This “Corner Shop” belonged to William Herbert Kettlewell and was at number 32 Cowpen Bewley Road in Haverton Hill, my thanks to Cliff Thornton for this information.
From Victorian times these types of general dealer shops were built on almost every housing development, they were usually known as corner shops even if they were in the middle of a terrace. I was brought up on the Junction Estate in Billingham and there was a parade of four shops on the estate and one of them was similar to this in what it sold, there was also a news agent and fish and chip shop, the fourth shop was at different times a greengrocer, a butcher, a DIY shop , a motorcycle dealer and others I can’t remember. The shop in this photo was trading before the Furness Estate was built in Haverton Hill, I knew the area as Old Haverton.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
This photograph was taken on 4th November 1966 on the last day of working at the old Billingham station before closure. It shows diesel D5159 based at Thornaby Sheds. Although the station was closed the goods yard stayed in operation until 1979 mainly doing work for the London Brick Company.
Details courtesy of Martin Birtle, photograph courtesy of John Hardy.
This is an image of my maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Redican (1886-1912). She is also the grandmother of my cousin Jim McCurley, who is a regular contributor to this site. Mary Jane married Andrew McCurley, after whom I was named, in 1905. They had two other children apart from my mother and Jim’s father. Mary Jane died of rheumatic fever during 1912, aged just 25. Andrew McCurley died in 1916. The Evening Gazette of 26 December 1916 reported, “Fatal accident at Stockton”. A verdict of death caused by being run over by a cab, was returned at an inquest in Stockton today on Andrew McCurley, of 37 Waverley Street, who died at the hospital. It appears that on Friday night the deceased, when in Hartington Road, stepped off the pavement in front of an approaching cab, and before the driver could avoid the accident the wheel of the vehicle passed over Mr McCurley”. The cab was horse-drawn.
Folklore claims that Andrew had just left the Clarendon public house on Dovecot Street
As a consequence, all four children were orphaned, the eldest, Jim’s dad, was ten years of age and the youngest just five.
In those days there were only two options open to orphaned children, the workhouse/orphanage or be ‘taken in’ by the extended family. Fortunately, the latter was the choice for these four children. That did not mean that there were not hard times ahead, there were plenty, but it was far better than the alternative.
Photograph and details courtesy of Andrew Wood.
This is a picture of a Stockton Amateur Stage Society production, probably during the 1950s. While my mother-in-law Joyce Bullock (then Croft) was a member of the Society, we cannot see her among the cast. So, afraid we don’t know anything more about the image. Costumes are interesting to say the least, looking at the set and costumes I wonder whether this was a production of Heidi?
Photograph and details courtesy of Tony Meehan
A panoramic view of the The Globe theatre in Stockton High Street where behind the protective sheeting rebuilding and restoration work is currently underway to bring it back to its original glory. Picture taken Wednesday 17 June 2020.
Photograph and details courtesy of Tom Collins.
A team picture from Norton Cricket Club this time from 1946. The line up is as follows. Back Row (L-R: S Forster (scorer), Basil McQuillan, Tom Birtle, Harry Thompson, George Carter, Wilf Lawson
Front row (L-R): Dick Spooner, Freddie Harker, David Walford, David Townsend (captain), Jimmy Grigor, Edgar Manners.
David Townsend had played for England in the 1930s and Dick Spooner went on to play 7 test matches for England in the 1950s. A very strong team which won the league in 1946.
Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.
This photo is in an unusual format, it is a folded card the same as any greeting card with the image on the front and the players and officials names on the back, the inside is blank, possibly for a message.
It is titled Billingham Football Club but it doesn’t specify if it is The Synthonia or another Billingham Club. I remember the Synthonia and North End were the two teams in the 1950s and 1960s, the North End played on a pitch where the Forum now stands but in 1935 the ICI houses in the Pentland Avenue area were still under construction so that team were probably not yet formed. If anybody knows differently then please let me know.
Back Row L-R: Thompson (Secretary), Finlayson, Simpson (Captain), Redpath, Bains, Walker, Lowes, Ferguson (Trainer), Front Row L-R: Skeldon, Downs, McLean, Harforth (President), Thompson, Anderson. Unfortunately the name of the dog was omitted!
This picture is from 85 years ago and many of the people in it will have been born before the First World War. This card is one of a series all showing small town football teams such as Shildon and St. Helens, I wonder if they were for presentation to the players.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
A photograph of a substation, Yarm Road. Note the anchor above the door c1924.
An aerial view of Yarm. In the distance is Yarm High Street and the Town Hall c1978.
A photograph of the south end of Stockton High Street where the Castlegate Centre now stands.The view shows the Royal Hotel and CW Laws drapers (1899-1973). Note: Doggarts buildings reflected in a vehicle window on the right of the photograph c1930s.
Photograph courtesy of Eric Whitehouse and Stan Laundon
This is a view of works being carried out on the tracks on top of Yarm Viaduct.
Photograph and details courtesy of Gordon Armes.
The first photograph from 1918 shows a group of women laying a rail track, I think this may be the track that ran from near to the fitting out basin along the river bank toward the perimeter fence near to the Transporter Bridge. The second is a photograph of that track with a steam crane on it, I remember seeing the same crane on the same track in the late 1960s, it was still working even then.
This photograph is from a newspaper cutting in my late fathers belongings, the text under the photo says “Dinah Carline and some of her mates, Furness Shipyard 1953”, unfortunately the article itself has been cut off. It may be possible that somebody will know Dinah Carline or even spot their mother, grandmother or great grandmother in this photograph. My father was a riveter and my mother was a burner in the Furness yard during the Second World War, my father never talked about his work but it must have had a great influence on his life as we found a number of books and photographs about the Furness Shipyard amongst his belongings.
Images and details courtesy Bruce Coleman.
I still have the SGS prefect badge which we wore on our lapels. Who else still has theirs?
Image and details courtesy of John Alderdice.
The town hall is an interesting viewpoint taken from Silver Street, and I would guess on a Sunday morning as it’s very deserted. Would everyone have been at church?
Photograph and details courtesy of James Marcus Beadle.
A photograph of Grangefield Girls Grammar School, early 1960’s. Is there anyone you recognise?
Photograph and details courtesy of Lynda Dickinson.
This photograph taken c1978 is of rear yard No 9, Finkle Street.