS survey maps rather than to actual boundaries between properties. This may seem unimportant but I believe it has a real bearing on my property boundaries currently under discussion with my neighbour!

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    • The municipal boundary of Stockton-on-Tees was extended throughout the 19th century as the town expanded. By 1939, when your estate was being planned, it extended to include Norton. You can see the municipal boundary on a 1939 plan of Stockton/Norton at this website http://maps.nls.uk/view/101100467

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  114. Hi. I am looking for any information on my mothers family. Jack John Morris married Dorothy Dora Page, they lived in Cuthbert Street and then 10 Maple Avenue, Thornaby. They would be aged 105 now. They had 3 children, Dorothy Sylvia, Alec and Margery. My mother was related to Ruby Volkes. Volkes shop was in Norton Road, Stockton. Can anyone help?

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    • What did the Volkes shop in Norton Road sell?
      If it was fruit and veg. then your line may go back to Thomas S VOKE and family who lived just off Norton Road, in Croft Street in 1911. In 1928, his son Arthur Frank VOKES married Ruby IREDALE. They named their daughter Ruby VOKES, she was born in 1936. In 1957 Ruby married Allan R HICK. But I have not yet found a link between the VOKES family and Dorothy Page.

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  115. Do you have any information on Volkes shop that was in Norton Road, Stockton. Thanks. Also T. Cowwie motorbikes also on Norton Road (now a funeral parlour).

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    • There was a Palmerston Street in old Thornaby. It was one of the streets lying north of the Victoria Recreation Ground. You can see it on the following map at
      http://maps.nls.uk/view/100941557
      Zoom in on the top right hand corner where Thornaby is, and look for it above the recreation ground.

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    • In my 1900/01 Wards directory there was a street in Thornaby called Palmerston Street with houses numbered 1-43 and 2 – 40. A note in the book says it began at Gilmour Street. Hope this helps. DW

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    • There was a street called Palmerston Street off Gilmour Street a lot of the streets in Thornaby were named after Lords or famous people in Politics. I lived in Russell Street from 1924 until after the second war then moved to Brotton in 1955. I am now in my 97th year. I do wonder if there is anyone still alive who may remember me.

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  116. Hi, i came across a site for St Thomas Stockton ” Book of Remembrance ” 1914-18,
    one of the names was for Casey. John Pte 2nd battalion Durham Light Infantry.
    Could any one please tell who John Casey’s parents were.
    My Casey’s came to Stockton 1862, left for Yorkshire then came back and settled, I’ve accounted for all these Casey’s I believe but wonder who this other branch are.
    Many thanks.
    Derek

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    • Derek, the 1891 Census shows this Casey family living in Acklam St. Portrack.
      Thomas and Mary had the following children
      James b.1876 in Gateshead
      Ellen b. 1878 Stockton on Tees
      Mary b. 1883 Stockton on Tees
      John b. 1884 Stockton on Tees
      Catherine b.1886 Stockton on Tees
      Thomas b. 1884 Stockton on Tees
      John enlisted in the DLI in 1900.
      By the time of W.W.I he had married Isabella Pearson and they were living in Gateshead, with a daughter, Catherine.

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  117. I’m quite interested what the The White House retirement home was before? I heard it was a Manor House and also a children’s home and I can’t find anything linking to the address of 76a Darlington Road.

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    • Immediately prior to becoming a retirement home it was a privately owned family house. Between 1970 and 1986 it belonged to Mr and Mrs Paul Guy Hall. Mr Hall was a vet in the practice Wilkinson, Gale and Hall, which had a surgery at 6 Bowesfield Lane. Before this, the house belonged to another family. I do not believe that it was ever a children’s home.

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  118. We recently found a box of Rainbow tinted sugar crystals which were produced by M&M Pumphrey Ltd, Thornaby-on-Tees, England. Is this company still in business? Do you know when it produced this product? Any other information you can provide would be interesting and helpful. Thank you.

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    • Bill, I remember my mother using a box of the rainbow sugar in the 1970s. I do not think that the firm is still in business on Teesside. There have been many recollections of Pumphrey posted on this website, you can find them by using the site’s “search” facility and entering “Pumphrey”.

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  119. Hello, my name is Rachel Ann Hauser Davis, in 1983, I was born in Stockton (father Allen Davis, who died about 2 years ago, and mother Helena Hauser), but have lived in Brazil for the past 20 years or so. I would like to know more about my ancestry, namely my grandfather’s history, Norman Davis, and my grandmother (who died in 1990), Olive May Davis. They both live(d) in Stockton their whole lives. I am particularly interested to know, did he serve in WWI? He is still alive, but about 80 something, nearing 90 I suppose, and not as responsive as he used to be. Would you be able to find anything about them? Thanks!

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    • Rachel, here is what I have found about your family. Your grandparents married in the spring of 1950, Norman Davis and Olive M Sturdy. They had only one child, your father Allen. Your grandmother, Olive Davis died in Stockton in 1992 aged 60. She was born on 11 December 1931. She was quite a wealthy lady when she died according to her probate record.
      Usually a husband is a couple of years older than the wife, so Norman Davis would have been born about 1930. So he was only about 9 years old when WW II started. I suspect that he did not serve in the war. I have not been able to locate the death of Norman Davis, but a Norman Davies died in Stockton in 2004, he had been born on 10 Nov. 1928, so that might have been him?

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  120. Hello, I’m researching my family history in 1878 my great grandfather enlisted in the army the address on his enlistment form is given as 15 Moses Street, Stockton-on-Tees.
    Can you give me any details on Moses Street and the area?
    My great grandfather was Irish, so I imagine he came to England looking for work his name was Bernard McDonough, his next of kin on his enlistment papers is his brother James (at the same address). Hoping you can throw some light on this for me.
    Many thanks
    Philip Levick

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    • Philip, here is a link to a map of Stockton on Tees in 1890 which shows Moses Street, go to http://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488
      Look at the bottom of the map, just right of centre, where all of the railway lines converge. The street closest to those lines is Moses Street. It is the last road on the right, as you head south down Bowesfield Lane. There was open land with allotments to the north of Moses Street. Whilst to the west and east there were industrial works providing employment.

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  121. I am trying to find my Mother’s twin cousins, who were Sonia and Lesley Franks from Stockton, they may well be in their late 60s or early 70s. Thank you. 28/07/16

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    • Val, Sonia and Lesley were born in 1946. As twins do, they married in the same year, 1966. Sonia married Alwyn Howden, who passed away in 1990.
      Lesley married Ronald C Ainsley. They are both still alive, and living in the postcode area TS19, which covers Fairfield and Hardwick.
      So you need to be looking for Sonia Howden and Lesley Ainsley, and they are both about to celebrate their 70th birthday!

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  122. Hello, my name is Paul Ditchburn. I work as an Associate Director for WSP/Parsons Brinckeroff in our Middlesbrough office (01642) 702424. We are presently undertaking potential development work on the present Magnum Packaging site, which was previously part of the Furness (then Swan Hunters – Smiths Docks) shipyard site. Unfortunately, there is very little information available in relation to the site, particularly civil/structural engineering related drawings of the site and the present building, which we are particularly interested in.
    If anyone who once worked in this shipyard (particularly the drawings office – John Tortolano appeared to work in the drawing office and has contributed previously to the Picture Stockton site) and who could supply us with any archive/general information or drawings we would be very grateful.

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  123. Hi, I am really keen to find out about public houses in Stockton, especially any that were open in the early 1800s. Also I would be very grateful if anyone knows where I might find street maps for this time?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Karen, you might like to contact or visit Stockton Reference Library. We hold a number of historical street maps of Stockton, and also information on pubs in Stockton. Please contact 01642 528079 for more info

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  124. Hi, I’m looking for any information re my great grandfather Charles Archibald Whitney. He was married to a Minnie Watson. They had 2 daughters Violet and Lily. He had a market stall on Stockton market selling hardware items. He lived on Sydney street (number 10 I think). Does anybody have any pictures of the street? Any info would be appreciated.

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    • Chris, do you just want modern information on Charles Whitney’s family, or are you trying to find his ancestry? I can give you a line back from Charles to a John Whitney in Shropshire, born 1794, if that would be of any interest.

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  125. Looking for any information on a John Herbert, wife Rosanna Henry Herbert, and daughter Lizzie who lived in Stockton and emigrated to the U.S. about 1880.

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  126. I have in my possession a Five Pound Promissory note from the Stockton & Cleveland Bank dated 01 OCT 1817 which will be 200 years old next year and was wondering if it held any monetary value. Any advice would be helpful.

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  127. Can anyone help with the history of the land around Holme House.. There is what looks like a concrete runway that runs up into Norton along the side of the prison from the roundabout at Portrack… It certainly seems to predate the prison with evidence of previous buildings along the length.

