This photograph shows ‘Just Pants Plus’ (140 High Street) and ‘Ratners, Jewellers of Repute’ (141 High Street). Ratners later fell into disrepute after its chairman denigrated the quality of its products. Ratners is on the corner of Ropery Street, which is now Stockton’s shortest street.
Photograph and details courtesy of Alec Moody.
Is Ropery Street the shortest street? Could it bet Regent Street (the next street south) or Little Brown Street at the other end of the High Street?
I guess if you only count the bit of Ropery Street that is accessible to the public, then it’s a very short street, as a few feet in from the High Street end it’s gated off.
There’s a good picture of 140 & 141 before it got converted from a house into a shop here:
You can clearly see that the original window openings on the 1st & 2nd floor are the same, and they are still like this in 2021.
OS Durham Sheet L, published in 1859 show the “Rope Walk” here to be over a 1000ft long.
I remember the Great Loon Pants Scandal