13 thoughts on “Richmond Road in Stockton.

  1. These columns date back to the early 1870s. Their purpose is to release gases from the sewers. Some of them had a Victorian lamp placed on top and were lit to give light and at the same time burn the methane gas. There are many around Sheffield and those have ‘gas destructor’ stamped on the iron. I can tell you a bit of infomation about these old vents. I have seen many of these very similar Victorian columns scattered around parts of Bromley, Kent made by the same iron foundary (A Williams of Southwark) which was based in South London. I dont know if this foundary is still there.
    These have dimples around the base but dont have the vertical lines going around the cone shaped part. These A. Williams manufactured ones are also around Romford in Essex and Tonbridge Wells in Kent. There are also very similar ones scattered around Lemington Spa in Warwickshire. The one in this picture must been put there when the houses were built by looking at their artictecture. They are 1800s definitely not 1930s. Houses built in the 30s didnt have the window ledge marble.

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  2. I stand corrected… I found this article about the very pipe which seems to answer the question: Stink Pipe, the best of them all may well be in Richmond Road, Stockton, among the big Victorian houses at the back of Ropner Park. It has a classic Victorian Gothic feel to it, with a lantern at the top, a number of artistic columns and flutes down the sides, all manner of castings on the bottom, a couple of little doors, and the maker”s name disappearing into the tarmac: A Williams &Co, Southwark. It”s a beauty of a stink pipe. Its kind, though, are now obsolete primarily because every house nowadays has to have its vent pipe positioned discretely amid its plumbing.

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  3. My parents live in the detached house to the right of the picture. I grew up there and don’t know what it was for, however I would tend to agree with the theory that it is NOT a sewer vent, if so we would see them all over the borough. The land in this area was not a dumping ground and the houses were not built in the 1930″s (late 1800″s). There was also another one of these vents on the other side of the road (by the lane to the park), this was removed 20 years ago as it was broken.

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  4. A colleague has given us the following information about the ‘mystery pipe’ on Richmond Road. The houses near to the ornamental pipe were built around the early 1930″s prior to that the ground was used as a dumping ground for household rubbish hence the pipe being put in to allow the gases to escape. At the time the larger houses were all occupied by very influential residents/business people and they were not too happy at the smaller houses being built. The pipe was made very ornamental looking to satisfy the “upper class” residents.

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  5. Maybe the people at the council can provide some more information? Can you get someone to provide a little history on them? How old are they?

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  6. THERE WAS AND MAYBE STILL IS A MATCHING POST IN THE CEMETRY UP THE TOP OF THE ROAD. ADJACENT TO THIS ONE. VERY RUSTY AND ABOUT 20 FOOT INTO THE CEMETRY OVER THE WALL.

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  7. I believe they are used for venting explosive gases from the sewerage system. Methane and hydrogen sulphide can build up in dangerous quantities.

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  8. Re Pipe stand There was a similar pipe on Norton Road bridge over the railway (I.C.I Mineral-line), near the “Earl of Stockton, now flats. Would this one near Ropner Park be a vent for ground water pressure as there are many underground streams in that area?

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  9. This cast iron post stands in Richmond Road on the approach to Ropner Park. Has anyone any idea what it was for, the year it was installed and are there any plans to give it a lick of paint?

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