Wolviston Primary School, 1945/46

t12290A class photograph of Wolviston Primary School taken in 1945/46 with the Headmaster, Mr Batey.

Back Row: Wilf Thornton, Tom Parker, Kath Hutchinson, Joan Cook, Ethel Dodds, Mary Pearson, Roy Thornton.

Third Row: ? Durkin, Maurice Dowd, Joe Allen, John Archer, Joyce Brackenborough, Brian Sayers, George Thornton, ? Ward, Bill Sisson.

Second Row: Ann Brackenborough, Dorothy Reynard, Barbara Lay, Joan Reynard, Peter Dodds (my brother), ? Durkin, ??, Ann Bullock.

Front Row: Jill Swinbank, Bill Archer, Tom Linton, Reg Hardwick, John Foster, Sid Hutchinson.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ethel Foxley (nee Dodds).

Staff at St. Patrick’s School, Thornaby c1960s

t15153Probably taken in the early 1960s… These teachers taught in ‘the huts’, the secondary school of St Patricks
I don’t know why Vin Martin isn’t on this one. Front row from the left; Kath Fllyn, Margaret Ahbrams? Marjorie Kilcoyne (my mum), ? Dalton Headteacher, Chris Laird, ??, ??, ??.
Back row from the left: Art Teacher ? Mick Spain, Woodwork Teacher, Len ?, ??, Frank ? and ??

Photograph and details courtesy of Lesley Wilson.

Bader Primary School, Thornaby

t15142 t15143It is nice to see that the new Bader Primary School signs give a hint as to were the school name originated from or should I say from whom it originated?

Indeed both Sir Douglas and Lady Joan Bader were there at the official opening of the school and today it stands on Thornaby Road appropriately between the Thornaby Spitfire and the Airman’s Statue both also reflecting the towns aeronautical history and the debt we owe to The Few.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Which School?

t15120I have been given this photograph to include in the Billingham School Album, the information that came with it says that It is St. Johns on Cowpen Lane, Billingham. I have a number of photographs of St. Johns and the building is very similar to the one in this image but the houses to the right of the image are definitely not next to the school. It has been suggested that it may be St. Johns at Ragworth, since demolished and rebuilt. Does anybody know which school this is and who the teachers are?

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Billingham Stephenson Hall c1960s

t15121This picture of Stephenson Hall shows the Hale Road entrance, this is just off Marsh House Avenue, the two storey wing to the left housed the Headmaster’s and secretary’s offices and the staff rooms, the single storey part was the dining area combined with the stage, beyond which was the main hall, this was sunken by about three feet.

The door in the corner was the staff entrance, the upper floor of the building behind the grassed area was the ‘Domestic Science’ room, the lower floor was the girls cloakroom.

The building is typical of it’s era, architecturally uninteresting and has since been demolished, the activities inside the building were much more interesting, there were many excellent teachers and the facilities were second to none, because the whole of the school started together on a September morning in 1958 there were no ground rules or set routines, we were all finding our feet at the same time and this included the staff.

Available to download is The Photo and Memories Album of Billingham School: 1951/1961.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman

Stockton Billingham Technical College c1967

t14778Stockton Billingham Technical College on Finchale Avenue in Billingham, it appears to have been taken from either the Bowling Alley which was on the first floor above Asda or from the roof of Roys furniture store, to the right is John Whitehead Park, the road in the foreground is The Causeway and behind the college theatre is the Community Centre.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Billingham Baby Boomers

Billingham Baby BoomersWe recently had a school reunion and during the organising stages it was suggested that a “Photo & Memories Album” should be put together, we have started the project and have written the program that will display images and text in an electronic book on a computer.
We are trying to contact as many people as possible that are Billingham Baby Boomers -that is anybody born between late 1945 and late 1946 who attended any Billingham School between 1951 and 1961.

We are interested in photographs, anecdotes, memories and anything associated with school years, who was your best friend?, did you keep in touch?, did you contact them through social media in later years?, imagine you are sat with a group of old school friends over a coffee or a beer, you reach the “Do You Remember” stage, what do you talk about?, who do you talk about?, everybody has a memory of something that happened at school, sometimes good sometimes bad, sometimes a shared experience sometimes an individual experience we all had teachers we liked and others we disliked, Miss Fletcher anybody?

This album will be of interest to the people involved but we are mainly trying to create something for your children and grandchildren and even further down the line, most of us just accepted our parents as “Being There” and never gave a thought to how they had spent their formative years, that is until they are no longer with us, then we say “I wish I’d asked my Mother/Father about themselves and their early years when I had the chance”.

The “we” that are mentioned above are myself Bruce Coleman and Brian Storey, Brian will be known by many people in the Teesside area as he has been teaching in various schools for close to 50 years and is still teaching to this day.
Please don’t hesitate to make contact, when the album is completed it will be freely available to all, please help us make this work.

