37 thoughts on “Byron Street 1952

  1. Hi, Geoff even though I never met your mother…I believe the she was a great lady and was always the best of mothers by the way you would talk about her….not only a good mother but a great grandmother and respected by many people…if only I’d had the chance to meet her…THE ROCK OF THE WALLER FAMILY X

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  2. I am sorry to hear about your Mam, Geoff, but I remember her as a nice lady. I lived in Byron Street when she got married but we moved away in 1957. I have named the street residents in a earlier posting.

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  3. Mr Nicholson, I am so pleased you remember my mam and her family. My mam got married and actually (in around 1952-1954) moved back to Byron Street as Waller. She had 4 Children between ’52 and ’62, I wonder if you remember my sister, Sandra? Brothers, Dave and John?.
    (Although they would have only been nippers in the fifties) and what number house they would have lived in?
    My dad had a mobile shop and mam used to tell us he’d park it in Byron Street and it would cross about 3 houses but there was never a complaint! The people were so friendly, really good neighbours.
    Norma O’Brian was mams best friend who married Bob Lewis (TMS Trimdon motor service). Bob sadly passed away in Jan ’10 and my mam too in 2008. Any photo’s of Byron Street or info of any kind would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Hi Geoff. Do we know nothing of the whereabouts of Susan Lewis Bob and Norma’s daughter, please? I used to meet Norma and Bob at church xxx

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  4. I remember your mother Doris Williams & her family, also the O’Briens brothers Tom, Dick & Harry who lived in the end house at the Thompson St end on the other side of the street to your mam’s family. Norma married Bill Lewis who had T.M.T. bus service & Teesside Carriers, a haulage business, before moving to Jersey. The next generation of O’Briens Micheal, Pat & Peter lived round the corner in Thompson Street before moving to Roseworth.

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  5. My mother Doris Williams and my uncle Charlie Williams and Gran and Grandad lived in No 25 next door to Lenny Buttle. My mother always said she had a wonderful childhood living and playing in Byron Street… She used to tell me she was a ‘Gas House Girl’.
    She was also friends with the O’Brians – Tom, Dick, Harry, Jerry and Norma. Does anybody remember my mam or the O’Brians?

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    • Lenny Buttle was one of two builders in Byron Street, Jim Brown at no.6 was the other. Lenny lived there with his wife Lilian and three sons Lenny Jnr., Raymond and the late Dennis who was a good footballer, they also had more family in the area. Lenny’s builders yard was at the end of Exeter Street over the common in Thompson Street, Jim Brown was in with Jim Evans who had a shop in Bishopton Lane near Budgen and Hares.

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        • I lived in nearby Warrington at the time and remember that episode well as the ongoing happenings were reported every week in the Warrington local papers, the Guardian and the Examiner. I was ten at the time and it was quite scary to read about it. How did you know about this Danny?

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    • Lenny Buttle was a relative of mine they lived a couple of doors from the corner shop in Fenny Street which crossed the top of Byron Street

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      • Yes Derek, Lenny lived in 26, Byron Street, with Williams in No.25 & Watsons at 27, then Davidson’s corner shop, your other relations who lived in Fenny Street, the bookies who had a daughter called Mary Buttle, they lived almost opposite to Byron Street then George & Trevor’s family who lived next door to Billy Nugent just past Milton Street. Derek is your sister Ceilia & brothers Norman & Billy still with us? When you entered Milton Street from Fenny Street there was a family called West in the first house on the right.

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        • My gran and granma were the one’s who lived in Fenny Street our family lived next door to the gasworks near the back street (were every one played marbles) yes knew Billy well also Billy wilkinson — Marrons lovely times

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          • Glad to hear your sister & brothers are well, Derek. Yes Billy (Nugget) Nugent was a popular lad as were the Marron brothers & as we know the late Billy Wilkinson went on to be a Hull City football legend, you were all St Bedes School lads.

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            • I believe Billy died in Australia didn’t he marry the chairman’s daughter? I can’t remember which club it was but a very nice person and friend

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              • Yes, Billy was married to Harry Needler’s daughter, Needler was Hull City chairman & was the Needlers sweets family. Billy had eleven seasons with Hull City.

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                • Seems only yesterday living in Thompson Street and playing even going in the works (gas works)keeping my dad company thinking of David Cox who lived in Byron Street the other day

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                  • Yes Davie & his brother Lance Cox, then there was Joe, Martin & Michael Kelly & in Frederick Street there was Terry Bowtell, the Bowes brothers Gordon, Cliffy (Cappy) & younger brother, Denis McAlone & the Tweddle brothers Lennie & Alan. Do you remember the Gasworks wagon that we called the Sheddy that had a canvas cover on, when it came out of the works on a dark night all the lads would get a lift on the back.

