13 thoughts on “Stockton High Street. c1957

  1. How sad to read the long article in today’s Guardian (16th January 2020) about what was Robinsons, and is now (or was) Debenhams. It is headed “Broken Chain-Century of high street service ends for Stockton”. The article shows Sue Maston and her mother Samantha Pye, calling in for some real bargains, and a picture of Geoff Russell, who says how he will miss the staff. He won’t be shopping in Middlesbrough though!

    Personally, I think the rot set in in the early sixties when the Corporation allowed the building of what was then a huge out of town supermarket on the old town dump, off Portrack Lane. It was possibly the first of its kind in the North East.

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    • Yes Fred it is sad though if I remember my Latin, Tempus transit (time moves on), My memories of Robinsons Coliseum was from childhood in Town with my Mother having a tea and bun for Mother and sticky bun for me, I had my last lunch in there just before Christmas with pictures on the wall bringing back those memories. We also bought some goods and talked to some of the Staff who had worked there for years, that is the sad part people leaving the work they love for what?
      When we think the High Street was mainly town houses up to the mid 1800’s who then moved to the outskirts and the houses became shops so not quite 200 years a long time when you remember all the Iron and Engine Works that came after and left a long time ago.
      The mistake was made when all the discussion over the Bus Terminus being moved to the spot behind Robinsons or onto the Riverside came to nothing and they altered the High Street removing most car parking and then charging. People wanted to park outside the shops and were reluctant to pay to park. All the bulk shopping area’s have free parking.
      Too late now as foot fall has gone elsewhere, the High Street will revert back to living accommodation, Offices and the small shops to service those people moving back.
      It does irk me that the part of town that is busy Castlegate Complex, is going to be removed so the few people using the High Street can have a River view, why not just walk through onto the foot bridge a lovely view.
      Frank.

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  2. Sorry Colin, don”t think my husbands family had anyone called Cliff but they definitely had relations that went to Australia. Will ask around for you. Regards

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  3. I sort of remember this as Jones” but it became Richard Shops and in the 60s it sold the most marvelous dresses. Long, evening type dresses in, perfect for ladies night at the Fiesta, they were expensive, hence the reason I have still kept two. There is no chance I will ever fit into them again but they are so beautiful I just haven”t the heart to throw them away. Wonder if Preston Park Museum wants them?

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  4. Anon. I can only remember the late 50″s-early 60″s when I recall J Jones, so I dont know of the earlier years. It was an expensive shop-not a place I would buy my clothes from in those days!!

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  5. Irene- there was a large, high class, ladies costumers and dressmakers shop called Jones(Manchester)1920 Ltd at 146/7 High Street, Stockton for many years. My family has an impressive posed photo of the younger female staff in 1921, all dressed up in the fashion of the day. From my memory of it, this photo shows several employees at Jones”s, and a few can be identified from the faded inscription, a Miss Wilberforce(possibly the supervisor), a Miss Groskop, with possibly a third a Miss Mc. Kivett as less certain. I live many miles from this photo now so cannot submit it at present. Is this the same shop as pictured, or was the shop I refer to “felled” years ago for the post-war re-builds?

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  6. The shop on the corner was John Collier”s in the 70s and 80s and Burton”s was actually further down towards Debenhams. I think John Collier”s and Burton”s merged at some point in the mid-80s and took over the bigger corner site. What is there now?

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  7. I can remember [I think] a high class ladies shop called J Jones where Burtons is now in the High Street. Lots of fur coats in the very large windows.

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  8. Dianne, here is a photo of this side of the High Street. I don”t know the name of the shop was before Burton”s, but Burton”s was next door to Robinson”s before moving to it”s present site. Hope this helps.

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