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  1. Hello. I am looking for photos of Summerhouse Square in Norton ideally between 1900 and 1950 but definitely before the older houses were knocked down. At lest 3 generations of my family lived there in the early 20th century. I have found a photo of the square in 1970 on this site but it would be really good to see any others, if anyone can help. Thanks. Jane

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  2. Do you have any information on Ellen Murray, who was age 9 in the Stockton workhouse in 1891? She may have been my grandmother. Her father was Martin Murray, who worked in a local ironworks

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    • There are two Ellen Murrays of a similar age in Stockton in the 1891 census. The one you mention was born in Hartlepool and is in the workhouse along with 4 other Murray children ranging from 13yrs to 2 mnths. The other Ellen is reported as being 10 yrs old, born Liverpool, and is listed as ‘niece’ to 46yr old Ellen Murray, (whose husband was at sea) living at 9 Cardigan St, Stockton. My email address is bob.easby@ntlworld.com if you would like some help researching one of these

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  3. Hello I’m looking for any pictures and any information of lustrum hall it was on the corner of St Paul’s Road and Bishopton Road Stockton. Itt burnt down in. I was staying there with my mother and siblings in 1991

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    • I lived in Bishopton Road, and as a child we called Lustrum Hall “The Vicky”, though are the time it was used as the Domestic Science Dept. Of Richard Hinds Girls School.
      Presumably it was a vicarage well before the 1950s.
      There was as tennis court in the grounds facing Lustrum Back. The grounds went down Borton’s Bank to a little stream that flowed Into a culvert under Bishopton Road and then into the Beck near Brown’s Bridge.
      There were iron railings on the Road side and a high brick wall around the other three sides. We climbed over the wall wherever there was no broken glass cemented to the top. We made dens in the undergrowth at the bottom of the hill, and played tennis on the court until we were chased off.
      No idea which church such a grand vicarage was attached to, though it did give its name to the surrounding streets. Bishopton Road used to be known as Vicarage Terrace.
      HTH, Chris Little

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  4. I am trying to trace any puctures of The Stockton Arms in William Street. I believe it was demolished circa 1982; I ask as my Great Great Grandmother (Bertha Peacock) ran it, then latterly my Great Grandfather, Benny Thompson.

    Thank you

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  5. I am trying to research my family tree and my paternal grandparents William and Janet (nee Duffy) Hayes lived at 24 Buchanon Street Stockton on Tees, they were definitely there in 1919 and then went on to run the Buck Inn in Sadberge. My father, William Matthew was one of 4 children (Vera, Desmond and Avril) of William and Janet. I dont know much more than this! I live in the South and must have cousins still in the area!

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    • Hello Sue,

      I have sent some information that may be of some help to your research to your email.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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    • Can anyone help me find where My grandfather is buried please, or any press reports. Thomas Smith Son of Henry Smith Iron Founder died Apr 1893 aged 29 he worked for his Dad at Eaglescliffe Foundry on Yarm Road TIA

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      • Hi, I found that if you know the year of death, the register office people will inform you where he is buried for free, if you don’t know the year, there is a fee. I have emailed them on more than one occasion with simlar requests, and they sent me details of cemetery, plot number and maps.

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      • Records indicate that a 29 year old Thomas Smith was buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees in 1893. For further details enquire via Stockton Registry Office as they hold the records for the Oxbridge Lane Cemetery.

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      • Hi Mike,

        Looking on the Stockton Roots website, we have found that Thomas Smith was buried in Stockton’s Oxbridge Lane cemetery on 7 April 1893.

        I have had a look through the local newspapers that we hold on microfilm in the Reference Library but I haven’t been able to find any mention of his death reported in them.

        I hope that this helps.

        Kind regards,
        Hannah
        Library & Information Assistant

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        • Please can anyone advise the precise location of “Eaglescliffe foundry” in Yarm Road – cited recently, e.g. an OS map reference, please?

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            • The Iron Foundry was situated directly behind the Eaglescliffe Hotel on Yarm Road, before the housing estate was built It occupied a site of approx 5 acres and filled the space between the two railway lines There was a small street with 6 houses on it directly behind the Hotel that were occupied by some of the foundry workers. It was called Northall Street a name given by the foundry owner Henry Smith my Gt Gt Grandfather it was an old family name. One of Henry`s sons was killed with others when a storm caused the building to collapse in 1881 .The foundry had its own railway sidings and 3 blast furnaces I have more info if you want to contact me. .

              On Mon, 18 Jan 2021 at 15:03, Picture Stockton Archive wrote:

              > Cliff Thornton commented: “Colin, do not be confused by the name, as it > nowhere near Eaglescliffe or Egglescliffe. You will find it on the map at > https://maps.nls.uk/view/100941551 Follow the L.N.E.R. railway track up > the page, and you will find the Ironworks just where the track ” >

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  6. Does anybody have any information about a railway accident at Belasis Lane Halt, I have a photograph which shows two locomotives both facing the same direction, they both are coupled to goods wagons, one of the loco’s has mounted the platform, the other is on the track with a bogie jammed under the front wheels.

    In the background is the railway bridge on Belasis Lane with sightseers looking down on the accident.

    The sign board on the platform reads as follows:-

    BILLINGHAM-ON-TE
    HAVERTON H
    BELASIS LAN

    the right hand side of the board is out of the shot

    I have reason to believe the incident took place in the 1930s, I sent the image to Picture Stockton just before I went on holiday in February 2020, I returned in the middle of March slap bang into the first lockdown, the image hasn’t been used, possibly it never got there.

    I have looked on the Internet and found reams of information on railway accidents but can’t find anything about this one.

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  7. It had been a children’s home for a long time . My dad grew up in Oxbridge and attended Oxbridge school. He would of left there about 1942-1943? . He had friends from the home at the time. Also years later my late mother worked in the home in the late 70’s into the 80’s as what they called a house parent. I don’t remember when it closed but it has been a care home for the elderly for many years.

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    • Hi. I am trying to get some history about a timber yard opposite the bus station and next to a railway, near a river bridge in Stockton. My parents were there in 1953/4/5 as caretakers. There was a fire and both were sacked due to my father’s incompetence. We lived in the house, owned by the timber yard, on the main road there. My parents names were Ethel and Thomas Williams. Any info would be most welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

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        • Hi Maureen. Thank you for this information. Do you know anything else about the place. I’m writing a book on our family life from 1909 to 1959. My kind regards. Betty

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      • Betty, I recall that there was a timber yard just downstream from the Victoria Bridge, on the Stockton side of the river. It was almost opposite the bus depot in Boathouse Lane, and was probably served by the branch railway line that ran through to Stockton Quay, crossing Bridge Road at St John’s Crossing.

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        • Many thanks for this info, I will incorporate it into my memoir for my mother. Do you know anything else about that site – any photos. It was fairly grim there. My kind regards, Betty

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        • Wasn’t the timber place near the Victoria Bridge, and bus depot, ‘Doves’ or something similar? It was also next to St.John’s railway crossing.

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            • J T Dove’s Builders Merchant had a depot on the corner of Boathouse Lane and Bridge Road over the road from the dole office and down from St John’s railway crossing. Some years ago they moved from there to a purpose built building at Portrack near the prison.

