76 thoughts on “Norton Green c1900

  1. Hi does anyone remember the Charlton’s who lived in 16 The Green that is my husbands great grandparents his gran was Gertrude and she had a sister Lily they are buried in St Marys church. Gertrude married William Kelsey and they lived at Southfield Crescent

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    • Hi, my grandfather and his parents were Charltons and they lived in 25 The Green in 1911 census. My great grandfather was George Arthur Charlton. Charlton is a common name, so I don’t know if they are related the no. 16 Charltons but would be interested to know more, if they were.
      Also, a friend of mine had Charlton relatives who lived on the Green – George William Charlton born 1911 was one of his relatives. Again, not sure if this is relevant to your family. Please let me know.

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  2. Love any photos of Norton and especially the fox and hounds , which was owned by my great grandparents , and my granny was born there

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  3. I was born and bred in Norton, now live in Manchester and about to move to Boston MA. I have been doing my family tree recently, my maiden name was Alborn. Does anyone know anything about Jabez Alborn who lived at 10 Ragworth place?

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    • My grandfather Jackson Walker had this house from around 1910 buying it from his brother who lived there previously so I imagine this Jabez Alborn lived there in the 18th century. There were Alborns that were retailers in the ‘fruit and veg’ trade.

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  4. When I was a boy the shop on the opposite side of the alley was known as Reeds. It was a grocery shop. The man who owned it Mr Reed also owned number 2. At closing time when the shop was locked up he would leave it through the side door, cross the back alley into the side door of number 2.14/03/2012 11:35:31

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  5. I am currently living in the Fox and Hounds as shown in the picture, now known as 2 The Green – has anyone got any history whatsoever about this house?14/03/2012 00:56:35

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  6. Does anyone have any history on Chesterfield House, Mill Lane TS20 1LG? I think it’s the old Rex house school but I’m just really curious it looks such an amazing building.04/03/2012 10:46:00

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  7. Lynn, the Miss Page I knew (although I never heard a Christian name, it was always Miss Page) was still there when I started work in December 1944 just before I was 16. I was still delivering her basket of washing up to then. As part of the working week was Saturday I had to stop those deliveries and often wondered if that put the washerwoman out of work. Miss page looked quite old to me although two years older than me was deemed old. I am sorry I cannot help more but will go through my Mothers diary to see if Miss Page is mentioned, she did note quite a few names in it.17/02/2012 10:19:44

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  8. Thanks for your reply; Robert Page Seymour was given permission by an act from Queen Victoria to change his surname to Page – the maiden name of his mother – I think to inherit something, thats why their surnames appear as Page Page. When he died he left in todays money £3.5 million. His son John William Page Page did not marry and died 1916 – at The Green, Norton. Margaret Elizabeth Page married Thomas Hollingsworth Hitch and lived in Newcastle. Ellinor Jane Seymour Page married Arthur Burgess Crosby and lived in Norton, think she was still in Norton when her husband died in 1932, he was a solicitor and town clerk. Mary Seymour page married Henry Edgar Hoffmeister, a surgeon, and I have found them on the census in the Isle of Wight. Alice Ovington Page did not marry and remained in Norton and died 1941 at 38 – The Green, Norton – was that the Miss Page!! any more info much appreciated16/02/2012 20:34:06

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  9. Lynn, There was a Miss Page living on Norton Green all through my years living in Mill Lane and some time after. Miss Page lived in the first house from Mill Lane towards the Church with the Bow windows, that was passing two cottages from the corner of Mill Lane. The house is still there and from what I have seen on my weekly visits still in private hands, Red House School own most of that side of the Green. Walfords lived in the next house to Miss Page and it appeared they were related although that is only going on hear say from many years ago. Miss Page’s garden wall was a connecting wall to our walled garden at 5 Mill Lane and there was a door in it back then, I believe my Father did some jobs for Miss Page who I think had one servant living in at that time. My memory was of a tall Lady, quite regal to me a young sprog plus getting a belt round the ear when I ran up to mother who was talking to Miss Page and did not take my cap off, lack of respect back then. That is all I can tell you as that side of the green were the posh lot. I did see Miss Page most Saturdays when I called at her back door in the yard Mill Lane and picked up her basket of washing for the washer woman in Crook Terrace and brought back the clean basket when she would give me one shilling for my efforts, big money at the time.16/02/2012 11:21:49