Even if you can’t scan and email photos or send your thoughts by email still contact us we will organise something. We already have seven class photos from both Billingham North and Billingham South schools taken between 1954 and 1958 and we will send email copies of them to anybody who is interested, all of the photos have as many names that we can remember included in them. Contact Details  billinghamlad@gmail.com

Information courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Queen Victoria High School for Girls on Yarm Road c1906

t14700Victorian architecture is not generally considered to be attractive but I find this to be quite pleasing on the eye, it is slightly unusual in as much as having the usual Victorian red brick construction at the lower levels, but the upper levels are rendered, this rendering was very much in fashion during the 1930s, everybody will have seen bow fronted houses with rendered upper floors, they usually have half porches and curved top front doors, sometimes with stained glass, there are some in the Oxbridge/Hartburn areas, also the chimneys are huge, I presume to clear the smoke from the rooftops, these large chimneys hark back to a much earlier time, Tudor and Elizabethan chimneys were often very large and ornate but by Georgian times the chimneys were very much smaller, look at them in Yarm, altogether an interesting building. The postcard is dated 1906.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Demolition of Stockton & Billingham Technical College c2003

This is one of those posts that went missing when we moved to the new site.

It shows the demolition of Stockton and Billingham Technical College c2003.

Photographs courtesy of Stan Hilton.

We have tried to recreate as many of the original comments as possible…

Hambletonians: Wynyard Hall Teaching College – 1952

A group of students at Wynyard Hall in 1952 – The Hambletonians.

Wynyard Hall became a training college in 1946 under the Emergency Training Scheme for Women Teachers. In 1950 it became a residential two year training college for women students.

We think the women in the photographs are S James, Sylvia Harrison, Hazel Jackson, June Fishpool, Margaret M Kay, Y.K Green, V Goodwin and Anne E ? The teacher is possibly Miss Warren.

6th Form Stockton Grammar School report from 1961

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The results page would have been written just after I had done my “A” Levels in Chemistry, Physics, Pure Maths and Applied Maths. We also did a General Studies “O” Level, which was new at the time.

The headmaster was Mr Cain, who was a keen type. The Chemistry teacher was Charlie Golding and the Physics teacher Ben Thompson.

The marks that are given appear to be an estimate of what we would get in the exam. You may be surprised at how low they are. As far as I recollect I got 65% in Physics and 70% in Chemistry (or vice-versa). At the time 70% was a very good mark. Through sheer laziness I failed both Maths exams. When I went to Battersea College of Advanced Technology, everyone was put on an advanced maths course, in which those who had failed A levels had to pass or they would be out! On that occasion I did put in some effort, but I was never a natural at the subject.

I also failed the General Studies exam, partly because I probably knew more about the history of science than the examiners (thanks largely to Stockton Library). They also asked for a synopsis of a book published after 1950. Unfortunately I chose 1984, which was written in 1948!

Images and details courtesy of Fred Starr.


Newham Grange Team, 1949/50

t14023This team contained five players who won their badges for being selected for the Stockton Boys team during the year of 1949/50, they finished second to Richard Hind School in the League that year.

The team on the photograph are: Back Row, left to right – Lol Cann (right back), Frank Pearson (outside right), Alan Dalkin (left back), Frank Fishburn (reserve), Derek Banks (centre forward), John Campbell (outside left), Alan McInnis (left half)

Front Row, left to right – Trevor Briggs (centre half), Dennis Grubb (goal keeper), Benny Brown (inside left), Ray Frost (right half), Mark Dolan (inside right). Sitting on the ground is Keith Britain (reserve) and Chris Dunning (reserve).

Only three of the team are wearing their badges Trevor Briggs is not and Derek Banks never received his badge which I believe was due to leaving school early on reaching the age of fifteen – pupils who were 15 years old by Christmas could leave school and look for a job, which Secondary Modern pupils could – they did not have to wait to take any certificates at end of the year as the Secondary Grammar schools did. This early leaving affected about half of the Newham Grange Team of that year and as a result they were not as strong at the end of the season as they were at the beginning.

Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

Stockton Boys Badge

t13936Does anyone still have his badge in their possession? My badges are now 65 years old – I was 13 years old when I received my first badge playing in the under 15’s team of 1947/48. Other members of this team were: Goal Keeper Burdon of St Bedes, Right Back Big Harold Atkinson of Bailey Street, Left Back Eddie Dunn of Oxbridge, Right Half Les Mitchell of Newham Grange, Centre Half Barry Butler of Richard Hind, left half unknown, Outside Right unknown, Inside Right Jimmy Johnson of Bailey Street, Centre Forward Talla Taylor of Richard Hind, Inside Left Stacka Denholm of Richard Hind, Outside Left Benny Brown of Newham Grange. Can anyone help with the players I can’t remember?

I do not know if the Stockton Boys Badge is still awarded to Town Representatives at school boy level and would be interested to know if they are presented with a badge today.

Image and details courtesy of Ben Brown.

Class 4B Norton Board School, Norton High Street



t6117Class 4B Norton Board School, Norton High Street c1955. Form master Mr Thompson?

Photograph courtesy of Joyce Webster (nee Hough). Joyce is seated on the bottom row second from the left. Does anyone know any of the other pupils on the photograph?

Norton High Street School c1980s

t13354 t13356 t13357 A selection of photographs showing Norton High Street Primary School possibly in the early 1980s. The Headteacher Mr Brown can be seen among the pupils lined up in the playground. Other views show the nursery and one of the pre fabricated classrooms. I hope the photographs bring back happy memories for any former pupils.

Photographs and details courtesy of Tom Collins.