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    • Paul, That area was farmland belonging to Lumley’s, there was a foot path from South Road Norton to Portrack crossroads now the roundabout. I walked it many times with my Mother it cut through the Farm Yard to the cross roads we then walked on and crossed the Newport Bridge getting the bus to North Ormesby, my Mother liked walking.
      Later Frieghtliner built a Depot there and the road for the truck entrance was from Portrack Roundabout, it was a good hard road and two of the large trucks passed each other with room to spare, that could possibly be the road you mention.
      Frieghtliner closed down moving to Wilton, the site was cleared and the Prison built on part of the old farm. I worked as an agency driver for Frieghtliner and knew the depot area. The road once had a set of reception offices in the centre near the entrance to the sight then climbed slightly and turned a corner onto the actual terminal with two rail lines. Two trains arrived over night and then left the next evening, one to Scotland One went South.
      The foot path still existed to South Road and people still used it.

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    • Mark, please could you post a photo of the pot showing a close-up of the brewery’s name. I do not recall there ever being a commercial brewery at Newham Grange in Stockton.

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  128. Hello there, I was wondering what information you have tucked away on no 1 Herron Street tilery in Stockton?. I used to live there with my mam Ppatricia Nichol. I vaguely remember they told us it had to be pulled down because it wasn’t fit for habitation… Red rag to a bull.. my mams house was immaculate… she told me every house was pulled down, ours was left standing (in the way of progress)!. Residents were given 5 pounds and given a new house on Hardwick… not us, she asked the council to come for a cup of tea and look around her house and then dared them to say her house was not fit for habitation. (She couldn’t have lived with the shame) They came for tea… apologised and gave her 200 pounds and of course the new house on Hardwick… That’s the story I remember… could it be a true recollection? Many thanks for your effort finding out for me.

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    • Carol, are you sure it was Herron Street? I cannot find that name on any of the old maps of the Tilery area. There was a Headlam Street, a Haswell Street, and even a Howard Street, but I cannot see a Herron Street.

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      • Herring Street was at the end of Talbot Street going from Norton Road, the other end of Herring Street connected with Ware Street.
        Norton Road, Compton Street, Haswell Street, Christopher Street, Herring Street. All long gone.

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        • I lived on Herring Street with my mum Mabel Wilson and my brother Raymond. We lived at no 13. we were moved to Howard Street.

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  129. I had An Aunt living in Stockton-on-Tees. Her name was Alice Simpson (nee Dixon) she was married to Arthur Simpson. I can only find one child that I am certain of. This is Allan born in 1932 died in 1967. I wonder if there were more children and if Allan was married.

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    • Hello again Peter, Alice Dixon and Arthur Simpson married in Stockton in 1920.
      A search for Simpson children with a Dixon mother produced the following –
      1921 Arthur C Simpson (registered in Stockton)
      1922 Raymond Simpson (registered in Stockton)
      1923 Kenneth C Simpson (registered in Middlesbrough)
      1925 Eric Simpson (registered in Middlesbrough)
      1932 Allan Simpson (registered in Middlesbrough)

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  130. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone knows when the semi’s on Greens Lane, Hartburn were built and who by? Thanks!

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  131. Hi I’m back again, just wondering if anyone knows of or has any information on a Billy Jackson of 23 Moorehouse from about the 1940s
    Thank you
    Helen

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  132. I am looking for any information or photographs of 4 Francis Street, Stockton in the 1930’s. My great great grandparents Elihu and Annie Richardson lived there

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    • Francis Street (or Frances Street as the name appears on local streetmaps) was one of a number of streets of terraced housing built in Stockton in the 1870s. It was located in the north part of the town, situated between Norton Road and Stockton Gas Works to the west.

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  133. I am writing an essay on local school Grangefield and how it has changed over time. If any old pupils have any old school reports or documents from their grammar days and comprehensive days, from 70’s onwards, that I could use for research it would be much appreciated. If you would like to contact me directly, Picture Stockton will forward on my email. All names would be kept anonymous.

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  134. Good Morning
    I am in the early stages of researching my family tree and on the 1881 census, my Great Great Grandfather is shown aged 10, as living at 2 Erimus Hotel with his parents George and Harriet Pearson. George is showing as the Hotel Keeper so I assume this means that they just lived at his place of work…? Does anyone know anything about the history of this hotel please? I would be grateful for any advice 🙂

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    • The Erimus Hotel was a purpose-built venue, constructed near the Stockton Racecourse in 1874-5. Your G. G. Grandfather took over as licensee in 1875, as reported in the Daily Gazette for 27 October 1875 (this was the forerunner of todays “Evening Gazette”). I do not know when he left, but there was a new landlord there by 1886.

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  135. Hi Stephen Taylor here ex Norton boy from Lune Road now living Aberdeen, Scotland. Just wondering if anyone has an aerial image of Albany School (now named Norton) from the early 1980s?
    hope you can help.

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  136. Holy Trinity Mr Thompsons class 1958 – we are having a renunion on 28th April 2016 at the Sutton Arms, Elton. If you were in this class with Gordon Jones footballer for Middlesbrough, Ken Hornby, Harry Wilson, Bill Robinson, Barry Dent, John Mash, Rob Thompson etc etc please get in touch by email or post comment

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  137. Hi, I have been researching my fathers side of the family and was hoping for some more information on my grandparents who lived at some point in the Eaglescliffe/ Yarm area poss. 1960’s/70’s – their names where Dennis And Nora Patricia Bell. They had one son and Daughter. I know Nora (Patricia) died in 1988 and I think lived in Tarring Street. Could anyone shed any light?

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  138. In which years were the following Bridges Removed? 1, Hartburn Village and 2, Norton Road adjacent to F.Hills former wood Factory

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    • You will find photos of Hartburn Bridge elsewhere on the Picture Stockton website. The general consensus is that it was demolished in 1975.

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  139. Does anyone have any info or photos regarding the blacksmiths Damm & Harker,they had premises on Norton road from about 1960-1966, they were next door to Hills the joiners.

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  140. Does anyone have any information on the Forster Family who lived at 10 Eamont Road in Norton? My grandfather was Norman Forster who moved from the area in the 1930s and followed his brother to Scotland.

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    • Howard Street was in the north part of Stockton called Tilery. You can find the street on this old map, go to http://maps.nls.uk/view/101100485
      You can enlarge the map to see all of the road names. Go up Norton Road. After passing under the railway bridge, you will find Tilery Road runs off on your right. Go along Tilery Road and Howard Street was 2nd on your right.

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  141. I am currently doing some investigation into the life of my grandfather who actually served with the 227th Field Company, Royal Engineers and was killed on the 28th March 1918.
    I am trying to work out why he was a member of this Field Company as he lived in Leeds. How could he have become a member of 227th Field Company when not resident in Stockton on Tees? Would he have had to journey to Teesside to become a member of the regiment?
    I hope you can enlighten me. His details are below:

    Sapper Reginald Wright 160393
    227th Field Company,
    Royal Engineers,
    39th Division,

    Place of burial:
    Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France

    I would appreciate your help.
    Kind Regards,

    Graham Wright,

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    • I entered the field company RE on my search engine and Find My Past was raised. Although it was a Stockton Company it would appear that extra’s were added to bring it + other companies up to full division strength and consistent training level, before they left for France. Could it be that you Grand Dad was such an additional member? The site has a section to which relatives etc contribute: you may find more data there.

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    • Graham, the early months of WWI resulted in so many casualties that enlistment continued into 1915. The Royal Engineers had three Field Companies which were called “Stockton-on-Tees” these were nos. 225, 227 and 234.
      All three were established in the grounds of Marton Hall, Middlesbrough (now Stewart Park) in November 1915. So your grandfather would have had to travel to Middlesbrough to enlist. I do not know why these three field companies were associated with Stockton-on-Tees, when they were established in the larger town of Middlesbrough.

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  142. BILLINGHAM BABY BOOMERS – We recently had a school reunion and during the organising stages it was suggested that a “Photo & Memories Album” should be put together, we have started the project and have written the program that will display images and text in an electronic book on a computer.
    We are trying to contact as many people as possible that are Billingham Baby Boomers -that is anybody born between late 1945 and late 1946 who attended any Billingham School between 1951 and 1961.

    We are interested in photographs, anecdotes, memories and anything associated with school years, who was your best friend?, did you keep in touch?, did you contact them through social media in later years?, imagine you are sat with a group of old school friends over a coffee or a beer, you reach the “Do You Remember” stage, what do you talk about?, who do you talk about?, everybody has a memory of something that happened at school, sometimes good sometimes bad, sometimes a shared experience sometimes an individual experience we all had teachers we liked and others we disliked, Miss Fletcher anybody?