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  10. I am tracing my family tree; have been in Norton today looking around. I’m tracing Robert Page Seymour who in 1861 changed his name to Robert Page, he was a tanner in Norton and lived on The Green in the village. I can see a few comments on the page but any information of whereabouts of photos would be much appreciated.15/02/2012 17:54:17

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  11. On 19th August 1941 a bomb believed to be a para. mine fell between houses in Benson street and Pine street. 12 houses were demolished in Benson street – nos 25 to 41 and 32 to 36, and 32 and 34 Pime st. 21 people were seriously injured and 7 killed.09/02/2012 11:31:04

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  12. My g/father lived exactly opposite the Hall at 10 Ragworth Place. He died in 1964 and at that time the Hall was still an item. I know this as Ronnie Lee Joiner and undertaker worked from the back of this building and he conducted the funeral of my g/father. So I would say that it would be demolished after this date and before 1970.25/01/2012 10:52:53

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  13. Going from The Green towards Darlington Lane,on the left,there used to be a large property which I think was Ragworth Hall? This was where I went to a Nursery during the war. Although I would only have been about 3/4 yrs old my memories of this place are still quite vivid. I have since looked for this Hall and think it must have been demolished, where now stands a couple of more modern houses. Has anyone any info? lease keep the comment relevant to the photograph (some extra detail or history) and avoid addressing it to an individual. Email, postal or web addresses should not be added.24/01/2012 22:23:26

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  14. No need for apologies Ian, the times were bad although they became the norm, for a long period we would take our things into the shelter on a nightly basis then around three, knowing the raiders would be gone, we went into our own beds. We never missed school, our parents never missed their war work and, what may seem to those not there at the time as horrendous conditions, as I said became to us the normal way of life. You could not spend your time thinking about it or what could happen and did happen, you got on with living, us boys and girls more than the adults, kids are very adaptable. Building stopped in 1939, Kendrews had half built houses that sat for nearly seven years before building began again. Bomb damaged houses had a priority and as the men came flooding back in late 1945/early 1946 rebuilding began. We also had German prisoners working on the buildings so your house probably dates from 1946. The first three council houses were built on Durham Road and are still there, they were pilot samples as the Council decided which to build – as it happened they built all three types. I know this as I worked on the finished buildings, fitting the Swedish Stainless steel sink units which were a little too large to fit. As a young apprentice on my first outside job with a top tradesman, my hands became bloody as we tried to cut the steel with Gilbow snips, we managed late in the evening as the inspection was next morning. That was late 1946. Very few houses in that area were owned houses, most being rented which was also normal, the landlords would have a priority under the war damage laws which makes me think it was early rather than late, I cannot say for certain that was the case. The bungalow bombed on Darlington Lane was never rebuilt. The one thing that does upset me about history is we never learn the lessons, they are still making the same mistakes, sending our troops into situations where they cannot win. It makes one ask was it worth it?20/01/2012 19:36:57

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  15. Thank you Mr Frank Mee for the information you supplied, it was helpful and interesting to find out what really happened. I do apologise if this has brought back any bad memories. I now know that my home was demolished, but still not sure when it was rebuilt. Once again thank you.20/01/2012 12:29:31

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  16. That is the problem with history Bob, it keeps coming back to belt you one. My Mother had very good friends in Pine Street and Cross Street so when my Father, a fire watcher at night, told her what had happened her thoughts were with them, as it happened they survived. We all knew it was very hit and miss when bombs landed and if you think about it we got hit on Norton Mill, also the south end of Norton Avenue, as well as Pine Street which form a triangle with Stanley Street in the middle. I happened to be in Mill Lane running when the Old Mill bombs dropped. Picking myself up, the last dash round the corner to 8 Mill Lane shelter would have broken any records then or since, the scorch marks are still deep in that lane. Those memories never leave you. My children ask how I have such good memory of that time yet forget what day it is now, well something that was burned into your brain as those six years were is there to stay.19/01/2012 20:48:55

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  17. My parents lived in Benson Street where the bombing was but that was before I was born in 1937. They moved out to Stanley Street where my sister was born in Dec 1935 so Benson Street would be history to them then.19/01/2012 15:21:10

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  18. On the 19th August 1941 a parachute mine fell between the house of Benson Street and Pine Street. 12 houses were so badly damaged they had to be pulled down which is where my father came in, he was a haulage contractor and took the bricks and rubble away on his truck. I went with him to see the damage and could not believe the destruction, Norton Board Shool was also damaged at this time. I believe six people died and 20 injured in the attack. To my knowledge no houses were rebuilt until after the war finished. Houses damaged were repaired if possible but it could take a long time as other work was more essential. 32-34 Pine street were the houses demolished. I also believe some people died in the blast although their houses were not actually hit.19/01/2012 12:20:37

