3 thoughts on “Stockton High Street c1912

  1. My grandad – William Storr, spent most of his working life on these trams, with time off during the Great War to fight in the Army. I have a newspaper cutting from the Gazette in the 1920s which tells the story of how a 70 year old man, Thomas Pennant of 42 Stanley Street had a lucky escape from a serious accident which happened at about this spot in the High Street, near to the Town Hall. The man apparently did not hear or see the tram (think he might have been a bit worse for wear!) and walked in front of it. My grandad who was a six footer, leaned over and caught him up by the shoulders until the tram could stop. Grandad Storr was also interviewed by the Gazette in 1963 when he was 79, and told this tale as well as his memories of working on the trams, along with the story about a man jumping on the tram along the Wilderness clutching a knife. Grandad was standing for no nonsense and promptly hit him with the control handle, after which the man dropped off the tram! Grandad also helped to form a trade union which had opposition from the tramway company, but in 1919 a branch of the Vehicle Workers Union was formed and he was Secretary for 19 years. This later merged with the Transport and General Workers Union. In the article he recalls that the last tram from Middlesbrough to Stockton ran on December 31st 1931, although Middlesbrough trams continued until 1934. My mother was 10 at the time and they lived on Norton Road on the tram route and she remembers seeing it.


  2. I think you’d find that most of those stylish, well dressed Edwardian women had servants to do their washing and ironing. It wasn’t just the landed gentry that enjoyed such privilege, the middle classes didn’t do that sort of thing either. We weren’t particularly well dressed, even in the 1950s, but our clothes were as clean and pressed as best as could be managed in the circumstances. Mam and Gran would spend the whole of Monday doing the washing using a Copper, Poss-tub and Mangle, then doing the ironing using two irons heated on the range – one ironing, one heating up again, alternately. Twenty woman-hours of hard graft. Take a look at the “Victorian” rooms in Preston Hall Museum – a lot of us lived like that until the late 1950s when we moved to brand new homes at the workers paradise of Roseworth.


  3. This good photograph impressed me because of the stylish clothes of the period.

    The ladies of that time had very poor washing facilities and yet they took the trouble to wear clothing that because of the design would take some keeping clean.

    Compare to the clothes of the present day where they are sometimes often creased and grubby the first time on (sorry, Mr Grumpy poked his head for a rant. Rant over)

    Here’s another lesser rant. In 1958 I was posted to West Germany for military service and was amazed to see a very efficient tram service running in Munchen Gladbach and most other towns.

    Stockton got rid of it’s trams on the early thirties I think. Munchen G in the late sixties.



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