10 thoughts on “Recollections of a River

  1. I’m finding this all fascinating. I’m tracing the history of my husband’s family in Stockton, and when I came across the address Sugar House Opening in the cencus returns I just had to find out what had been there. Sure he’ll be interested to know about that business. His family owned Bruce’s Pickles in Northcote Street and at one time in the High Street (behind the now post office I think).

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  2. I’ve just found evidence that this was not Stockton’s first sugarhouse. R R Angerstein, a Swedish industrial spy, visited England 1753-5 and wrote a travel diary that included incredible detail of the industrial operations and landscapes he saw. In 1755 he wrote regarding Stockton – ‘Shipping is the principal economic activity here, apart from a sugar refinery set up by Mr Sutton and Company and some looms for sailcloth. The sugar sells for 9d to 12d per pound, and is reckoned to be as good as London sugar; the workers come, however, from London.’ There is further detail of sailcloth and also much detail about Stockton’s iron trade with Sweden.

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  3. This photo has been enlarged and displayed by the Swallow Hotel in the High Street for some time. However I have doubts whether it is correctly dated, claimed as 1910, as a photo on this site (Aerial views of the River Tees c.1922) shows a large adjoining building still standing next to the Sugarhouse. This adjoining building had a characteristic saw toothed roof and would have been on the right side of the Sugarhouse if the above photo was took in 1910. However, where it should be above, there is a gap with the Baltic Tavern pub (and its chimney) partially seen in the background. One side of the Sugarhouse’s adjoining building is clearly visible (left) in the photo titled Baltic Tavern c.1928 on this site. Given the derelict state of the Sugarhouse may be the above photo was took closer to the Sugarhouse demolition date of 1928/9.

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  4. Raw sugar from West Indies, but unlikely to have been direct. Probably from London or, an outside possibility, Leith. Hull was also refining at that time, which could have made joint cargoes worthwhile.

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  5. I am following the period when the Sugar House was active. Eager to know where ships came from with their sugar cargo. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  6. Bailey”s Directory 1784 shows refining by Raisbeck, Grey, Burden & Co. in Stockton. Stapylton, Grey & Burden (of Norton) insured a sugarhouse with Sun Fire Office for £8600 in 1785. John Burden of Norton was bankrupt in 1788 (London Gazette), which probably accounted for the sale of the sugarhouse in 1790.

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  7. With regard to the location of The SugarHouse.By checking on current aerial photos(Google Earth)and on old maps of the riverside(The History of Stockton and Thornaby in Maps)the site of the SugarHouse,Sugarhouse Quay,Blue Anchor Quay.and Hubbucks Quay are in the area of the car park near the Kellington minesweeper

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  8. Mr Raisbeck was a solicitor, and later Recorder of Stockton, so he was probably the agent for the sale. Edward Pease junior (1800-39) was in business of some kind at the sugarhouse in 1824 and through to at least 1836 … I wonder if his father was the purchaser in 1790. The 1897 OS map shows the building on the quay at the SE corner of Thistle Green, which would put it today between Bishop St and Riverside.

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  9. There is an entry in Tom Sowlers “The History of The Town and Borough of Stockton on Tees” which refers to the sale on the 26th of October 1790 at the Black Lion in Stockton, of the Sugar House and all it”s associated buildings and equipment.The sugar house is said to be “almost entirely new built not many years ago;can be kept sufficiently warm by the stove cockle and pan chimneys,is capable of refining upwards of six hundred hogsheads of sugar yearly,and is in every respect well calculated for carrying on the business;And all the premises are in complete repair.” It also states that “This is the only Sugar-House between Hull and Newcastle, is most eligibly situated for carrying on the business and will always command a ready sale”. It refers enquiries to a Mr Raisbeck at his office in Stockton but it is not clear if this is the owner or an agent

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  10. No doubting this was originally a sugarhouse, although the tall chimneys came later. I think I”ve worked out where it was in Stockton from the comments on other pictures, but would be grateful for help with the duration of the sugar refining business and the owner/manager of the concern, if anyone knows where that info is, please.

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