Durham Road, Stockton

Durham Road, Stockton.
Durham Rd. just to the right, and before Lustrum Beck, is Newtown School.  The Fish Shop was set back just after the bridge. Way in the distance was Stockton Railway Station. At one time a busy Station. (This information was kindly provided by Gordon Crawford)

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    • I am related to the Watsons, Keith’s parents were Vince and Pearl Watson, he was much older than me so I didn’t know him very well. Vince Watson was my mother’s brother. My mother’s name was Marie and she married Frank Rhodes in 1949.

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    • Someone mentioned the newsagents becoming Creasers. That was Ray and Polly Creaser who had a daughter Marian who (as an adult) lived in Appleton Road in the 60s before moving to Hartburn. Marian was one of the best piano teachers in the Teesside area and is still highly involved in the music scene in Oxford. My parents (surname Storr) bought Creasers’ Newsagent in about 1960, so I was brought up there from age 6 until late teens. My parents kept the Creasers’ name for the shop. They (and my mother on her own after my father died in ’69) ran the shop until about late 70s. Willie Maddren (famed Boro Centre Half and Manager) considered buying it – but I can’t remember who actually did.) Interesting to hear about those who lived there – and the other local busineses: In my time, next to Creasers was a butcher and a shop from Sparks bakery……and the tiny little shop in Dundas street that seemed to sell most of what supermarkets now sell, but in a few square feet. And I had more fish (and fishcakes) and chips than was probably healthy ! (Unfortunately I could not find suitable employment in Teesside, so I spent my career working west of London, and now live by the sea in Bournemouth. Occasional return trips over the years to see a diminishing number of relations – but really to see the Boro play at home!) But Durham Road and the area was a major influence on my upbringing, and fondly remembered.)

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  1. I knew the Grays – 79 Dundas Street, I lived at 89. They used to have pigs and chickens, I used to take potato peelings and get a few pennies. Also there were more shops in Dundas Street – Moores which I think would have been 83, and Stones that was across the road from me. Everyone knew everyone those days. My nanna and grandad lived at 2 Eastbourne Road.04/01/2012 22:39:39

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  2. I lived at 43 Durham Road for a while in about 1954. Watson’s coalyard office was next to the club across the black path as we called it then, before the new extension to the club was built, dunno when that was though, sometime in the 60s I would think.12/09/2011 16:17:24

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  3. After taking off the wallpaper at the current 39 Durham road, formerly Atterby Terrace, I have been blessed with a few names left underneath layers – I have J. B. Watson coal merchant 1954, daughter Jean Watson age 9 in 1954 written. Underneath his name is another J. Farndale written in the same area and 1954. Stephen Hall 9 years old written in 1966, next to it the name Smith also practiced in handwriting. A lot of other writing of peace, please stop this and some football scores presumably between Middlesbrough and Washers. The name Frederick on another wall too. I have a beautiful sign hand drawn on the wall also also which says F. Morris, Painter which appears to be earlier? Our house is on the bend opposite the Newtown social club doors, used to have SOCKBURN above the original door. When it was bought 10 years ago we were told it was the coal merchants house. Anyone know anything that may join the dots for me, particularly who lived here and for how long? Thank you so much. 12/09/2011 12:35:08

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    • I think Norman and Alice Finch lived at 39 Atterby Terrace in 1922, see Wades directory. She was Alice Cuthbert, born 1877 at Stockton, her first husband John William Chapman died in 1903 and she married Norman Finch a couple of years later.

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    • Hi there,
      My heart is in my throat writing this because you are in my grandmother´s house on my dad’s side. My grandad, James Busby Watson started the coalyard, and I’m sure my dad was born there. Jean Watson is his adopted daughter, and Stephen Hall is my cousin, son of my nana’s sister Hilda. I remember many happy afternoons sat in the tiny back kitchen of “Sockburn House” watching the flames in the open fire as a small boy. If ever I am back in the area – I live in Spain now – I would love to look around!

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  4. Christine Watts, I just wondered if you had the correct address/dates because my Aunty Eileen Frith lived at 110 Durham road from November 1968 to Sept 2010, it was the house on the corner of Zetland Road, you may have seen her as she often stood in her front window. She passed away in November 2010 age 100 years and is sorely missed.

