Season’s Greetings!

Well, there’s another year gone….

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:

Best Wishes, Laura.

Picture Stockton will be back on Thursday 3 January 2019.

Target Head Wrightson

Head Wrightson reproduced an aerial photograph which, early in the war, accompanied instructions to the Luftwaffe that their target should be Head Wrightson. Head Wrightson published this image in their magazine (Head Wrightson & Co., Ltd and Subsidiaries, World War II: 1939 – 1945) with the hope that the pin-pointed attention directed to us by our enemies will, in a different manner, be directed to us by our friends.

Image courtesy of Robert Greenwell.

Second Stockton Race Course

This is in response to a query about a racecourse near to Holme House, the poster advertises Stockton Races at Tibbersley in Billingham, there is a Tibbersley Avenue close to the ICI West gate and not too far from Billingham Beck so there is a possibility that the racecourse was situated somewhere near to this area, my old maps don’t show the extent of Tibberley Farm but it may have reached to where Fleet Road (A19) ran, between Billingham Bottoms and where Newport Bridge was later built, or even as far as Lustrum Beck, I believe this is as close to Holme House as Stockton Racecourse got.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Freedom of the Borough Invitation c1968

This invitation was given to my Father – he was asked to attend a dinner on 23rd March 1968 where the Freedom of the Borough was conferred on four persons who had either made an impression on or had connections with Stockton-on-Tees.
The dinner was commemorate the dissolution of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council upon the commencement of Teesside on the 1st April 1968.

Image and details courtesy of Alastair Smith.

Billingham Synthonia Football Club

Billingham Synthonia Football Club played on the Central Avenue ground for 60 years until the end of the 2016/17 season, they then moved to play at the Norton ground. As you can see the Central Avenue ground has suffered badly in the last year. A sad sight for Northern League football fans like myself.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Ashmore, Benson & Pease Company Memorial Plaques, August 2018

The Ashmore, Benson & Pease Co., 1914 – 1918 memorial plaque from the Bowesfield Works. It reads:

“Lest We Forget”
To the enduring memory of comrades from these works, who gave their lives, in the Great War. 1914 – 1918
Appleby J, Evis P.C, Owen A, Branson F.A,  Foster C.E, Ramsey J, Brown E, Jackson E, Rowntree J.N, Clasper T.S, King J, Scott G.S, Craggs C.E., Martin W.H, Doughty H, O’Brien P.

Also nearby is the foundation/commemoration stone for South Works. It reads:

1873 – 1951
The Power Gas Corporation Ltd. Ashmore Benson & Pease Company
This stone commemorates the establishment of the South Works and was and was unveiled on the 14th July 1951 by Wilfred Beswick and Alfred Lonsdale

Both are in dubious condition and can be found in the car park of Jacobs office on Bowesfield.

Photographs and details courtesy of Alec Moody.

Boundary Marker

Recent pictures of an old boundary marker for Stockton-on-Tees/Stockton Rural District Councils. The text on the faces reads: “Stockton on Tees”, “Stockton R.D.C.”, and around the curved top “County of Durham”. This one is located on Bishopton Road West in front of No. 239. It looks to be slightly buried as there is another near 200, Darlington Lane that seems a bit taller.

This map reportedly shows the 1964 boundaries of SoT (yellow) & SRD (green) councils, with the approx. position of this marker pointed out by the arrow.

Are there any others hiding out there?

Images and details courtesy of Jonathan May.

ICI Documents

These papers were found by Norman Kidd among his deceased fathers belongings.

The first is a letter from Mr A.T.S. Zeally, the Chairman of ICI at that time, celebrating 25 years production of Ammoia at ICI Billingham. The second are rare papers from 1942 stating what ICI did during the war. The photograph is of the Synthetic & Ammonia Nitrates Ltd Supply Departments Outing to Ullswater on June 24th 1928.

Angling Ticket c1906








An Angling Ticket for 1906 which was issued by the Duncombe Park Estate Office, Helmsley, North Yorkshire to a Mr. J. Bowron of Yarm Lane, Stockton. The ticket, on card, is signed on behalf of the Duncombe Park Estate by a John J. Bowman and says that it is valid until 14th May. Printed on each side, ‘Fishing on Sundays Strictly Prohibited’.

Images and details courtesy of David Dobbyn.

Billingham Synthonia Football Programmes

A series of Billingham Synthonia Football programmes dating back to the 1950/1.  Images courtesy of Laurayne Featherstone.