    This album will be of interest to the people involved but we are mainly trying to create something for your children and grandchildren and even further down the line, most of us just accepted our parents as “Being There” and never gave a thought to how they had spent their formative years, that is until they are no longer with us, then we say “I wish I’d asked my Mother/Father about themselves and their early years when I had the chance”.

    The “we” that are mentioned above are myself Bruce Coleman and Brian Storey, Brian will be known by many people in the Teesside area as he has been teaching in various schools for close to 50 years and is still teaching to this day.
    Please don’t hesitate to make contact, when the album is completed it will be freely available to all, please help us make this work.

    Even if you can’t scan and email photos or send your thoughts by email still contact us we will organise something. We already have seven class photos from both Billingham North and Billingham South schools taken between 1954 and 1958 and we will send email copies of them to anybody who is interested, all of the photos have as many names that we can remember included in them. Contact Details; billinghamlad@gmail.com

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  143. As the architects appointed to the restoration/conversion of the former church located at 84-86 Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TW we will be greatly appreciative of any photographs that show the original facade facing Church Road. Any information received will facilitate the final design of the front elevation.

    Thank you for your time.

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    • It may be worthwhile contacting Stockton Council’s Planning Department to enquire if they still hold the town’s early planning applications. The original plans of the building should show the details that you are seeking.

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  144. This is a long shot but I am trying to trace a Barbara Atkinson who lived in York Crescent around 1966. She would have been around 18 19 years old at the time so possibly not Atkinson anymore. I am led to believe that Her mother may have been a teacher in the area.
    Any information about her or her family would be hugely appreciated.

    Thanks!!

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    • I can`t be sure if this is the Barbara who you are trying to trace, but the records show that in the summer of 1968 a Barbara Atkinson married Melvyn D Broadbelt at Stockton-on-Tees. I believe that they may currently be living in Fishburn.

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      • My sister is Melvyn Broadbelt’s sister-in-law, she believes that he & Barbara are still living in Fishburn. They have one son, hope this helps.

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        • Thank you Maureen! I may be way off track here but I have to try! Is there any way you could find out if Barbara lived at York Crescent around 1966? Thanks!!

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        • Hi Mary, I spoke to my sister & yes Barbara did live in York Crescent so it looks like you’ve found the correct person!

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          • I moved into York Crescent in 1972 and Barbara Broadbelt lived directly opposite, I think no.12. She was my swimming teacher when I was at Billingham South Junior School. She left York Crescent at least 25 years ago. Just a bit of extra information for you.

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  145. We are a group of school friends from our lady & St bedes comprehensive. Leavers 1978. We are trying to locate Carolyn Walton and Ann Murphy born 1961-62. Carolyn used to attend mass at St Cuthberts, Oxbridge and has at least 10 children. No further information.

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    • Anyone know these ladies? They/we all went to Our Lady & St Bedes too. 1978 leavers. St Mary was head teacher

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        Think it’s me you’re looking for. Hello Alison :), Just found this by chance trying to google info about my dad.

        Hope you are well? x

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        • Hi Carolyn….. great to hear from you. Jacqueline Hart has set up a group. St Peter & St Paul’s on Facebook for our class members. If you email me I will give you details and take it from there. I hope life is good x

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        • Hi Carolyn, lovely to hear back from you. Glad you’re ok. Please pm me and I can let you know Jacqueline’s details x

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    • Hi Alison. I was in the same class as Carolyn. I haven’t lived in the UK for sometime but contacted a mate in Stockton who I thought may know her whereabouts. He last saw her about 4 years ago, living in Oxbridge and thought her married name to be Dale. Not much to go on but hope it helps in some way. Neither of us could recall Ann. I do remember you (class G2 ?) I also worked with Rob W on a construction site at Wilton in the early eighties. Good luck searching for Carolyn. If you locate her, say hello from me.

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      • Hi Phil

        Hello to you 🙂 Hope you are keeping well.

        Not sure who you spoke to about me in your post above but whoever it was has got it slightly wrong lol. I lived in Oxbridge until 2005 when I moved to Fairfield – have been here 11 years now.

        Anyway thanks for remembering me and commenting on Alison’s post.

        All the best x

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      • Hi Alison, I know of Carolyn and her family, although I don’t know her present address, if you email me I could give you her son’s facebook contact – contact Picture Stockton and they will forward on my email address.

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        • Hi Bob, thank you. Looks like Carolyn has responded and thankyou to Phil too. We are still missing Ann Murphy…once she’s located our primary class is complete xx good health and happiness to you. God bless

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  146. Can anyone help please, I’ve lived in a property for a couple of year now it is a street house built in the 1800s is there anyway I could possibly find out if anyone has passed away here? I like this house a lot however there have been a few unexplained things happen, thanks.

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    • I would say the only way would be to ask any neighbours that have lived there for a long time which would only cover a certain period of the house’s existence. Apart from that you could go through old electoral registers to see who lived there in the past, and then follow up these details by applying for death certificate’s to see if any of them passed away in the property, but thats long winded and will cost you.

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    • Hi NHS was not founded till 1948 & many people would be nursed at home by family or Doctor coming in to attend when needed. So quite poss your house will have had someone die in it, given the age. I agree with previous comment, however, maybe your point is not ‘if’ someone died there, but more of perhaps ‘how to stop the happenings’ & release the spirit to where it needs to be. If I were you I would speak to your Vicar, (actually they are very understanding of these things these days) either he/she may help, or know of another Vicar who can help you. These things are tricky, seek help from the Church first. If you choose to go down the route of getting a Spiritualist Medium in, beware, there are some very responsible & experienced Mediums out there, & equally some odd bods. So contact a reliable source, such as these I Googled for you:- http://www.britishpma.co.uk http://www.sagb.org.uk (you should be able to put your area or nearby areas into ‘search’ & find someone close by you can contact) as you do not want to end up with more problems. (Do check if there is a cost for this) Good Luck! Let me know how you get on.

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  147. Can anyone help with locations associated with a couple of my ancestors. My great grandfather, Joseph Wilson, was born to Irish Immigrants, according to his birth certificate, in Pidgeon/Pigeon St (1875)., South Stockton before moving to New St in the Mandale triangle by 1881. I found this address in one census on the same set of pages as Trafalgar St., but it had ‘disappeared’ by the next census. I could not find this street on any of the maps I looked at at Stockton library either. I suspect that the street name was changed (possibly to Carr St??). Can anyone shed any light on this? Are there any maps with this street on?

    Another great grandfather, Albert Arthur Blackburn, after marrying in Thornaby Parish Church in 1891 was living in 1901 at Vale Farm Cottage, Thornaby. There appeared to be a number of these, the preceding addresses being Thornaby Vale Farm, Thornaby Hospital, and Thornaby Hall, and following addresses, Thorntree Farm and Thornaby Green. This gives me a big clue as to the locality, but again, no maps that I can find.
    Any help appreciated, Regards, Bob Easby

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    • I checked the 1875 Godfrey map & found no Pidgeon or Pigeon. Same for 1926 Wards directory. However using Ancestry I tried Joseph Wilson B 1875 in Thornaby, Yorkshire. Several results came up, all showing a Joseph & Mary in 29 Bedford St, Stockton on the 1901 & 1911 census’s. This search also indicated that birth was in Thornaby 16 April 1875 with death 12 Sept 1962 in St Annes Hospital Stockton. Search also has several photos. Could not find any census pre 1901 – but only searched for abt 30 mins.

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      • Hi Derek, I have a lot of information regarding the individuals, photos, places/ dates of birth/death/marriage, and all census records for them (Bedford St is correct for him later). Although I don’t have a copy of JWs birth certificate, I have seen one, that stated Pigeon St. as their address. Pigeon St does appear in 1871 census, for Thornaby, District 41, begins p.18 after registrations for Trafalgar St, and ends page 23, after about ten families, then registrations for Long Row begin. As to Thornaby Vale Farm and cottages, I have discovered some information to suggest that Thornaby aerodrome was built partly on the farm, but I am still no wiser as to exactly where the farm and cottages were..

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    • New Street in Thornaby ran between George Street and Mandale Road.
      The Fire station was on the corner of New Street and George Street.
      Also in New Street was the Market Hotel.
      Hope this helps you.

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      • Thanks Mervyn, from information offered by other very helpful replies, it would appear that my ancestors’ house in New street, would have been almost opposite the Market Hotel.