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  5. As a newcommer onto Durham Rd I find these comments interesting. I have family connections in Dundas Street so am familiar with this location.

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  6. I used to babysit for Dennis and Faith Harper’s youngest child. Sadly, Dennis died quite some years ago, but I am still in contact with his wife, Faith who still lives in the Stockton area. I also was born and brought up in Stavordale Road, number 25, quite a few years after Merv James lived there I must add! How strange. I have just come across this site and have been enjoying telling my Dad all about it as he was brought up in Bowesfield area, we have spent time checking up Bowesfield and Newtown as well as many other names and places. Very Good.

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  7. Would anyone know Dennis Harper who I think may have lived in Stavordale Road in the 1970’s? I think his wife may have been called Faith and they had a son and daughter.

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  8. I’m led to believe that the fishshop was owned by my family, I would love to get more infomation. My grandfathers name was Bobby Whitehead, the shop was signed over to his sister when he went to fight in the war.

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  9. My GG Grandma Catherine Smith lived at 49 Atterby Terrace in 1911, she lived with her grandson Thomas Smith, does anyone recall them?

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  10. Does anyone remember Miss Cook? (I’m sure that was her name). She lived in the big detached house at the end of Stavordale Road, on the corner opposite St Bedes school.

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  11. having lived in Londonderry Road for nearly 30 years i also remember the paper shop being Creasers and waiting what seemed for ever on a Saturday night for the Sports Gazette arriving. In the mid sixties it was taken over by a family called Storres i use to be in the same year at Newtown junior school has there youngest boy

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  12. Cotton Wool Balls – Between the two bridges of Brown and Londonderry on the Lustrum Beck in the spring time. At friends of the family in Bedford street, the bottom end near the beck and playing out, not much greenery till you get near the beck, then it was nice. The far bank of the beck now as it was then coming straight down in to the water from the Newtown School fence and if you looked carefully there were track ways that ran all the way along the bank above the water line, like a super highway with the lanes one on top of each other. The wild life that went up and down this super highway was second to none, the usual variety of ducks in the water and plenty of them, running along the highway, the Water Hen, and for what ever reason we called it the woggey hen, little black things with a bright yellow crown and the water vole, plenty of them both. Bob the family friend pulled out of his pocket a ball of calico, an off white with bits of red and black in it, he pulled small pieces off and rolled them in to fluffy balls about the size of a glass marble and put them on the near side bank, stood back and watched in turn the hen then the vole collecting them and taking them over the other side and running along their particular highway, nest building he said, nest building. I wonder how many of these critters travel the super highway today. Roy.

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  13. As a child in the late 40″s – early 50″s, there was a place in this area which was an oasis, a little Eden to me. It was a field with long grass which was reached by walking down a path just beyond St Bede”s school on the way to the “rec”. I can recall a letter box in Green Lane at the entrance to the path which I used to fill with gravel. At the bottom of the field was a bog and to the right was the field. Up a hill there were houses in Kirkdale road where there were apple orchards where I and my chums engaged in “Oggie raiding” Looking at the area on Google Earth, the field is still there, but it appears nicely manicured. I preferred the long natural grass of the old days. So much for progress. Merv James

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  14. To Marc Johnston my aunty Vera (Shread) was best friends with your Aunty Dorothy she married Mr.Burns from Burns Dairy, I remember Dorothy visiting at my grandmothers house at 94 Durham Road, but years and years ago it was number 40 but for some reason as extra houses got built on Durham Road they had to re-number it. Dorothy lived the 2nd or 3rd house along from Bob Marley the Cobbler who had a hut at the side of Lustrum Beck opposite (down the bank fish shop as we called it) as we lived opposite Warwick Lloyds fish shop further up Durham Road. Do you live abroad? now Aunty Vera thought you lived in Lanzarote!!

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  15. My dad used to live in 123 dundas street when he was a lad with his mam and dad and 4 brothers and 4 sisters in 1920″s. They were the Thomas family my dad was john his brothers were alf, wilf, les and dave and his sisters irene,doreen,lily and annie.

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    • Pretty sure that’s my Grandfather’s maternal family that your talking about here, Albert Phillips. Son of George Phillips & Emily Thomas.