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  8. Hello, could someone please tell me how I can send a personal message to another subscriber? He left a message NONE YEARS AGO, and I have just replied, but I am worried he might not check back that far. He wanted family information an I think I am his second cousin. Thank you.

    Martin Watson

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    • Martin you need to e-mail Picture Stockton at pictures@stockton.gov.uk
      Give them the e-address of the page where you found the subscriber you want to contact, as well as the name of the subscriber. And give them a message to forward on to the other subscriber. If Picture Stockton still has records from so lomg ago they will forward your message to the other subscriber. Just keep your fingers crossed that they have not changed their e-address in the intervening years! Good Luck.

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  9. TILERY: Herron Street or herring Street, we used to live at number 1. Circa 1960
    there must have been a piece on the bulldozing of it? We were the last house standing because ‘they’ said the houses in thie street were ‘unfit for habitation’…. nobody was going to get away with saying that on my mams watch! The council finally agreed to give her a more than fair offer and a new house in Scurfied Road, Hardwick was thrown into the deal. 🙂

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    • Hello Carol,

      Looking through our cuttings books I have found a notice regarding the compulsory purchase order for 1 Herring Street which was published in the Evening Gazette on 2 October 1961.

      The houses remained empty for quite a while and were not demolished until 1970 as reported by the Evening Gazette on 14 September 1970.

      I have sent a copy of the article to you in the hope that it may be of some interest.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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  10. Hello,

    Does anyone have any information of Wilyman & son?
    Ive found some names on a wall on my house in Hartburn and im interested in finding history on my property & Wilyman & son

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    • Hello Lewis,

      I believe that Wilyman & Son were painting contractors located at 14 Nelson Terrace in Stockton. There is a picture of the premises that can be found if you type ‘Wilyman’ into the search box at the top right hand side of this page.

      Wilyman was John Edward Wilyman, born about 1877 in Robin Hoods Bay, and his son was Harry Wilyman, who was born about 1903 in Stockton-on-Tees.

      On the 1911 census, John Edward’s occupation is given as a painter and house decorator. The Ward’s Directory for that year has his premises as 12A Albert Road and he has moved to 14 Nelson Terrace by the time the 1921-22 Ward’s Directory was published.

      John Edward died in 1952, and it appears that his wife, Jenny, took over the premises as she is listed there in the 1955-56 Curtis Directory.

      With regards to the history of your house, if you could email your address to us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk we can have a look through our records for you.

      I hope that this information is of some help to your research.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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    • Hello Jean, do you have any further information about John? Any more information such as his birth year or a time period for when he was an innkeeper would help us with our search.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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  11. Hi
    Does anyone have any old pictures of the old victorian terraced houses on darlington lane norton ( nr st joseph school ) . It used to ge called claremont terrace in 1900 s.
    Thanks

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  12. Stockton u3a is doing a project about Stockton High Street and the changes in it. My part is the study of the royal Oak. I have been rather unsuccessful so far. I have taken photographs of the front and of the back. In the Stockton Picture Archive photograph bay windows are shown to the first floor and dormer windows in the roof. There is no date on this photograph so I can estimate the time of the alterations (and anything else)
    Anne Meek

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    • Anne, you can look for entries concerning the Royal Oak in the “Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough” which was the forerunner of today’s Evening Gazette. Several organisations have digitised the newspaper from 1870 to 1900, and these can usually be consulted online via a pc at Stockton Local Library. You will find all sorts of references to the Royal Oak which will put it in context with the local community.

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      • Anne Meek – re your enquiry about the ‘Royal Oak’ I have been studying local pubs, inns and taverns in the last few years and have quite a list. The name of the Royal Oak was originally the Star and Garter. Do you want me to email my list to your email address? I’d like to point out that if you join ‘Stockton Memorabilia’ Malcolm Corner has put on quite a lot of information as he has lived in Stockton since he was born in 1935 and still going strong. I discovered that there was 32 pubs and inns within walking distance of the Hi St in 1805 yet there was only about 4001 residents in the whole of Stockton! Best wishes, Mandy Wood P:S I still have a long way to go amassing more photos and pics.

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    • Anne Meek – I have been studying local history for a few years now, just for my own interest. I have a list of pubs and taverns and some photos and pictures including the Royal Oak. I suggest you could try Stockton Memorabilia and similar sites. My list goes back to 1805. I like the social history side of it, and the strange thing is I don’t even drink alcohol, haha! The Royal Oak was originally called ‘the Star and Garter’ I will send you my lists via email if you wish. Cheers, Mandy Wood

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  13. hello i am looking for info on Alan (Blackie) Sanderson who played bass guitar with the Gamblers and Backed Billy Fury on tour also on the film I’Ve Gotta Horse, does anybody know of his whereabouts, love to chat with him

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    • Hello, after a little bit of research I found that Alan was born in 1941 in Newcastle, making him about 79 years old now.
      I found a marriage in Newcastle in 1974 for an Alan Sanderson to Sheila Stephenson which could be him, but cant find anything to confirm that. If it is the right one then they had a son named Paul which might help you find him.
      I did however also find a death for an Alan Sanderson in Newcastle in 1993. Again, this may not be the Alan you are looking for.
      Have you a friend in common that might be able to help you?

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  14. Can you please tell me the name of a builders plumbing merchant 1980 s were the great out doors are situated porttrack lane stockton

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    • Hello Derek, I have found the name of several plumbers and builders merchants during the 1980’s, in Portrack, but none on the exact site of Go Outdoors. A few are on the opposite side of the road and some on Portrack Lane itself.
      Here are the names:
      Dunwoodie & Co., Crossling-Potter Cowan, Joseph Parr, Raylor’s, and Sabah Timber & Builders Merchant.
      I hope this helps

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      • I’m certain it was Wares & Bartlett . I worked next door in late 70s at JW Wells Shopfitters in the building that is Franks flooring now . Wares & Bartlet I think a Bristol company we’re in next door building . I thinkbexame UBS Wares after that and a company merge . It did get knocked down I’m sure for The now car park where current Go outdoors is situated

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    • Hello

      I remember this plumbers merchants being built in about 1965, I remember the original name was three letters, and I have a feeling it was called Sankey at some point.

      I worked over the other side of Portrack lane and one of my workmates went to work at the plumbers merchant.

      It was built next to Joshua Wilson, grocery wholesalers, Franks Factory Flooring is now on that site, next to Wilsons was a small road which is still there and then Martins Trucks, they were main agents for Bedford commercial vehicles, this is about where McDonalds is now, behind Martins was a haulage company, I think it may have been Robinsons, but I’m not certain, the access to the hauliers was from the roundabout where Portrack Lane, Haverton Hill Road, Fleet Road and Newport Bridge Approach Road met.

      There were quite a number of units on that section of Portrack Trading Estate to the East of Lustrum Beck, Adams sweet factory, Meridian Clothing, Serck Services, Horsfall and Garnett, and Lionweld, plus a couple of others I’ve forgotten .