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    • Bob, I have not found a single map showing the location of Pigeon Street. At the start of each census return there is a page which lists all of the streets in that enumeration district. PIgeon Street is listed in 1861, 1871 and 1881. It was a very short street with only 6 houses in it. Its location can be estimated by the streets nearby Hanover Street, Long Row and Red Row. I think that it was one of those streets which was lost with the expansion of the Iron Works, as happened to Montague Street.
      As for Thornaby Hall, use the following link to have a look at this 1913 map, it shows the Hall (lower right) in relation to the old green at Thornaby VIllage which goes back centuries.
      http://maps.nls.uk/view/100941557

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      • Hi Cliff, Thanks. I have just replied to Derek’s comment, that in the 1871 census, Pigeon St registrations came between Trafalgar St,. and Long Row. I hadn’t looked on 1881, as I had found the family then in 31 New St. , (again, I have been to New St, but have no idea where no.31 would have been located in relation to the pub which is still there.) Another question cropped up from this, JW’s parents, John &Mary W lived in 31 New St. until at least the 1901 census (shipyard worker) but moved to Reed St, by 1911, but there was no registration at all for 31 New St in that census, yet there was for surrounding nos. Would there normally have an uninhabited registration, or could the house have gone (burned down???)
        I have information saying that Thornaby Aerodrome was partly built on Vale Farm, but this doesn’t say which part, or point any closer to it’s, or, the Cottages location.

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        • Bob, if there is no 1911 census form for 31 New Street, then it is probably because it stood empty. In previous census years there was a column for the enumerator to tick if the house was standing empty, but that was lost when they changed the format for the 1911 census.
          To get an idea of the location of No. 31 New Street, it is on the opposite side to the Market Hotel (which was no. 60) and the Victoria Inn (which was no. 8).
          But the odd numbers only went up to 39, whereas the even numbers went up to 60. If you look at an old map you will see why.
          I have found Thornaby Vale Farm, it is on the next map to the south of the one I sent you before.
          http://maps.nls.uk/view/100941569
          Look along the right hand side of the map and you will find it.
          There appears to be a building by the roadside just North of the farm. I wonder if those were the cottages you are looking for?

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          • Thanks very much Cliff, that is so helpful. It is not where I expected it to be, but I suppose back then, being a fairly rural setting, and dwellings being scattered around, the order in which the census was taken can be understandable. I will have a look at a modern map to see what’s there now, and maybe investigate ‘on foot’ later. I will have a look at an old map with New St on it, I take it that the Market Hotel, is now the present Market Tavern.

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          • Hi again Cliff, comparing the old map with google maps, the buildings just North of where the farm was are still there, just set back slightly from Thornaby Rd. and look just like a row of connected cottages, now renovated and occupied. Further investigation pending. Thanks again.

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            • Thornaby Rd??? Why did I put that? I meant the A1045,just South of the petrol station between the Ingleby Way roundabout and the A174 junction.

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        • Hi Bob. Try the following link.
          https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/445665/515086/12/100392. Look down the “Available Maps” section and open 1894, Yorkshire 1:2500 scale. It allows you a bit of a look around but if you need to zoom in too close then you will have to tip up a few quid and subscribe. Follow Thornaby Road out past the Millbank Road junction and past Thornaby Hall and keep going. Thornaby Vale Farm is shown on your right. Just before you get to the farm there is an unnamed cluster of buildings on the same side of the road. Could these be the cottages you described from the census info??? They seem to be the only other structures in that area and roughly align with the order of addresses you found in the census records, Thorntree Farm, Thornaby Hall etc that are also shown on the map. Current day location of farm and other structure would be approx. opposite the turn off that takes you from Thornaby Road down to the A19 / Parkway junction.
          Hope this helps. I am guessing Bob that with all this time you are spending researching ancestry, that you are now enjoying retirement from OLSB??
          I left there in 1978 and moved to Sydney Australia in 1986. Like yours, my great grandfather was also an Irish immigrant to Thornaby. He worked at Whitwells Foundry in the Trafalgar St area.
          All the best with the research.

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          • Hi Phil, nice to hear that you are doing well. I took early retirement in December 2010, but still do a bit of part-time supply teaching in local establishments, although I was doing a lot of genealogy research (for others also) before I retired. As in my reply to Cliff, this is great help, and I will be having a wander around these areas if appropriate. I have had a number of ‘you used to teach me’ moments lately, and at least 15 ex pupils collared me at Stockton Arc last Saturday after I had appeared on stage with the Infant Hercules Industrial Choir.

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    • New Street partially still exists, the only remains the road off George Street,the Market Tavern is on New Street,or what was New Street. I was christened there in 1963.

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  148. Hi where was Newdays in Maxwell’s Corner and does anybody remember the fire in that building I was on it, as I was a fireman at Norton we got the call as Newdays a date would also be good if anybody can remember

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  149. Hi everyone, I have been researching my family history very successfully apart from one glaring gap- my grandfather, George Hudson 1928?-1962. He died from cancer? at a young age leaving behind a widow and three young daughters. My grandmother later remarried but his place in our family’s story has been largely ignored. I have a few scraps of information- he was born in Guisborough (no where near Stockton I know) but moved to M’boro (the Hudsons had lived in Middlesborough until the 1920s and his grandfather, also George, was a Det. Sergt. in the Police force) at some point and married my grandmother in ’54. I believe that they lived in the Thornaby/Acklam area. He was an accounts manager at the docks and was working towards becoming an accountant. He was an avid cricketer and seems to have been part of a team in the area. I wondered whether anyone on this site had anymore information or knew of him and/or could help point me in the right direction.
    Thanks, Thea

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    • Hello Thea,
      I’m not sure how familiar that you are with birth, death recording. Short of lengthy explanations, it is only possible to obtain what are often called St Catherines records without shelling out about £10 a go for certificates.
      However, based on your information, there is only one man that could fit the single name of George (all others within about three years have a second given name).
      I think that your chap is George Hudson born in quarter 4 of 1928, mother Nugent. He was born in Guisborough ref Volume 9D 728
      His death appears to be in the first quarter of 1962 in Middlesbrough ref 1B 878

      As always there is a possible fly. The records for Tees Valley show that he was born in the fourth quarter of 1928. This situation is not unusual. The actual events were probably that birth was Dec 1928, while registration was Jan 1929.

      If you want the details and certainty you will need the certificates. If you haven’t used the system before then I suggest you use Tees Valley Indexes (on line). the site is very easy to use. If you know his trade at death I would advise ordering the death cert first but ask for a check on his trade – that way you don’t buy a cert for the wrong man.
      Alternatively if you know the name Nugent then go for the birth – it has more info as a first shot.

      If you get stuck—–

      Derek

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    • Hello again Thea, Since my note last night I did a quick check on the genealogy site Ancestry.uk.com. To my surprise there is a family tree with the individuals you seek + more. It is impossible to connect you to the author via this site and so you have 3 options if you wish to make contact
      1) get the editor to send me your e mail & I will will pass it on to the tree’s owner.
      2) go to your local library – most big ones have free access to Ancestry
      3) Join Ancestry on a 2 week free introductory subscription,

      Over to you; good luck,

      Derek

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  150. My name is karen Ann Jones I was born in Robson maternity home on January 23rd 1968 at 8.10am and curious why there and not North Tees..is there anything I should know?

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    • Karen, the first phase of the new North Tees Hospital (which included a maternity unit) was not completed until June 1968. So before that date, the Robson Maternity Home was all that Stockton had to offer.

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  151. Hi. I am trying to find my dads obituary. He died in September 1962 at 40 Scanbeck Drive in Marske. His name was Geoffery Bullock. If anybody out there knew him I would love to know more about him. He was in an orphanage when he was a child and I only know of one sister Mable Bowren.

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  152. Hello

    We have recently had a request from a gentleman who is searching for old photographs of Saltersgill School, in Yarm
    . If anyone can help please get in touch with us….

    Steve

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  153. Hi, I’m looking for any information on the Sidney family who lived on High Street in Stockton – 1841 census, and also the Harding family – father and son both called Robert – who were in Dacre Street.

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    • Pam, Anastasia’s husband (William H.M.Sidney) must have been away on business at the time of the 1841 census, as he appears on the 1851 census, by which time the family were living in Richnond, North Yorks. They had married in London, at St George in the East in 1806. William H.M.Sidney’s ancestry goes back to the early 1700s in rural Essex. He died in Northumberland in November 1870, well into his 90s. Please contact me via Picture Stockton if you need more information.

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      • Thank you Cliff. I’m trying to find out what they were doing at the time so as to establish some link connecting the two families. I do know WHM Sidney had a couple of tugs – one called ‘Stockton’ and the other ‘Queen’. For some reason Robert Harding came to be on Red House Farm which was part of the Cowpen Hall estate; at his funeral Robert was also one of the followers of the coffin in among all the local dignitaries and the immediate family. Starting to get bogged with information yet not enough in the right direction!

