45 thoughts on “Holy Trinity Church

  1. Thomas Wright, aerated water manufacturer, who had a business in Yarm street, Stockton-On-Tees, left a sum of money in his will towards a fund to purchase a clock for Holy Trinity Church, Stockton-on-Tees. In 1890 his widow decided to furnish the balance of the fund to enable a clock to be purchased. There was originally a turret clock in the spire but it was unsuitable and had long since disappeared leaving only a cavity. Thomas had noticed this on a daily basis as he passed through the church grounds.
    The clock was provided by a Shropshire firm through Messrs Prudames and Co. The dial faced west and was 4 feet 6 inches with large golden numerals. The clock was an eight day one, with bell attachments for chiming the quarters and striking the hours.

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  2. Stewart Holman – now there’s a name from the past! You married the eldest sister (can’t remember her first name now but I can picture her) of my girlfriend of the time, Liz Garbett. The middle sister was called Olive, I think. Before I knew you, I knew your shop because, living in the Parkfield area, I often passed it on my way home from town. I’ve been in your house above the shop and I went to your wedding in 1970. I’d forgotten your name but remembered it instantly when I saw it on the site.

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  3. My Gran and Grandad used to live in Park Terrace (on the site of the Wobbly Goblin) and, as young lad, I used to play in the chuggy grounds and around the Holy Trinity church. It was much safer in those days, happy days too. Reggie and Brian Vickers are both my Uncles and alive and well too. I have a black and white photo of Brian, Reggie & Johnny playing in the Trinity grounds with the Doctor”s house in the background. I may post it on here sometime.

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  4. My dad worked as a bin man for Stockton council. It was a lot harder in those days of heavy metal bins that had to be lifted onto your shoulder to reach the wagon. In the winter he always came home very wet and cold. You are right Keith, I think he supplied most of the kids in Parkfield with sweets which the sweet factory used to give them for taking extra rubbish, we used to long for a thursday when he always brought them home.

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  5. My Uncle Billy (Chesworth)was the first person in Stockton to have an invalid car. Chetwynd the councillor came and presented him with the keys. His friend Billy Anderson got a car shortly after him and they went all over in them, it gave him great freedom and enjoyment. As children we were really exited when he let us sit in it but having only one seat he could never take us for a drive.

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  6. I remember Terry Mullholand as a dark haired handsome young lad all the girls were crazy about. Denny Morgan is still alive and kicking but Nicky Daly died about 30 years ago.

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  7. Sorry to hear about Geoffry Hanson (I think they called his dad Harry and he just liked the name) and thanks to Keith and Gordon for remembering so many of the names of Chuggie.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about double H, Geoffrey Hanson, he was a good mate of mine and a very funny man. I am glad to hear Derek is doing OK. I also remember some of your other brothers, David (WIMPY) and Billy, who I believe was a butcher. I remember years ago when Derek used to bring these giant mint gobstoppers into school, I think your dad used to get them from work. You could start sucking one on a monday and still have it on a friday!

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  9. I remember most of the names you mentioned, Gordon. Nevil & Tony Smith the twins, but you wouldn”t believe it when you looked at them, Nickie Daly – unfortunately he is no longer with us. Kevin Owens from the Brunswick, Denny Morgan is still about, Goggsy Maynell still lives on Parkfield. Kids still play in the Chuggy but it is not how it used to be.

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  10. Yes, it is Geoffry Hanson, usually called Harry from Chalk Street, you remember from the chuggie, he would be around your era, if it is I am sorry to say he died last summer. He also had two sisters and sadly they are both gone as well, although their mum is still alive and in her late 80s. I know you went to school with my brother Derek he is a prison officer now and keeping ok after heart surgery last year. You have seem to have pretty good recall from Parkfield, I”m glad you found this site, keep the memories coming.

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  11. As a teenager I use to take our dog there every day, sometimes twice a day. I was living in Thornaby and saw the fire the day the church went up in flames, it was so sad to see. As a teenanger I would meet my friends there, it was a good place to go and have fun. I live in Grove Street.

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  12. Other names of lads who knocked about in the chuggie from the late fiftees to the mid sixties – Ronny and Peter Stokes, Tony and Nevil Smith, Ronny, Reggie and Brian Vickers, Gordon Meynell, Ronny Preston, Dennis Morgan, Kevin Owens, Keith Noble, Allen Shaw, Nickey Daly, Norman Puckering, Billy Jones, Dave Smith, Chrissie Mead. I have not been to Stockton for forty years and there are a lot more names that I can”t recall that spent many happy and safe summer and winter nights in what, for us, was a great facility.

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  13. Charley Town, Alan Rountree, Kenny Thompson, more names from the past. I believe Kenny Thompson joined the navy, Alan Rowntree, I believe, is no longer with us, And Charley, I havent seen him in years. I wonder what they are up to now? How are your Keith & David doing. I also remember that little fella who worked for your dad. what was his name? More names from the chuggie days. Walter Ingly, Peter Salmon, Harry Hanson, David Richardson – those were the days.