      Bruce

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    • The builders merchant you refer to which stood on the site of the now GoOut doors was UBM (United Builders Merchants). The builders merchants which Julie refers to in her 27th November reply are as follows: Crossling-Potter Cowan and Joseph Parr are still trading on Portrack estate. Dunnwoodie was taken over by Sabah Timber who’s history is as follows. Isaac Robson who traded on bridge road was taken over by Sankeys who was owned by the Coal board. Because of a compulsory development purchase order Isaac’s moved to longlands road Middlesbrough and eventually ceased trading. Sabah Timber who’s principal business was timber plantations who’s parent company was Harrison and Crossfield opened a trading arm of builders merchants through acquisitions which eventually collated all of the individual company trading titles into the one trading title of Harcros ( A derivative of Harrison and Crossfield ) In the nineties Harcros acquired Crossley Builders Merchants and latterly Harcros merged with Jewson and the rest is history.

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  15. I’m trying to find photos , articles or info on an event my 94 year old Dad Bob Bailey Senior was involved in during 1966. You’ll see in photos he played Ten Pin Bowling at a high level for Club Fiesta & Co Durham , locally , UK wide & a little in Europe.
    This was during 1962sh through to early 70s .
    In 1966 there was a Club Team tournament held at Billinghams Brunswick Ten Pin Alley . Teams from UK and various parts of The world including a USA navy team played for a World Cup trophy. Club Fiesta as they tended to do swept all aside and won . See the first photo , the trophy includes on the top of it a replica of The Footy WC Jules Remit .
    This is actually the only part left in my home.

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  16. I’m struggling to find Arthur Lenham (1920-1990) Stockton-on-Tees all his life. According to various members of his extant family, he served in Burma in WW2. Did he or didn’t he?

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    • David C – Do you know which regiment he served with – or at least more details. My father served with the RAF and DID serve in Burma (now Myanmar) but most of his Raf was in other places, i.e. India and Scotland. His Date and place of would also help.. Unlike WW1 because some people are still alive, WW2 is data protected. I’m lucky my father kept his record himself, and I found it with his papers after he passed away.

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      • Thanks Mandy, all I can find is – Gunner RFA 1462927 in 1946 online. However, another contact of mine couldn’t find an Arthur Lenham with that number but an Alfred Lenham and no mention of Burma service!? I’m sure he has living relatives but I’ve been unable to track any down. The space in my family tree must remain unfilled apart from his dates of birth/death and his marriage.

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        • Another possible link in this quagmire – (Thomas) Arthur Lenham 1887-1947. Served in WW1 and ended the war with the 1915 Star, the War Medal and the Victory Medal. He’d served as a Driver in the Royal Field Artillery, number 82988.

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          • Hi David,
            it seems very likely that Thomas A LENHAM is Arthur LENHAM’s Father, (maybe you already knew that, if so, my apologies.)
            From Arthur’s birth registration index, his Mothers Maiden name is MATCHETT.
            Thomas A LENHAM married Margaret MATCHETT at Middlesbrough in 1911.
            Children’s birth’s registered in the name of LENHAM, Mothers Maiden MATCHETT at Stockton are:-
            1912 William
            1914 Hilda
            1917 Elsie
            1920 Arthur
            1922 Margaret
            1927 John
            1932 Thomas.
            Hope that helps.

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            • Yes thanks I have that. I’m going to have to look at Arthur’s life in Watford in 1939. Watford was an enlistment hub for the army. That’s where the story takes me. I’ll copy you and your readers on progress.

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    • Hi David C,
      I found an Arthur Lenham in the 1939 Register at a Watford address, occupation Bricklayer.
      His date of birth is identical to that of Arthur Lenham who’s death was registered at Central Cleveland (Stockton?) in Q4 of 1990, so I would think this is the same person, so maybe this is somewhere to extend your search.
      I hope that helps.

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        • David C – many reasons people why move… Often it’s jobs or to get married. In this case it could have even been when he joined the forces.

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        • Hi David,
          The address on the 1939 Register is 34 Cecil Street. Watford.
          Others at the same address were:-
          Walter BENNETT – b1872, Retired
          Harriet BENNETT – b1875, Domestic duties
          Mary CHILVERS – b1895, Egg Cracker in factory
          George V DENTON – b1919, Instrument maker
          Willie OGLEY – b1916, Aero Fitter

          If you ask “Picture Stockton” for my email address, I can forward to you copies of the entry.
          Cheers, Ian Cartwright

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  17. Good evening, I was hoping that you would have some photos for 5 Rugby street West Hartlepool from around 1911 and 13 and a half and 14 Farrer street Stockton on Tees from 1850 to 1950 and if you have any photos or information on the Empress of Hartlepool which ran aground on the Goodwin sands December 1862.
    All the information is for my wife Susan’s family.
    Kind regards
    Mervyn Jones

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    • Mervyn, Google lists all of the ships that were sunk around the UK in 1862.Sorry to say that a ship called Empress from Hartlepool is not listed amongst those ships that were lost in December or in any other month of that year.

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      • Thank you Cliff we have found a probate in 18799aaying he died December 1862 on Goodwin sands. And his ship is in the Lloyd’s list
        You are right that there is nothing on google Mervyn

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  18. Im trying to find any old images of the land around the Citroen and Mercedes garage on Yarm Road and wondering if you could help me, was it a petrol station that was between the buildings in the past ?

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  19. Hello, we are trying to remember the name of a Doctors surgery from 1970 ish they were based in the Victorian houses on Paradise row, (Norton Road) Norton, Stockton, next to St Marys RC church. My mam said after they closed she went to Queens Park Medical centre on Farrer Street.

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    • A small correction first, if I may. Paradise Row is in essence what was the road from the Parish Church to Maritime Road. It is now part of Church Road.
      The Doctors surgery was Manners and Harrison. Dr Manners previously had a surgery at 1, St Annes Terrace in Portrack (my parents bought the house from him)

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      • If its the one ime think it is it was Dr Ridell and Dr Andersons practice i was a patient there myself then went onto Queens Park Med Centre .

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        • Immediately to the right of St Mary’s RC Church stands Victoria Terrace. Dr Marquis had a practice in one those houses about 1960.

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          • Yes! The surgery in Norton Road was manned over time by clearly-recalled Doctors (in the following order): Harkness, Brice (Bryce?), J. Scott-Riddell and Anderson. I recall seeing the first three with “me mam”, except latterly Ca. 1968 when – then a very promising champion short-distance racing cyclist (it never happened!) with a schoolmate who WAS a champion sprinter, one Eric Short. I consulted Dr Anderson regarding a chronic ‘dragging’ pain deep within one of my knees until it clicked. Thank heaven I never took this further, i.e. surgery and my ‘dodgy’ kneecap held-up until I packed-in in late 1971 to move to the Colchester area with my first promotion. There was a pet shop opposite the surgery, in which I think one of my cousins worked. N.B. Although I have some fond memories, leaving the Stockton area was one the best things I ever did, quickly meeting The Love of My Life…

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        • You are right, Dr Riddell was Scott Riddell and Dr Anderson was David i believe? Sadly Dr Anderson died of Hepatitis which he contracted while working in North Tees Hospital. Doctor Riddell assisted my Mother whilst giving birth to me at home in Gilmour street Thornaby 73 years ago and Dr Anderson assisted my Wife while giving birth to our Son in North tees Hospital 43 years ago. Doctor Manners retired from the Queens Park Practice some years ago and had some sort of dog kennels in Aislaby Yarm, Dr Mark Hulyer took over from Dr Manners in Queens Park and is now the senior Doctor there. i believe.the building of the old practice on Norton road is still there ?