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      • Thanks Cliff. I’m finding it difficult to find a connection between the two families, but realised they were in Stockton at the same time. I also found out that WHM Sidney had two tugs – the ‘Stockton’ and the ‘Queen’. Robert Harding then comes to live with his family at Cowpen Hall estate on Red House Farm, and was also in the main cortege of WHM Sidney’s funeral alongside the immediate family and local dignitaries! any further information on Stockton at that time would be great – maybe what the two addresses were like in terms of social standing etc? thanks again.

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  154. I’m trying to trace a lady by the name Lavinia Brunton from Stockton-on-Tees area. Born roughly late 1920s any info would be much appreciated.

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    • Helen, here is a brief summary of the Lavinia Brunton’s family-
      Tom Brunton married Violet Turnbull in Houghton, Durham in 1919.
      They had 8 children, with all births registered in Houghton.
      Raymond(1920), Tom (1922), John (1924), Lavinia (1926), Barbara (1928), Frank (1931), Maurice (1932) and Violet (1934).
      In 1954, Lavinia married Robert L Horning in Manchester.
      I regret to inform you that Lavinia Horning’s death was registered at Halton, Cheshire in 2005.

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      • Do you have any ideas of any relatives to this family? Or any recommendations where to start looking
        Thank you so much for the info 😊

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        • Helen, I have tried to trace the yougest of the Brunton children.
          Violet married a Colin Sutherby in 1954. But she appears to have passed away in Stockton in 1996.
          There is a record of a Maurice G Brunton marrying a Margaret D Gibbon in Middlesbrough in 1954. They are still alive and living in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. He might be Lavinia’s brother. Good luck finding him.

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          • Thanks for that info and how strange that I live 20 minutes away from Gainsborough!
            I have traced a few and spoke to a lady today believed to be a relative of Lavinia! Fingers crossed I hear something soon
            Thanks again I was getting no where at all to start with 😊👍🏼

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  155. Hi anyone out they know James Kelly he lived in Stockton. I think he was born in the 1960s and he had a sister who lived in Patterdale Avenue round about 1987. I think James may have moved to London and he had a friend called Christopher Mason who had passed away I believe.

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  156. Hello, my late father Ron Davies grew up in Stockton, before joining the Merchant Navy and emigrating to Australia. Am curious as to any suggestions and leads as to confirming whether the last boy in line, seen at the end of this film, is in fact my father aged 13. My dad never mentioned it. Though the resemblance is uncanny. It is a fascinating film captured as part of the war effort in Stockton:http://www.britishpathe.com/video/mile-of-books/query/Stockton.
    Perhaps there was a newspaper article at the time? Interested in any suggestions.
    Kind regards from Castlemaine, Australia.

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  157. Why is there no information about the Header Pictures (top of page). So many interesting pics of places & people, but no info? Can anyone help on this one?

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  158. Does anyone have any photographs or information specifically on the small fishing / lifeboat / lifeboat hull manufacturers on the Tees near Victoria Bridge. Pickersgill’s, Davis etc…?

    I would be really pleased to see what exists, but also interested to see if there’s anything out there of any inshore fishing boats which may have been moored upstream on the Tees through the years.

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    • Francis Davis (born 1846) served his boat building apprenticeship at Hartlepool. By 1871, he was 25 years old and working in Thornaby as a boat builder. By 1891 he had moved into 2 Thornaby Place, next to the River Tees. The 1911 census shows him still as a boat builder, to which had been added the note “Ships Life Boats”. I wonder if he was receiving orders from some of the shipbuilders operating downstream, on the other side of Victoria Bridge? You can find records of some of Davis’ boats in the Lloyds Yacht Registers.

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      • Thank you for this Cliff.

        I know that Francis Davis yard became the yard of Pickersgills after WWII and they certainly supplied lifeboats to Smiths Dock and other ship building on the Tees.
        Though despite building lifeboats a number of inshore fishing boats were built on the site. Including Volente (on roundabout in Redcar) and Nellie (in Marske).
        Francis is buried in Thornaby cemetery I believe.

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      • Francis Davis was my great grandfather, I have been doing my family history for several years and would appreciate any information I might have missed about the Davis family

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      • I have a copy of the details of Sale printed by James Dodds and Brown in about 1960. It describes the boat building workshop and yard with slipway & tolls + wood in some details. Although it is undated, I know it to have been in my mothers possession that year and it carries her comments about it, as if she was thinking of buying. If your interested, let me know and I will post it or e mail a copy

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        • Derek. Thanks! I wouldn’t mind a copy at all of that if you wouldn’t mind emailing me one – Picture Stockton have my email address

          I really appreciate it.

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  159. Hi and Greetings from Canada, I am looking for ‘any’ information on my Granddad Harry Douthwaite born 1913 in Stockton-on-Tees. He was the eldest child of George and Eleanor Douthwaite (nee Jordan). There is a picture by Tommy Jordan referencing Two of my Granddads brothers George and Jack. My Grandad disappeared from Cirenecester where he was a hospital secretary, and we have heard later moved back to Stockton with his parents George and Eleanor (perhaps early fifties?). After he and my Grandmother parted. He completely disappeared after that. I have been looking for him going on twenty years… Please if anyone knows anything about him, please be in touch. All his children, including my Mum are still living.

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    • Jacqueline, I have checked the national register of deaths for Harry Douthwaite, but with no success. If you are sure that he returned to Stockton you might like to try chasing up the following. A Harold Douthwaite appeared on the electoral roll for Stockton from 2002 to 2008 living in the postcode area TS20, which is Norton.
      In 2009, he was living in TS21 along with 8 women! I suspect that he had moved into a care home. The Stockton Roots website registers the death of a Harold Dowthwaite in 2009, but they have no record of his burial in one of their cemeteries, so maybe he was cremated at Middlebrough Crematorium.

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  160. I’m looking for any information on the poster for the Christmas pantomime in 1947. I believe my father in law was dressed as a soldier (Richard Marrin).

    Regards

    Jane McGann

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  161. Does anyone remember the name of the sports shop in Stockton, it was near the red lion pub. It was during the 80s, it was up a side street opposite the shambles.
    Thanks,
    Mark

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  162. I am looking for any information or pictures regarding Doreen Instone, my mam, she went to Bowesfield lane girls schools during the 1940s and worked at the Odeon cinema in the 50s and 60s. She has recently passed away so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    My mams family lived in Selwyn Street, Stockton on tees in the 1940s any info or pictures would be fantastic. The name was Instone, there was George, Emily, and the children, Doreen, Lewis and Micheal.

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    • If you use this site’s search facility you will find that a Jim Instone submitted several photos in past years. I wonder if he might be related?

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        • In addition to Lewis (b.1939) and Michael (b.1943), your mother also had a sister Sylvia b.1937, but she died the same year.
          Lewis married Linda Jameson in 1967, they had Joanne (b.1967) and Simon Lewis (b.1970).
          Michael married Elizabeth Crosthwaite in 1965, they appear to have had twins as Neil Michael, and Paul Andrew were both registered in 1966.

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    • I have looked on Ancestry for you and found a marriage Doreen G Instone to Mr Barras in March 1969 at Teesside North ref1B 1219. Oddly I can find no matching birth on Tees area or indeed anyway in England with Instone spelling.

      Have you tried contacting Teesside (maybe Cleveland Archives) to see if they have the school registers. If they are not in Stockton library you will find them in Middlesbrough if they exist. e mail used to be teesside_archives@middlesbrough.gov.uk ; most helpful

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  163. Are there any details of how or where a cousin of mine died in the newspapers. His name was Allan Simpson, born 1932 married – Olive Watling in 1953 – Died May 22nd 1967 – Buried in Stockton-on-Tees with his parents.

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  164. Hi, I’m researching some Australian cousins of mine, and have discovered that they visited the UK in April 1937. On their arrival docket it states that their intended address in the UK was to be “Avon House, High Street, YARK, Yorks.”

    I have checked York with no luck, and, given that my cousin’s wife’s family were Harrisons from Yarm, I wondered if the typist hit K instead of M. So, does anyone there know if there is or was an Avon House on the High Street?

    Thanks,

    Mike

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      • Hi again,
        I’ve now checked the 1911 Census Summary Book for Yarm, and, whilst there isn’t an Avon House on the High Street, there is a side street shown as “Blen Avon Court”.
        It might not be called that now, but, I’m off to look at Google Maps….

        Thanks again,
        Mike

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        • Google Street View even has a photo of the entry to Blen Avon Court. It’s just to the left of the George and Dragon pub on the High Street. The 1911 census shows seven houses there, and they are still today. Maybe one was rented out between April and October 1937.

