4 thoughts on “Geese at Stockton Market – 1903

  1. Chris, I think that the tram is obscuring the start of the name. The shop was one of several belonging to Hedley, Swan and Co who traded at several locations in County Durham as drapers, clothiers and furnishing warehousemen. The partnership of Robert Hedley and Stephen Moriarty Swan was dissolved in 1895 following the death of Hedley, and the business was taken over by Arthur Doggart – a once familiar name on the High Street.


    • Cliff, I’m indebted to you for that information and ‘yes’ I do recall Doggart’s store, on the opposite side of the High Street. The site in question I believe was later taken over by Stewart’s Clothiers. Did it have the legendary ‘Stewart’s the King Tailors’ in terracotta faience work across the upper facade?


      • Chris, if you use the site’s search facility and look for Stewarts, you will find some good shots of Stewarts the Clothiers, and their name built into the fabric of the building.


  2. At first glance there appears to be a new shopfront being installed behind a hoarding, just to the front of the tram. However, it becomes clear that this is a form of timber ‘shed’ situated close to the side of the main thoroughfare with a vision panel, or a display window, set into it. A gentleman in a cap is seen intently staring into this opening. I’m also impressed as to how far the projecting sign for ‘Foley, Swan and Co’ (to the rear of the tram) has been extended outward from their facade at 2nd floor level. What did this company sell, I wonder?


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