25 thoughts on “Was this your local Co-op?

  1. I remember my grandparents always had a story to tell about the Coles and Bradshaws… my mam was born in Old Camden Street my wife was born in Arlington street

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    • I was born a Bradshaw in Camden Street in 1949. Me & my parents lived with my grandparents Dickie & Maggie Bradshaw, next door lived my grandad’s sister Ivy Bradshaw & her family the Gatenby’s, Next to them lived my grandad’s parents
      Richard Herbert Bradshaw b 1875-1960 & his wife Mary Collins & a couple of doors down from them lived my dad’s brother another Richard Herbert Bradshaw he was the father of Raymond Bradshaw who climbed up the church steeple of the Holy Trinity Church. The Coles family lived across the road from our house.

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  2. hi, my name is john gray, And I was born just around the corner in number 5 Waverley street, Does any one remember my family?
    number 5 was my grans house, our neighbours next door (no.3 were called brown) they had a son called graham who was a year younger than me, and at no.7 lived granny taylor.
    It would be good to hear from any one from that era,( the late 50.s onwards) another school friend of mine lived at no.13 Robert walters( better known as bobby)

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    • Hi, I lived in old Camden St. 1950 to 1969 remember going to the co-op with my Mam with a ration book also had a divi no. Some real characters in our street, the Coles & Bradshaws as were in most streets in Parkfield & the Bowesfield Pub

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  3. We have just started researching my wife’s family – her Grandmother was Muriel Mountford, nee Hookway; at the 1911 census she lived at 41 Adderley St with her sister, Rhoda, her Mother, Lena (nee Willey), her uncles Robert and George Willey and her grandparents Robert and Hannah Willey. I was wondering whether anyone remembered the Hookways or Willeys?

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  4. Regarding this Coop branch, Jack does not say when he worked there and I don’t know if this is the private butchers he remembers, but J.F. Murphy opened in 1922 but had closed sometime just before or during the war. It was on the corner of Northcote Street and St Cuthberts Road. I have a photo of the shop and the leaflet they had printed for the opening. Will bubmit it to the site to see if it will ring any bells.

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  5. Regarding the Coop No 4 branch in Northcote St I worked there for a couple of years in the butchers shop where Tommy Connelly was the manager. A sliding glass door connected the butchers to the grocers which had a sort of self contained fruit and veg shop.
    Tommy was quite a formidable character who walked most days to large pub (the name escapes me) opposite the Gazette offices in Bridge Rd for his ‘lunch’.
    His return journey was always interrupted by a visit to the ‘Bookies’ on Bowesfield Lane.
    Opposite N04 Branch was Bruce’s pickle factory.
    Surprisingly just on the next block was a small but privately owned butchers shop and both shops somehow managed to survive. Maybe someone may recall the shops name.

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      • Fiddlers was further along Northcote Street on he opposite side of the road, it was Maurice Robson over the road on the other corner of Adderley Street, cannot recall the previous owner. There were no shortages of butchers in that area as Summersalls was on Bowesfield Lane and Masons was also in Northcote Street/corner of St Cuthberts Road. Albeit several of them they all seem to thrive and do good business.

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  6. In 1902/03 the club bounced back from their troubles to claim the F.A. Amateur again by defeating Oxford City 1-0 in a replayed final held at Darlington with Morgan grabbing the all important goal a minute after the interval after the team had earlier taken part in a goal less draw at Reading. The side which represented Stockton in both games was Lowe, Starling, King, Rutter, Bell, Hassett, Dunn, Payne, Morgan, Freeland and Blake. I believe this team had my great grand father George King in. Do you recognise your ancestor.