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    • Hi Mike
      My family were the Harrison’s that lived on Yarm High Street in 1937. My Nanna lived in a cottage at the rear of Ridley House and my Great Grandmother Jane Ann Harrison lived next door, but I don’t know the names of the houses, they were on the High Street just by the bridge, still there today but converted into million pound flats I believe! Other Harrison family members lived on Aislaby Road, Yarm and around the Eaglescliffe/Egglescliffe area.
      If you have any further information/names I will see if I can help in our search

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  165. Just trying to find a little out about my father George Robert Paul Wilkinson all I know is that he was born in 27-12-1941 and if he had family up they now. I heard he had about 10 brothers and sisters but not sure

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    • Looking at the regsitrations in Stockton, a George Wilkinson married Sarah E Thompson in late 1938, these may have been your grandparents? In early 1939, they regsitered the birth of a their son Walter W. Wilkinson. In early 1941, the birth of Peter Wilkinson was registered by them. Then in early 1942, George R. Wilkinson was registered, following his birth in late December. The family may have moved out of the area after the birth of GRW, as I cannot find any more births registered to this family in the Stockton area.

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  166. Please does anyone have any pictures of Stockton Dixielanders JJB, I was a member of this band from the age of 9, sadly all my memorabilia was lost in a house fire, I would really appreciate any helpx

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  167. I’m looking for information on the Owens family that resided in Stockton-on-Tees. In particular, Ellen Owens (1904-1932), and her father Thomas Owens who was stated deceased on her 1927 marriage certificate when Ellen married Frederick Wilson (1897-1964).

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    • Hi Robert, the 1911 Census shows the Owens family living at 4 Beech Street, Stockton. The father, Thomas Owens, was born in Stockton about 1862 and worked at a local shipyard. His wife, Mary had been born at Thornaby in 1872.
      Their children were May (17), John (15), Catherine (12), Ellen (10), Elizabeth (4) and Thomas (2 months).

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  168. Does anyone know what happened to the two girls who used to work in Burdons music store in Yarm Lane in the mid to late 50’s, Joan Robson and Maggie Hope? They were very good to me as a boy when I used to go in there to listen to the latest records.

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  169. I’m trying to trace a bicycle frame builder from Stockton (not the Taylor bros), I’ve only got the initials W.A. ie. based 24. NORTH…. Stockton-on-Tees. some time in 1960’s. Can anyone help?

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    • Harold try looking on-line to find the details of local cycling clubs, then contact them as I reckon there will be people amongst their members who may know. Stockton Wheelers I believe is a popular club.

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  170. On the birth certificate of my husbands 2 x great grandfather, John Byram Thompson, it says that he was born at Thornaby Pottery, South Stockton. Were there any houses there in 1847?

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    • J.B.Thompson was born at Thornaby Pottery as his father, Anthony Thompson, was a potter, and must have been employed there. Anthony had married Elizabeth Byrom in 1840, and that must have been where John’s middle name came from. By 1851, Anthony and family had moved to his home town of Newcastle.

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  171. Hi, I’m Looking for information and especially a photo of my great great grandfather, Bryan John Booth, who was the superintendent of the Stockton police in 1871. Writing this from Sweden so a bit difficult for me to go to any record office. Can anyone help me?

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    • Bryan J Booth seems to have lead a very eventful life. He regularly was mentioned in the local newspaper for Stockton (The Evening Gazette) in the reports of the Stockton Police Court. As Superintendent of Stockton Police he was in charge of 35 men, comprising 6 sergeants and 29 constables. In addition he also performed a civic role as Town Sergeant which required his attendance at all meetings of Stockton Council. I do not know when he was appointed as Superintendent but he was in post in 1870, when the Evening Gazette started.
      He retired in August 1876, the Gazette reporting on his reirement present, being a black marble mantlepiece clock.
      I suspect that he may be the same Bryan J Booth who in 1882 was appointed as Inspector of Hackney Cabs and Tramways by Stockton Council.
      He died in Stockton in early 1897.

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      • Hi Cliff, Thank you for all that fantastic information about my grandfather. Yes he did die in 1897. I found a picture of his gravestone online and while I was in England I visited it. It’s such a shame my mother is no longer with us she would have been over the moon with such information. There must be some way I could get a photo of him, any suggestions? Thanks once again for your help.

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          • Hi Steve,

            Just read your reply to me. Thank you for the information about my gr gr grandfather. I will certainly go on your site. I just wish I could get a picture of him.
            Once again thank you.

            Regards Jean

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      • Hi Sarah, Thank you for that info. I have been in on it and found a few articles about my gr gr grandad. So interesting.

        Regards Jean

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  172. I am Looking for members of the Simpson Family (Yvonne, Margaret or Tracy). Their Father was my cousin and died at a young age. I never met him I am sorry to say.
    Can any one help please.

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    • Peter, please can you give some more details about the Simpson family.
      What was the father’s first name? About when were the three girls born?

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      • Hi Cliff. Father Allen Simpson, Mother Olive Wattling. Children Yvonne Born 1955, Margaret Born 1959, Tracey Born 1965. Allen’s Farther was Arthur Simpson Died north Africa 1944, Mother Alice Dixon (My mothers sister)

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        • Allen and Olive married in Gateshead in 1953, and all three girls were born there. They came south to the Teesside area by the 1970s.
          Yvonne married Philip T Austin in 1978. I can find only one Yvonne Austin married to a Philip, and they live were living in Bedford several years ago.
          Margeret A Simpson married Albert Redshaw in 1974 on Teesside. They are now living in Hartlepool with their two children Paul and Beverley.
          I cannot find a Tracy J Simpson marrying on Teesside. The nearest I can find is a marriage in 1988 in Wakefield to Richard J Davies. I could not trace her current whereabouts.

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  173. Hi, I’m currently undertaking my dissertation on heavy metal contamination of the river tees as a result of industrialisation.

    I’m looking for images of past industries along the river tees, especially if any has any of Yarm. I would also be interested in finding out more information about past industries along the River Tees.

    Emily

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    • Use the site’s search facility and look for “Urlay Nook” and you will find several memories of the yellow liquid which was discharged into the Tees at Yarm from the chromium works at Urlay Nook.

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  174. I am looking for some information on Primrose Hill circa 1949. The closest I’ve got is an aerial shot from Britain From Above. I currently reside on Larch Road but I’ve been told it wasn’t always called this and the house has been considerably modified. I’d like to see some pictures (if possible) of Larch Road before it was modernised. Thanks in anticipation. Liam

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  175. Hello, has anyone got a photo of the old petrol station at the end of Yarm High St, demolished around 1970, used to be known as Mattie Dobson`s.

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  176. I was wondering if anyone can help me with some pictures from the 1960’s or 70’s. It is for part of a gift to my auntie and I’m struggling to find photos of James street, st patrick’s primary school, the railings on queen’s street(?), the queen’s picture house and the allotments. Any help would be really appreciated, thanks!!! xx

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  177. I was just wondering if anybody new where exactly Mitre Street was in Stockton-on-Tees was? And if so what do they call the street now? If it is a street anymore. My parents lived there in the 1960. Irene and Cliff Harrison. Any help would be appreciated. Sharon Harrison.

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    • Mitre Street was part of the Parkfield Estate that was redeveloped in the 1970s. The estate lay alongside Parliament Street, almost opposite the Holy Trinity churchyard. Some of the old street names have been reused in the new development e.g. Chalk Close and Bickersteth Close. But not Mitre Street.

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      • My family [Harker family] lived in Mitre Street from about 1957 till the end of 1964. We moved to Ragworth in January 1965 due to the redevelopment which occurred from then on due to the council in its wisdom wanting to build council houses. All the street houses surrounding Mitre Steet and as far as Parliament Street were demolished. Being a child of that era the many streets that you could roam without a care in the world. Families I recall from Mitre Street are the Watsons, Smith & Flynn familes.

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  178. Hi I am trying to find out when my grandfather, Joseph Stoddart, of 1 Vero Terrace, Yarm Lane, butcher, became a councillor. Is there anyone out there who remembers them? They moved to Manchester around 1947.

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    • Hello Mary, I am researching the Stoddart family on behalf of my daughter-in-law, who is Joseph’s great granddaughter. Her grandmother Dorothy sadly died a few days ago aged 97. I’m afraid I don’t know much about Joseph so can’t answer your question about when he became a councillor.
      Penny Robinson

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    • I have been searching tonight for Margaret Rogers and she does apparently still live there. I don’t know if you know, but the gorgeous Anna Marie died suddenly 9 years ago, and I don’t think Margaret is too well, since this terrible tragedy how could she be, I’m going too try to get in touch and go see her. I don’t know the phone no. yet, so I’m going to drop her a line, its no. 80 hope this helps x

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  179. On behalf of a resident of Whitby I have been asked to find any information on Harry Walton born 1903 – although he was partially blind he was a scaffolder and well known in the area – he won a dance competition in the early 1930’s at Maison De Danse, Stockton. If anyone has any information I would be very grateful.