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  20. Message from Alan Wilkinson:

    Does anyone have any pictures of Manor House Farm, Yarm Road, Stockton or the surrounding area? Or any memories? It was demolished in 1965. It is now a Lidl supermarket. I was brought up there – my father was the farmer. I have realised that I have very few photos or information on my old home.

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  21. It’s still there, now called Haverton Hill Hotel. Used to have exotic dancers doing a turn on a Friday lunch time when the local engineering works were busy

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  22. Can anyone recall the seedy pub/bar called the Blue Windows in Port Clarence in the 60’s/70’s. Not sure if that was it’s real name but my now deceased husband spent many after hours there in our early courting years. Or at least that’s what he told me.
    Thanks

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  23. I am trying to find out what sort of accident happened to my 2nd great uncle, Herbert Easby. The INSCRIPTION on his gravestone in Oxbridge cemetery reads:-“Herbert beloved husband of Ellen Easby. Who was accidentally killed Feb 13th, 1913 Aged 26 years. This stone was erected as a tribute of respect by his fellow workers and sincere friends”. Records show he was possibly a drayman. I was sure an accidental death would have been reported in the local press, butI looked into old copies of the gazette, and may have missed the story. Anyone got access to old newspapers??

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  24. Hi there, in the 1960s and 70s I was in a children’s home in Stockton. It was known as a family group home. 48 Windsor Road. It was a block of four houses 44, 46, 48, 50,, I lived there for most of my young life and I believe now it’s an old peoples home. Could anybody confirm that. X

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    • You are correct. The two homes near the Oxbridge Lane were for the boys and the two near the park for girls. My wife, who lived nearby, recalls a brother and sister who only saw each other at school. It stood empty for many years, when such children’s homes were out of ‘fashion’, before becoming a private old folks home.

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    • Is anything known about a Norton dentist, a Dr Katz who probably practised at what is now The Grange? This would be in the mid-1930s. He and his wife were Jewish, probably from Poland.

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    • Hello, Bernadette yes it is a care home for the elderly now I too spent a fair amount of time there on/off up to the age of 7yrs. ’57 to ’64
      I went to visit approx 12yrs ago, i had a nostalgic look around. Social services kindly arranged the visit. I went to see my old bedroom, it was a comforting visit. The room was just the same as i remembered it only the ceilings were lowered
      (easier to heat). I got a lump in my throat when I went to see ‘our bathroom” just for a moment I could see the tablets of toothpaste on the sinks and hear children’s voices chattering. 🙂
      My numerous stays there were always nice but I preferred being home.

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      • Hi Carol, just read ur post about childrens home, i know my 2 older sisters were in a home but dont know exactly whereabouts, it wud have been 1950’s or maybe early 1960’s, they were identical twins known as Florence and Sandra Rayner, they were known as the Rayner twins, wondering if u can recall them or their names, many thanks

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        • It would be interesting to know how long this home has been here.My mother in law was in a care home from 1926 until her 16th birthday in 1939 when she went to work as a maid in Corbridge Northumberland. Are there any records from this period. Regards Raymond

          Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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        • Sadly can’t help with this one, I remember a few characters but not their names now. Social services gave me a photo of a couple of children who were there when I was but I didn’t recognise them. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Perhaps social services can help you out. They have details and backgrounds of all the children stored on microfiche,/microfilm I learned a thing or two about my life reading through the entries!!

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          • Hi Carol, thankyou for ur reply, all i know is my sisters used t tell me they were taken to a place with a green door, we lived in haverton hill at that time.Will keep in mind what u suggested re social services, Thankyou.

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  25. Hello – I’m researching old pubs and taverns which were in the Stockton and Norton area pre 1900… I came in person to the ref. library a year or two ago and Hannah kindly sent me a copy-righted list which includes some photo and name changes… I am adding to the list as I find out more… My question is: There was a pub on Norton Road called ‘The Locomotive’ according to the Trades directory 1848… As I can’t come during lockdown I am hoping someone can give me some further info. It is unlikely there are any photos because of the date, unless it was still open a few decades later… Anyone out there know anything? Considering the Locomotion (Locomotive) was developed in Stockton by Richard Trevithick I’m a bit surprised more is not known about it. Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi, please note regarding early railway locomotives, history will confirm that the engine known as “Locomotion No. 1” was designed and built by the Stephensons, i.e. George and his son Robert.

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      • Thanks – but history will also tell you that it was the Stephensons who ‘pinched’ the idea from Richard Trevithick (I don’t think he’d patented it). It’s a pub called ‘the Locomotive’ which I’m trying to find photos or at least details of. I have a £2.00 coin which has a picture on it along with his name, celebrating his invention. Martin Spires has kindly contacted me via ‘messenger’ and says it was on Tilery Road, near Stewart St.

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        • Thanks. The real (true) and detailed answer(s) to this will undoubtedly lie in the vastness of the 780 pages of William Weaver Tomlinson’s (history of the) North Eastern Railway. (His extensive footnotes on many pages simply fascinate.) I recall buying this hefty tome one chilly winter evening when lodging at York way-back in 1977 when seeking wider experience in track & earthworks engineering and have yet to complete the reading thereof. I was recalled from my hopeful secondment away from Essex supported by the formidable Brian Davis when my wife was diagnosed with “Big C” after a severe bout of chickenpox – and well – “that was that”. Tomlinson was stated to have eventually ‘tired’ in his penmanship and that this clearly showed. Beyond this, once an avid railway historian, enthusiast and widely-travelled amateur sound recordist during the demise of steam, and now over 70, I can no longer be bothered undertaking further research. There may anyway be more than one “correct” explanation as to how things worked out in the end. Best of luck.

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          • Colin Thompson – thanks for your very comprehensive reply . I know nothing about engineering, (I am a retired typist) but I am interested in it – if you see what I mean! I am proud that Stockton on Tees is famous for the steam engine. Several of my ancestors worked on the railways when it was a much more popular method of transport. Sadly some of them died doing their jobs when H & S was much less of a consideration than now. My research will have to be on hold for now during Covid, but I will certainly take your comments into account when it’s over and take this into our local research library. You sound much more experienced and knowledgeable than me. Thanks again

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      • Thanks ever so much Maureen Walker. I have got a message kindly sent by Martin Spires via messenger and he says it was on the corner of Stewart St, off Tilery Road. I am hoping to get pictures however old of it along with dates.

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    • Hi Mandy, the first mention of the Locomotive that I can find is in the 1847 White’s Trade Directory, when a John Brown is listed as the proprieter and horse breaker.
      Then in 1851 William Gladstone and 1861 Elizabeth Turnbull. It was located close to the Clarence Railway, next to Albert Terrace on Norton Road. Possibly opposite Major Street but as the terraces are not marked on the map its difficult to confirm that.
      There is no further mention of the Locomotive but I did find a New Locomotive listed at Tilery Road in 1881.
      We are still answering enquiries in the Reference Library so just email us at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk if you have any questions.

