Experiencing what life was like in 1895… Visitors on the Victorian Street at Preston Park Museum & Grounds.
The Manpower Services Commission team at work, Preston Park Museum and Grounds c1985.
Fire Drills at Corporation Quay, Stockton c1960s
These two photographs of the quayside demolition and construction work were taken between 30 January 1949 and 20 June 1950. The photographs were taken by David’s Portrait Studio based at Yarm Road, Stockton.
A photograph from the Heavisides Collection possibly taken during Peace Day c1920.
Preston Hall, the home of the Ropner Family, shown here in the early years of the 20th century. There looks to be an important event – probably a wedding – taking place. The building now houses a museum and is open to the public.
A portrait of Marshall Fowler, who sold Preston Hall to Robert Ropner in 1882. Preston Hall was built in 1825 for David Burton Fowler, it was acquired by Stockton-on-Tees District Council in 1947 and opened as a museum in 1953.
Dainty Morsels Relish was one of the products made at J.F. Smith & Co’s Confectionery Works in the Green Dragon Works, Stockton
An advertisment for the Georgian Theatre, Stockton advertising the last night of engagements for Miss Foote, July 1826.
This photograph and following extract is from Heaviside’s Almanack, dated 1906:
‘…The passerby in our High Street, who is at all observant, will have noticed during the summer months, a number of men sitting or reclining in all manner of forms on the steps under the Doric Column. I have noticed that they move around the column in degree as old Sol makes his daily round, for in the morning they will be facing east, whilst in the afternoon they will be found on the south and west sides. Nowadays, there are open-air sanatoriums in different parts of the country for the cure of certain diseases and possibly this may be some local economical attempt to put in to practice the sun cure. Whatever it is I remember the day the photograph was taken as the weather was lovely and the attendance a record…’
Flocks of geese were a very familiar sight on Stockton High Street around Harvest time.
Photograph and extract from Heavisides Almanack, 1903.
What turned out as a great feature of the day was the huge Procession and Horse Parade, which entered Norton Road at 5 o’clock, headed by the band of the Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, who looked very happy indeed, being full of smiles. The procession was composed of almost every conceivable character, patriotic, humorous, ancient and modern.
Photograph and extract from Heavisides Almanack, 1920.Photograph from Messrs Thirlwell, Photographers, Bridge Road.
Shops on The Street at Preston Hall Museum
Exterior view of Preston Hall Museum
The street at Preston Hall museum 1985
Crew Waiting at Thornaby for the return of the 608 squadrons Vampires.
Photograph courtesy of Bernard Cotton.