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  180. I am trying to find out the exact day and year that my sister Nellie Rheam Broadley (nee Raper) passed away. She was born on May 1, 1918 and lived in Thornaby most of her life. When she passed I was living in the United States and only received a telegram but it did not have the details of her passing. I would be so grateful for any help.

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    • Nellie R Broadley is proving to be very elusive in the death register. Do you know approximately when she passed away? Was it after the death of her husband John in 1982?

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        • I had not realised that she died so young. Nellie’s death was recorded in September 1956, but I cannot give you a more accurate date.

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          • Thank you Cliff. My sister took her own life so there was much sadness and confusion at that time. Could you tell me how I can find out the exact day that she passed? Thank you again, your help is very much appreciated..

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            • The easiest way of finding the exact date of her death would be to obtain a copy of her death certificate. This can be obtained from the General Register Office in London. Her death is recorded in the quarterly index of the GRO for the July-Sept. period in 1956. The reference is Cleveland District, Volume 1b, Page 529. A copy be ordered on-line through the GRO website at
              http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/

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  181. Good Evening Stockton, I’m hoping for help regarding the life of a single ship built by Wm.Harkness in 1917. Her yard number was 212 and was named Suffolk Coast. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1918 and was converted to a Q ship. At the end of WW1 she was sent around the country to show the public how her hidden guns etc.had helped the navy in its fight against the U-boats. I’m trying to find out where she actually went. She returned to the Castle Line in Liverpool eventually and there are photos of her in St.Katherines Dock in London on her tour but If anyone has any further knowledge I’d be very grateful.

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    • The book “Sunderland in the Great War” by Clive and Gillian Dunn (2014) records the S.S.Suffolk Coast visiting Sunderland Docks in December 1918.
      Later the same month, she arrived in London for inspection by the public.
      One on-line reference suggests that she was comissioned as a Q ship in August 1918, and ended her service in November 1918, having never been in action in her 3 months of service. She was still operational in 1940 when she helped in the evacuation of the island of Jersey.

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  182. Former pupils of Billingham North (1951 – 1957), Billingham South Seniors (1957 – 1958) and Billingham Campus Stephenson Hall (1958 – 1961) are trying to organise a reunion of former pupils for sometime in November 2015, I have been contacting people in various places such as Canada and Australia in the search for school photos, I have collected 7 in total, two of which I bought from The Picture Stockton website a couple of years ago.
    I am trying to locate as many former pupils as possible for this our third reunion, if anybody knows of people that attended those schools at those times I shall be grateful if they can get in touch with me via Picture Stockton, if you do contact me I can email a list of names of people we are trying to contact, all of these people will be celebrating their 70th birthday over the next twelve months and some will be Grandparents or even Great Grandparents.
    Our last reunion was in 2011 and there were over 30 pupils and 2 former teachers who came, it was an excellent night.

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    • Hello, I’m Malcolm Trattles, and I attended Campus Stephenson Hall in 1959 and left in 1960. I was in Miss Rounds class with Derek Hall, John Wilkinson, Ann Taylor, and these are the names I remember. The teacher I also remember was Mrs. Basset, lovely lady. I also remember the headmaster Mr.Golightly. after leaving I worked at Mac Fisheries in Billingham Town Centre. Then at the Malleable Steel works. I now live in Norwich, Norfolk. And have lived here 45 yrs. I married a Norwich girl Pam and we have two grandchildren Saul and Maria. I hope anyone who knows me or went to this school are in fine health and enjoy a great life as I have and still do. If anyone would like to get in touch please contact Picture Stockton: pictures@stockton.gov.uk for my e-mail

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  183. I am researching my family tree and have two South Stockton streets from the marriage certificate dated 1888. The groom’s father lived at 15 Leonard Street and the bride’s father lived at 14 Westbury Street. Both say South Stockton but I’m getting confused because Leonard Street seems to be in Portrack and Westbury Street in Thornaby. Can anybody please help. Thanks. Liz Fox

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    • Liz, have another look at the certificate, the groom’s father probably lived at St. Leonard Street. This road ran off the north end of Westbury Street. St. Leonard Street no longer exists, its location is now replaced by the modern A66 road through Thornaby.

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  184. Hello, I just wondered if anyone knew or has heard of Violet Hill Gardens off Darlington Lane. Its listed on the 1911 census and I’d love to have an idea where it would have been. Many thanks in advance.

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  185. Is there a way of getting hold of copies of some of the photographs, please? I am related to some of the Stockton Wilkinsons – including Thomas Wilkinson Mayor 1923, and am researching my genealogy.

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    • My great grandmother was Hannah Marie Wilkinson and my great great grandmother was Mary Wilkinson. Richard White and Hannah Marie Wilkinson were first cousins. Are they in your family tree? I am researching the Wilkinson’s.

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  186. I would appreciate any information on Frederick James Smith (aged 65) & Sarah A James (47) who married on the 10th September 1938 in the Peoples Mission Chapel, New Street, Thornaby on Tees. The couple were living at 2 John Street, Thornaby on Tees at the time. Frederick died age 78 on the 26th September at 2 John Street, Thornaby and the informant was his wife S. A. Smith.

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    • The 1911 Census shows Sarah A James living with her family at 8 North Street, Thornaby. She was from a large family and had 6 brothers and sisters, all born in Thornaby. She was then 18 years old, and was employed as a servant. Her father was Thomas James, born in Aberystwyth in 1860, he was a labourer at a local iron works. In 1883 he had married Sarah Ann Swinney, born in Thornaby in 1860.

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      • Cliff, many thanks for the information. Frederick James Smith was my paternal grandfather and he was of dubious character! He was born in East Molesey, Surrey and lived in and around the Kingston upon Thames area, where he married and had eleven children, including my mother, although six of the children didn’t survive. Frederick then moved north where he married Gertrude Collins in 1917 at the Parish Church of St Paul, Middlesbrough and after her death married Sarah Ann James in 1938 in Thornaby, so I am interested in finding out whether there were any children from those marriages, as a search using FreeBMD has proved inconclusive. One of the witnesses to his last marriage was a “P. Smith”, but I cannot identify whether they were a relative, or just a friend!

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        • I have found two children born in the Cleveland area to fathers named Smith and mothers whose maiden name had been Collins.
          The birth of Elsie Smith was registered in Guisborough in 1921.
          The birth of John R Smith was registered in Middlesbrough in 1926

          There was also a son born in Leeds in 1919, but I thought that city was too far away to mention, until I noticed your name, he was named Vincent as well!

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          • Cliff, many thanks for the information and there is a connection with Guisborough, as that is where Gertrude Collins Nee: Bailes was born. The problem is that the only death I can find for a Gertrude Smith is December Qtr 1920 in Stockton and it is the right age, so I think I will apply for the death certificate to make sure it is the right person. Thanks again for your help.

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    • Hi , at last something about The peoples mission, can I ask you , do you have any records of the mission? My parents were caretakers there from 1960ish, until 1974, our address was 12 John st. I am having great difficulty finding anything about the mission. Also what chapel was it before the mission took it over, and were would copies of records be kept, any help would be appreciated.

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  187. Does anyone know when exactly FREE (Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke) played in Stockton between 1968 and 1973? Seems they played several time in Stockton – St. Mary Church Youth Club in late sixties and early seventies… Any additional information by you and your readers / contributors is always welcome.

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  188. Hi. I am keen to try and find out if anyone can place a Margaret (nee Powell) and Arthur R Flanders in Billingham around 1976. They may have had a son called Ken/Kenneth of an age of about 20. Historically I can’t find them but they may have been from London/Essex and only been in Stockton/Billingham a few years. Any help appreciated. Even if you only knew them in passing.

    Thanks

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    • According to electoral roll records, the Flanders family (Arthur, Margaret and Kenneth) were living in South Ockenden, Essex from about 2002 to 2013.

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      • Hi Cliff, Yes I have those details however I am trying to find some proof that they were in the North East around that time, I am also trying to track Margaret/Arthur’s Parents to see if they might have been from the north east in those days (or earlier)

        Thanks

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        • Arthur R Flanders parents both came from the London area. There were too many girls born who were named Margaret Powell, to be able to trace where she came from, and who were her parents.

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  189. My great grandmother was born in Vane Arms yard in 1849. Her name was Mary Jane Patterson and her mother was Ann Patterson, unmarried aged 29. Her uncle John Patterson lived there but I would be interested to know in what capacity. He is listed as innkeeper in the 1841 and 1851 censuses but disappears after that. He came from Manfield. When was the hotel demolished? What was in the yard? Servants quarters? Any snippets of history would be most welcome.

