As can be seen, Holme House Farm was still in its original condition, surrounded by fields. This view is taken from somewhere near the Rocks Field in Portrack. I know for certain that the crops included potatoes and barley.
During potato picking week, which was a half term, a the end of October, infuriatingly just before Bonfire night, older working class kids and young men, from Tilery, Portrack and Swainby Road, lined up near Blackett’s bridge over the beck to be chosen for a day’s potato picking by the farmer. Only the stronger and rougher looking types would get a job. I tried a couple of times without success.
Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.
Two men herd the last of their sheep into pens ready to be sold at the cattle market. The market took place on the corner of The Square and Thistle Green every week.
A view of Thorntree Farm from our bedroom window, Thornaby c1980s.
Photograph and details courtesy of Judy Heslop.
These photographs were taken as part of a short cycle ride from Portrack in which I was intent in finding out what the countryside was like behind Haverton Hill. The building in the first photograph was just off the end of Cowpen Bewley Road, where it runs into Cowpen Bewley Lane.
I did this ride without maps, but recollect crossing the line of the Stockton to Hartlepool railway, so perhaps some of the photographs have been taken off Wolveston Back Lane… I would guess that with the massive development and land drainage in this area, some of the farm buildings have disappeared. Perhaps Stocktonians can help?
It must have been a difficult are to farm as the land was low lying and the pollution from ICI could not have helped. The farmland looked very bleak compared to that around Portrack and Norton.
Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.
Views of Manor Farmhouse in Wolviston c1981.
Advert for Stockton’s oldest nurseries, Thomas Fewster & Sons taken from the Stockton-on-Tees Coronation Souvenir Booklet, 1953.
Image courtesy of John S Corney.
A view of the garden nursery located on the south side of The Green, Egglescliffe c1975.
A view of the Cattle Market on the corner of The Square and Thistle Green, Stockton c1930.
A photograph of the Dixon family. Champion ploughers from Glebe Farm in Billingham.
A view of Field House Farm on Worsall Road, Yarm c1982
Sheep are being herded up towards the cattle market between The Square and Thistle Green with Stockton Parish Church in the background c1903.
Two photographs taken 10th May, 1976 of Far End Farm on Green Lane, Kirklevington.
Billingham and Romanby ploughmen in competition at the Horse Championships which took place in Crosby, Northallerton. John Dixon of Glebe Farm, Billingham became the eventual winner in the ploughing class.
A row of 18th century artisans cottages, originally leading off the east side of the High Street (via a now gated overhang), down to the river Tees, Yarm.
Photograph and details courtesy of Chris Bailey.
Two photographs of a threshing machine which was used in agriculture. We believe this machine was used at the Cunningham Farm, Stockton c1940
Newsham Hall in Stockton-on-Tees is Grade III Listed. Newsham is Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘the new dwelling’ and takes its name from a settlement around the 12th century. In the early 1800s the area was divided into four farms, Featherstone House, Newsham Hall, Newsham Grange and White House. Over the years the land has been sold off and now consists of Newsham Hall, Newsham House, Newsham Grange, Thornhill, Rose Cote, Featherstone House and Grey House.