An Aerial View of Haverton Hill

This aerial shot of Haverton Hill shows the Furness Estate quite clearly, particularly interesting is the view of ‘The Hostel’ near to the Circle on Belasis Avenue, I believe this was built to house shipyard workers just after the First World War, I remember it being used to house Hungarian refugees after the uprising in the 1950s and it later housed light industrial units including a soft drinks company called ‘Jonco’.

It is difficult to date the photograph but there are very few cars on the roads, the bus is probably one of Stockton Corporations Leyland PD2 models which were in production from the 1930s, I used to travel by bus fairly frequently through Haverton Hill in the 1950s and I don’t ever remember the route going down Marlborough Road, I do have a photo of a bus shelter on Marlborough Road in the 1950s so maybe my memory is not up to scratch.

Marlborough Road continues away to the left towards the Furness Sports Field, at the bottom right of the photo where Marlborough Road and Collingwood Road meet you can see the roof of the Methodist Chapel, next door to the left is a flat roofed building, this was always known as ‘The Welfare’, it was where we collected our concentrated orange juice, malt, National Dried Milk and the dreaded Cod Liver Oil.

Belasis Avenue continues off to the bottom right of the photo and passes the old fire station on its left then Charltons Pond on its right then Billingham South Modern School on its right and Billingham Stores (Co-op) and the Picture House at Mill Lane end, the bus actually travelled along Greenwood Road and met Belasis Avenue at the bottom of the bridge.

At the top right of the photograph the curve of the railway line heading towards Port Clarence and the Transporter area can be seen, just before the curve a single track line branches off to the left and crosses Hope Street and continues along to the clay pit and Saltholme Farm, as children we spent many happy hours playing around this area.

I remember my father mentioning a Cinema somewhere in the area of Tees Street and The Hostel, if anybody can pinpoint it for me I shall be most grateful.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

65 thoughts on “An Aerial View of Haverton Hill

  1. Hi. My name is John Ryan and I live in Shropshire. My family lived in Haverton until we moved to Billingham in 1953.
    We continued to visit our friends in Haverton, and Jim Taylor is fondly remembered.

    The shop you were born in was a popular store and Jim knew everyone of his customer very well, and when his customers started to move to Billingham, so did he.

    He traded from a large van, covering territory old and new.

    I’m fairly sure that he moved into a mini market in Low Grange in the 60’s.

    His daughter, Elizabeth was a wonderful singer, I saw her a few times at competitions in the park and elsewhere.

    I hope my ramblings stimulate you to keep looking.

    John

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  2. That might have been a Stockton corporation bus but it could have been a Hartlepool corporation number 1 which use to go to Port Clarence as an extension beyond Seaton Carew. Plus it’s possible that the United might have gone to the Port Clarence and Haverton Hill area too?

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  3. Hi.
    Could anyone help me please?
    I was born in the upstairs flat of my Uncle Jim Taylors general grocery shop in Haverton hill in 1958.
    I believe it stood in or around Belasis Avenue?
    Does anyone remember this shop or have any pictures of it?
    Most of my older family have sadly now passed and I’d love to see some of my early roots in Haverton hill.
    Thanks,
    Allan Barmbys.

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  4. I am Jim (James Robert) Elliott, my father was the second Section Sergeant (Police) at Haverton Hill in the early 1960s to be called Elliott (he is not the one who clipped people on the ear). I remember Miss Cabourn at the school and living across the road from the pop factory. There were two police houses separated by a small office. Police in those days moved every two to three years so I missed the demolition of Haverton Hill but I have very fond memories of the place, including the cinema on a Saturday morning. I also remember roller skating.

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  5. yes the cinema was to the left of the hostel just up from post office on the corner of belasis. Opposite the post office was a corner shop where we would buy sweets before going to the cinema.

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    • Hi, I revisited my ex family home of Railway Terrace Haverton Hill last week, all gone just unkept bushes now. Does anyone have photos please of Railway Terrace? Maureen Wright (nee Stubbs).

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  6. I believe photo of very end terrace house was our house back in 1950s. Collingwood Road are there any more photos or reading material I can obtain?

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    • There is a book by Colin Hatton called “Haverton Hill – Port Clarence to Billingham”.

      It contains many photos and memories of Colin growing up in Haverton Hill. it is currently out of print but most Stockton Council libraries have a copy.

