Come along and hear Samuel’s story, including his bigamous marriage and more, told by Bryan Cooper, whose great grandmother was Samuel’s sister on Tuesday 8 May, 2pm – 4pm at Stockton Central Library.
Call Stockton Reference Library on 01642 528079 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free place.
Are you interested in unusual facts about your local area? Then come along and listen to an intriguing collection of stories and incidents from Cleveland’s past, told by well-known local historian Bob Woodhouse on Friday 4 May, 10.30am – 12pm at Stockton Central Library.
An old fishing licence License made out to a Mr. J. H. Bowron of Yarm Lane, Stockton and dated 28th June 1913. The licence is signed by the Distributor Wanless Bros. (J. S. Wanless).The licence includes an interesting list of Authorised Distributors of Trout Licenses. This list includes P.C. Storrow, Police Office, at Piercebridge, Mr. J. Garget in Darlington and Wanless Bros., Bridge Road in Stockton-on-Tees.
Image and details courtesy of David Dobbyn
This photograph shows the reverse side of a ceramic light switch found during the rewiring of an old Yarm house. The patent is shown as being granted in 1842, which leads me to wonder when electricity came to the town?
Photograph and details courtesy of Anthony Bonner.
Two year old George Hall pictured outside his home at 23 Westbury Street, Thornaby with Bob the coal cart horse. The house was also the base for the family’s coal business and stable for Bob c1937.
Photograph and details courtesy of Philip Moore.
A Victorian post box found in Low Worsall near Yarm set into a brick pillar.
Photograph and details courtesy of Philip Moore.
A photograph of the book presented to he pupils of Billingham North Infants School, Pentland Avenue in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Do other ex-pupils still have theirs?
Photograph and details courtesy of William Bennett.
Thornaby Town Hall will be open for people to come and view a selection of Remembering Thornaby photographs on Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February between 10am – 2pm. Free, drop-in. All welcome.
There have been a few recent posts on Picture Stockton about the previous Mayors of Stockton and whilst I was in the Parish Church I was surprised to find these ‘honours boards’ just inside the main entrance. They are well worth a look but check the church opening times first as it is not always open and even then only by the side or rear entrance but certainly worth a visit.
Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.
These images show the Thornaby Coat of Arms mosaic which were a feature on the wall of Thornaby Pavillion prior to the refurbishment in 2008/09.
Photographs courtesy of Shelagh Freeman.
Wash basin taps in an old Yarm house, does anyone know of the company J.M Guthrie?
Photographs and details courtesy of Mr Bonner.
As the restoration of The Globe Theatre begins another new phase and once again the hoardings are changed to announce a new joint venture, Big Plans, Bright Future – well we certainly hope so, reminders of its past have been placed on display in the Rediscover Stockton shop in the High Street.
A neat row of folding chairs stands in front of posters of former artists with many of the once familiar names, like the Globe, now long gone but wait there’s Cliff Richard so all is not lost! The various tickets, labels and show posters tell of its heyday and the Mecca bingo cards of its later life before eventual closure and years of decay. The items are well worth a look and easily found and also offer a nice break from the winter chill blowing down the High Street at this time of year!
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who make Picture Stockton what it is, those who contribute or just browse, those behind the scenes who make it happen and all like the Globe, facing the New Year with renewed anticipation of what lies ahead.
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.
This is how I spent my teenage years, my then girlfriend, now wife were regular attendees at both the Globe and Odeon theatres in the early 1960s, we saw an incredible range of pop acts as well as many that disappeared without trace;
This is the running order for the Freddie and the Dreamers / Roy Orbison
Ezz Reco and the Launchers with Boysie Grant and Beverley
Chris Sandford and the Coronets
Tony Sheridan with the Bobby Patrick Big Six
Freddie and the Dreamers
The Three Quarters
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
The show started at 6:15pm and was all over by 8:00pm, allowing for the intermission we saw nine acts in 90 minutes, it was pretty much two songs and you are off, I must admit we got quite a lot for our 10 bob. We all sat quietly, listened to the music and clapped politely at the appropriate moment, we hadn’t then suffered the screaming nonsense that came later, wonderful times, wonderful memories.
Images and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
Advert from Stockton-on-Tees Illustrated Book ,1893 for ‘The ‘Clan Fell’ Scotch Snuff’, sold at number 87 High Street, Stockton.
I was intrigued with the quality and potential cost of this medal, in a Collingwood Jeweller presentation box, given to my grandfather John William Hill in 1922. Furness shipyards must have provided quite an extensive social facility. As this medal was for cricket I assume all of the team received one. Any information about this period, particularly the social facilities at Furness, would be very much appreciated.
Photograph and details courtesy of Maggie Pulle.
This badge belonged to my mother Freda Thornton. During World War II she was one of a troupe of entertainers who went around the local military sites entertaining those troops serving on the Home Front. She recalled the troupe visiting Kiaora, Wynyard, and various ack-ack batteries. The members of this and similar troupes were presented with these badges. The Voluntary Entertainment Service was a branch of the more widely known E.N.S.A. This badge was given in the North of England as it was issued by the “Northern Command”.
It measures 25 mm in diameter, and is made of white enamel on chromium plating.
Photograph and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.