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  14. I used to play in the chuggy during my teens until I left school in 1967. I lived above my dad”s motorbike shop in Parliament Street. We had great times there playing footy & cricket in the summer & snowball fights in the winter. There were always loads of kids playing (probably as many as at Ropner Park). My mates in those days were Charlie Town, Alan Rowntree, Tony Brown, Kenny Thompson & many more. I got married in 1970 & lost contact with all the old crowd.

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  15. I remember your brother falling off the Trinity Church steeple, Keith. He”d climbed up to the clock and fell off. As I recall he was in hospital for quite some time. Sorry to hear of his passing. I also remember Willie Waites the paper lad. He went to Saint Cuthbert”s school, where I went, and as a kid he had suffered from Saint Vitus” Dance. Whatever happened to Willie? The Lindsay Street bonfire was lit every year in Percy Street, at the bottom of Mitre Street, just a few yards away from Hutchinson”s garage and petrol pumps!

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  16. The chuggy – some of the best memories of my life. I remember most of the names mentiond and only last week spoke to Allan Drummond, he lives in Appleton Whisk. Barry Jones and I are in contact on friends reunited. Dave Sheerer, I hope you have forgiven me for the piece of carpet under your drum kit – you will know what I mean hahaha. Does anyone remember my brother, Ray (Shirty), falling off the steeple in the Chuggy? Sadly shirty passed away four years ago, one of the biggest funerals I have seen in Stockton, but that is what Parkfield people are about.

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  17. To David and Gordon so glad to hear you both are ok and well i hope!! Gordon you should not tell people we helped build that awful Swallow hotel as for The Spread we were both young and daft but happy days their did call us the Stockton Townies at that time Does anyone out there know of my name sake big Barry Jones tall dark good looking (Yuk) no wonder we had no chance with women!! desperate to know how he is also anyone who hung out in town late 60,s early 70,s sorry Gordon The Spread no longer there but we had some fun as for David hope you doing well with your music

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  18. I remember Barry well – we had a lot of drunken nights together in the spread eagle.I also worked with him on the swallow hotel round about 19.70.which was my last job in stockton. I also remember alan drummond went to bowesfield lane school and lived next to the bookies on pearson street.

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  19. My name should be familiar to Barry Jones, I sat next to him in school for two years. We were quite good mates but then me and Tony “Dicky” Bird passed to go to Stockton and Billingham Tech and then I went into music and lost touch with the past more or less completely. Once a Bowesfield Lane boy always a Bowesfield Lane boy.

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  20. Did lots of courting in the chuggy in the 60″s, Is G Mullholland”s first name Gordon? Does K Drummond have a brother called Alan? and Dave Shearer name rings a bell from way back.

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  21. Is this the church that used to back onto Longley Street? I used to play in the chuggy with our kid and also recall a garage/warehouse at the end of the street. We went to Bowesfield Lane school before being moved to Ragworth as part of the area redevelopment.

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  22. Kenny Drummond: I do remember you and your parents. In fact your mother Thelma and mine were good friends. Your house was next door to Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes, whose son Harry, in Australia, is a regular contributor to this site. I also remember your grandmother Ivy Drummond, uncle Stan and aunt Stella, all of whom lived in Percy Street. My younger sister Katherine, who is closer to your age than mine, lives in Canada quite close to me and we see a lot of each other. Give our regards to everyone.

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  23. Jim McCurley.Now there”s a name i remember,do you have a sister called Katherine if so we lived opposite you in Ellicott Street,well my parents did Ken & Thelma.Like Micheal, Holy Trinity grounds (the chuggy)used to be my playground.

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  24. to Diane your comment about being related to George Tatterton my late wifes maiden name was Tatterton and it would appear that her father or grand father was part of Georges family my e-mail address is also with the pictures of stockton web site people

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  25. Message for Descendant: I am related to the George Tatterton you describe in your comment. Would be very interested in any other info you might have on the Tatterton family. Stockton Pictures team have my contact e-mail.

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  26. I have also read that a circle of trees-which are still there today-marks the spot where 50 cholera victims were buried. I came across that information during my research at the library. When I was a kid and they were building the new road just outside the chuggy I saw the workmen removing lots of old skeletons and loading them into trucks. That was a real spooky experience for a kid! I also read somewhere that the graveyard used to extend right over the land where the housing estate now stands. Not sure if that is true though.

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  27. In the Book “A History of the Town and Borough of Stockton on Tees” by Tom Sowler. There is some information about the failing health of the community and mentions the cholera epidemic. It is reputed that a circle of trees mark the graves of the last of the victims. The burial ground formed the nucleus what later became the Holy Trinity Churchyard.

