13 thoughts on “Wrens Vinegar Works. c1971

  1. I remember the Vinegar works from when I was a child and exploring it before it was demolished. I still have some of the old labels from bottles/kegs/barrels etc. Would be happy to give them to a good home if anybody interested.

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  2. Hi to Carol Young. My brother Michael told me about this site today so I thought I would say hello. I am now living in Australia with my husband and three children. Returned to England in June this year to see Peter and Lawrence. Newham Grange hasn”t changed at all. I drove down Glaisdale Ave. I have very happy memories of us both playing out in the street with Linda Urwin. Great to hear that you are well. Stockton high street looked a bit sad but the Wellington square was cheery. The hanging baskets made an impression all around England.

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  3. Alan Davis and Tony O”connor Yes I am who you thought. Alan we grew up together! I remember the Mansers who loved on the other side of us and moved to Richardson road in Oxbridge. Alan I have a photo of you and me as kids sitting on your front step. Your dad got me a job on the post when I was a student delivering the xmas mail. The memories are so vivid when looking at the photos and comments on this site. Great to contact you both. I”m in Hartlepool now, teaching French!!! don”t ask! I remember Jackie Stevenson and his family, Tony, in commondale.e all went to St peter and Pauls in roseworth. My sister was a good friend of Jackie but she died very young when she was 23.My brother did play for Man utd for a while as a youth player and reserve. All the memories flooding back eh? Good to talk!

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  4. Carol Young – Yes I lived on Farndale Green #15. Went to St Bedes church, my brother Jim and I were altar boys there in our early teens, along with Jackie Stephenson who you may remember. I schooled at St Cuthberts, taking the #5 bus each day, then went to St Mary”s College in Middlesbro”. Do you remember the Mansers, Mike, who I came to Canada with, Lawrence and Ann Marie. I believe your mother and Mrs Nora Manser were great friends. This maybe where you remember the mission box collection, I remember your sister Dawn too. Nice of you to get in touch.

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  5. Carole Young, did you live in 24 Glaisdale Ave, if so I lived next door at 26 and remember your brother Eric – I believe signed for Man Utd for a spell. Also believe you had a sister Dawn – am I correct. The photos of the Sparks Bakery on this site bring back many memories and on our visits to UK are pleased to see the old building still in good repair. I believe you moved to Westerdale Ave on same Estate. Good to see you are alive and well.

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  6. Tony o”connor, did you live on the green opposite Sparks bakery in newham grange and go to st bede”s church? St peter and paul”s school? I used to collect the red mission box from your mam when I was a youngster! I lived in Glaisdale Ave.

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  7. Yes, thats me Sandra. Your name is familiar but can”t place you yet. Where did and do you live? EMail me at aoconnor2@rogers.com. I”m in Kitchener Ontario, (used to be called Berlin up to 1916, during the 1st World War, when it was renamed after Lord Kitchener , who had recently drowned in a sunken battleship) Anyway ,it”s just west of Toronto.

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  8. Tony O”Connor: I”m no expert but in my former life in graphics and print I picked up lots of information, much of it of a useless nature, and I do remember when producing the origination for an illustrated map of part of the Tees that a warning about giant hogweed had to be included. It said that Giant Hogweed had colonised the river banks in a number of places posing a danger to plant life and humans. It is not native to Britain but was imported from the Caucasus as an exotic garden plant in the 1880″s. Contact with humans can result in unpleasant and long lasting skin irritations, blisters and serious discomfort to eyes and lips. Sounds like this may have been the culprit.

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  9. Tony Jackson – Tony I guess you are right, along with some friends I spent time hacking them down, just for something to do. My mate, Tony Atkinson, ended up with blisters covering his entire palms. They took weeks to clear! On the other hand, like you, even though i had been splashed with the sap, nothing – guess we must have been lucky

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  10. Tony O”Connor. I also swam at Yarm in the mid 1950s but for some reason I didn”t get blisters. Other kids did – these blisters were enourmous and looked very painful. One rumour was that it was something to do with the chemicals from the local tannery. My theory is that it was Giant Hogweed which I believe is very poisonous. Any experts out there??

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  11. Anyone remember swimming in the Tees near Yarm in the 50s and getting home with water blisters. It was said it was caused by the vinegar factory in Yarm . Can”t remember the spot. It might have been off Preston Park.

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