      Julie

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      • Julie Allinson – thanks ever so much for your reply. That has certainly expanded my info and I’ll be able look it up on the censuses. A chap called ‘Martin Spires’ has also responded via ‘messenger) with (hopefully pics) as his parents used to used the ‘New Locomotive’ when they lived in Tilery. He says it was on the corner of Stewart St, off Tilery Road corner. I don’t really know WHY, but I like the social side of old pubs and taverns as they were the hub of the community many years ago.

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      • Hi Julie,
        Before I get dropped off this site again! Try British (English Archives) new geofencing mapping project. The is a public house where Railway Street meets Norton Road on 1839 25 inch map and on 1899 6 inch map.

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        • Thanks very much for your info Derek Wade, it is appreciated. I have made a note of it and will look it up on old documents.

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      • Thanks for this Avril – You are the second person to say exactly where the LOCOMOTIVE was, so I’m hoping to find out more after lockdown when I can go to the ref library in Stockton – Cheers – Can you remember roughly when this was that your Gran and Grandad used it please? Even the decade would do

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  26. I am interested in the F Hills & Sons Ltd. timber company based at Trafford Park Industrial estate who built some wooden aircraft in the 1930s and during the Second World War. I would welcome seeing any photos of such aircraft or pieces being made in the factory or any comments from former workers during those times. Also of interest would be a list of types manufactured.

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    • Hi Paddy,

      I have forwarded some information that we have found within the Reference Library to your email.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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      • Hi @Hannah, this would also be of great interest to me. My father worked at Hills during the war in the drawing office calculating twist on the air screws (propellers) they made for the Spitfire and Hurricane. Any info on employees, pictures of the factory, drawing office, any other info on them during the war would be amazing.

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        • Hi

          I have uploaded a postcard of Hills factory, you or anybody who is interested can download it from this address.

          https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ajpj0BgkXQUQgzw9CkphA4CobzcQ?e=gXaf8H

          The quality is not brilliant and there is some very small text at the bottom left hand corner, this says “Offices Of Messrs Blaire & Company Marine Engineers, Stockton On Tees.”

          The architect is referenced : T.W.T. Richardson, Architect, Stockton- On- Tees.

          There is also the following notation:

          ‘Artificial Stonework by Bolckow Vaughan & Company Ltd, Middlesbrough’

          The company were replaced by Hills at some point, the building is instantly recognisable as the frontage of Hills Doors.

          I don’t have a date for the image but it must have been fairly early in the 20th Century.

          If you can’t download the image you can contact me at the following address.

          billinghamlad@gmail.com

          I will email it to you if you wish.

          Bruce

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  27. Hi I was wondering if you can help. I’m come across a letter from Bingham’s Trevelyan Hotel Ltd in stockton on tees dated April 18 1931.But I can’t seem to find any pictures or an address of where it might of been your help would be much appreciated.

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    • Hi Jane, the Trevelyan Hotel was on Church Road. If you use the search facility in the top right of this site you will find photographs of the hotel.

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  28. Hello,

    Do you have any old photos of Hartburn Lane
    A bit more specific the row of houses on the right hand side coming from Yarn Road/ Hartburn Lane?

    I’ve just bought 11A Hartburn Lane and want as much history a possible!

    Thanks

    Regards

    Lewis Mongon

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    • Hello

      I have a photo of the junction of Yarm Road and Hartburn Lane showing a service bus that ran from Yarm to Stockton, the photo was taken from the Richard Hind side of the road looking towards Yarm, the first two houses on the left of Hartburn Lane a clearly visible, the photo is from around about 1910, judging by the style of the bus and the clothing of the people in the photo.

      You can contact me here: billinghamlad@gmail.com

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  29. Not sure right place to ask. Trying to find out about a fishing accident that happened in about 1914, in Seaton Carew, resulting in two deaths.

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    • Hi Pat, local newspapers would be the best source of information. If you have the date in 1914 when the accident occurred I am happy to check our newspaper archives. Please reply to reference.library @stockton.gov.uk .
      Alternatively, you could check the British Newspaper Archive at the following address:
      https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

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  30. Our matriarchal name (on my father’s side) is stockton. I know we had a fruit and veg business in Stoke on trent (C194) , if anybody has any information, family history or records of be very grateful.

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  31. Hi I am looking for family history information. James Smith born 1855- died 1923 married Sarah Pickering born 1859. Had 11 children 2 died. (this family lived at 77 California Street, Great Ayton)the children were Rosetta, Susannah, Joseph, George, Emily, Ethel, Ada, Florence, James, Evelyn, John.
    Rosetta is my focus she had a daughter Eliza Emily Smith in 1897. Eliza lived with her grandparents Sarah and James who moved to 101 Gilmour Street Thornaby in 1901 (father unknown on birth certificate). I’m not sure why Rosetta left her but she moved to Harrogate and worked as a servant. Eliza had a son Noel Smith 1921 my grandfather (father unknown on his birth certificate, Elizas occupation on Noels birth certificate was trained nurse). This is where the trail ends on Eliza. Eliza gave Noel to Rosetta and she raised him in Harrogate with her new family the Potters 65 North Lodge, Harrogate. On Noels marriage certificate his father is named as Thomas Smith (deceased) but I cannot link a Thomas Smith in anywhere so I think this may be wrong. If anyone has any further information on this family it would be great to know as my father grew up wondering who his dad’s family were, Noel died when my dad was 3 and I we discovered last year that Rosetta was his grandmother. He lived with her but they called her Mrs Potter so he had no idea about Eliza.

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    • I have an original photograph taken at 20 Gilmour Street about 1905 of a young woman in a shop doorway. The shop sign reads: J.Smith Glazier and Picture Frame Maker. Could this be the shop of James Smith ?

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    • I have a photograph of a young women in a shop doorway at 20 Gilmour Street taken about 1905 the sign above reads: J.Smith Glazier and Picture Frame Maker. Could this be the shop of James Smith and the woman his partner? I’d be happy to let you have a copy if it is.

      Kind regards

      Derek Smith

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  32. Just wondering if anyone has any info on the old black farm in Portrack, my great relatives Ada Armatage and William Hart They lived there early 1900’s (1912) any info or photos will be appreciated

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  33. Hello! I’m trying to find out the name of my great Grandmother. Her surname was Lee and she had a Daughter named Doreen Lee who then married and became Doreen Harrison. Doreen passed away in poplars care home in Thornaby in November 2016.

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    • Chloe, I believe that your grandmother was Lilian Nichol, born 19 December 1914. She married Thomas Lee (b. 2 August 1912) at Stockton in Spring 1932.

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  34. I’m keen to find any evidence of a fish shop on Trafalgar St (presumably fish and chips) run by Ellen/Nellie Brannan/Brennen somewhere around 1910.

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    • Hi Alex,
      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have looked at the Trafalgar Street entries in the 1909 and 1912 Ward Directories, but the only entry that I can find relating to fish is for a Mrs A. Close of 18 Trafalgar Street who was a fried fish dealer.

      I also tried looking under the name Brannan/Brennen but with no luck.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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      • Hi Hannah – thanks very much for looking, are the ward directories available online? I’ve only got word of mouth, so it’s possible they might not have run the shop until years later (but appreciate you’ve got better things to be doing!)

