369 thoughts on “Tilery Road, Stockton

  1. The good old days pity it wasn’t like it now u could leave your door open and when u came in there would be home made pie or casserole a neighbour had left cos u all helped each other l lived in Old tilery winyard Street my nan and Seaham Street me mam and dad my nan was flo donachie my dad Fred Douglas he played football and his uncles raced greyhounds had some good winners so I am told

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  2. Hi I lived at Tilery in my teens in the 70s. The houses were then built into courts and I lived in Melville, I am trying to trace a lady called Rose I became friends with she lived in a flat I think and she had a daughter and her father lived just round the corner from her. I remember she was short with dark wavy hair.
    She met an American when we went to country and western nights he was called Frank, they married and went off to live in Wyoming USA. I lost touch and would love to know anything about her.

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  3. My search is two fold. I’m searching family history of my mothers family… Audrey Buttery from Swainby Road.
    And also my father Billy Johnson from Stockton. His parents were Elsie and Bob and my mothers parents… Lily and I don’t know my grandfathers name.
    I was known as Billy Haslam in the 70s I went to the grange if anyone can help me trace any family members.
    Audrey was from a family of 14 I think and my father (who I haven’t seen since I was 3) had a brother called Bob and a sister called Shirley or Sheila.
    Any info would be a great help.
    I lived in Hampton Road and then we had an off license in Grove St.

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  4. Does anyone remember the Moss family or the Swainstons that lived in Alice Street? I never met my great grandmother granny Moss I think she lived just off Dovecote Street I would like to know more if possible, I have been doing my family tree.

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    • My father lived in Canning Street, his name was John Sealed. He was raised by his gran, Betsy Staples, she was a WW1 war widow. I would love to hear from anyone who knew of them.

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  5. I’m researching my family history… Does anyone remember a Marjorie Marsh who lived at 3 Headlam Street in 1966?
    Also can you let me know where Headlam Street used to be – a map would be great.
    Thanks in advance.

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    • Hi John, don’t know if you’re still looking but here’s a link to one of the maps on the National Library of Scotland’s site: https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488#zoom=5&lat=4909&lon=7546&layers=BT.
      They’ve digitised old street maps for the whole country for different time periods. Headlam Street is in the centre of this map, running vertically next to the schools, crossing Tilery Road.
      My grandparents, Jack and Lily Critchley nee Thompson lived at 72 Headlam Street with my mum and uncle, Sylvia and Don. Sadly all gone now.

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    • They both now live in Melbourne, all the family emigrated there approx. 1971. George, Alan, Arthur and Jean all live in or near Melbourne. I went to visit George 2 years ago as we were best friends from Tilery road juniors and were the only 2 lads from our class who went on to Richard Hind instead of Albany road school. George lived in Kingston street and I lived in High Headlam street next door to the Oliver’s.

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    • Hi Yvonne,

      George Thompson here. Brian Madigan passed on your message. The Thompson family – Myself, Alan, Arthur and sister Jean all live in Melbourne Australia. We emigrated in 1969 and now all have families here. My e-mail address is gtthomspon@gmail.com (note the spelling it is not Thompson it is thomspon) drop us a line

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      • Hi George

        I saw the comment from the lady called Yvonne and couldn’t help replying as I remember you and Alan very well and remember it was 1969 when you emigrated. I would love to know how Alan is after all these years I was his girlfriend ( briefly ) for a time before you left if you could call it that us only being about 12 or 13 at the time! my name is Jacquie though I doubt neither of you will remember me as it was 47 years ago….

        Jacquie

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        • Hello Jacquie, Brian and George. I remember you all well. A pleasure (most of the time!) to be at school with you. I have moved around a bit since those days with the roots to the area limited to my brother Peter who also went to Richard Hind from Tilery. Brother Phil (also Tilery then Albany) is in Norway and I live near Wetherby. Those days at Tilery weren’t bad at all. Wish you all well.

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  6. Hello. Does anyone remember working with Betty Bowes in the Brown Jug circa 1968-69? Or does anyone remember drinking there? I’m looking for someone called Patrick, irishman who drank there. He knew my mother. I think he might be called Patrick (Paddy) Cooper but I don’t know for sure. Many thanks.

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    • He did live on Tithebarn Road and was a Councillor for part of the Hardwick Estate.
      This would be in the late 1970’a and early 80’s.

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      • Harold is alive and well and lives just outside Stockton. I lived in Newton Street during the war at my Aunt Mary’s (Eddy) place with my mum. Really shocked to see Tilery on Benefits Street. We had 8 of us living in a tiny 2 up and 2 down and all lived quite happily.

