173 thoughts on “The Robson Maternity Home, Bowesfield Lane

  1. Born there in April 1955…lived in Roseworth, attended St John’s and then Stockton Grammar. Now retired in Warrington. Fascinating looking at these photos!!

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  2. I was born here 3/4/1965. William AIthwaite. I lived at Hardwick until I was 11 then moved to Newtown. I still live in Stockton.

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  3. My name is Frances Jean Relyea, nee Hadfield. I was born in this maternity hospital on the 14th of November, 1946, being a maternal twin. My twin did not survive, but I never knew either his/her name or the sex. Could anyone point me in the right direction in finding this information out please? Thank you.

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    • Hi Frances. It looks as if your twin did not survive long enough to be registered. You are the only Hadfield (mother’s maiden name Randall) to be born at that time.
      Sorry

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      • I am sorry for jumping onto your message but I am new to this site so and am unsure how to start a new message. I was born on 8th January 1952 at Robson maternity home. There were problems at birth and my mother told me that people would say there goes the ‘dead baby’. I was christened within 24 hours because of my situation. I am still here but would like to know if it is possible to find more details from the hospital records.

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  4. I was born here on the 21 July 1947. We went to live on the Newham Grange Estate where I lived until I married and emigrated to Australia in 1969.

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    • Karen the simple answer is it was still the Robson Maternity hospital in 1968, North Tees was started in 1965 and the Maternity wing opened in 1968. Some people born in 1968 would still be born in the Old Robson and then some in the new North Tees. In my case that would be nearly forty years before you, I was there on 19th Feb 1929 but do not remember much about it, Mother told me it was a cold winter so maybe I wanted to go back to where it was warm.
      Frank.

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    • Robson was the usual Maternity Hospital for mothers in Stockton at that time. I have a daughter born in Parkside (Middlesbrough) in late 1966 – but my second daughter was born in North Tees in 1968. I live in Billingham

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  5. I was born here on 8th October 1944. We lived at 8 Northall Street. I believe this no longer exists. My father was in the army and mother was too before she had me. At that time we lived with my grandparents John and May Inns. We then moved to Bristol to be near my father’s family.

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      • According to the 1939 register a James and Ada Ausbro lived at No 10. Looking at the original it could be Ansbro as I know from experience transcriptions are not always correct. Hope this helps.

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  6. I was born here in 1956, attended the then nearby Bowesfield Lane school. Lived in Adam Street, Tees Bridge. – Memories.

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  7. I was born here in 1950. I was about 2 weeks late and wieghed over 10lbs. I have been told the nursing staff wanted me to be called Bruce, after a famous boxer of the time

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  8. So glad to find this site. I am a ten pound pom who was born here in 1966, 1st of May. (Maypole day} My name is Heather Ruth Marsh. My mum told me I was born with a crop of thick red hair so the nurses nicknamed me carrot top. There was a little boy born at the same time with a thick crop of black hair. They nicknamed him basil brush. I emigrated from Stockton in 1968 to Australia. I have found this site wonderful to hear through the words English voices. I was born on a Thursday. Thursday child meek and mild.

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    • Heather,

      Thursday’s child has far to go, and in your case Australia which is pretty far.

      Monday’s child is fair of face.
      Tuesday’s child is full of grace.
      Wednesday’s child is full of woe.
      Thursday’s child has far to go.
      Friday’s child works hard for a living.
      Saturday’s child is loving and giving.
      and the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

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      • Friday & Saturday should be other way around…Friday’s child loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living.

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  9. I too was born at the Robson in January 1948,l was my parents third child. My mam died in 1964 and l wished I had asked her why as my 2 older siblings were born at home in Norton.Then in February 1949 my sister too was born at home. I went on to have my second child at the Robson in 1967.

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    • I was born at the Robson in December 1932, we lived in Chalk Street nearby, my first son was born there too in June 1952.
      I remember that it was so busy that he was born in the nursery as there was no room in the delivery room.
      Sheila Baker nee McGowan

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  10. I was born in the Robson on the 07 July 1949. Someone I later went to Grangefield Grammar with was born there around the same time and his name was I believe Ian Dack.

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  11. I was born in The Robson Maternity Home on 8 January 1963. My parents Jack and Florence Meek lived in Eaglescliffe at the time. I now live in Yarm with my husband Vince and children Andrew and Rachel (who were born at North Tees Hospital). I have a younger brother (Howard) who was born at home because my mother said that at the time the 2nd child was normally born at home. I remember my mother saying that the winter of 1963 (when I was born) was a particularly bad winter and that my father had an accident in the car when travelling to the hospital to visit my mother. When my parents took me home they put me to sleep in the airing cupboard because they fearing for me because of the cold weather.

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  12. I was born there in 54. My father keeps telling me it was in Thornaby. He is a Yorkshire man and wanted my mam to go to Middlesbrough and for me to be born there in case I was good at cricket. I was but that’s another story.

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  13. I was born in the Robson Maternity Home in 1944, as well as my sister who was born there in 1947. I have lived in the US since 1965, however, I visit Stockton every year.

