This is a typical view of the area in Portrack that was built in the mid 1960s, on what was a large chicken farm between Campbell Street and Walton Street. Walton Court along with Campbell Court were built to house elderly couples and middle aged single people who had lived in the terraced houses of Old Portrack.
Note that the heating was supplied by coal fires, with smoke drifting northwards from the chimneys. Completely unacceptable today. The TV aerials are also a vestige of the past. The older longer wave VHF and newer (BBC2 only) UHF aerials can be discerned. They were commonly referred to as 405 and 625 line channels.
Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr:
Before we took our gas supplies from a national network each town had their own supply of ‘town gas’ of which both Stockton and Yarm did and the Yarm gasometer or holder was off West Street opposite St Marys Church. The former site has been built upon now but I seem to remember that not too long ago the land had to be cleaned and decontaminated because of possible contamination?.
Of all the local town gas gasometers only the one in Middlesbrough next to the A66 still survives but that too is due for demolition and with it goes another local landmark!.
Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.
Some names I remember are Dave Dowty, Bev English, Gordon White, Cyril Heppenstall, Ken Ward, Neal Watt, Colin Hatton…
Photograph and details courtesy of Keith Waller.
This picture of Dovecot Street shows it as it was in the early twentieth century, a number of these buildings survived into the 1950s and beyond. We start with Collingwood’s which frequently features in pictures of Stockton, next is Gourmet Cafe Temperance Hotel, the name Fothergill appears at the left hand side, I presume this to be the owner. The Lit & Phil Institute building has a mansard roof with oval windows, the Ketton Ox in Yarm has similar openings on its upper floor. In the case of the Ketton Ox this room was used for cock fighting, I doubt such activities took place at the Lit & Phil.
When I was a schoolboy I used to go straight from school to the Lit & Phil in Stockton to play chess against members of a chess club, most of my opponents were at least 40 years older than me and experience always won out, I never won a game.
The Alma Hotel advertising Bass Beers has its lower windows partially obscured to prevent the passing public from seeing what went on inside, I don’t know if this was a law but I think all pubs had frosted glass or name signs in the windows. Kay’s Spreadeagle Hotel is a very narrow building, the bay window and pillars on the upper floors look to be pre-Victorian. I can’t read the sign on the next building but I think the second word may be “Fleece”, this is followed by another bay windowed frontage. The building with Martin Tailor on its side also has an advert which appears to read ‘RATTER and MEN’S’ something, I know my eyes are not brilliant but it still looks to me like ‘RATTER’. There are a few more unreadable signs beyond the Tailor’s shop and at the very back left is a pale building with “THEA” on its front, I presume this to be a theatre. I would be interested if anybody with keener eyes or a knowledge of these buildings can add any more names.
Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
A view of Winpenny House (no. 135-37) on the west side of Yarm High Street c1979.
People from Stockton Rambling Club posing outside the Council Municipal offices on Church Road, Stockton before going to ‘City of Varieties’ c1963.
Photograph and details Chris Firth.
A view of the Newsagents on the corner on Bishopton Lane, Stockton c1985.
An end of war party at Bickersteth Street in 1918. My grandmother Florence Hodgson is the little girl in the spotted dress.
Photograph and details courtesy of Paul Dunning.
This photograph was taken in the Gas Division Drawing Office and I would guess the year as 1960. Some of the names I remember are Ronnie Watson, Bev English, Ivor Anderson, Kenny Bell, Charlie Poole, Ian Findlay, Sam Lobb.
Photograph and details courtesy of Keith Waller
A view of W Blackburn and Co. clothiers (1894 – 71), 119 and 120 Stockton High Street.
A view of the old Customs House Hotel at the bottom of Finkle Street, Stockton.
Photograph and details courtesy of John Simpson
A view of the Spare Mans Hut. Taken at Cargo Fleet Works in September 1986.
Photograph and details courtesy of Robert Greenwell.
Not a lot is known about the artist Arthur Simpson, though I guess he was a local man as he painted many local views of Yarm, Stockton, Thornaby, Redcar and Whitby. The images I have show Cecil Wrens Vinegar Brewery, the Green Tree Inn (Osbournes Pub) and Yarm High Street circa 1930s.
Images and details courtesy of Terry Westwood.
My Great Grandmother used to herd pigs to market in Stockton. This is an old print that I have from my Great Aunt who had a millinery shop in Stockton when I was just a kid in the 1940’s. I was born in West Hartlepool and emigrated to Canada in 1963. I hope that your visitors find this old print interesting. The drawing was by one Stockton’s famous artists and furniture designer Thomas Sheraton (1751 – 1806).
Image and details courtesy of Eric Mudd.
Number 51, H&W Martin, tailors established in 1878. Next to Martin’s is Wilsons Department store on Stockton High Street.
I think this photograph was taken shortly before or just after the start up of Ammonia 4 on the Billingham site where we celebrated with a night out at the ICI Club. Anyone you recognise?
Photograph and details courtesy of Bill Renwick.