      If you are interested I have many photos of Haverton Hill which I am happy to share with you.

      Contact me here:

      billinghamlad@gmail.com.

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      • Hi Bruce.
        My name is Syd Swan 67 year old, I used to live at 25 St Vincent Street Haverton Hill.
        My Mum & Dad emigrated to Australia in 1963 (I think) Dad (same name) used to work in the ICI.
        I was so surprised when I Googled Haverton Hill & it was all gone.
        I would love to see pictures of the area.
        I live in Australia. NSW.
        Regards.
        Syd

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        • Hi Syd I remember your family very well as we lived next door at 27 St Vincent street. I recall your family leaving for Australia and your time as good & valued neighbours. My father, Jack Cushin worked much of his life in the shipyard then the ICI. My mother, Audrey Cushin worked behind the bar of the Top, Middle & Bottom house pubs as well as the Social & Haverton Hill Workmens club spanning 40 years in total.
          I have been very fortunate to live and work in various countries around the world but I never missed an opportunity to state with pride, I was born & bred in Haverton Hill.

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          • Hi Neil I remember your name, I remember the people across the road mostly. Brian & Jean Hall, Malcolm Woodhouse, Keith Cameron, Miles Davis, Kevin Langlands & Dennis Cull & my cousin Bobby Dale. Often wonder were they all are. Got some pictures at the back of our house & down the allotment. What happened to Havo, its all gone. My dad also worked in the shipyard then the ICI, when we came to Australia Dad started working in the ICI at Villawood & worked there until he retired. He has since passed away also my Mam (Gerty). Who was Granny Bun?

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            • Hi Syd Granny Bun lived next door to you at No 23. A lovely, quite elderly couple. Mr Bun grew deliciously tempting strawberries & peas in his small back garden. Mr & Mrs Harper lived next door to them at No 21. Halls & Langlands lived directly opposite both your house and ours.
              I vaguely recollect Haverton Hills poor air quality being instrumental in your parents decision to move to Australia. A younger sister (baby) with breathing difficulties? I’m sure it was a good move and the right decision.

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              • Hi Neil, thanks for that information.
                I remember my dad had an allotment were he grew his veggies, pigs & chooks.
                Can’t remember were it was, think it was down Cowpen Bewley way.
                Do you have any idea were the Halls & Langlands have gone.
                My sister Yvonne past away 15 years ago from breast cancer, she was only 50.
                Yes the move to Australia was a good one.
                Were are you these days?

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                • Hi Syd, your allotment was close to ours at the rear of Haverton Hill school off Windsor Street. It seemed every family had an allotment back in those days.
                  Halls & Langlands, like many, located to Billingham once demolition was well underway. My parents too eventually & reluctantly moved to Billingham but forever missed their house and times living in Haverton.
                  I very much remember Yvonne and was very saddened to hear of her passing.
                  As for me, now retired, I live near Sedgefield though suspect would still be living in Haverton were it still standing.

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                  • Hi Neil, thank you for that information. Sorry it took so long to reply, I only just come across your reply today. I find it hard to discover where to look for replies.
                    Do you have any photos of the early days at Havo. I think I was 7 year old when we left.
                    Cheers
                    Syd

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        • I lived in St Vincent Street between 1964 and 1972. I have just set up a Facebook group called Former Residents of Haverton Hill. I would love to hear others stories and see any photos.

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          • Hi

            Love reading through these comments. We lived in Havo until the early 1970’s. My Mam owned the wool shop in Cowpen Bewley Road – Roma the little Indian lady if anyone remembers. We lived next door to May and Jim. Lovely community – we were very sad to leave when we moved to Billingham.

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  7. In the top left hand corner of the picture, there appears to be a line of slag tips. If this is the case who did they belong to?.

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      • Dear David Crawford
        As an ex gasworks man, in which a major issue in the redevelopment of such sites is pollution from tars and phenols (cf comments on the tar distillation works in view from Port Clarence Blast Furnaces) I am quite intrigued that ICI was dumping toxic waste far from their main site.

        Back in Portrack the local gasworks was dumping stuff, presumably from Stockton Gasworks, alongside the “Black Path”, just to the north of where a new gas holder was being built. These days, such behaviour from big companies would have earned a million pound fine!