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  19. We have recently moved to Pine st Norton, and have just discovered the property was demolished by a mine in 1941. I cannot get any information off the deeds to the property and council searching has proved fruitless. Could anybody give me any info on this or when the property would have been rebuilt?18/01/2012 18:30:58

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    • Hi Ian I’m not sure if you are still living in Pine Street or if you are still researching? I also have moved to Pine Street and have been digging around for more information on the history of my house, I’ve had stories off older family members who lived around Billingham Bottoms and South Road around the War. If you do come across any information I would love to know more.

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  20. Grandfather Jack – (John James Cox Stocks) ran the Black Horse hotel sometime between the 2 great wars. He was an ex Coldstream Guard and lost his arm in 1915. Does anyone know of the pub/ hotel and what is the building now? 07/11/2011 19:48:40

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    • Hello, Peter, John James Cox Stocks married my great aunt Lavinia Adamson Leggett in 1915. Her brother, Thomas William Leggett was my grandfather. I’d love to make contact and discuss this further. I don’t know if my website which I entered below will be displayed, but if not, you can search for her full name, you should be able to find links to my website which mentions her. I can be contacted via the link on the ‘My Profile’ or Contact pages. You must be some sort of second cousin to me by marriage. Your comment above was of great interest. Please do contact me.

      Martin

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    • Peter, I know your comment above was nine years ago, but I only saw it recently. I an quite sure that I am your second cousin. My grandfather, Thomas William Leggett was a younger brother of Lavinia Leggett, who married John James Cox Stocks in July 1915. I would love to make contact with you. I think we would have a lot to talk about. I’ve ticked the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box below, and just hope that you did the same.

      Martin Watson

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    • My father ran the black horse a vaux pub thro the 60’s. His predecessor was Gary Gibson. He moved to Brough and we moved into the black horse. Sorry I have no further information on earlier landlords.

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  21. Mary Linden, Nicholson Street was in the Portrack Area of Stockton. It went off Portrack Lane almost opposite where Church Road joined Portrack Lane. At the top of Nicholson Street was the Co-op and on the opposite side from the Co-op was the Catholic School.
    The area was demolished in the 1960s to make way for new housing to be built and that the Portrack area is virtually unrecognisable now from the time I lived ther in the 1940s to the early 1960s.

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  22. I am interested in any pictures of Stockton on Tees circa 1900. In particular the row houses of the time. I believe Nicholson St was one of the addresses I came across while searching family history.

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  23. Would like to ask Bob Harbron if he has more information about Sheraton Barton. According to Bob he had a smithy in Thorpe. Sheraton married my Great Aunt Mary White.

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  24. About Deborah Crooks ancestors and the Red Lion Inn. My Grandfather”s Brother, Wilkinson White, married Elizabeth Jane Watson. Is this the same person as your Elizabeth? I know Wilkinson White had an a public inn establishment but did not know the name. My Grandfather, also Richard White, was a coachman in Norton before going to work for a Hill family in Saltburn. Later my Grandfather had the Poverina in Normanby and the Stapylton in Old Eston, Yorkshire. I would like to get contact with Deborah, the PictureStockton team has my permission to release my Email address. Richard White

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  25. Regarding Lesley Wohlrapp-Morris comment about the photograph and that she has a water colour painting, and does she believe it was done by William White. William White is my Gr Gr Grandfather. I was also interested in the location of the Tannery. Further I would like to contact Lesley; The PictureStockton team has my permission to release my Email address. Richard White

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  26. I live at Rosehill House now and have been there for just over five years. It was originally a house will a large estate running down towards the village with a lawn with wonderful views over the Cleveland Hills and greenhouses and a carriage drive which ran around the front of the house. The house is still intact but the land was sold off in the 1960s and the garden is now quite small. However, it is still a grand old house. It did, as another contributor mentioned, belong to a Miss Ordish early in the 1900s up to the 1930s. I”m afraid I don”t know the details. A builder did live in the house in the 1960s and there was a Brigadier Blood at one point. The Pinder family also lived at Rosehill for some years.

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  27. Pine Street, Stockton, before it was knocked down, stood in the Stockton South-East municipal ward; and just within Stockton Saint Thomas parish, like nearby surviving Cedar Street. Note, Pine Street, Stockton, is not the same as Pine Street, Norton discussed on this thread.