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        • Hello Jim,
          Hope you don’t mind me calling you by your first name as I don’t think we have ever met. Who was your mum? You see your aunty Mary was my nana, my mother was Elsie.
          Best regards
          Elisabeth

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          • My sister whom I have not been in touch with for the past 20 years. Posted a comment on the 20th September 2015 at 2:04, her name is Elisabeth van den heuvel. Any information to help me get back in touch would be appreciated. Harold Eddy.

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          • Well hello Elisabeth – Sorrry for delay in replying, but I had quite forgotten my search on the Tilery website. I wonder why we never met? I knew you as Harold’s sister. Elsie, although could be difficult, was my favourite relative. If you contact Picture Stockton they will forward on my email. Best wishes Jim

            Ps – My mum was Maria, but everybody called her Ria or Rita, and my dad was Charlie. Jim

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  7. I’m trying to catch up with Jane Foster born circa 1960 who went to Grangefield Grammar in about 1971 and was a keen tennis player. I was crazy about her and I think her married name is/was Madden. She went out with Phil Davison and her brother was called David. We went to a Be Bop Deluxe concert at Newcastle City Hall. We lost touch years ago and I would love to catch up. My name is Adrian and if she wants to contact me, please ask Picture Stockton for my email

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  8. I’m an ancestor of Mr Rochford who had the sweet shopin Jane Street, I’m his great grandson, I think his name was Richard Thomas Rochford, if anyone can tell me anything about him I’d be happy to hear it. Or if you know what his parents were called thank you

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    • Hello Jeffrey.
      I can certainly remember ‘Rochies’ as we called it, it was at the Tilery Road end of Jane Street, would generally call in and he would be sat on a stool behind a very small counter at the far end of the shop it can’t have been more than eight foot long and very dimly lit, if lit at all, a waistcoat wearer with pocket watch and chain, his penny tray was the attraction which he brought out on request from under the counter.
      That would be in the early 50’s when Tilery almost boasted a shop on every corner, opposite to him was another shop called ‘Booler’ Thompsons.
      Rochies had a distinct aroma which I’m sure was pipe smoke, can’t say I ever saw him at the other side of the counter, a loveable chap in a strange way, me as a mere youngster could never strike a meaningful conversation with him but I was a regular visitor as I lived in Craister street.
      Trust this gives you a small insight into the character of him.

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      • More on the life of Richard Thomas Rochford ( Rochie ). He was my maternal grandfather who married Mary Elizabeth Hunter and his parents were Thomas Rochford and Margaret Jane Gough. My mother was one of Rochies 8 children. I lived at 16 Moss Street for most of my life before emigrating to Australia in 1973.

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      • I lived in Tilery, Herring Street until we were moved not sure of the address we were moved to in Tilery. I lived with my mum and brother. My mum was Mabel Wilson nee Swainston, my brother was Raymond Wilson who sadly died. We both went to Tilery Road School. I remember living next door to the Waltons. My name is Sheila. I was badly burnt when I was 10 and I remember being told that two men on their way to work helped my mum get me back in the house, I never found out their names. I have lived in Leeds for about 40 years I have recently got in touch with my cousin Mary Steel nee Quinn been away so long I lost touch with most of my family. I would like to hear from anyone that may remember me.

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        • Oh my word I’m Liz Walton I remember you getting burnt x hope you are well. I often remember your mam and my mam Flo were very good friends, both mums on their own.

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  9. Does anyone know of the Brown family that lived in 20 Canning Street? Robert my grandfather was a Blacksmith and his father also Robert was a Stamper at the forge.

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    • Christine – I believe we are related. Robert Brown was my great grandfather – born 1868 died 12.04.49 Married Elizabeth (1870 – 14.03.27). My grandmother Doris was one of the 10 children. William, Ethel, Fred, Robert, Stephenson, Sarah, Matilda, Thomas, George & Doris
      John Thompson

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      • I think I missed your link as in 2015 I was dealing with a leg amputation. So sorry I never got back to you, now that I have more time and copy of birth certificates just tracking streets where Mam and Jean where born Bay Street, and Alice Foster lived in Lucy Street.

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  10. Hi Penny, As you can see I have not been on this site for a while. Yes Dalos was my dad. My mam used to talk about Freda, Freddy and Hilda Burns, who were obviously her cousins. I didn’t know they had lived next door. I am very interested in my family’s past. You can request my e-mail address from this site if you want to talk some more. Thanks.

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