8 thoughts on “The Vane Arms

  1. The shop with the name ‘Mastermans’ is actually at No.59 the High St. This was the address John Walker the inventor of the friction-match set up his business as a ‘druggist’ in around 1818. He was selling his ‘Congreves’ (the brand name for his matches) from this shop by 1827 at around one-shilling for 50. In those days, no doubt a very expensive item at an old ‘farthing’ each! ‘Mastermans’ was a traditional menswear chain based in Manchester, who in the mid ’60’s when the son of the owner joined the business, changed their image and became a ‘high fashion’ menswear outlet, or what was then known as a ‘male boutique’.


  2. My nana worked in the Vane Arms when I was about 6 which is about 46 yrs ago. I used to go there with my grandad on a Saturday. I can remember him standing doing his `special` whistle and my nana appearing at the window. We would go in and have chips on a silver tray and a glass of pop. Happy memories. I would love a nice picture of The Vane Arms. My nana was a silver service waitress I think, she served lots of famous people including The Beatles and Tommy Cooper.


  3. My mother Alice was a Provi collecter for a number of years based at Yarm Road and was most likely the collecter who called at the Heselwood home. I went with her on some visits and got a good laugh when little girls came to the door and said mammy said she”s not in


  4. I remember the Provi Tickets well. A book with pages in it. You got it up to the value you wanted and took the book to various places that accepted them. They tore the tickets out and wrote down at the back or the front how much you had spent. You used it until there was no money left on it. I remember a tearful session when my mum said I could have some new shoes if I took the provi. I didn”t want to use it, but there was no option, no provi, no shoes!


  5. I was assistant manager at the provy in Yarm Rd for a few years round about 1964 ,I looked after 24 agents. It was a very busy office Mr Cox was the manager. Most of the department took provy tickets. You could buy anything with a ticket from the provy


  6. You mentioned Wilson”s Pat-in the “good old days”my Mother used to get Provi Tickets-anyone remember them?There was maybe 5 bob[25p now]left and Mam would let me have it and buy make up from Wilsons – and what a lot I could get – Elizabeth Arden make up and Tangee lipstick!!!!


  7. I worked just round the corner from the Vane Arms in Finkle Street in 1962 at the Halifax Building Society. The run down of shops from the corner of Finkle Street was – Charles Clinkards shoe shop, Barclays Bank (still there) Stockton Typewriter Company where we used to get all our typing supplies, Wilson Department Store (just out of shot on the photo) which used to sell everything you could want. Stockton at that time had 5 large department stores, Robinsons (Debenhams) The Cooperative Society House in Wellington Street (I had my wedding reception there)Blacketts (facing up Dovecot Street on the other side of the High Street) Wilsons, and Doggarts, further down the High Street towards the Empire. Going back to the picture, Woodroffes the jewellers, lovely old fashioned family shop. Masterman, mens clothiers, Laesers Chocolate Shop,hand made truffles -good job I never needed to diet in those days! The Vane Arms, used to spend payday after work there. Then the funny little black and white Tudor type shop, which, if I remember rightly used to house Strikes Garden Supplies? All gone now, along with the character of the High Street.


  8. I think this photo may have been taken around 1959-61. I believe the bus stop was the last stop for the Number 69 Bus from the Transporter Bridge, Via Haverton Hill and Greenwood Road, Cowpen Estate, Billingham. I remember that to get the bus back to Cowpen, Billingham I could get on the bus at the stop shown, sometime later the crew (conductor) told passengers they, had to board the bus on the other side of the High Street, just beside the Blue Post pub alley, Bus Stop. I remember dashing across the road to try and catch the bus as it turned round in front of the old Essoldo Cinema.


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