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    • The 1851 Census describes John Patterson’s employment as “Hotel Keepers Ostler”. The ostler was in charge of the stables at the hotel. It looks as if he occupied one of the 3 residential units in Vane Arms Yard, which was at the back of the hotel. If you use Picture Stockton’s search facilty to look for images of Vane Arms, you will see that it was a very large hotel, one of the most important in the High Street. The photos show that the building had a central alleyway, this was Vane Arms Yard and housed some residential units (for workers not guests) as well as the hotel’s stables.
      I could not find John Patterson in Stockton in the 1841 Census. He was not living in any of the 3 units in Vane Arms Yard. He disappears after the 1851 Census because he died in Stockton in late 1854.
      The Vane Arms was demolished about 1975/6 as part of the wholesale redevelopment of the east side of Stockton High Street.

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      • My father was born in the “Vane Arms Cottages” in 1907, as his grandfather was Thomas Heslop, Cab Proprietor who ran a very successful family business on the High Street. Cliff Thornton’s reply has been very helpful for me too. Thank you.

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  190. Hi, does anyone have any information about an Edith and John Baker from Percy Street, Stockton? They lived there until roughly 1921 but moved. I know its a long time ago but if anyone has any information as to where they moved to and if they had any children and if anyone knows who John Bakers mothers name was.. thanks

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    • There were several families named John and Edith Baker in Stockton about the time of WW I. Can you provide any more information about the couple you are interested in, as that might enable them to be identified. Thanks.

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      • hi thanks for replying..I’ve found out that John Bakers father was called John William Baker and Edith Bakers mother was Mary Moss formerly Starkey, I’ve been told that they had a son called Bill but I can’t find any record to show this, also they lived in Percy Street longer after 1921 not until then I’m finding it hard to find any information about them as I’m doing a family tree so any information would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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        • Gemma, you will be able to trace your family tree back several generations at least, by using the census records which are available on-line via your local library. To help you work your way back here are some names and dates –
          John Baker married Edith Moss at Stockton in late 1905.
          By the 1911 census they were living in Bishop Auckland with their 4 year old daughter Doris Ena Baker who had been born in Stockton in 1907.
          Edith was the daughter of William Moss (b. 1843 at Thirsk) and Mary Vida Starkey (b. 1857 at Liverpool). They had married at Stockton in 1876.
          John Baker appears in the 1901 census living in Mandale Road, Thornaby where his father, John Wm. Baker was a tailor with his own shop. John had been born in Thornaby in 1884 and came from a large family with 10 brothers and sisters. His parents had married at Pickering in 1873, J.W.B. (b. 1852) coming from near Driffield, and his wife Sarah E. Dobson (b.1857) from Great Ayton. Good Luck you should find plenty more names and dates.

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  191. I wonder if anyone can help me? I’m researching my family tree and I’ve hit a stumbling block! My great grandfather was naturalised in 1910. His original name was Frederick Johann Lapsien and became John Lapson. He sailed on Ropner ships and died in a roof fall at Boldon Colliery aged 62. My grandmother, his daughter, was Evelyn Lapson who married and became Evelyn smith. I believed my great grandfather lived in Stockton but it’s looking possible that it was actually Durham.

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    • Amanda, if you have access to a library (if you are in the UK that is) you may be able to access the 1911 census, which may be able to help. Durham Archives are also a very good source of information.

      I believe at the time you are looking at Stockton will have been regarded as being part of County Durham. So the possible Stockton location may well be right. Good Luck.

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      • F.J Lapsien was absent from the 1911 census, maybe he was away at sea? His wife, Emily Maud Lapsien, was at home at 194 Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields with their two children, Williamina aged 3 and John Frederick aged 5 months.

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        • Hi Cliff
          Thanks for the info! I believe his absence may well have been due to a spell in prison? Things are very sketchy in this area. He worked on Ropner Ships around that time, but wasn’t listed for around a year or so around that time. thanks again x

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    • The births of all of J.F. Lapsien’s children were registered in South Shields between 1910 and 1927. He died at Boldon Colliery, which lies just south of South Shields. So if he ever did live in Stockton, it can only have been for a very short time.

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  192. Hi, I was wondering if there was any aerial photos of the old Albany School in Norton from the 1980’s or if anyone can direct me to somewhere I might be able to get some please.
    Kind regards
    Lisa.

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    • The 1857 Ordnance Survey map shows open fields either side of Durham Road in the current area of Hardwick and Roseworth. But running between some of the fields on the west side of the road was Piper Knowle Lane. No sign of any farms or buildings of that name in the vicinity. So the name was in use in the 1850s.

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  193. My Mum’s family owned a house in Percy Street, Stockton for 2 generations until compulsory purchase forced them to move. I can’t find any pictures or maps of it. Is there any records of maps or pictures as a reminder please. Kind regards Elaine

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    • Elaine, if you still live in the area call into Stockton library, upstairs in the room which I think is classed as the family history area, ask one of the very friendly and helpful members of staff about the local street maps which they keep, which for a small charge they may be able to photocopy for you. Good Luck

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  194. I have recently moved here from Canada, and live in the Kingsmoor new build development off Bowesfield Lane. I am fascinated by the history of Stockton-on-Tees, and in particular would like to know more about the history of what is now the Kingsmoor estate. I work on the Queen’s Campus of Durham University, and now that I know more about it I try to give students a sense of the history of the site.

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  195. I am looking for photographs of the Polish airmen who were serving with 6 OTU at RAF Thornaby in 1942. Can anybody help please?

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  196. I’m looking for information on the Salvation Army Citadel located on Westbury/Chelmsford Streets. Does anyone know the history of this building circa 1920? My father’s birth certificate lists 1 Chelmsford Street as his birth place but none of our family is from the Thornaby area. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    • My name is Irene and I attend the Salvation Army on Westbury Street although not since 1920!! The building is still in use as a church and we do have some older members with good memories.

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      • Hi Irene. Do you happen to know the history of the building? Because my grandmother was from Leeds, it seems strange that she would go to Thornaby to give birth to my father. I’m wondering if there is any chance the facility may have been used for a home for unwed mothers? Of course, 1920 was right after the Great War so lots of buildings may have been re-purposed during that time. Thanks.

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    • Marilyn, I looked at some old directories and microfilm in the library, one dated 1921/22 and the other 1926. Both of them had a man by the name of Samuel Cook along with Emma Elizabeth Cook living at I Chelmsford St. Sorry but they did not appear to have one for 1920. Would the name mean anything to you?

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      • Thanks John. No those names don’t mean anything. Because my grandmother was from the Leeds area, I’m wondering if there is any possibility that she was an unwed mother and was sent to Thornaby to give birth. Is 1 Chelmsford St. actually the Salvation Army building or a privately owned house?

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  197. Hi my name is Harold Stephenson. I was born October 1949 at Tennant Street just off Norton Road. After a few years we moved over to Thorpe Street. I then started school 1954-55 at Carlisle Memorial Portrack Lane. The teachers who taught at the school at the time was Sister Agnes, Miss Redmond,and a Miss Butler. I think they was another nun, but I can not remember her name. I can not really remember any pupils names. The only ones that come to mind is Dennis Close, Billy Wilson, Michael Spain, Billy Cann, or McCann, and a surname Cain. I left about 1957 and went to St Mary’s mixed school, Croft Street. The teachers at the school what I can remember at the time. Mr and,Mrs Harry Tompkinson, son Joe, Mr Butler, and Mr Ray Smith sports teacher.
    In the four years spent at the school I was always in the B class. I also played for the school football team under Mr Ray Smith when I was in the 4th year. The only pupils I can remember at the time was Michael Ryder. Swainby Road, Clifford Edwards, Gerrald McCairns, Dennis Close, Billy Wilson, Michael Spain, Billy McCann, or Cann, Michael Cain ? John Fitzpatrick. They was another boy I can remember name only David or Lesley Corcoran.
    I then left to go to St Bedes in 1961 I would think the same boys would also go there as well. The only two teachers that stood out was Leo Murphy, and Brother Francis who ran the football team. I also played for the football team the first year I was there 1961-62. I was only at St Bedes for seven months from September 1961 to March 1962. We moved to Crook County Durham, and I have lived here ever since over 53 years.
    I would like to know if any of the past pupils of the three schools, Carlisle Memorial Portrack, 1954-55 to 1957 St Marys mixed school 1957-1961, and St Bede’s 1961-62. As any one got spare copies of photographs over that period of time at the three schools? Photographs i.e Class photos, football teams, and holy communion.
    Thank you very much,and all the very best Harold. If you would like to contact me you can get my e-mail address from Picture Stockton.