6 thoughts on “Thornaby Town Hall c1890

  1. Does anyone know when T J Clarke artist/photographer from Stockton-on-Tees was working? I am trying to date a photograph he took of a relative at the Britannia Inn in South Stockton.


  2. Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival. The central principle was as simple as it was compelling: to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, in particular those normally closed to the public.

    Today, they are held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention. Each country running it in their own way, the festival not only highlights the dazzling diversity of Europe’s heritage, but also its intercultural links.
    Several venues in the Stockton and Thornaby area are throwing open their doors this coming weekend including;
    Hardwick Park, Sedgefield: Guided tours are available on Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th, 13:00 – 14:30.
    Friends Meeting House in Norton: Sunday 16th , 13:00 – 16:00 .
    St Mary’s Church, Norton:. Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th at various times (except for Saturday due to a wedding).
    Thornaby Town Hall: Sunday 16th, 12:00 – 15:00 with guided tours in the afternoon.
    Full details of all opening times are on the heritage open days website…https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search


  3. Further to my comment about public houses adjacent to Thornaby Town Hall, may I add this: The ‘York Public House’ in New Street, Thornaby, had quite a trade with take-away sales, dozens of children used to go in this pub yard with a jug to have it filled with beer. The busiest times being Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when children could be seen there at any one time waiting to be served at the serving hatch. What was unusual about this was: Above the serving hatch door there was a sign saying ‘No One Under 18 Will Be Served’, and, the yard area would be full of Police Officers who had just came off duty, Thornaby Police Station’s back door was next door to the pubs back door, and they faced each other)

    The Police Officers recognised that working men wanted a pint with their dinners and had sent a member of the family to collect it. What was even stranger was a bookies runner (a man who collected bets for a back street bookie) which in those days was supposed to be highly illegal, would go to the yard and collect the betting slips from the Policemen there and pay them out any winnings they had to come from the previous day. It was all quite good natured and everyone paid a blind eye to what was occurring. The reason the Policemen stood in the yard was because they were not allowed in a Public House wearing a Police uniform on a social visit. It was the rule about wearing the Kings Badge of Office, and not lowering the dignity of their office by entering a pub wearing it.


  4. Does anyone recall that if you walked down the side street seen to the left of Thornaby Town Hall, there was a working mens club, you could walk down this street to walk over the footbridge to the railway station, or go straight on for Trafalgar Street, Britannia Street, Chapel Street, the Flour Mills, Head Wrightson works, or Cork Insulation. It is amazing just how many public houses flourished in those days, here are the names of public houses all situated within 300 yards of Thornaby Town Hall, on the date this photo was taken:

    Albert Inn, Bon Lea Hotel, Bridge Inn, Brittania Hotel, Cleveland Hotel, Collingwood Inn, The Commercial Hotel, the Harewood Arms, the Market Inn, The Rockeby, Royal George Inn, Sadlers Hotel, Furness Ship Inn, the Station Hotel, the Bottle House Inn, the Windmill Inn, and the York Hotel. You then had various clubs and associations including one grandly called ‘The Thornaby-on-Tees No. 6 Encampment Knights of the Golden Horn, whose history is as follows:

    Reference The Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn: (Last 3 paragraphs cut/pasted and quoted).
    In the year 1880, a few members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, Grand Lodge of England, met at the Robin Hood Hotel, Commercial Street, Middlesbrough, to discuss how to improve the Order and to make it more select. Among the members was a Sir Knight (KOS) Henry Colston, Manager of the Imperial Tramways Ltd. at Middlesbrough, a member of the Hull Encampment of the Knights of the Golden Horn and he advised us to apply for a charter, which was granted, to be known as No. 1 Erimus Encampment and opened on September 22nd 1880. The Knights of the Golden Horn were really a selection of members of the R.A.O.B. Lodges, and before you could become a Comrade of the K.G.H. you must have first been initiated into an R.A.O.B. Lodge.

    This arrangement then carried on for some time and new Encampments were opened at Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, West Hartlepool, Leeds Etc. Trouble then arose as Bye-laws were required to suit the various Districts, but when these By-laws were sent to the Hull Encampment for confirmation, they were vetoed, so, why were the Camps paying a quarterly fee of Five Shillings (5/-) per head to admit & Initiate gentlemen direct into the Order, that is independent of being a member of the R.A.O.B.. As usual this was not allowed.

    A meeting of local Encampments was held and it was decided to send a deputation to Hull Encampment, to put a case before them, The Delegates selected were Kt H. I. Bell and Kt H. Laverick. They arrived at Hull and after a preliminary meeting, they attended the Hull Encampment and laid the case before them, after which questions were asked from each side. They were then asked to retire for an hour. On returning they were told that Hull could not grant the request and would not give their Sovereign rights to a decision. On returning home they reported the results of their visit to several Camps, the outcome being a General Meeting was called, and at that meeting it was decided to sever connections with Hull Encampment and form a New Order. This order to be known as the Grand United Order of the Knights of the Golden Horn.


    • George Butt Craig was my great great grandfather and if anybody has any more information about him or his family, I would be greatful if they would get in touch.


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