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  16. My Nanna And Grandad lived somewhere along there 113 Atterby terrace or there abouts rings a bell they were Alexander (Alec) and Irene (Rene)Johnston and my Dad Bob and Auntys Dorothy and Ann, . Nanna worked in the chip shop, Grandad was a rope maker for John Hoopers, (I have his 20 year gold watch, 1939-59) I think it was before, during and just after the war (2nd obviously), they lived there but can”t be sure. They moved to roseworth from there. And Uncle Alan (Dikons) lived in the house at the end of durham road with the round bedroom on the corner looking at the bridge and pheonix sidings. I have some recent pics of the ally behind the terrace from a recent visit back just after my Dad died to get a feeling of what his childhood “playground” would have been like and looking at these old photos, it hasnt changed that much although I”m told they had gas lighting and all lived in the kitchen around the range as the rest of the house was so cold. This may help date the time they lived there. Dad was born in 1931 and played round that area as a kid, i presume he went to newtown school.

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  17. My great great grandad farmed 15 acres of land(according to census records!) and his farm was called Lustrum House Farm. Can anyone tell me if this farm was near Lustrum Beck or is the name just a coincidence?! This family history research is very addictive!!

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  18. I remember the old farmhouse in Londonderry Road. I remember going down the back street to school in the fifties and it was derelict then, overgrown with broken windows. Does anyone have anymore info about it?

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      • Hi
        My grandmother, her husband and children lived at 79 Dundas Street. Henry Herbert was her uncle and stayed with her until he died. I have a photo of him if you’d like it and can provide more general information if you’re still looking for it and want to make contact

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  19. I remember the “chippie” near Lustram Beck as I often bought fish and chips there. My Aunt [Mrs Irene Gray] was a music teacher who lived at 79 Dundas Street for many years along with [Gt.Uncle Harry-Jacquis Gt Grandfather]? By the way-the chips were great[along with a fish pattie].

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  20. I WAS INTERESTED TO READ ABOUT THIS AREA MY GREAT GRANDFATHER LIVED AT 79 DUNDAS STREET WITH HIS SISTER , THEY THE UMPLEBY”S USE TO OWN PRIMROSE HILL FARM AND OTHER FARMS, HIS NAME WAS HENRY HERBET UMPLEBY,I BELIEVE HE MIGHT HAVE GAMBLED HIS SHARE AWAY.WHEN HE DIED HE WAS LIVING AT DUNDAS STREET. IN ABOUT THE 70″S . DOES ANYONE HAVE AN OLD PHOTO OF THE AREA BEFORE DEVELOPMENT .

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    • Hello can Jacqui contact me reference Umplebys I am Hilda’s son we have spoken before. I am trying to find out the maiden name of my Great Grandmother Herbert Henry Umplebys mother.

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      • Hi Harry I think I could be related. My dad is Ken Umpleby son of John and Ethel Umpleby. I have traced right back to 1688 starting with a Mathew Umpleby. I have a Herbert Henry on my tree whose mum was Hannah and dad was George William Umpleby. My uncle is George and antie is Joan (dads brother and sister) does this match with you?

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  21. Yes, I used to grudgingly visit Brownlee”s barber shop. It was short walk from my home at 25 Stavordale Road. Short back and sides was the fare.

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  22. I lived at 97 Durham Road from 1936 to 1953 just opposite Guests Garage and Brownlees hair dressers,t he shop opposite the fish shop, was Marleys and afterwards Brian Reeds hairdressers. My house was just in front of first tree and I could see right over to Norton, were they repaired the trains. IT”S NICE TO KNOW THERE ARE STILL A LOT of US NEWTOWN AND PRIMROSE HILL PEOPLE ABOUT BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL WHEREVER IN THE WORLD YOU ARE TAKE CARE DEREK BANKS

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      • Just noticed that my late Uncle Derek had posted here. Born in 1955 I lived at 97 Durham Rd for the first 8 years of my life with my Nana Banks. Mam and Dad finally managed to get a house in Bedford Street. Yes I remember looking out of the front bedroom window at Guest’s garage. My Mam (Olive) worked at the Durham Road chippy and also at Freds. I remember Brian Reed putting the child seat on the chair and giving me the old short, back and sides. The beck was my playground. I have a photo of my Dad in the back alley at the back door of 97 playing a trumpet for some reason. I think it belonged to Uncle Derek. Also have a pic of me as a baby in the yard. The old utility door used to change every few weeks. one day it would open on the right, next time open on the left. Came home from school one day to find it was like a stable door, split in two. I think someone was having a go at carpentry. It would be amazing to see the old house again. Great memories.

