Two images of Finkle Street, the Newhouse image is dated c1954 and the other is approximately the late 1960’s. There are three arched windows clearly visible on the corner building on both images and Ronald Cowan architects can be seen on the left of the Newhouse image, which confirms the images were taken from approximately the same location. There is a dummy facade clearly visible on the top of the corner building but it doesn’t appear on any of the other Finkle Street shots I have seen, possibly erected by Newhouse’s.
However the Newhouse image is causing me a puzzle. In Stockton Reference Library is a copy of “Occupational History of the High Street – Book 1.” The corner shop is 48 High Street and the entry for that address and time period states:
1910 – 58: R Medd & Co, drapers and furriers.
1958 – 68: Charles Clinkard, shoes.
In 1968 the building was vacated in preparation for demolition prior to the construction of the Castle Centre.
There is no mention of J Newhouse Ltd. for that address.
Can anyone help clear up this mystery? Also can anyone identify the make of vehicle just visible at the end of the street?
Photographs and details courtesy of Alex Moody.