21 thoughts on “Lower Headlam Street, Tilery

  1. Looking at the present day Tilery on Google maps, I am amazed at the housing development that has taken place in recent years on the site of Hills factory. Some of the road names interest me; Hills Drive, Blair Close and Fossick Road are reminders of the industries of the past, but can anyone tell me the origins of Smailes Close and of course Gibson Road. I would be most interested to know.
    David Gibson

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  2. I remember Eva Fenny very well, her husbands name was Alf. I believe she bought the shop which was called Colliers from Lily Brittnell who was old Mrs Colliers daughter. Eve’s son, Artie, married a girl I knew from school her name was Doreen Sixton.

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    • Arthur Edward Fenny (1931-1979) married Doreen Sixton in 1958.

      Arthur Edward Fenny 1931-1979 (3rd cousin)
      William Arthur Fenny 1897-1986 (Father of Arthur Edward Fenny)
      Eva Carter (1903-1988) married William Arthur Fenny (1897-1986) in 1931
      Edward Fenny 1868-1930 (Father of William Arthur Fenny)
      James Fenny 1843-1908 (Father of Edward Fenny)
      Samuel Fenny 1811-1879 (Father of James Fenny)
      Thomas Fenny 1852-1922 (Son of Samuel Fenny)
      Margaret Fenny 1881-1962 (Daughter of Thomas Fenny)
      Roger Lee Hymer 1918-1989 (Son of Margaret Fenny)
      Michael Hymer (Son of Roger Lee Hymer)

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  3. Funnily enough my 4th Great Grandparents John Peacock & Ann Brown can be found living next door to their son James in Fenny Street in the 1881 Census, living with James is Joseph Brown, the Husband of Margaret Fenny. Making Joseph & Margaret, Ann’s parents

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    • John Peacock 1828- (husband of 1st cousin 3x removed)
      Ann Brown 1828- (Wife of John Peacock)
      Margaret Fenny 1804-1846 (Mother of Ann Brown)
      Samuel Fenny 1774-1853 (Father of Margaret Fenny)
      Samuel Fenny 1811-1879 (Son of Samuel Fenny 1774)
      Thomas Fenny 1852-1922 (Son of Samuel Fenny 1811)
      Margaret Fenny 1881-1962 (Daughter of Thomas Fenny)
      Roger Lee Hymer 1918-1989 (Son of Margaret Fenny)
      Michael Hymer (son of Roger Lee Hymer)

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  4. To Shelia in Reference to Henry Herbet Umpleby 79 Dundas Stockton On Tees, My great grandfather , I have tried to contact you on the email address you left with no luck , i would like to know were your connection is to Henry i have some great Photos of the family i think i even have one of henry at that address My email is jacqui1364@bigpond.com.au

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  5. HELLO , IM SURE MY MOTHER GREW UP IN THIS STREET HER NAME WAS JOAN OLIVER , SHE WAS THE ELDEST CHILD OF RITA UMPLEBY AND ARTHUR OLIVER. THEY HAD 4 CHILDREN IN ALL JOAN, ARTHUR, LYN, AND DEBBIE.UNCLE TOM UMPLEBY LIVE WITHTHEM AS WELL,DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE FAMILY . THEY LATER MOVER TO LEVEN RD REGARDS JACQUI

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  6. Buy some YZ chewing gum, smashing you”ll agree, with the fourth you get one more, an extra packet free…YZ. These are the words of a TV jingle in UK about 1957.

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  7. Can anyone tell me what year the YZ1 chewing gum machine was in use as I have found one of these machines complete with a pack of spearmint gum. I am struggling to find out about YZ and what kind of year these machines relate to or if anybody knows the year of the photo at the top of the page any help would be gratefully received thanks.

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  8. The YZ chewing gum machine on the right brings back memories of getting two packets of chewie for the price of one. When the knob on the side of the machine which had an arrow on it, faced forward it was primed to drop two for the price of a 1d. We used to stand for ages and “Guard” the machine until others had used it sufficiently to get our bonus. Sad eh????

