5 thoughts on “Finkle Street in Stockton.

  1. It is nice to read of a newcomer to Stockton taking an interest in what the town used to be like. Yes Barry, Finkle Street did run from the High Street down a ramp like road which provided transport access to Corporation Quay. I have memories of the late 30s when as an eight year old I stood in Finkle Street and watched two Freighters being loaded with scrap iron. Both ships were flying the Swastika at the stern. In a rare display of generosity, this modified scrap metal was returned to Stockton four years later “Air Mail” delivery by the Luftwaffe. The scars of a direct hit on Victoria Bridge can still be seen. Later in the War it was possible to watch huge crates being loaded aboard ships. Crates marked “Archangel” and “Murmansk”. Top Secret destinations in Russia. I used to wonder about security and the warnings that “Loose lips sink Ships”. Possibly these cargoes were actually bound for West Hartlepool. Regarding the photographs of Finkle Street. Surely the date 2005 is an error, and should be dated much earlier, possibly the 70s.


  2. Finkle Street other than the High Street, Finkle street (Anglo-Saxon word for fresh stream or outlet) is the oldest. It was from here for many hundreds of years the Towns fresh water was obtained and sold by wagon and water-carriers also providing same for shipping. A number of brick and stone reservoirs have been unearthed during local excavation. Until 1969-71 a steep bank led to the fencinng of Corporation-Quay, a set of railway lines passing the end for both goods and 4 rail cranes. The Customs House Pub stod alongside the Quay, on the same side (S) was the Headqurters of Stockton & District Boy-Scout Association. One of the oldest constant lived in (N) dwellings now “Briscoes Cafe” is Edmund-Harvey House almost 400years old. On the frontage of the house stone from Stockton Castle (1208) was used. The stone was taken after its demolition in 1652. Edmund Harvey started the first non established Sunday-school, in his workshop. At first his apprentices used to attend ( He was a Pewterer by trade) and later boys and girls, so popular did it become he held lessons for adults in the out-buildings to the rear. The site is now were the weekly “Flea-Market ” is held. A cock-fighting pit was reputed to operate in the attic area in the late 1700s,


  3. Yes Finkle Street was one of the main roads down to the Stockton Corporation Quayside. The railway line ran alongside the quay and I spent many a time watching the ships being loaded and unloaded. I remember just before World War 2, I saw a ship being loaded with scrap Iron bound for Germany. The railway ran across Bridge Road at St John”s well, later called St John”s crossing. Many a traffic hold up at the crossing when the gates were closed, which seemed to be quite often.


  4. In the distant past maybe Finkle Street went down to the river but in the late 40″s there was a fenced off quayside. It was common to see small freighters (3-4000 tons?) loading/unloading at the bottom of Finkle Street. The Newport Bridge could at that time be elevated to allow them upriver through the cut made in the 19th C to eliminate a deep southward loop of the Tees. There were shipyards on the opposite Thornaby bank . The Corporation tried to revive the shipping trade by constructing a new quay but that is now history. As far as I know that is also the case with shipbuilding on the Tees and in most of the rest of the UK. To my mind it is a national disgrace that the new Queen Mary II had to be built in France. That is another matter. Paul Dee


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