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  28. Denis Guest did have the garage at the bottom of Beaky. This happened when the Newtown Garage closed. He lived on the Sadberge back lane. His house faced down the back road to Yarm.

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  29. John Guest snr, and family lived in the bigger older houses in Craigweil Crescent and owned the Durham Road garage from the early 1930s. Perhaps the family are still there.

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  30. I remember a Jimmy Guest moving with his family Denis and Dorothy) from Cameron Street Norton to own the Pine Street Fish Shop. They later moved from there to the Durham Road Garage at Newtown.

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  31. Regarding the Pine Street Fish shop , I remember a lady who owned it was called a Mrs Ada Andrews,a very happy lady who had a son called Norman. When I married , my husband used to call this lady his auntie Ada , and I found out that she had a lovely singing voice , her favourite party piece was Margarite. ostal or web addresses should not be added.

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  32. I too remember Pine Street Fish Shop, my mum used to work there! In answer to John Kilding”s question about Dave Charlton, I was only talking to him last week. He is currently living in Spain.

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  33. i remember pine st fish shop i also remember John Kilding and his brother Peter,i hung round colchester rd for a while,i also remember the names he mentioned,not many of us left now i dont think time goes so quickly.

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  34. Hi , my name is John Kilding and I used to live in Colchester Road at the bottom of Tanners Bank in the 1950`s.Does any one remember a small building at the bottom of Beeky Bank as what we kids used to call the “Murder Huse”lots of fun in there and a field called “The old mans field” and Who remembers the “Chippy” in Pine St. Ian Felding,Howard Rymer,Dave Charlton and Georgie Nibbs used to live in Colchester Road are they still about.

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  35. This has brought back some great memories does anyone remember my gran Doris or Dot Coggins, 68 Billingham Bank? She used to let rooms in the house. My da Jimmy Measor but good to hear about cos my gran died bout 1976 and I still miss her so such. She could answer so many of my questions ,if only!

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  36. Does anybody have info on a family called Crosby who lived on Grange Terrace which is now part of Norton Rd. George Crow Crosby was a builder,he has a very smart black marble headstone in the church graveyard on the Green.

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  37. Hi, I am almost sure there was a house on Darlington Lane called Rosehill,it was very near to the Frederick Nattress school gates.Opposite a market garden,what is now the Glebe Estate.

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  38. I was always led to belive a relation of my mothers (Spaven or McGrath of Bayonne New Jersey U.S.A) paid for a new bible for St. Mary`s the Virgin on Norton Green.I have a Proof photo of the bible and on my last visit to Norton had a look at the bible,The inscription inside says “In Memory Of” Eleanor Oldish 1860-1934 Edith Cole 1857-1936 D.W.C M.W.C 1937

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  39. Does anyone know anything about Eleanor Ordish and her husband who lived at number 10 The Green? Her husband was a builder and built some properties in the area. She apparantly lived in a property called Rosehill at some point. Anyone know where that was? The land belonged to the church. Does anyone have any other information regarding this?

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  40. I am tracing my husbands family tree and have found that from 1851 to around 1891 the Red Lion Inn in Norton was run by his 3 or 4 times g.grandparents who were Thomas and Ann Rowntree. Upon their deaths it was then run by their unmarried daughter Elizabeth and her neice Isabella. Does anyone have any information about the family or the pub back in the old days. Any info would be great. Deborah Crooks.

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  41. My grandmother has just passed away and we have been going through the old family photos, amongst them are 2 of Norton on the Green stating her father lived here when he was younger. His name was Robert Charles Harrison born approx 1877 he had a younger brother called James. I know its a long shot but does anyone have any info on the family?

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  42. Hi, I recently found out my great grandfather lived in Marmaduke Place, Pearson Spence. I have just been there today. What a lovely place has it always looked so nice? The houses look quite expensive. Thanks margaret.

