Group photograph, Tilery Rec?

t14244I think this photograph was taken on Tilery Rec, but I could be wrong…

It shows my father Ernie Fish, the little boy 3rd from the left on the front row. His older cousin Harry Paul has his arms around him. My father looks like he has a skirt on but they were a very baggy shorts!  His brother Wilson Fish is the boy kneeling in the front row, 1st on the right.

My father was born in Swainby Road. They lived at number 67 with my grandparents Martha and Wilson Fish who moved to road when they wed in 1925. They had previously lived in Thistle Green/Housewife Lane and Bolton House Yard areas of Stockton which was demolished c1925.  My grandparents moved out of Swainby Road in the 1950s. Can anyone put names to the other boys in the photograph?

Photograph and details courtesy of Pauline.

27 thoughts on “Group photograph, Tilery Rec?

    • Hi Barry I have just seen your post my grandmother’s brothers were William, Joseph and Thomas. I have done my family tree and it is nice to hear from a long lost relative.If you would like any further info on my tree just let me know.

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      • Hi Pauline I have done a little bit of family history and found William 1881, Elizabeth 1893, Martha 1897 and my granddad Thomas 1900 but I didn’t know there was a Joseph.

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  1. Any of you good folk remember any of the Brennans from Swainby Road? Father was peter, mam Ena, sons Jimmy, Tommy, Mick and John. Dog Jip and a cockerel which they called the General.

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  2. My dad and his mam and dad lived in Swainby Road – the Wilsons. around this time Clem, Alice, Doreen, Clem, Pat, Norma, June and Tony. Anyone remember them?

    Also my granddad’s sister Margaret Wilson who married Robert Henry Cowley

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    • Hello Brian, Tony was a school mate of mine, we both lived in Swainby but his family moved out when Roseworth was built, I went up a few time to see him,
      what I can tell you about the family is they were all lovely people.
      All the best.
      Derek

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  3. I remember Tom & Daisy very well, from memeory didn’t Tom serve with Kings Own Scottish Borders WW1, Keith Bowes was a good mate of mine, so may lovely people lived in both Danby and Swainby road all those years ago.
    All the best.
    Derek

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    • Hello Derek,
      You are right, grandad joined the KOSB’s at age 16 and was a regular soldier before WW1. He was wounded in 1918 and was in a military hospital at Buxton where he met Daisy working there.

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      • All lovely people, salt of the earth.
        My grandad Robert Casey joined K.O.S.B 1912 with his mate Pat Sullivan, Pat was killed on the Somme, my grandad badly wounded, he had an eventful war did grandad, sent to join 2nd battalion 4 weeks after BEF landed in France 1914, then for reason I could never find answers to he ends up back at Berwick upon Tweed depot hospital rolls, then sent out to Gallipoli, then back into France for the Somme Offensive, just recently I learned why grandad had ended up back at Berwick upon Tweed end of 1914, he had been hit by a German dum-dum bullet,
        he give an interview to a local news paper and told them he hadn’t had the clothes off his back in two months, poor lads.
        All the best.
        Derek

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        • Derek,

          Did you ever visit the Stockton ‘Belle Vue’ dog track which adjoined Swainby Road, Stockton. The first race meeting took place on in June 1946, with the races run over 440 yards. When I was age 6 – 13, I used to go there with my older brother John Wilson, whose pal Jakey Jobson, Thornaby, owned the Stockton track champion, a greyhound called Prince Bill, which won over 20 races.

          I seem to recall that on Sunday mornings in the summer, there used to be occasional whippet racing on Tilery recreation ground. The main hobby sport in Tilery during the 1930-40 period, was pigeon racing with Tilery Racing Pigeon Club being one of the strongest in Stockton. During WW1 & 2, many British lives were saved thanks to the espionage and downed aircraft crews ‘Rescue Wanted messages, carried by these game little birds across enemy lines and the often cold and windblown North Sea; HM The Queen is the patron of the sport and owns 200 racing pigeons kept in the royal lofts at Sandringham, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

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          • I worked there in 1960 with a couple of Thornaby lads Dave Simpson & Lol Collier parading the dogs round, races were 330 yards, 440 yds. & longer.

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            • My brother Roly along with his pal Billy Moody also at one time paraded the dogs round. Think that would be in the 1950’s when I was in my teens.

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          • We (mam & dad) lived at last house in Swainby Road 155, as kids we used to climb up concrete posts and peer over top of tin sheeting, would love to know more about Jakey Jobson, I’m related to Jobson through two marriages to Casey brother & sister to same on Jobson side. Wonder if he knew the Jobson who worked at Eaglescliffe iron foundry in 60s, I was a 15 yr old in 1963 when I started there as an apprentice moulder, this Jobson was a bloke compared to me and he told me we were related, wish I knew then what I know now about my Casey ancestry.
            Is Jakey Jobson still around?
            All the best.
            Derek

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      • Hi Dorothy I remember Keith and Daisy also I was good friends with Rita heard she passed away few years back I have a photo of m e an d her in black and white about nine years old we lived in 8 Dan by road happy days.

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        • June Humphrey I seem to remember your family in Danby Road, Keith Bowes was a school mate & friend, in those early days we lived in Swainby Road, I knew just about every one in both roads, mam and dad Robert & Norah Casey lived at number 34 Swainby. We all had back to back gardens.
          I remember some great days growing up with lads & lass’s, never a dull day.
          My names is Derek Casey, my brother Leonard, two sister’s Sandra & Julie.
          All the best.
          Derek

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          • HI Derek just saw your reply are you related to James Casey or Peter Casey I just came on here to show my brother some pics I share to Stockton-ians people.

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  4. Swainby Road was built before WWII, when old area’s of Stockton was demolished folks from Housewife lane, Thistlegreen and other parts were moved to Swainby & Danby Road,
    my Casey ancestors were amongst them, would love to know the names of the lads on photo.
    All the best.
    Derek

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  5. Swainby Road and Danby Road estate were built in the 1920’s, my mother moved to number 6 Danby Road in 1925/6 when she was 7 years old from Thistle Green area her name was Dorothy Bowes, Tom and Daisy her parents she had three sisters, Jean, Dinah and Barbara

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  6. Hi Pauline, The photo does fit the Swainby Road side of Lustrum Beck as I recall it back in the mid 1950’s. I recall it being littlered with rubbish, old prams etc. However your comment puzzles me (my memory is not too great). I was sure that the Swainby Road estate was built after the war: the council houses on it are the same design to Harwick, Roseworth etc. The mad rush after the war was to accommodate the troops who had returned home and the baby boom; also get rid of the houses in Portrack / Tilery etc which were falling to bits and whose landlords would not repair. The older houses in the area were just north of Swainby Rd estate and can be picked out on the current Google map.
    I stand ready to be shot down!!!

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    • Hi Derek, By what I can remember being told by my grandparents my father Ernie was born in Swainby Road in 1928. His brother Wilson was also born there in 1926. But again I could be wrong I will try and check this out. They also said they moved there when they wed in 1925 and the estate had just been built.

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