Haverton Hill School c1930s

Haverton Hill School was in Windsor Street, it served both boys and girls but they were segregated, for many years, Les Jobson was headmaster at the boys school and Miss Yule or Yuill (spelling uncertain) was the girls headmistress. Les Jobson later became the first director of the Forum theatre. The school, along with a large part of Haverton Hill disappeared in the 1960s/70s.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Last Day at Debenhams, Stockton 2020

Photographs taken on the final day (Wednesday 15 January 2020) in the life of the store which has probably almost single-handedly kept Stockton High Street afloat over recent years and will be sorely missed by so many people and for so many reasons, including nostalgia by many Picture Stockton visitors.

The store was quite busy with people queuing at the tills waiting to pay for the bargains they had found. But as you can see from the photos the store was very empty and shelves were clear, ready and waiting to be dismantled with the cafe area long gone…

Photographs courtesy of David Thompson.

Class Photograph, Stephenson Hall c1966

Stephenson Hall Class Photograph Stephenson taken in December 1966. I have listed names to faces though not all, and struggled with those that I did…

Back row (l-r); David Shields, Peter Robinson, ??, Terry Gardiner, Walter Dinsdale, ??, Stuart Dickenson, Ian Docherty
2nd Row (l-r); Paul Dodds, Neil Cushin, Brian Duell, Kevin Simpson, Alan Holaway, Dave Hutchinson, ??, ??
3rd Row (l-r); Judith ?, Linda Bean, ??, Valerie Smith, Sylvia ?, Averill ?                      Front Row (l-r); Pat Butler, Margret Gillespie, Lynn Moon, Tommy Coleman, Barbara Thomas, Sandra Todd, Marie Nicholson

Photograph and details courtesy of Neil Cushin.

Harkers Engineering, Church Road, Stockton

The sad demise of a once long standing family company in Stockton-on-Tees. These are some of the last known images of Harkers Engineering taken around 2006, when the machines were being dismantled prior to being shipped to new owners. I worked there from 1987 until 2006. Excellent company to work for during the 80’s and 90’s.

Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Proctor.

Unknown Stage Production c1950s

This photograph shows my mother, Enid Pallant (nee Moss) – fourth from right – in a stage production, probably with Stockton Stage Society, of which I know she was a frequent performer in plays and musicals.

I suspect it dates from the 1950s. I have no more information, I’m afraid, but would be interested to see if anyone can shed some light on it.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mark Pallant.

Surrey Road, Norton early 1960s

This is a postcard of the parade of shops in Surrey Road on the Albany Estate in Norton. The picture is a perfectly good historical image, I have taken many photos of this type over the years, what intrigued me was why would anybody make a postcard of such an image, Norton has many places of interest and there are quite a number of postcards showing The Green, The Alms Houses, The Jubilee Cross and High Street as well as the Church, why Surrey Road?.

The shops themselves are a typical example of many other such shops on very many housing developments, particularly from the late 1940s onward, where I was brought up on the Junction Estate in Billingham we had a row of four shops very similar to these.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Unknown Woman

This photograph (of a woman in my family, I think) was taken in Stockton by Thirlwell & Co, unfortunately I have no date. I’d really like to know who this woman is… It would be interesting to hear from anyone with the surname Duke or Gazey.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kiaya Donnelly.

Workers, Currys Warehouse

This photograph was taken around 1948 at Curry’s warehouse in Castlegate. They stored and distributed foodstuff and other consumables around the area; they were later taken over by SPD who opened a new depot on the Quayside.  My mum is on the left with the red collar inside her overalls, and her name was Beatrice Adams.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jack Adams.

Stockton High Street c1950s

This is a very wide angle shot of the high street, practically all of the East side is visible, even as far as the Victoria buildings and Church.

A recent posting mentioned the Scammel Scarab three wheeled vehicle, one of these is parked at the kerbside, further along is a Wynns heavy haulage wagon, this may also be a Scammel, I am sure somebody will know for certain.

These large heavy haulage vehicles were a fairly common sight in the Teesside area during the 1950s and 1960s, they carried large fabrications into the big industries such as ICI, usually the haulage firms were Pickfords and Sunters.

The number 2 bus ran from Stockton Town Hall to the Transporter Bridge via Norton, Billingham, Haverton Hill and Port Clarence where you could either cross over to Middlesbrough or catch a Hartlepool Corporation bus number 1 which would take you to Seaton Carew.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Mr Robertson and Mr Wilkie, Mill Lane Secondary School, Stockton

A photograph of two fantastic teachers from Mill Lane Secondary School on a summer day trip out to a local farm and taken around 1962/3 maybe.

I’m sure many ex pupils at that time will recognise them both. The teacher on the left is Mr Robertson who I believe took over as head. The teacher on the right is a Mr Wilkie who took us for art. I seem to remember he had a navy background during the war and told many interesting stories.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Moon.

Amateur Radio QSL Card c1933

This is an amateur radio QSL card from 1933. It is the size of a postcard. It was sent by Richard J Bradley who was then living at 5 Roker Terrace, off Yard Road, Stockton. These QSL cards were exchanged by two amateurs when they wanted to confirm that they had been in radio contact. This particular card was sent to G2JY, the registration number of an amateur station operating in Sheffield. This card gives the details of the contact – 13 June 1933 at 22:30hrs, using Morse Code.
It provides the receiving station with a report on his radio signal, and states what receiving and transmitting equipment G2FO was using. The amateur even sends a short message to his contact which bears comparison with today’s text speak, it reads;
Mni tnx fr QSO OB Hpe cu agn sn, cheerio!” which can be read as “Many thanks for the radio contact old boy. Hope to see you again soon, cheerio!”

Image and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.