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  7. To Steve Lambert RE: 39 Adderley Street. I relised that I had not put in this address in the last message. I also felt that I needed to add and to correct a few comments. Firstly according to George and Emilys marriage certificate George was 26, this was in 1907 so he would have been born about 1881. On this certificate it is said his occupation was a general labourer. Notes: Emily Bartel was called Bartle on this certificate and George was a widower. We have photographs of some of Joes family at his home in Glastonbury. Lastly a curiosity, in Hildas paperwork we found a christmas card from Dot and George. I wonder if Dot and George were your grand parents. Best wishes Adam

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  8. To Steve Lambert This is very interesting information as I believe Joe King who with his wife Elsie also had a daughter called Sandra. Most things seem to fit with what I have found out but I believe George SNR was born in 1883. My Grandmother Hilda joined the Naffi and met my grandfather Edward (Ted) Dennis in Italy during the war. My father Paul belongs to Genes Re United and we are getting quite a bit of information that way and through various census websites. We have a photograph of the family minus George SNR circa 1918 but cannot identify the individuals as my Grandmother died in 1985 without explaining who was who. We also have photographs of Joe and Lilla as adults and Lilla”s son Ron as a teenager. Have you any photos. George Senior was an Iron corrugator I believe. I think my Grandmother lost contact with most of her family in Stockton after the war but regained contact with Lilla and Joe some years later. If you have any contact with Tommy perhaps you could pass on our best wishes.

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  9. To Adam Dennis. My Nana and Grandad lived at 39 Adderley Street, George King married Dorothy Davis her family lived in the opposite street, that being Camden Street. My Grandads father was also called George and he was a member of the Stockton football team that won the F.A Amateur Cup in the Late 1880″s. They both lived there from 1940 to 1971 and had 2 daughters Josephine and Sandra. The street and surrounding areas were demolished in the early 70″s. I recall that my Grandad had a sister called Lila who lived in Durham street close to where i lived (Carlton Street)whom I called in on when I was a child.I also met my Grandads brother Joe. There is one remaining brother left, he is called Tommy and living in a nursing home in Stockton.

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  10. My grandmother Hilda King was born at 39 Adderley street in 1917. We do not have any photos of her father and only one of her mother Emily Bartel. So any photos of how they lived are wonderful. I can imagine them using this COOP often. They were only boarders but definitely lived in the local area. I wander if anyone remembers them. They wer George [father], Emily [mother], Joe and Lila. There were at least 2 other sons. Adam Dennis

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  11. I believe that you are right about this Harry. This was the branch where we did our grocery shopping in the twenties. We lived at 42 Adderley Street, and, like so many of you,I too still remember my mother”s dividend check number: 15674. It is great to see this wonderful series about the Co-op. My wife and I were both very active in the Co-operative Movement. We first met at the Stockton Co-op Youth Club. We celebrated our Wedding in 1944 in the Co-op Cafe at the Central Emporium. We both became Youth Leaders in the Stockton Co-operative Society, and I served on Stockton Council as Labour/Co-op Councillor from 1950 to 1957 when we emigrated to Canada.

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  12. Yes, Harry, I believe you are correct. I remember the co-op in Northcote Street but I didn”t remember the name of the Cross street, so I checked my 1937 Stockton Street Map and sure enough it was Adderley Street. 100% marks! The grocer”s was on the left side of the branch and the butcher”s on the right. My mother used to do a lot of her shopping at the co-op on the corner of Yarm Lane and Hartington Road, opposite Tingle”s the Chemists, but I don”t think there was a picture of that one.

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  13. We have just had confirmation from the Learning Resources Manager and Archivist at the Co-operative College in Manchester, that the No.4 Branch of the Co-op was indeed on Northcote Street. This branch of the Co-op was established in 1890.

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  14. The headquarters of the Co-op in Wellington Street was Society-House. No 1 George Stret Thornaby to No 50 Windlestone Road, Billingham. 3 country branches No 3 Stillington, No 5 Yarm. No 19 Sedgefield it also includes dairies, farms and laundries of the Co-op. The front cover Co-op is No 43 Surrey Road, Albany Estate. The amazing thing is many of the ex Co-op buildings are still serving the community from Financial Services in Norton, Holly Street ( No 8) Tyre and exhaust (Tilery no 22) in the parade of shops, Belasis Avenue ( Billingham No 30) to name a few..

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  15. Whilst I am not a hundred per cent certain, I feel pretty sure that Co-Op Branch No.4 was located in Northcote Street on the corner of Adderly Street. Possibly Jim McCurley could bring his younger brain power to bear upon this one.

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