Some recent road resurfacing work in the Hallifield and Edgar Street area of Norton has exposed the original cobble or more precisely brick road surface which was probably first tarmaced over in the 1960’s both as a cost saving measure and as an easy option to save the hard work of digging the road up.
These blue bricks are scoria bricks and were made from blast furnace slag which was a by-product, actually a waste product of the iron and steel foundrys which once employed many men in the Stockton area. The bricks were so successful that they were actually exported around the world and in 1912 alone over 62,000 tons of scoria bricks were shipped from the River Tees to countries including Canada and the West Indies to Belgium and Holland in Europe and even as far as South Africa were roads made from Teesside scoria brick can still be seen today and not just covered by tarmac. Truly another great Teesside export story!
The only road I know of within the Stockton Borough were the scoria bricks remain uncovered is Mill Street off Norton High Street? I always find the architecture of this street fascinating and the name alone gives a nod to what once stood at the top of it’s bank and perhaps the bricks have been left with it’s history in mind? Well, I like to think so anyway.
Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.
H Russel & Sons Printers on West Row in Stockton c1985.
Two views of North Street off Bishopton Lane in Stockton c1980s.
Established in 1898, Ed Smith & Son Ltd at 16 Ramsgate, Stockton c1983.
Producer Derek Smith will be presenting a documentary called “Victory’s Children” at Thornaby Central Library on Thursday 1 June at 7.30pm. Free event – everyone welcome.
The Victory’s Children exhibition can be seen at Thornaby Central Library until Friday 9 June 2017.
For further information call Thornaby Central Library 01642 528117.
A postcard showing the Metropole Hotel on Bridge Road, Stockton-on-Tees, dated August 1909.
The Queen was visiting Stockton for her Silver Jubilee Year – I think it was July 1977. Taken on Norton Road, near Hallifield Street, they show the crowds waving at the approaching car, and the second is the Queen and Prince Philip as they passed by.
Photograph and details courtesy of Alec Moody.
T&G Workers at 62 Bishopton Lane, Stockton c1986.
Yarm High Street showing Walter Wilson on the right, now Boyes. Taken c1982.
A view of Norton High Street. Date unknown.
Photograph courtesy of Mrs Johnson nee Harland.
A view of Eleanor Place off Northcote Street in Stockton c2006.
A postcard showing Blandford’s Corner, Norton.
Image courtesy of Mrs Johnson.
Finkle Street, Stockton during the redevelopment of Riverside Road c1970.
Traffic on Yarm High Street c1962.
A view of the Red Lion on the corner of Ramsgate and West Row, Stockton and what we believe to be Brown and Wallace merchants.
The second photograph looks down West Row towards Asda now Boyes. Date unknown.
Taken by Roz Prichard, courtesy of Carole Prichard.
This snapshot c1896 taken outside the Alexandra Hotel on Bridge Road looking across the Victoria Bridge to Thornaby is full of interesting detail.
On the right the offices of a short lived newspaper, The Stockton and Thornaby News, proprietor Hall Smith of Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough which went into liquidation in 1898.
A sign by the lane far right marks the Hide Skin and Tallow plant which was probably further down by the river. At the entrance workmen appear to be laying cables. The tram generating plant was also on this site further back.
Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Smith.