Street Seller, Stockton High Street

An image of an unknown lady. I believe she is possibly a street seller, maybe bread, in Stockton High Street. The fancy building in the top right is now the HSBC Bank, 136 High Street. When the image was taken it would have been the London Joint Stock Bank and would later become Midland Bank. The building next to the bank is still identifiable, the upper window shape and the arched brickwork above is still visible in the building today. Interestingly Milburns, 134 High Street, was a druggists and was on the High Street between 1906 and 1912, so gives a fairly narrow date. Note the ‘ghosts’ in the background, people who have moved while the shutter was open.

Image and details courtesy of Alex Moody and a family friend who lives in Canada.

5 thoughts on “Street Seller, Stockton High Street

    • It looks as if the section closest to the pavement was made of flat rectangular bricks. I wonder if these were the hard wearing bricks made of slag, which were used to surface most of the back streets of Stockton.

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      • Cliff Thornton – I agree they will be. Many back streets were surfaced with them. They are very hard wearing – called ‘Scoria Bricks’ and some of them are still around, particularly in gutters (our road has some in Billingham) and in the Flea Market in Finkle Street. There are some Hexagonal ones – for example in Beamish. The first time I saw old photos of them I thought it was snow, haha! Sometimes we can see them (on old photos) being uplifted while tram tracks were laid, then replaced when the tracks were in place – clever huh? Near the Unicorn on Norton Green tram terminus is an example. I’ve been told they are not easily destroyed, but stink if they crack! A few are collectable – especially if they have the makers name on them!

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