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        • Try a search for trade directories for the location and year range you are interested in. I vaguely recall that a University had an on line archive of many, when I last searched.

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      • Re The Fish shop in Trafalgar Street
        Brannan / Brennen is an Irish name. It is usually Anglicised as “Brennan”, and can have an “Ó” or a “Mc” or even “Mac” preceding it.

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  35. I’m keen to find any evidence of a fish shop on trafalgar st (presumably fish and chips) run by Ellen/Nellie Brannan/Brennen somewhere around 1910

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  36. Hi I have received a family photo album and some of the photos were taken by a&g Taylor they have serial numbers I wondered if you kept records of who the people are as everyone who I could of asked has died so I’ve no clue who they are but would love to know if possible thank you

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  37. I am looking for original pictures of Charnwood house 2 The Avenue Fairfield Stockton on Tees.
    Built late 1800s. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

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  38. Would like to find information on my dads dad (my grandad) my dads name was William Atkin Foy. He lived at 65 Cromwell street Stockton until he passed away 1961, before that he lived at Appelton rd Eastbourne estate.

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    • Christine, I believe that your grandad was James Foy, born 1886 in West Hartlepool. In 1907, James married Bridget Kate Tunney at Stockton, And in 1918, the birth of your father was registered in Middlesbrough. If you want confirmation of his name, you can go to the register office in Middlesbrough to obtain your father’s birth certificate. Alternatively, apply to the Stockton Register Office for your father’s marriage certificate in 1946. Both of these documents should bear the name of William A Foy’s father.

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    • Elsa, many years ago, when circuses included trained wild animals, it was common for the circus performers to lead some of their animals – including elephants, in a parade along the High Street. It provided the circus with some good publicity. Here is a link to an image which claims to show elephants on parade in Stockton in 1953 when a circus came to town

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      • That picture is indeed Middlesbrough, we are looking east down Corporation Road from its junction with Albert Road. The Hinton’s building on the left is still there, now a bank, and the town hall is just out of view on the right. In the background is the tower of the Odeon Cinema (1939-2006).
        (streetview link: https://goo.gl/maps/NvcZasaqSNWwdNFU8)

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    • Hello

      I have a photograph of three elephants walking along a street, it came with the caption “Stockton High Street 1957”.

      I don’t think it is the high street I think it may be Middlesbrough. It is possible that the elephants visited Stockton in the same year.

      The circus did come to Middlesbrough most years and was held on Clairville Common until the sports stadium was built

      I have sent a copy to Picture Stockton to see if anybody can pinpoint the location, it is certainly local as there are two buses in the shot, one is an “O” bus in Middlesbrough Corporation colours, the other is a Stockton Corporation bus, this is partially behind the Middlesbrough bus and this could also be an “O”.

      Bruce

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    • Elephants in stockton mid 50s, the circus was held on the Hipperdrome stage, I was there as child, I can remember the elephants on stage. Then 59-60 Billy Smart came to Tilery rec.
      Derek

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  39. I have, today, just seen a pic’ which was posted on FB, from 1964 I think, that I am in, with my late mum and twin sis’ It’s mostly of the no. 8 bus and bus queue to Roseworth. A friend suggested that you may have it? If so I’d love to have a copy 🤞 Thank you

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  40. Hello, does anyone have any phtographs of one the old houses in Hartburn on Darlington Road called Norton House? – it stood on what is now Woodside Grove I believe.

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  41. Looking for any information on Lord Londonderry’s cricket teams that played in the ’50’s & ’60’s and any player information, my B-in L played for the team, Laurence Cockerill, his brothers were local football players? Lol also played for local cricket teams in the Stockton area.

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  42. Hello. I am new to the site and need some help with a genuine personal search. I lived on Londonderry Road when I was a student at the Teesside Poly, 1981-84, but I don’t live in the area now.
    I would like to trace someone I knew, that lived on Windsor Road, Stockton, but, lost touch with after a while…. as you do…

    I would like some help with my search, if possible. Is this the best site to do that…or are there better options, eg, via the Gazette forum, etc?
    I would appreciate some positive feedback about the best option please, as, personal searches for old friends, colleagues, etc… can be difficult at times.
    It is a genuine search and for genuine reasons. Thank you.

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  43. Hello there, I wondered if you could answer my query about a street in Stockton? I wondered if Grey Street in Stockton (Norton/Tilery area) are the original houses from 1938 or have they been rebuilt?
    Thank you,
    Kind regards.
    Mrs Carter

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  44. I am trying to trace record of a deceased aunt of mine, killed during WW2. Kathleen Conlon was her name, and the family lived on Crosby (?) Terrace, directly beside the Transporter Bridge,
    Port Clarence(?) Father Thomas, Mother Margaret (?) I am looking to trace a death certificate, any help or pointer would be greatly appreciated. I believe district/ local councils have changed a lot since 40s/50s?
    From abroad is quite confusing !

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    • Pat, I am beginning to wonder if the name on the war memorial might have been a Kenneth Conlon? The 1939 survey of residents shows the Conlon family living at Crosby Terrace, Port Clarence. But the only children listed are Dymphna (b.1918), Thomas (b.1920), John (1922). No sign of Kathleen. Nor could I find any record of the registration of her birth. Could it be that Conlon was her married name?

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  45. Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help us find any information on a football player from Stockton from the 1920’s – Harold Stamper.

    Specifically we’re looking to find out anything about his move from Stockton FC to Barcelona then Girona in 1922/23. A friend of mine is a Catalan author and journalist writing a book on Girona FC and he’d like to know how the move came about. We’ve had some help from Stockton Library, who suggested asking here.

    Thanks in advance!!

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  46. Rose Harris, sister of Margaret Lenham (nee Harris), was born and died in 1939. She was 3 weeks old when she succumbed. She is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, but where?

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    • Ask the Register Office in Stockton. They hold the burial registers to the Council cemeteries in the town and can tell you in which plot Rose Harris was buried in 1939.

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  47. I’m looking for photos or info on my late uncle William Crossely from Port Clarence he was blind but worked with the ship yard in the 40’s/50’s

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  48. Does anyone know how I can find any information on Polish soldiers in Stockton after the 1st World War and what happened to them?

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  49. Hi, It’s a long shot I know but I’m doing my family tree and trying to trace a Dinah Ritson. She was born 1887 in Houghton le Spring and died 1937 in Hartlepool. She married John Bewley of Hartlepool. I’d like to know is there any photos of her or any news of her family, two lads and a girl. Thank you very much

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    • Hello you lovely lot!
      I was hoping to get some info about Station Road, Billingham. The end closest to the Station Pub and the railway tracks. Does anyone know when the houses were built? I can find maps for 1913 then 1938 – so it is between that time but any more specific information would be lovely!

      Were they part of the ICI residential build? The houses look very 30s, with a door canopy and a bay window on the ground floor. They have big gardens too so I am guessing if they were built with the Central Ave houses they would have been for more senior workers, like the large detatched houses in Crooksbarn.

      Thank you, and any tidbits to do with that end of station road would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Hello you lovely lot!
      I was hoping to get some info about Station Road, Billingham. The end closest to the Station Pub and the railway tracks. Does anyone know when the houses were built? I can find maps for 1913 then 1938 – so it is between that time but any more specific information would be lovely!