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  28. I remember standing on the stone mound one autumny day with my big sister who was watching one of her friends getting married in this church. Afterwards my mam told us that we shouldn”t have stood on that mound as that was where the remains of the victims of the plague/flu epidemic, can”t remember exactly what she said, were buried and that no one would ever be allowed to build on that area. Is this true? Can anyone confirm or deny this please? Sounds such a strange thing. Also, she told me that somewhere at Norton there was an area where the plague victims were buried, same tale no one would ever be allowed to build on that area. Would love to know what the background to these stories is if anyone could enlighten.

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  29. To G Mullholland-Sorry to hear about Terry. Re Holy Trinity Church-It was the result of a fire Sadly the people who did it were never caught. I think it was about 20 or 25 yrs ago.

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  30. There was a fire started by a homeless person many years ago now Ken.It totally ravaged the whole church and destroyed the interior.Then it was attacked by vandals…usual story.Only because it is a listed building is it still standing.

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  31. to ken davies,yes im terrys brother,he moved to leeds in 1974 and married a local girl, but i am sorry to tell you that he died last christmass just before his sixteeth birthday.

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  32. To G Mulholland-are you Terry”s brother? If so,whatever happened to him? He was my best mate in our early teens.It would be great to hear about him.We used to go to “Butlins”together every Friday night.Great times!!!

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  33. some of my fondest memories are of my times playing in the chugy.but i have not been back to stockton for over forty years and i am devasted to see the state of the holy trinity church. could someone please tell me what happend.

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  34. I, spent many an happy hour as a kid playing around the tree with my Sister and Cousins in front of the church doors. The doors were oak with a small mouse carved into the door, these were the work of Robert Thompson of Kilburn as he done a lot of work for churches inc. York Minster. The stone on the right-hand side of the tree also puzzled me to what it is and how it got there in the first place.

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  35. To D. Shearer. Tim had three surviving brothers and three surviving sisters, although one sister died young. There were also non-surviving girl twins. All these children were born between 1900-1916. This generation of the family ended in 2004. After various addresses such as High Wilkinsons Yard (where that?), the family settled in Metcalfe Street from c.1920-50s, now long gone. Tim still a soldier married in Aug 1928, Ivy being already a resident of Selwyn St. The Elvington history web-site details earlier generations of the family.

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  36. Decendant Well thank you for that I would be grateful for any other information. I know that Tim my wifes father came from a yard in Norton and he had a sister but that is it. Ivy my wifes mother her maiden name was Baker Again many thanks

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  37. The Stockton/Norton Tatterton family are descendants of the Tatterton family from around Elvington/Pocklington, Yorkshire in the 19th century (even earlier from around Sheffield). Members of this family moved from the Elvington area to Barnsley, Bolton, Leeds, Selby, York, Wetherby, and surrounding areas, but have since spread out to numerous places in the UK and abroad, such as Canada. George Tatterton, ex-Elvington, came to Stockton from probably York sometime between 1881 and 1891 and started the Stockton family, but he married more than once. His name is often mis-spelt or missing on census data. DS your wifes parents were also married at HT.

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  38. My late wife and I were married in Holy Trinity in 1971 Her maiden name was Tatterton and she was born and brought up in Selwyn Street when I first came to Stockton on Tees I first went to Richard Hind Juniors then onto Bowesfield Boys then onto Stockton Billingham Tech in Nelson Terrace when everybody was leaving college they all turned right I turned left and became a musician for the last 42 years My wife and I had some great times at the Maison. Glory days indeed

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  39. Yes happy , happy days Ken ! Much of my childhood was spent in the Chuggy. We would spend all day there without ever being bothered..Ever. Kids don”t play out now .Street games are now non-existent.Add to that the fact that (decent) parents dare not let their kids out for fear of them being attacked or worse and it”s a sad state of affairs.Life as recently as just the 1970″s was slower, happier and safer as well as much quieter.

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  40. I lived in Westcott St and the”chuggy”was at the end of it. Does anyone remember those great gravestones we used to call the “White Ghost”and Black Ghost”? We used to play on them for hours. Our mothers always knew where to find us though. What happy days they were. Too bad they”re gone.

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  41. Michael Instone is my granddad. My dad Paul Instone moved to Australia when he was 8 years old with my granddad Michael and grandma Anne. Then my dad married my mum Trudy Instone.

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  42. Michael Instone: I remember you, your brother Louis and your cousin Les from our childhood days in Parkfield. I lived one street over in Ellicott Street. I remember playing football with you in the Chuggy. Bondy Night was always memorable when we lit the bondy in the middle of Percy Street, near Mr Hutchinson”s garage and petrol pump. The fire engines came to put it out every year and we lit it again with kerosene, every time.

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  43. I used to go to this church, attending the sunday school up to the age of 15yrs. 1954, I also attended Oxbridge school on Oxbridge Lane, I lived in Adam Street, up Teesbridge, do you have any pictures of that area please. Does anyone remember me? My school chums were Jean Franklin, and Pat Smith. My email address is Maggierose1@hotmail.co.uk

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