North Side of Finkle Street

The quayside between Finkle Street and Silver Street was alive with the movements and chatter of numerous parties, engaged in loading the wooden schooners and brigs and later the iron screw steamers which traded between London and Stockton, and almost daily old Dicky Peacock on his way up Finkle Street, made the neighbourhood re-echo again with his quaint and sudden out-bursts to the amusement of passers-by.

The Northern side remains about the same as it was forty years ago, here and there a new shop front has been put in or a building stuccoed, but the upper portion of the houses, with this exception, remain as they were originally built. The right hand half of the picture is a unique of old Stockton, and in these days of alterations and improvements, it is nothing less than a marvel that it remains in such a perfect state.

Photograph and extract from Heavisides Almanack 1902

4 thoughts on “North Side of Finkle Street

  1. Vicky, I’m afraid my memory won’t stretch to remember the dogs name. It does appear the dining guest at The Metropole was Miss Annie Heavisides.


  2. When my Mum worked at the Metropole in the 50’s a lady used to come in for lunch in the upstairs dining room with a fox fur and a Pekinese. All the waitresses knew her. She had lunch and the Peke always had a bowl too . I remember all the staff being very upset when she came in one day and said the little dog had died. I’ve been racking my brains all evening trying to think of the name of the dog. Can you remember it, Jack?


  3. Ref Ray Illing, Miss Heaviside was a family friend for many years as we used to live next door to her in Richmond Rd. My father would assist with National insurance paperwork and the like. When we moved she would make visits by taxi which was very posh in the 50’s although I think she only ever went to Finkle St by taxi. She often wore one of those Fox stole’s around her shoulders with the glass eye which I thought was horrible. She would always arrive with her Pekinese dog and my mother would get the ‘best’china out of the sideboard in her honour. She was always generous with us kids and we treated her with some reverance. Don’t think she ever married and lived in that large house alone. Never knew her name was Annie and the whole family only ever referred to her as ‘Miss Heavisides’.


  4. This photograph appears to be of Heavisides own printing shop. Heavisides was carried on by Annie Heavisides, who in partnership with Mr. Percy Emmings ran the business until the early 1970″s. I was a linotype operator there until 1970, then left for Australia in 1971, at this time the business was still operating. At that time Heavisides used to print the Council Minutes for Stockton and Thornaby Councils, and also did a lot of work for Glaxo Laboratories, printing labels and drug leaflets in many languages.


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