Local Business Adverts c1923

t12766If you want the latest fashions of the season, go to Robert Medd and Co or if you need a family butchers, try Toulson and Son… Advertisements for local businesses, from The Sign, a publication added to the local parish magazine. Adverts date from August 1923.

Image courtesy of Bob Irwin.

11 thoughts on “Local Business Adverts c1923

  1. Does anyone remember Robert Medds shop and what it looked like? Does anyone have a picture of it? Robert Medd is part of my family tree on my mums side so I would be interested, in any information re the shop.


  2. Thanks Bob Irwin for the information on Ronnie Lee. I knew the initial was ‘R’ – He used to do some work cladding the interior walls of St. Joseph’s Church with pieces of marble for Father Thornton the Parish Priest in the 1950s.


    • I remember that time. Ronnie Lee would get the old type washing tables with the marble surface, one of which was my mothers. It has been mentioned on here before by Judith Carvell nee Douglas whose father would help Ronnie doing this work. I’m sure that Judy when seeing this will add to the story.


  3. Just seen this one Bob, you are right about Billingham Road and I believe Rowntrees had a small holding just past the Old Tea Rooms Bungalow taken over for years by Arrowsmith.
    R. Harrison had the big warehouse on Norton Green facing the Friends Meeting House and on the corner of what was in my time the farm track leading to the top of Beaconsfield Street and later being made up and re-named Beaconsfield Road by kendrew the Builder, Kendrews Yard was next to R.Harrisons and it was all part of what was once the old Tanyard now turned into blocks of flats.
    Billy Toulson owned the shop now known as Blackwells with his own Abattoir where the pie baking kitchen now is.
    Reeds shop on the Green a general dealer I can remember being there for years, the High Street and Green were part of a vibrant shopping scene with Stockton market Wednesdays and Saturdays backing it all up, we had a car one of very few around but never thought to go shopping in it, we shopped at the local shops and knew everyone by name, money what there was of it got put into local business and thus did best for all in the area, now it seems we do not even know what we eat or where it comes from, sad.


  4. I remember being taken to cricket matches with my Dad (Dick Jackson) with Norman Toulson in the early 1950s. Norman used to pick up some of the team travelling to Thornaby CC away matches in a vehicle which seemed to have been used for transporting meat during the week. I have a vague recollection that this vehicle had been converted for that purpose with a slatted wooden roller at the back and had yellow glass windows at the sides. I am not sure of the make of the vehicle but it could well have been a Rolls Royce.


  5. Was it R. Harrison, joiner and undertaker, who had a large shed as a workshop in the 1950s directly opposite St. Joseph’s R.C. church and beside the present house – in those days a small shop run by Mr Wozniak. It was perched right on the edge of the old sandpit?, now the site of the blocks of flats built in the mid-60s.


    • No, it was Ronnie Lee, Joiner, Property Repairer, and Undertaker who had these premises. He had to move when Harry Lane took over the field to make those high rise flats. Ronnie then went to to premises behind the Ragworth Hall which belonged to the Church and was further down the road towards the Green. Ron Harrison has his workshop in the Tanyard which was on the Green just before entering Beaconsfield Road.


    • I remember the name Wozniak and the shop you describe. His wife was our French teacher at Frederick Nattrass SM in the 1960s.


  6. In the top left hand corner of this printers sheet of adverts, I can see listed a G Rowntree, Nurseryman advert, and I am wondering what became of his business abode address in ”Billingham Lane”, Norton, and when did it disappear or was renamed?


    • Rowntrees had his plot of land which I knew as Billingham Road, just after Beaconsfield Road and on that side of the Road. He sold his produce at a shop in Harland Place where Duells is now. Harland Place over looks Norton High Street. I don’t know when the business closed but it was still there when I was in my teens which would be between 1953 – 1956.


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