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                    • Cliffy (Cappy) Bowes has his own window cleaning business which he has run for years and years. He is also a member of the Malleable Club. Before window cleaning he worked at HW’s Forge. He was caught by management getting his hair cut in works time. When caught he told them he had right to go because it grew in the works time.

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                    • ANON – one thing I do remember is Maggie Vickers bakery shop, lovely teacakes, I still remember the smell (WONDERFUL)

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        • My Nana was Maggie West she lived at 22 Milton Street along with her sons Norman and John her daughter was Sheila Smith my mother.

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  6. Your grandad Mr Tooke & son Albert lived next door to us at No.4. I remember your sister Val & brother Bill visiting Mr Tooke who was a grand old man. Others that lived in Byron Street were No.1 Fords(Gordon);No.2 Brown (Jimmy, Freddie,Kenny & Arthur); No.3 Taylor(Colin & Brian); No.6 Brown(Tony & Jeffrey); No.7 Bowes; No.8 Duffy(Maureen); No.9 Mawson; No.10 Powell; No.11 Bulmers(Billy,Tony & Alf); No.12 Fowler(Jean, Doreen, Freddy, Gordon & Raymond); No.12A O’Brien; No.14 Percy Jenkins; No.15 Ballantyne; No.16 McGeary; No.17 Plumley; No.18 Kelly(Joe, Martin, Kathrine, Ann & Michael, Lance & David Cox); No.19 Moles; No.20 Smith; No.21 Marley; No.22 Powell(Leslie, Maureen & Joan); No.23 Muirs; No.24 McAndrew(Stephen); No.25 Williams; No.26 Buttle(Lenny,Ray & Dennis); No.27 Trouve(Paul & Glynis).

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    • I am sorry to hear of the passing of one the old Byron Street lads Brian Taylor who was a gentle giant, he was in the X class at Newham Grange School 1954-57, he was also a motor fitter at Head Wrightsons Garage,Thornaby and worked later at the I.C.I. Billingham. Brian’s dad Eddie Taylor played centre half for Portrack Shamrocks and his grandfather was Barnie Mole who played for Newcastle Utd. and Burnley.

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  7. My grandfather (Tooke) lived in Byron St. We used to play in the back street, when the family visited him. There used to be a local chippie, the fryers used coke from the gas works. I was not that old, about 5/6 years of
    age.

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    • Hello Raymond. my name is Margaret Hayes (smith) my dad Sid was your dads brother and I lived at no. 26 Byron Street. Your granddad was my adopted granddad. I loved him and your mum Alice very much.
      Please ask Picture Stockton for my email – It would be nice to hear from you.

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      • Hi Margaret,
        Sorry to tell you but Ray has passed away, so has Billy, I am Stephen the 2nd youngest in the family. Did your mam and dad live in Shooters Hill in Woolwich, as I can remember going there when I was young and finding the place a whole new world. We went to some army place, I think it could have been in Blackheath with someone, can’t quite remember who. Where has the time gone?

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        • Hello Stephen, Yes it is me. sorry to hear about Raymond and Billy. Raymond was my partner in crime when we were young. I am on facebook would be nice to get in touch with my dads family.
          Maggie x

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      • Margaret when did you live in Byron Street?, I remember Val & Billy Smith visiting their Grandad Mr Tooke. Mr Tooke also had a daughter who lived across the back alley in Frederick Street called Emily, she was married to a Bill Taylor, they later moved to Roseworth.

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  8. The photo is my father Len Nicholson, me & my brother in law, Ken Morris. My father’s family moved into Byron Street in 1909,he was a professional runner & his best achievement was beating MacFarlane, a Powderhall winner. He also played football for Stockton St Johns & Shildon.He worked at the Malleable Pipe Works as a turner & was the A.E.Union Convener. One of his brothers, Robson(Bob)Nicholson, was also a union man & became a member of the Boilermaker’s National Executive Council. Kenny Morris was also an athlete & ran for Stockton Harriers. He worked at the Harewood Garage before going to Canada just over fifty years ago.

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  9. It has been discussed elsewhere on the site about back to back housing around Thompson Street but all the streets off Thompson Street had large back streets where we played cricket & football. The only houses I remember being back to back with a small allyway were Farrer Street, Airton Street & Allison Street.

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