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  9. Alan, Thanks for your feedback, I have several photos of the Fenny family which I hope to upload soon and also a couple of copies of the Fennys whereabouts at the time of the 1901 census in Stockton hopefully these will shed a bit more light for us all

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  10. Sean, Look at the section ” shops and commercial premises” and in particular at picture t6025 and t6026. There you will find Mrs Fenny,the wife of my maternal Great grandfather who had a paper and tobacconists shop in Bishopton Lane in the latter half of the 1800,s. My Mother,s mother was Mrs F,s daughter and she married Bill Kirby. Although born in Stockton I now live Redcar but frequently return

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  11. My grandfather, John Francis Fenny was living at Stockton at the time of the 1901 census in of all places Fenny Street. My fathers name was William Francis Fenny otherwise known as frank, he had a brother called Derek and they lived in Yarm for many years. They also had an auntie Ada. I was wondering if there are any other photos available of the Fennys and where I might find them?

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  12. Charlotte,thanks for your comments re the Fenny family. The picture of my maternal GGrandmother, the lady who had the shop in Bishopton Lane, Stockton,is of your GreatUncle Alans relation.I imagine either his Mother or Grandmother. There are a lot of shoots of the original Fenny family still living in the Stockton area.

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  13. Alan, I”m the grandaughter of Dorothy Fenny, sister of Alan, who had the brushworks with Roy McDonald, my grandfather. It later collapsed and my father rebuilt it in a different name.

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    • Hi Charlotte,
      Dorothy Jean Fenny b1918 – my 3rd cousin 1x removed.
      My grandmother was Margaret Fenny b1881.
      I trace my family heritage on Ancestry UK DNA, WikiTree and as a member of the Cleveland Family History Society.

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    • Roy McDonald married Dorothy Jean Fenny in 1942
      Dorothy Jean Fenny 1918-1996 (3rd cousin 1x removed)
      Arthur William Fenny 1866-1944 (Father of Dorothy Jean Fenny)
      John James Fenny 1828-1884 (Father of Arthur William Fenny)
      Sarah Fenny 1803- (Mother of John James Fenny)
      Samuel Fenny 1774-1853 (Father of Sarah Fenny)
      Samuel Fenny 1811-1879 (Son of Samuel Fenny)
      Thomas Fenny 1852-1922 (Son of Samuel Fenny)
      Margaret Fenny 1881-1962 (Daughter of Thomas Fenny)
      Roger Lee Hymer 1918-1989 (Son of Margaret Fenny)
      Michael Hymer (Son of Roger Lee Hymer)

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  14. I enjoyed reading your comment Cliff. I cannot say what relationship Eva Fenny had with my Maternal GGrandmother Mrs S Fenny. I can only assume that she was her Mother or Grandmother. There was a thread of the shopkeeper through many of the Fenny family. Fenny”s Brushworks in Skinner Street was run by a distant relative. All of my Mother”s family are long departed so I have no one to ask.

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  15. With such an unusual surname I wonder if Eva Fenny she was related to Mrs S Fenny a Stockton shopkeeper (related to Alan Welleans) in the late 1800s, who appears on images t6025 and t6026 ?

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    • John William Wealleans (father of Alan Wealleans) married to Doris Kirby (daughter of William Kirby)
      William Kirby married to Annie Elizabeth Fenny (daughter of Hannah Margaret Fenny – maiden name Trueman)
      Samuel Fenny b1850 (son of Samuel Fenny b1811) married to Hannah Margaret Trueman – newsagent [My Great-grandmother and her shop – Article]
      Samuel Fenny b1811 married to Mary Cooper b1813
      James Fenny b1843 (son of Samuel Fenny b1811)
      Edward Fenny b1868 (son of James Fenny)
      William Arthur Fenny b 1897 (son of Edward Fenny)
      Eva Carter b1903 (wife of William Arthur Fenny)

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  16. This was a photo of Eva Fenny (she is on the right of the photo eating away the profits!) who owned the general dealers shop at Lower Headlam Street, Tilery. Can”t remember the name of the shop assistant to the left of the photo. Always remember going into the store for 1d dainties, licquorice roots, fizz bombs and sherbert and many more goodies. Eva was always very kind. If I didn”t have enough pocket money to pay she would tell me to pay next time I was in the shop. Happy memories.

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