St Ann’s Hospital Memorial Bell at North Tees Hospital

This bell is on display near the west wing entrance close to the cafe of the North Tees Hospital. I’d walked past the bell many times without reading the plaque only to find that when I did read it it has quite a lot of history attached to it. That area of Portrack Lane is often featured on Picture Stockton, particularly St James School in Union Street East which must have stood very close to the hospital and St James Church. All now sadly gone but nice to see that this bell ‘rings out’ to a well loved and remembered part of the town.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

‘Dear Mrs Pennyman…’ Local History Month Event

Event: ‘Dear Mrs Pennyman…’

Details: Join Roisin Higgins of Teesside University for a reading of emotional letters sent to Mrs. Pennyman of Ormesby Hall during WW1.

Location, Date & Time: Stockton Central Library, Thursday 11 May 2017 at 6.30pm

Tickets: Free event – booking essential as places are limited. Contact Stockton Reference Library on 01642 528079 to reserve a place.

Vane Arms Dinner Menu c1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dinner menu for the Vane Arms for 15th April 1964. All in all not a bad spread for under 80p in today’s money. I was given this menu by my aunt Nora Hough who worked at the Vane Arms for many years.

The real attraction for myself is that a very famous person was dining at the Vane Arms that night and he was good enough to sign the reverse side of the menu which reads ‘To Martin with best wishes Len Hutton’. Len Hutton is out the very top drawer of English cricketers and his 364 scored for England against Australia in 1938 remains the top test match score by an English player. Len Hutton became Sir Leonard in 1956 after he retired from the game.

Images and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Season’s Greetings

Well, there’s another year gone…. For those of you who don’t know, Steve retired in July 2016 and Picture Stockton wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for his vision – the site was born out of a throw away suggestion over a cup of coffee nearly 14 years ago and it is still going strong after all these years!

Picture Stockton is indebted to those who donate photographs, those who add their stories and comments and also the site visitors who just enjoy the site for what it is. This is what makes Picture Stockton a success. I hope that you have had as much pleasure from visiting the site as I have from running it.

I’d like to sincerely thank you all for your kind words and good wishes and to wish all of our friends old and new a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

I will be taking a few days off now but please keep your comments and picture contributions coming (for picture contributions please email: pictures@stockton.gov.uk).

Best Wishes, Laura.

Picture Stockton will be back on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Unknown Object

t15254I bought this sign from a fellow dealer and wondered if anyone knows were it would have hung. Would it have been on one of the Head Wrightson buildings or something they manufactured?

Photograph and details courtesy of Terry Westwood.

Rainbow over Holme House, 1972

t15199The main reason for taking the picture was the rainbow, which must have been produced by a shower over the Rocks (Portrack Shamrocks Football Club) Field in Portrack. But it does show construction on the old Holme House farm site. Was this a temporary school at the time, or was the building of the prison under way?

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.