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  43. M B Both Norton and Stockton Library have articles and photos in Norton Heritage Books. I beleive the Village Story series II Nos I and ” cover some of your queation re The Tannery . Re Coloured in the Stockton area, shipping in Stockton and Hartleppol had West Indian seamen. Mid 1700 Admiral Polycarpus Taylor, Norton born, lost so many seaman “Who-Ran” (deserted) on the Virginia Station , that he had to crew-up with local negroes both free and slave, to maintain his squadron , no doubt some of these came back to the U K, as a seamans life was akin to floating prisons under some officers, though from our records “Poly” was a fair Officer “Possessing many Christian Qualities, which endeared him to his Friends and marked His Character”( Tomb Slab, St Mary”s Church, Norton-on-Tees) through his 35 years service

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  44. Bob – as you seem to know a lot about the history of the local area – do you know where we may be able to see any photo”s of the Tannery, even if pretty much bang up to date (i.e. 1990″s)? I wonder if you know if any photo”s were taken of the original building”s elevations before it was demolished? Presumably the developers/architects and local interest groups would have wanted a record of the original structure to work from. Difficult to know how to proceed with further investigation, the guys garb was strange… green hat with a 3-4″ brim which was a bit mishapen pulled down on head… and from the back, a green material which went right up to his neck – looked shiny or wet where light reflected from it”s folds… we thought it looked a bit like leather or rubberised. We did turn up some old photo”s of Tanners, one of which included a guy with some sort of leather protection fastened around his upper chest, over his shoulders and upto his neck. Presumably for protecting these areas from something… perhaps carrying wet hides over their shoulder… who knows? Just a quick bit of searching turned up a “John Green” listed as an “adult negro” who was baptised on 24 Feb 1769 in Stockton on Tees… so presumably there were black men (and women) living and working around these parts before the Tannery was even built, and that many were never enslaved, or had been freed. Anyway as somebody who is skeptical about ghosts etc.. whatever this was/is, it gave me a hell of a fright! Funny to think that Jonathan Martin, who fired York Minster, might haved worked on this same spot as a Tanner!

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  45. M.B – The tannery dates from 1770-80 and was extended during the 1830s. Crane or lift hoists were on both west and rear yard upper storeys. None around the North side as this would offend the Gentry on The Green; the same applied to any washing visible. No Ghosts, but a character by the name of Jonathan Martin national notoriety in the 1820. A Tanner employed by Mr Page-Page, he was a real religious fanatic, on one occasion he had to be dragged from the Pulpit of St Mary’s by burly villagers as he refused to allow the Rev Anstey to mount the steps He also held a pistol to a visiting Bishop in Stockton. His most notorious deed was the firing of York Minster in 1829, doing extensive damage. For this he was committed to Bedlam Prison for the Insane in London. Regarding the “Christopher flats now on the site, they blend perfectly with the Green, the developers working with both locals and history groups to achieve this

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  46. Bob – I”m interested in the history of the Tannery in the SW corner of Norton Green (opposite the Friends Meeting House) which as you say has been replaced by a new block of flats. Looking at some old maps, and the photo”s on this web site, the replacement building does seem to be around the same height and footprint as the original… would you agree? You talk about the Crane Hoist doors being sympathetically mirrored in the new building. Were there Windows, or Crane Hoist doors on the opposite side of the building (i.e. the rear of the building not facing onto the green, but at the bottom of Blandford Close facing South)? Any stories connected to the Tannery… ghost”s or hauntings, deaths? Possibly related to a 50-60 year old black man? I ask because we”ve lived in this block for 3 years, and have seen a few things… which up until now I”ve dismissed (figment”s of my imagination) because we believed that there was no building of this height/size on this site, and I”m a bit of a skeptic. But I really got a fright last Tuesday… which uncovered your comments about a Tannery on this site. Oh dear… I do feel a bit silly!

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  47. Kathryn -Look to first item on this site re its position. On Vicars land the property was owned by a Mr Gascoine his large house on West Row. Formerly farm and out-housing built late 1700 early 1800 they became stabling and carriage for The Fox-and Hound Inn, with one house for ostler /coachman. The barn /housing conversions started in the 1970s, the area to the S.W was once a large orchard The Name Nelson comes from the builder Mr Thomas Nelson who son later became a J.P the “Bath-Cottages” of 1804 were also built by Thomas (His name cut into the plaster work on the attic chimney-breast). Through the past 200 years its been Nelson Yard, Nelson Court, now Nelson Square

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  48. I am currently living in one of the houses in what is now called Nelson Square which is shown in the picture. Does anyone have any information about our house? Anything at all, was it always a house? When was it built etc.. It”s visibly obvious that our house and the one next door were once one and I think that might have been the case with the 2 houses opposite. I”d love to know some history.

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  49. Prior to the St. John Hall being in Newlands it was close to the “Tram Sheds” opposite the George & Dragon. Which is more likely where the treatment was administered. My Father was a founder member there. We ued to play around, on and in the pond before Wolf Cub meetingsin the hall opposite.