      Were they part of the ICI residential build? The houses look very 30s, with a door canopy and a bay window on the ground floor. They have big gardens too so I am guessing if they were built with the Central Ave houses they would have been for more senior workers, like the large detatched houses in Crooksbarn.

      Thank you, and any tidbits to do with that end of station road would be greatly appreciated!

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      • BabyLouRetro – I assume you mean the terraced houses with gardens between the end of Teesdale Avenue and opposite the small ‘Lodge’ which is all that remains of Billingham Hall. They were built in the 1930’s At the time you mean, Billingham Hall (sold in 1936) and demolished soon afterwards to build houses Conifer Crescent (Kendrews builders who also built houses in Norton).. As far as I’m aware they were privately owned and never ‘ICI houses’. However, Teesdale Avenue WAS. If you do a search, you may find an old photo taken in the 1930’s showing a doctors car. I think he lived in one of the houses.

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  50. Does anyone have any information or photographs of Hardwick Dene Farm, on Darlington Lane, previously owned by the Tarren family

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  51. Hello, I am trying to research a Jacob Albert Weil who purportedly worked for Brunner Mond, then ICI, both before and after WWII. If you have any information on this man, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Fran, the following information comes from Census records etc.
      JAW’s date of birth was 22 February 1883, he was born in Twickenham, London.
      In 1901, he was an 18 year old student at university.
      In 1911, he was living at 4 Bowesfied Lane, Stockton, with his wife Lily, and 10 month old daughter Phyllis. He gave his occupation as a Gas Engineer, Head of Technical Department, but his employer is not named.
      In 1939, he was living at 4 Brian Avenue, Runcorn with his daughter (?) Marjorie.
      His occupation was recorded as Technical chemist.
      JAW passed away on 8 March 1952 at a home for the elderly in Whalley Range, Manchester, he was 69. In his Will, he named his wife Lily as one of his executors, and left an estate valued at over £2,000, a tidy sum in those days.

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  52. Arthur Lenham (1920-1990) had, according to family legend, served in Burma. Is Gunner Arthur Lenham 1462927 of the Royal Field Artillery the same man? If so, where are his medals?

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    • I heard the same from my father many years ago, this would make your “legend”, fact. If his son Allan does not know then I doubt if anyone does.

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    • I have checked army records, various genealogical research sites and the Burma Star Association. There are no extant records for this man’s service in Burma during WW2.

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      • A professional genealogist friend has looked in vain for evidence that Arthur Lenham (1920-1990) served in Burma in WW2. No sign of this man anywhere in official records.

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  53. I am trying to get a street map of Haverton Hill from 1939. Would you be able to point me in the right direction?

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    • Norman, I have used Picture Stockton for many years, and cannot recall ever seeing any photo of this building. I knew it well as I walked past it everyday on my way to school.

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    • The official account says Property at Bilsdale Crescent and Cleveland Ave Haverton plus Lincoln Crescent and Cowpen Lane Billingham were damaged though does not say what buildings they were. Incendary and High explosive bombs were dropped and some did not explode often the case in the early years probably the reason they started to drop Parachute Mines instead. They were a light casing full of explosive that often had more than one fuse that only needed a light touch where as H.E. Bombs were a heavy casing that had to hit something very hard to fire the fuse.
      The registration was often hit and miss not all the Wardens did all the paperwork. The record says one Bomb did all the damage to Norton Mill when I know three landed two exploded. How do I know I was running for the shelter at number 8 Mill Lane when I heard the bombs coming so just fell on the road under a hedge, Each thump lifted me as the ground vibrated, I broke every running record ever as I took off for the shelter, the marks are still on the road where my fingers and toes dug in.
      Sorry I cannot give exact locations.
      Frank.

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    • This is an often repeated story told to me by my paternal grandmother.

      During the raid they heard a loud thump in the garden at the back of the house, when they investigated there was what my gran described as “something looking like a picnic basket” embedded in the garden.

      My father was a 16 year old at the time and at sometime in his formative years he had picked up the nick name “Rax”, at the time his father was whitewashing the kitchen so my father took the whitewash and brush and painted “RAX” on the object, when the disposal lads arrived to remove the thing one was heard to say, “RAX, that’s a right German name”.

      They were living at number 5 Cleveland Avenue in Haverton at the time.

      I know it doesn’t answer your question but you now know where at least one of the bombs landed

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    • Sharlene I lived in number 40 I remember being carried into the Anderson shelter in the back garden next day across the road two the left houses were smashed I believe two children were killed not sure about that date I’m 81 born April 1939 it is a vivid memory to me being so young.

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  54. I am hoping someone can help me with some information. I am researching my husband’s family history and a photograph of him has come to light. His name was George Percival Bailes and he served in the Royal Navy Reserve during the First World War. The photo is a portrait of him in his uniform and is mounted in a stiff cardboard frame with at the top a drawing of his ship and flags around the sides presumably of the countries where the ship served. Under the picture of the ship are the words ‘Presented to George Bailes stoker HMS Yarmouth while on leave February 21st 1916 as a token of Esteem and Respect’ and below the portrait ‘by the Beaconsfield Soldiers and Sailors Residents Association’ . At first I thought it referred to Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire but then realised there was a Beaconsfield Street in Norton.

    I wonder if you can shed any light on the circumstances of this portrait. George came originally from Stockton-on-Tees and before the war was living in Southampton, although his wife and children had moved back to Stockton for the duration of the war.

    I would be grateful for any information.
    Margaret Bailes

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    • Margaret, you are quite correct in your interpretation of the Beaconsfield connection as George lived at 42 Beaconsfield Street, Norton in August 1914 when enrolled into the Royal Naval Reserve.. On 9 August 1915 he was transferred to HMS Yarmouth and served on that ship for the next three years before he was dischagred at the end of the war. I am not aware of any particular incident that he was involved in before February 1916, and the presentation photo. But a few months later, his ship was involved with the Battle of Jutland, 31 May-1 June 1916.

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    • I have him in my family tree, as 1st cousin 2x removed, if interested my public tree on Ancestry.co.uk is called ‘What were the chances of me happening?’. I have been trying to ascertain the parentage of his grandfather, George Bailes, but there are a number of possibilities.

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  55. Hi I am trying to find information about a relative. His name was William Henry Scott born 13.8.1900 Stockton. Father George, mother Ellen. He was a private in WW1 possibly DLI as he was in the Labour/Pioneer corps. When he came home he lost touch with his family although we know he stayed in the area as he married Edna Clasper in 1930 at St Thomas. He was a boot and shoe mender according to 1939 electoral roll. We also don’t have any photos of him when he was younger. Any information about his war or where he was in 1920s would be great. Thanks in advance
    Steph Story

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  56. Hello. I wondered if anyone has pictures of Tower Street, in Stockton? I know it’s gone now, with the new Aldi being built, but the street has a real family connection. I’ve tried searching the site, to no avail. Been looking lately as I complete my family tree, so any and all help would be appreciated.
    Ian

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    • I have looked at my old pictures of Stockton and can only find a picture of Castle House in its modern guise on Tower Street. Once the old Gazette Office.
      There is a gap on that picture of the Old Chapel which was turned into Sherwoods Motors repair garage the sales room being on Bridge Road then came around nine or so Street Houses on the South side until it reached Brougham Street.
      The North side was the CWS Jam Factory until they moved to Yarm Road that was knocked down then all you had was a high wall which was once the Castle Brewery.
      Wharfe Street and Moat Street were all similar buildings though mainly housing where as Tower Street and Brougham Street were part housing part commercial buildings.
      Sorry I cannot help with Photo’s.
      Frank.

