Groskop family of Stockton, c1915

The Groskop family of Stockton on Tees c1915. Back row from left to right, Leah, Zillah & Zeta. Front row from left to right, Lauretta, Henry, Annie (nee May) & Olive Freda. The family lived in the Smithfield area where Annie ran the Shakespeare Arms. Henrys father, Garshon, was born in Poland c1831. The names were identified by descendants of the Groskop family Stockton on Tees. Photograph courtesy of Brian Swales

My Great-grandmother and her shop.

This is my maternal Great Grandmother, S.Fenny who, as far as I know lived in Starkey Street close to Bath Lane around the 1830-1895 time. She owned and ran a tobacconists and newsagents in Bishopton Lane situated in the short row of shops opposite the end of Alma Street. The shops are still there, but when I last looked it was a hairdressers. Another of her descendants started Fennys Brush Works in Skinner Street. The rather grand looking clothing is typical of that worn at this period in time.This is the shop owned and run by my Great-grandmother during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Whether or not it was passed down the family on her death is not known. A range of romantic paperbacks seem to have been popular at the time. My Mothers cousins, all of whom are dead now, were paperboys for their Grandmother.Photographs and information courtesy of Mr Alan Welleans.