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  50. Benny Brown – You were lucky, we used to go often to Norton Green and Alan Fox I seem to remember cut his foot and suffered from “lockjaw” as a result.

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  51. Lesley, Tanners bank is at the opposite end of the High Street from the duck pond. It goes down to ” Billie Bottoms”. It also runs adjacent to where Norton Board school was.

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  52. The Green Norton, Tanners Bank, still named , is on the Red Lion corner on the old road to Billingham, in the south end of the Village, thus named as the Tannery business ran from the Green to Fortagills Glue Factory on the bank itself . The Tannery was on The Green in the S,W corner, next to Holme-Farm and the Quaker Meeting House. Built 1780 it was demolished in 2000 as dangerous An excellent block of flats is now on site, same dimension, brick and pantile roof, even the crane hoist pent houses have been reproduced as dormer windows .The Fox-Almhouses in Norton High St have a link with Mr Page-Page Mr Fox a Brewer obtained a loan from Mr Page and in his will Mr Fox decreed that one of the cottages be available to any needy corn wainer” leather worker. Mr Sheraton Barton had a smithy in Thorpe Thewels and both serviced Wynyard Hall in the mid-1800s

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  53. I have a beautiful old watercolour painting of exactly this view of the Fox and Hounds pub – it even includes the tree (about the same size) on the left hand side of the image. According to anecdotal family history it was painted by an antecedent of mine, possibly a “White”. I was very interested in Bob Harbron”s comments about the Page family owning a Tannery in Norton, as both my gt, gt grandfather and gt,gt,gt grandfather were both tanners in Norton. In 1841 William White is living at Tanners Bank, Norton – does anyone have an idea of where this was? Or indeed where the tannery was?

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  54. There are photos of both the sweet-shop and Fox & Hound public house on Norton “Data-Base”, including shot of Betsy and friends outside shop A well known sweet made in the village was “Betsy Wards Stick-Jaw”, in cream, vanilla, fruit or liquorice flavour toffee, ideal for noisy children. She also sold home-made Dandelion and Burdock, Ginger wine and Still Lemonade, very popular to the Victorian/Edwardian tram arrived visitors on a hot summers day.

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  55. A lot of cut feet happened in those days Benny. Quite right though about the St Johns Ambulance Station. You were taken to the south end of Norton. They had their Hall in Newlands Avenue which is nearly opposite the old Cineamas. The Modern and the Avenue.

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  56. I remember paddling in the pond when I was about seven years old, I also remember cutting my heel very badly on broken glass in the pond and then placed on a two wheeled cart by some men and taken some where in Norton to have my foot treated. I vividly remember telling the men I was not going to have any stitches and to just put a badage on my foot. How I got home and who was with me I can not remember, but I think I was treated at a St Johns Ambulance centre some where in Norton. Does any on remember such a place, near to the Norton Duck pond.

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  57. My mother ( Ethel Galloway ) was born in Stockton in 1904. She remembered being taken to Norton Green as a child, particularly on high days and holidays where children played games such as rolling eggs at Easter. She had a vague idea that her grandfather, John Galloway, lived close to The Green, but was never sure where. Since getting involved with Family History I have discovered that my mother was right! In the Censuses for 1891 and 1901 he is shown as a Boarder with Mrs Elizabeth Ward, who owned the sweetshop next to the Fox & Hounds – both of which appear on this picture. Mrs Ward ( known as Betsy ) is referred to in the notes accompanying some of the photographs of The Green. According to the 1891 Census, my great grandfather was still married, but by 1901 he is a widower. Just why he was living with Mrs Betsy Ward – who I believe was a widow – whilst my great grandmother was apparently still alive is anyone”s guess!!! This website is fantastic!! I have found loads of photographs of places associated with my family in the early 1900″s. I just wish my Mum & Dad were still alive to be able to share them! Judy Newton-Davies ( now living in Hertfordshire, but lived in Stockton – as Judith Hird – from 1942 to 1960 )

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  58. Norton Inns: The Green Norton Green, Inns Each of the 3 pubs had their own ‘clique’ The HambeltonianServants of the ‘Big-Houses,around The Green. The Unicorn – Farm-labourers and ‘Top-End’ Villagers. Fox and Hound Farmers and Agricultural Engineers, Seed-Merchants, Corn Buyers.(Reason, Stabling and carriage house in Nelson Yard).

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