Closure of Tilery Road Sub-Post Office, 1968

t13783From 1946 my grandfather was sub-postmaster at the post office on the corner of Newton Street and Tilery Road. He worked there for 22 years until he retired on his 65th birthday which coincided with the closure of the post office. The story was featured in the Evening Gazette under the heading “The Last Post for Bill” although he was actually named William Henry Cartwright, but known as Harry.

My Dad, also William Henry worked in the shop, along with my Gran, Sadie (Sarah) Cartwright nee McNaughton. William Henry Jnr. married my Mother Edith Mary Hughes, who lived in Headlam Street, Tilery.

t13784Photographs and details courtesy of Ian Cartwright.

22 thoughts on “Closure of Tilery Road Sub-Post Office, 1968

  1. Yes Max we were in the minority in Craister St, the other Laings being related We lived at 43 I had an older sister, Ethel, and a younger sister, Anne.

    Ian I would love to see the photo taken down the rec.

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    • Hi Maureen, I have sent in the photo from the rec.
      Its not a very good copy, but maybe there is a better copy out there somewhere. I see from the list of names that appear at the side, that both you and your sister are on it, also Bob Laing.

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    • Hi Bob, you are right about my dad Harry being a good Goalkeeper. You may remember him playing for Richard Hind, and I think Stockton Boys. He was also Wicket-Keeper at Norton. As you said in an earlier post, they did not live above the shop, but on Blackett Avenue, Norton.

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      • I remember old Harry, young Harry, and George and their mam, our back garden used to back on to the side of their house ours was 9 Southfield Road on the corner of Blackets Ave.

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  2. When Tilery was being demolished I was in the Police Force and this was my patch as well as Portrack. I saw a lot of thieving from there especially the lead and copper from within the derelict houses. As soon as someone moved out they moved in.

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  3. Maureen I think is perhaps the minority Laing in Tilery, I may stand corrected as in Craister Street lived Dorothy & Walter Laing with sons Brian, Walter and John, also in the street were Tilly & Bob Laing and in Kingston Street lived Dora & Ernie Laing with sons Terry and David.
    Part of my pocket money errands was to call at Cartwrights for our bread, at the time they used Sparks bakery, a treat on Sundays was a Charlotte Rose with ice cream from Pallesci’s.

    From my perspective Tilery was a better place then than is current day layout, but times change, from the days the middens were manually emptied using specially designed trucks to counter the back streets and three wheeler cart that replaced the horse and cart for delivering coal.. Happy Days.
    Max.

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  4. What a lovely story about your Grandad , we lived on 59 Tilery road until 1966. My parents must have known your Grandad and I probably met him too, even though I would just have been a toddler. Thank you Ian.

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    • With the greatest respect to Maureen as regards related Laing’s in Tilery, I think Maureen is the odd one out as in Craister Street there was Dorothy & Walter Laing with Sons Brian, Walter and John, also in Craister Street there was Tilly & Bob Laing and in Kingston Street lived Dora & Ernie Laing wit Sons Terry and David.
      On a re-visit to Tilery it was extremely sad after last seeing it as the old back to back row upon row of terraced houses.

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      • I trust I’m correct but I always knew ‘George’ as Ron or Ronnie Clements, jet black hair in those days of Taffy Jones, Alan Cornforth, Eggie Plummer, George Kennedy, Bob Smales to name just a few.

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      • Hello ‘George’… Ron or Ronnie as I remember, sat behind you in one of the classes during the Taffy Jones, Alan Cornforth, George Kennedy, Bob Smales era… Happy Days.

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      • Hello Max,
        I am still called Ron or Ronnie by my family who still live in the Stockton area.
        If you contact Picture Stockton they will supply you with my email address.

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  5. I knew your mam Ian when we were kids & went to the Methodist Chapel at the top of Craister St. She had a lovely voice & used to sing at the annual anniversary at the chapel. My surname before I married was Laing.

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    • Hi Maureen. I guess that would be what we knew as “The Tin box”
      I was baptised there in 1958.
      I remember the name Laing. I am pretty sure when I went to school there were a couple lads a year or so older than me. By then Tilery as we knew it had been pulled down, and they lived in Grove Terrace, Norton.

      I have a copy of a photograph taken sometime in the 1940’s of a group of Teenagers, probably from Tilery taken in the rec, and I am pretty sure the name Laing appears somewhere on it. If I can dig it out, I will send it in.

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    • Oh Maureen ‘The Tin’ box, for quite some time I had an unblemished attendance star stamped in my book, Mrs Stockdale used to take the classes, she lived in Craister Street No.30, along with son Neil next to Tilly & Bob Laing No.28.
      The bonfires next to the tin box were an annual event, but then again Tilery had several bonfires and everyone raided everyone else’s, but have never tasted better jacket spud’s than done in the ashes.

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      • Haha I remember those bonfires been raided by a gang from Portrack. I remember Amy Stockdale well, she was our Girls Life Brigade captain, she had an older daughter Brenda who emigrated to Australia with her husband Billy Orr. We met them in Perth W.A. as we emigrated about the same time as them. I think they returned to Uk before we did.

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