13 thoughts on “Dovecot Street corner

  1. When I was a young lad I used to drink the fantastic John Smiths in the Top House on Norton Green with Jackson Walker and his son, good people, salt of the earth.

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  2. Referring to Stockton Market, I recall very well the taste of Jackson Walkers carrots, non compare today. When I called for Harold Walker to go to Freddie Nattrass school, I always had a fresh carrot out of the big barrel in which the carrots were kept until Market Day. Crisp, crunchy and delightful. We would then call for one of the Irwin family to also tag on to go to school. I think it was Bob and they lived just a few houses past Jackson Walkers farm entrance. I can also remenber Mrs Irwin see Bob off to school. They were good days even though none of us had much money, 6d was good pocket money, half a crown over the moon, this I earned delivering milk with the milk girl from Tunstall’s farm and Darky the horse who knew each stop. It was a big round from Junction road, North Albert Road and estate, then straight down the village and around Leven Road and all the side Roads and back down The Avenue and home to the farm. Many of the local residents helped with hay making and corn stooking then the big day, thrashing the corn with the steam engine driving the thrasher by belt and then getting straw up onto the stack. Even the Superintendant of Police gave a hand. We all ‘mucked in’ and enjoyed the experience. Stockton was always known as a good market and despite the changes is still regarded so by stallholders I have spoken to “who do the markets” Kind regards to all, Norman.

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  3. Ken – The Crusaders, I remember them well, I was one of them. They were held, as you say, in the offices of Harland’s above the shop (can’t remember the name of the shop). For good attendance you first received a lapel badge, then the New Testament with the Crusaders emblem embossed in gold, you then went on to receive a Bible with similar embossing and finally a Concordance, I received them all, but through the ravages of several house moves and time can only find the Bible, which was presented on the 9th December 1951.

    In a small room at the back of the offices which I now assume to be the tea cupboard there was a machine for making pop, you put a flavoured tablet in and pulled down a handle and you were presented with a fizzy drink.

    I also remember their outing to Durham to visit the Cathedral which in the 50’s was quite an adventure for a Norton Lad. 28/03/2012 17:11:06

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  4. For Saturday morning shopping I accompanied my mother carrying bags and being trained in who was the best in various items. As far as Walkers was concerned I can picture the men of 3 generations each with specific tasks. There was an excellent butcher in the Shambles but I cannot recall his name. Go in to the Shambles at the Town Hall end, turn left and this particular stall was on the right. Excellent meat and I learned about various cuts. A favourite stall was Marsh’s, between Town Hall and Shambles. In due course their son Ken served but not on Saturday afternoons when he was playing rugby!28/03/2012 13:39:18

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  5. Re. the Crusaders Ken, on a Sunday evening they held services on Norton Green. This was by a man called Endersby. He was there with his wife and 2 spinster daughters. They were both teachers, one of teaching my son at the Norton High Street School. The Walkers stall was my G/fathers, Jackson Walker. Apart from the fruit everything sold on the stallvwas grown by him in the fields adjoining the Norton Parish Church. His business started in 1910. He was killed by a m’cyclist when crossing the road after leaving the stall to go home on the ‘0’ bus to Norton.

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  6. This is a quite excellent photo bringing back some fine memories. An office from which a photo could be taken was that of Harland’s the accountants. The family ran a Christian youth organisation known as Crusaders. The various age groups used the rooms used by staff for different purposes during the week. The stalls nearest were those of Walker’s, fruit and; vegetable purveyors who came in from Norton and not far from the Station.27/03/2012 11:03:54

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  7. Another fantastic photo of our High Street, note the lovely flower beds each side of Dovecote Street, developers please note a lot of people would like to see it back, along with the market directly down the High Street the way it used to be. Market stalls seem to be disappearing each week, I would like to know why.23/03/2012 18:34:38

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  8. Love the little dustcart passing at the front. When we still had open fires everything went in the fire and there was nowt but ashes in the dustbin. With no need for hydraulic crushers and wheelie bins, those little dustcarts were designed to drive up the back streets collecting mostly fire ashes.

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