Cottages on West Street, Yarm

Two views of the cottages on West Street (Hope House), Yarm. The first view is an old postcard the second a recent photograph. The viaduct behind the cottages is almost half a mile long and contains more than seven and a half million bricks!

Photograph contributed by Peter Moon shows the house near the viaduct. The viaduct between arches 13 and 14 stands well clear of Hope House.

11 thoughts on “Cottages on West Street, Yarm

  1. An old guy called Mr Batty lived in Hope House for many years. He used to tell us the history of the house and surounding buildings before he died.


    • Just come across this post. I used to live in Glenholme, and my father Ray Robinson lived there until he died in 1999. After inheriting the house it was sold to the owner of the other half of the semi who converted the pair in to one large property.
      Terry Robinson


  2. One of my relatives built both Commondale House, the castle and the model town hall on West Street. David Spence Doughty and his son Henry Percival Doughty were local builders and appear to have built several houses on West Street. The Doughty name appears in references well into the C17th and you may find several gravestones in Egglescliffe parish churchyard.


    • I am researching Yarm during 1914 – 1919 and would like to find any family history of John Lancelot Doughty, son of David and brother of Henry P. Do you have any family photographs you can send me or any history of the family around this time.


  3. Yes Mr. Hutchinson, Yarm Castle and Town Hall is still there but not on a roof. They are on two pillars on either side of a very old house in West Street. Yarm infants school was just across the road from it, my daughter looked every day to see if it was still there, sadly there are apartments now where the old school used to be. My daughter still remembers looking for it 30 years on, she was born and bred in Yarm.


  4. My Grandparents lived in Yarm and would tease me as a kid into looking for Yarm Castle. The only clue I had was that it was visible from West Street.The “Castle” was in fact a stone miniature alongside a stone replica of Yarm Town Hall located on a flat roof attached to one of the cottages in West Street. I would look for ages for evidence of Yarm Castle but never found it before my Grandfather put me out of my misery years later and showed me the stone models. Are they still there?


  5. I did a school project on Yarm in 1992. We walked around Yarm for a few hours and our history teacher, Mrs Connelly from Coulby Newham School told us about Hope House. The owner, or a resident came out and told us all about the street and floods in Yarm. I passed History.


  6. The three storey building in the foreground is Hope House, the oldest building in Yarm. It was built during the Elizabethan period and stands on what was the old High Street. The viaduct actually cuts through the back section of the building, and wall ties had to be put in place in the upper walls to reduce the impact of the vibrations from the trains passing overhead.


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