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  23. In reply to Brian`s querie, I remember the shop well. It was owned by Mr O.E. Lamb and was quite an attraction to the pupils of Newtown Junior School during the war years and immediately after. As well as being a general store the shop boasted a lending library on the right hand side of the entrance. I will send a photo of the shop to this site in the very near future.

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  24. Can anyone remember Lambs shop. It was on the corner of the back street that ran by the side of Lustrum Beck, from Bishopton Road West to Durham Road.

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  25. John Wilson who now lives at 111 Durham Road, where I was born, asked if I had any history of the house. Sadly I don”t have any information about it except that it was called Jesmond House – I can remember the name was in gold lettering on the glass over the front door. Thanks to Ged Hutchinson for remembering the details of names – it brought back a lot of memories.

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  26. A note for Christine Carter. The papershop was on the corner of Londonderry Rd not Dundas St. Dundas St ran parallel to Londonderry Rd, starting at Durham Rd. Londonderry Rd was on both sides of Durham Rd. In my days The papershop was Weatherspoons, Oposite on the other side of Durham Rd was the Post Office. I also had a paper run for 3 years, taking in Staverdale Rd & Craigweil Crs areas 120 papers in those days. The only shop in Dundas St was Slaters then later Tweddles, (son I believe lives in the USA). I lived in the house behind this shop in Londonderry Rd (now live in Sydney)

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  27. I noted Jennifer Hewards comments she was born at 111 Durham Road. I wondered if she had any history on this house. I currentley live at this house and would like to know its past history i.e. When was it built, past owners and any other history about surounding area.

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  28. My aunt and uncle lived at no 110 Durham Road in 1970 and where the cart is Newtown School Juniors is next to it. The cobbled street opposite the fish shop run down the sides of Lustrum Beck I also had a paper round from Creasers shop on the corner of Dundas Street opposite Londonderry Road.

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  29. Regarding the lady Jennifer Heward who lived in no.111 my friend now lives there and has done for some years. The man who used to weigh people in the town lived in no. 113 until he died a few years ago. Does any one remember getting weighed by him in the town? If im correct I think he used to leave his scales in the pet store Maddoxs.

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  30. Re. Colin Booth`s comments. I remember the old farm house you refer to very well. I think the old house was demolished some time in the late fifties and replaced by some ugly flats. I also knew the Stone family well – there were 4 boys and 3 girls. Mr Stone was a Police Constable for most of his working life and I remember him best for riding his bicycle along Londonderry Road. He must have been the slowest cyclist in Stockton. I lived on the corner of Londonderry and Hamilton Roads opposite Harry Carter`s corner shop. I vaguely remember you at No 61. I`m not sure about the age difference – I was born in 1938. I too would be interested to see any photos of the other shops on Durham Road such as Weatherspoons the newsagents which later became Creasers. The adjacent Shops were Hodgesons the butchers and a baker`s shop occupied I think by Mr Thornborough? The baker`s shop was later occupied by Sparks who had their “Daylight” bakery nearby.

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  31. I note with interest Ged Hutchinsons comments and agree with him on the shops in Durham Road. An interesting point Ged mentioned about living in Londonderry Road as I also lived there in No 61 on the corner oposite the old farm house. Anybody got a photo of that?. Ged must have lived close to the Stone family. Mr Stone worked as a gateman at Metro Vics. Later one of his sons John also worked there as an apprentice. Daughter Mary I met by chance on the Gold Coast Australia some years ago Ged must be 3 or 4 years younger than me. PS any photos of the other direction up Durham Rd ie Weatherspoons news agency?