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  14. My son Anthony was born in the Robson Maternity home on Christmas day 1963 and I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the picture from the Evening Gazette. I think there were 7 babies born on that day.

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  15. I was born here in 1953. My mother was unmarried and I was adopted so it was many years before I found out where I was born. I also discovered I had been a twin but she was stillborn. I have tried to find out what happened to her afterwards but it is so long ago. The midwife on the stillbirth certificate was M A Nixon. I don’t suppose there is anyone who would know what happened to her, but I would love to know where she was buried.

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    • @Izzybowles. It was the custom then to bury still born babies in a freshly opened grave that was awaiting ‘a deceased persons burial’, the baby but would be placed in a corner of the grave with no one none the wiser. What’s important is that by law a record must be kept of the internment, so by using your date of birth in 1953, and the place of birth, then finding the nearest, or 2nd nearest cemetery to this maternity home, Oxbridge for instance, then by looking at the burial records for that period in 1953, you should be able to trace which grave was used. I know this because in 1941 my brother was killed in a road accident, he was buried in Thornaby Cemetary, and when my mother applied to reopen the plot for my fathers burial, she was informed about a still born baby buried there, this was the first information she’d heard about it. (Stockton Burial Records for Durham Road Cemetery 1894 – to present, and Oxbridge Lane Cemetery 1871 – to present are online, for known, named persons burials.

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  16. I was born in Robson Materniy Home, December 1961. My sister was born in June 1957 we lived in Wren Street, Oxbridge. I have moved to many places but have now returned to Stockton.

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    • I also lived in Wren Street between 1957 to 59 and then moved to Sydenham Road near Ropner Park. Now live in Cape Town.

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  17. I was a home birth in Stafford Street in 1952, delivered by midwife Connie Blackburn who lived in Northcote Street. In July 1972 I was married at Lightfoot Grove and had my reception at the Stork Hotel opposite. We were the first wedding they had in the new hotel that had only opened that week. When we booked the reception the building was still being refurbished from its origins as the Robson Maternity Home. 04/04/2012 00:07:03

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  18. My mum (Joyce Brown) was born at the Robson 27th June 1922. She later went on to Richard Hind school. She grew up in Bowren Street. I am trying yo find info relating to a wine merchamts sonewhere in the area around the 1920’s. Can anyone remember it?15/01/2012 20:57:23

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    • My sister Mary Robinson was born at the Robson on 15th June 1927 her birth certifcate says my parents lived at Barrington Crescent apparently it located along Yarm Lane. I am the youngest of 5 siblings, Mary being the oldest. and me the youngest being born in London. Sadly Mary passed away recently now I am the only one left. Our parents died in 1950 and 1951. Sandra Robinson now DIckenson

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  19. I was born at Robsons in 1954. Dad was away with RAF so mum came home to Chalk street, where my nana Doris Clamp lived. I now live in Australia since 1982 but come back to visit relatives. Just been up to Stockton 2 weeks ago. I love this site, keep coming across your name Tina regarding Chalk Street24/11/2011 16:30:42

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  20. My daughter was born there on 22nd March 1966 and it was so crowded that I slept on a camp-bed about 8″ off the floor, at the foot of two beds in one of the double rooms.

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  21. I was born at the Robson in January 1950. In the late fifties, I visited the Robson with St Peter’s church choir at Christmas to sing carols (followed by Stockton and Thornaby Hospital further up Bowsfield Lane). Until 1969, I lived with my parents in Kensington Road, on the other side of Spring Street railway bridge.

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  22. I was born in the Robson Maternity Home on the 27th Feb 1955 and I would like to know if there is a written history of this home, I am doing my own families history so any information on the home would be very helpful.

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  23. I was born in the Robson Maternity Home in 1961. I now live in Leeds. I was born with a laryngeal web on my voice box, it was very rare at the time. I was wondering if anyone who worked at the Robson remembers me? I wish I could look at my records.

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  24. I’m another one born here on 2nd February 1960.
    Does anyone remember Church’s Gent’s outfitters in Bowesfield Lane? It was run by Eddie Church who lived with his lovely family opposite us in Seamer grove in the 60’s and early 70’s. Eddie’s wife Marjorie ? (As a kid I only knew her as Mrs Church) was a teacher at I believe Mill Lane School. They had two girls, Linda and Julie, who both married and left the area and will be in their mid to late 50’s now. Does anyone know of the girls whereabouts or is in contact with them? I have a Territorial Army long service medal that was Eddie’s and he gave it to me as a youngster and I think it really should be back in their possession.

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  25. I was born in the Robson on 13th October 1961. We lived in one of the ground floor flats next to the Summerville Garage & opposite the Horse & Jockey on the Durham Road. Dad worked at ICI Billingham unitl we moved down south to Cambridge when I was about two. Last time I visited the Robson was undergoing refurbishment, while the flats were derelict & boarded up.

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  26. Hi Margaret, We are trying to trace any relatives of my wifes Grandmother Elizabeth Ann Peacock(deceased) and were wondering if you are related. She lived at 3 Cosby Terrace Port Clarence in 1934 ? Any info would be useful. Thanks.

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