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  8. I have great memories of growing up in Haverton Hill and am very proud to have been born there. I was born at 3 St Vincent Street which was my grandparents house. Sam and Bessie Brown my Grandad ran the pensioners club. I lived at 1 St Vincent Street until I was 14. My parents are Peter and Leonie Brown. I went to Haverton Hill school.

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    • Hi my name is Syd Swan I was born and lived in 25 St Vincent Street until my parents Syd & Gerty moved to Sydney Australia in the early 1960’s

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    • My aunt & uncle Joe Jones live in Vincent St opposite the boys school gate. I used to leave my bike in their back yard when I went to school.

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    • Susan Tinker. I remember Sam and Bessie Brown well. They were friends of my mam and dad. As for Peter and Leonie, I think I can take credit for getting those two together. Please tell them Shirley Dallison was asking after them. Hope they are both doing well.

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  9. I was born at 39 Marlborough Road in 1939. Within months of that we moved to Billingham, 11 West Avenue where I lived until 1953 when we emigrated to Canada. My grandparents George and Ginny Randall lived, for many years after we emigrated to Canada, at 39 Marlborough Road. I had a great grandmother Waller who lived in Port Clarence well into her 90’s. I remember very well going to 39 Marlborough Road each Christmas. We used to get the bus home at the end of the street out side the church and I remember playing on a rocking horse inside the church.

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  10. My paternal grandparents lived in Leven Street (Henry and Cecelia Platts) and my maternal grandparents lived in Collingwood Road (Ernie and Bertha). Loved visiting my Dads parents as the train line ran along their back garden and I used to run down to wave at the trains.

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  11. Great old photo, looking through the streets feels like going back in time to the different houses we lived in.
    My mother (Sheila Pearce nee Flanagan) was from the area and she married my father in 1947 and moved to his home town, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. When my mothers father (William Flanagan) died in 1953 she wanted to move back to be near to her mother so our family moved to Haverton Hill. Initially we lived in 14 Hawke Street but soon moved to 34 Howard Crescent. I attended St Gerards school, just along from our house.
    After a few years in Howard Crescent we moved back to Hawke Street to be closer to my mothers sister. We lived in 17 Hawke Street, my mothers sister, Peggy Donnelly lived across the street at no 18. Next door to us at no15 was the Wray family with the Gibson family in no13. The Matteson family lived at our other side in no19. Across the street lived the Dobsons at no12, Mrs Dobson ran a window cleaning round that employed quite a few of the local women, for a while I used to collect the window cleaning money for Mrs Dobson. No16 housed the Teasdales, 20 the Wray family and in 22 and 24 lived the Coopers and Woods.
    With regard to the bus services passing through Haverton Hill we were very well served with transport running from the Transporter Bridge to Stockton High Street. There was a service running every 15 minutes that came along Leven Street, St Vincent Street, Marlborough Rd, Belasis Avenue to Greenwood Road and onward to Billingham, Norton and Stockton. The route was service by 2 bus companies alternating each 15 minutes. The United Bus service No 73 was the red bus and the Stockton Corporation service No 2 was the green bus. There was a further hourly service by Middlesbrough Corporation which ran a circular route going through Haverton, Billingham and Middlesbrough. This was the No 11, Blue bus which did not go through St Vincent Street & Marlborough Road but went down the full length of Belasis Ave before turning right up Greenwood Rd.
    In Hope Street there stood the Victory Hall which I believe was once a snooker hall. In later years it housed a roller skating club and a branch of the Army Cadet Force. My Father, Ivan (Jack) Pearce ran the Cadets for many years. The Cadets later moved to a new building at the end on Willow Terrace and High Clarence.
    I have many great memories of living in Haverton and looking at these old photos just unlocks many many memories.
    I have since lived and worked in many parts of the world and still consider that living in Haverton Hill to be the grounding for everything I have subsequently done.

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  12. As i remember the picture house was in front of the hostel, would of closed 56/57. My grandad would take me there every time a John Wayne movie came to Haverton, and of course he would leave me outside the Empire club for a half hour or so prior to movie starting

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  13. The cigarette smoke filtering through the film beam, the wooden seats at the front when it broke down and we kids stamped on the floor. What wonderful times watching those musicals, great little picture house. I remember a picture of Bette Davis on the wall as you sneaked in, ah.