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  32. Colin Booth is correct in identifying the commercial buildings on Durham Road ca. 1949. Perhaps the following information will throw some more light on the subject and jog some memories. Joe Walton did own the fish shop and for a short period during the war years encouraged his customers to supply their own wrapping paper , usually The Gazette. Failure to do so incurred a surcharge of one halfpenny. After Joe Walton I believe that the fish shop was occupied by Kitchens for a short time before the business was sold to Mrs Moore. She ran the shop for many years and certainly up to the time I left the area in 1965. In my opinion she produced the best fish and chips in Stockton. The garage was owned by Jimmy Guest and the Dennis that Jennifer Heward refers to was his son. The cobblers shop was owned by Mr Marley during and shortly after the war. Between the fish shop and Jimmy Guest`s garage was a small barber`s shop belonging to Mr Brownlee who lived in nearby Londonderry Road. As a kid I suffered many a severe “short back and sides” at the hand of Mr Brownlee. Long may the comments keep coming in – they revive very fond memories of my childhood and youth in this area

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  33. Hi, Noted the comments of Rob Hawkes and others with great interest! Started researching my family tree a couple of years back, Newtown was built by my cousin [3 times removed!] Thomas Edward Atterby, he moved to Stockton in the 1870″s as a joiner from Lincolnshire and rose to become a promminent figure in the town till his death in 1910. His wife Georgina survived him into the 1950″s. They lived at 1 Newby Terr. If this ring any bells or any one would like anymore info mail me! m.n.atterby@btinternet.com

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  34. I was little puzzled as to why we cant see the fish shop, Owned by Joe Walton throughout the war years. Opposite the fish shop is a lane with the cobblers shop hidden by the hawthorn bush. Behind the fish shop was the tip where we played as kids. Bottom righthand corner is the school fence. Halfway along the road LHS was a garage. Top corner LHS the workers club & Jim Watsons coal yard. Hope this brings back a few memories.

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  35. I was born at 111 Durham Road – 5 houses down on the terrace shown in the photo – and lived there between 1950 and 1968. My grandparents had moved there from Samuel Street,off Bedford Street, but I don”t know when. Durham Road Fish Shop was always very popular – we lived almost opposite it and I loved getting 3 penn”orth of chips with scraps, when allowed to do so. My favourite soft drink was “Iron Brew” or “Dandelion and Burdock” sold in big bottles at the chip shop. There was an open field directly over the road from us with a view to the gasworks. Further along on the left hand side, towards the town centre, was a garage/service station run by a man called Dennis. He kindly mended punctures in my bike tyres for me. Then a bit further along was The Rocket pub. I remember a coal merchant”s still further along on the bend, and a working man”s club in that vicinity.

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  36. Just been talking to my neighbour about this picture. He said our homes were not added to this row untill 1895 (they are where the trees are in this pic) Another neighbour said it used to be a little green. So this picture has to be before 1895. There were two fishshops as well. One next to the beck (Durham Road) and the other where the Chinese is (Fred Peices or greasy Freds! as it was know when I was a kid in the 70″s).

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  37. Yes this is Durham Road, I know because I live there. It used to be called Atterby Terrace (the sign is still up near Newtown Corner) years ago.

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  38. What a brilliant site! My great-grandparents, grandparents and father all lived just around the corner from here at 1, Ezard Street. I have very fond memories of this area, especially the chip shop! 🙂

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  39. This site is excellent! It really is so nice to see something that involves everyone. I think the libraries and council have done a brilliant job at creating this excellent web-site. I remember this road, but does anyone have any photos of the Stockton Station now?

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  40. I was born at Stavordale Road and lived there until the early 50″s, when I moved to Roseworth Estate. The only fish shop I know was the one on the corner of Stavordale Road/Durham Road. It was called Lloyds and I used to ask for scraps with my chips. 🙂

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  41. Yes, the fish shop is just forward on the left and then you have Dundas Street.  Over the road, to the right of the cart, was a little Do It Your self shop.  I cannot recall the name but I use to get my saws sharpened there.

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  42. This looks like the area around the Chip Shop (sorry cannot be more specific. Can only remember it is near Newtown Avenue, leading to Bishopton Road. Roughly where the carriage is, there is a cobbled road leading directly through to Bishopton Road, this runs alongside the beck

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