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  14. Lovely photograph, it brought back loads of memories. Thank you very much indeed. I was brought up on Elm Street in the 1940’s, and attended the Haverton School in Windsor Street. Tommy Beresford was the headmaster and Miss Yuill was the head of the girls school. Could I possibly be put in touch with your correspondent Shirley Dallison as I went to school with her brother Billy, and I have fond memories of her mam Molly and her dad Syd who owned the chip shop on the corner of Ash Street, and who remembers Dallas Crisps? My name is Eddie Rose and I am one of a large family that lived at No. 10 Elm Street. I would love to here from any old Havertonians.

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    • I have a number of photographs of classes of pupils from Haverton schools taken during the 1950s, you may be able to help me to put some names to some of the faces in the photos, there are a few football teams as well as classes and one photo of the teachers including Mr Taylor, Picture Stockton can put you in touch with me if you are interested, I will email the photos to you.

      My Grandparents, Father, Uncles and Aunt all lived in Cleveland Avenue from the 1930s until the late 1950s. My Mothers family lived in Palm Terrace until the mid 1930s, they and my fathers family all moved to Billingham.

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      • Hi Bruce, yes I would like to be in contact with you and please will you send me any photos of Haverton and Haverton School that you have. My name is Eddie Rose, the Picture Stockton team will forward on my email address. Thanks.

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      • I went to Haverton school up till 1955. Teachers were Harry Taylor, John Grey, Mr Summers etc. I would be interested in the school photo’s to help identify people. David Crawford.

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    • Hello, Just been browsing through old photos and comments about Haverton Hill.
      My name is Dennis Brown and I was born in 30 Elm Street, am I right in thinking you are Edmund Rose. We went to Haverton School and when Haverton was demolished I moved to St Vincent Street and your family went to Billingham, Tibbersley Ave. I think it was.

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      • What a pleasant surprise! Yes Dennis I am the Edmund Rose that lived at No. 10 Elm Street. I remember you’re mam and dad very well, especially on Sunday mornings when they would give me a threepenny bit in exchange for the potato peelings and vegetable waste to be fed to his pigs. Times then were very hard for most families, but for a family with eight kids it was cruel. I can vividly recall walking to school with you most days, and that leather helmet you wore, how envious I was. Can you recall playing cowboys on the Bendy, then going to the Marsh and the Big Tip. Sorry about the delay, but I’ve just found this page. I would like very much to contact you again. I hope someone will pass my e-mail to you. Thank you.

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    • I remember Syd putting little pieces of card in the crisp bags with football positions written on them, like left back centre half etc. You had to get a full team plus the referee to get a free bag of crisps. Never did get the Referee, Thats life eh!

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      • Hi David, you may remember me, Edmund Rose, we were in the same class at school. Just a small comment re Dallas crisps, the elusive pieces actually linesmen, and I can assure you (I used to pack these cards) that it was practically impossible to get a full set. Nice to hear from you, please keep in touch.

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  15. I do remember going to Haverton Hill my dad would take me and my brother for haircuts at the barbers. My dads family live in Haverton Hill one of my brothers was born there.

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  16. It was on Tees Street, just a little way up from the Post Office, and opposite Mrs Marleys sweet shop. So you got your sweets then went to the pictures.

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  17. The picture house was on Tees Street very close to the Hostel. There was a bus on Marlborough Road. After we moved from Clarence Street we lived on The Hill and caught the bus opposite the Methodist Chapel. There was a bus shelter opposite the Chapel. I stood in it many times. Are you a relative of Jean and Audrey Coleman? I was very friendly with them. I am now in Canada.

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    • As far as I am aware there are no Colemans called either Jean or Audrey, our family are from Billingham but I have a number of cousins I have not been in touch with for more than 50 years, any of them could have children with those names.

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      • I lived on St Vincent Street between 1964 and 1972. I have created a Facebook group called Former Residents of Haverton Hill. Please join and share your memories. I look forward to seeing more stories and photos.

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    • Hi Shirley, I am on old Havertonian and I can remember your mam and dad Syd and Molly. Your brother Billy and I went to school together. I would like to get in touch

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    • Hi Shirley, I used to live on Elm Street, and I was a childhood mate of your brother Billy, we had great times playing on the Bendy, and on the big tip near the marsh

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  18. I lived in Collingwood Road until we were moved out to Billingham due to ICI pollution when I was 9 years old and I used to take my sister to the pictures I remember it being like a old church building on the corner as you turned to go to the Library in the village on the same side of road that still has the butcher shop open today. The Co-op was on the opposite side just a little way past the pictures.

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