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    • Tower Street will still be there after the new LIDL store is built, but there weren’t any buildings left on Tower Street before they started (other than the multi-storey car park). Wharf Street will not survive, but it too had pretty much already gone.
      You can see the area as it was in 1924 at the bottom of the photo here:
      https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW010140
      (Its easy to find as St Andrew’s chapel stands out.)

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  57. Does anyone know what happened to the grave stones that were in Holy Trinity Church in Stockton? I read that they were removed. recent research has shown me that I have relatives buried there. Does a map of the burial plots exist?

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    • When the headstones were first removed, I believe that they were laid against the wall that forms the south-western boundary to the churchyard. I do not know whether they have survived the subsequent decades. Was it Trinity churchyard where some graves were exhumed to allow the widening of roads? I think that the human remains were reinterred in the Durham Road cemetery.

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    • Stockton registrars office may be able to point you in the right direction. They don’t usually hold records on church graveyards but they may know who does. I do believe that some of the grave stones are sitting on the perimeter of the church grounds on the right hand side when viewed from Yarm lane. I also have been told that some may have been taken to Oxbridge cemetery, not sure how true this is though.

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  58. I’d like to search marriage announcements made between 1920 and 1922 in Stockton-on-Tees. I was thinking newspapers would publish them? Wondering if anyone knows how I would go about doing this? many thanks

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    • Try Stockton councils website, search for birth death and marriages and you will be able to search for specific names and years.

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      • Katy, forgot to say that due to boundary changes over the years it may also be worthwhile looking on the “Tees Valley Indexes” site as well.

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  59. Hi.
    Have lived in Thornaby all my life, currently living on Diamond Road. Despite living here, don’t know that much about “the old end” of Thornaby as I grew up “the new end”
    Any history about Diamond Road? When was it built? Anyone know who lived at number 47? Any interesting stories about the street?

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  60. Does anybody have any knowledge of a general dealer shop in either Haverton Hill or Port Clarence by the name of H.W.Kettlewell.

    I have been given a damaged photo of this shop for restoration, the shop has a street number of 32 and there are two people standing in the doorway, the shop owners presumably, the photo is quite old, I think from around the time of the First World War, the shop may have changed its name over the years.

    The woman is wearing an ankle length skirt and laced boots and the man is wearing a waistcoat and gold chain under his jacket and he has a Bismark moustache

    There is a lot of advertising of Fry’s, Rowntree’s and Cadbury’s chocolate on the shop windows and an advert for tobacco and snuff above the door.

    The left window displays an assortment of mostly unrecognisable bits and pieces, the right window has fruit, including bananas, on display and what looks to me to be rolled bacon.

    The photo came with Haverton pencilled on the back.

    If it is/was in either Haverton Hill or Port Clarence I will post it on this site.

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    • Bruce, there was a Kettlewell family living in Haverton Hill in 1901, they were still there in 1911, but not running a shop. But the 1939 Resident Survey shows that one of the family, William Herbert Kettlewell, was now a Grocer & General Dealer living at 32 Cowpen Bewley Road, Haverton Hill. I see from Google Earth that all the properties which once used to stand along Cowpen Bewley Road, Haverton Hill, have been demolished, so you cannot compare your photo with them, but maybe there are some photos of old Haverton Hill somewhere.

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      • Hello Cliff

        I think you may have hit the nail on the head, I have put about three hours work into the renovation and I think I have been sitting too close, the name over the door is W.
        H. Kettlewell, I have got the initials crossed somewhere along the line.

        I should complete the work this weekend and I will post it on Picture Stockton when done.

        Many thanks

        Bruce

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  61. Is there any information in public records that tell you what the name of residents were in Regent Street, Stockton-on-Tees. How can I find out who lived there in 1948?

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    • Stockton library do have some voters registers upstairs, (same as today’s electoral registers) from around this time. These may have what you are looking for, albeit when the library re-opens

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  62. What a joy to find this site! I have recently discovered that my mother, Marjorie Parker as was, married Geoffrey F Cartwright (not my father) in Stockton in 1936. I seem to remember her telling me that he was the head of insurance at ICI and I know they lived very well. Would ICI tie in with the area? I believe he died a few years after they were married but know no more. Can anyone provide me with any further details on any part of this story, I know just these bare bones. Thank you.

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  63. Is it possible to find out the former location of Erimus Cottages in Thornaby? All I have to go on is that a police constable, Robert Rhodes Castling, was living at number 29 in 1889. I would be grateful for any information

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  64. I’m trying to piece together our family history. My father Frank Raymond Waddington according to his Birth Certificate was born on Black Dog Farm, Portrack in 1917. Despite trawling through many (faded) maps of Portrack for that period, i haven’t as yet been able to pinpoint this farm. Can anybody assist at all?

    George

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    • George, there were two farms situated next to each other on Portrack Lane at the year you mention. One was called Black Farm, and the other was Dog Hill Farm. You can see them on the map on the following link, zoom in and you will find them near the left hand edge of the map.
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/102341743

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  65. I was brought up in the old Corporation Street, Stockton-on-Tees in the 1960’s. Does anyone know where to get access to old photos of Corporation Street prior to the 1970’s?

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  66. Hi
    I’m trying to trace the family history of Kenneth Wilkinson b. 13/6/46. Parents lived in Stanley Grove, Albert and Grace Wilkinson. I’m trying to follow my grandma’s line Grace, I believe was Howden and they had a fruit and veg shop in Old Thornaby. Any further info would be much appreciated.
    Thankyou
    Andrea

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    • Andrea, in 1942 your granma Grace Howden married Albert Wilkinson at Leeds.
      The survey of residents in England, undertaken in 1939, just before the start of WW II, shows Grace Howden living with her parents Frederick and Elizabeth at 50 Gladstone Street, Stockton. Her parents had a fried fish shop.
      Frederick Howden had married Elizabeth Cottingham at Reeth in 1918.
      The birth of their daughter Grace was registered in Lincoln in 1921.
      Frederick Howden’s line can be traced back to East Yorkshire in the early 1800s.
      Hope that this helps.

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    • You should be able to trace your Cottingham line back to the early 1800s, as they were lead miners near Grinton in Swaledale.

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    • Grace Howden I remember well, I was at school with her and yes her parents did have a fruit shop in George Street. Her Mothers sister I think was Mrs Bashford also had a general shop in Russell Street. I was at school with Grace and am now 99 years of age.

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  67. Hello, I’m writing you from Spain because I’m doing a research about a footballer called Andrew Veitch who played in the 10’s of the 20th century. He played for Stockton FC /The Ancients) al least from 1911 to 1914. He was one of the lads who won the FA Amateur Cup in 1912 for the club against Eston United after a replay match. He also played twice for England Amateur national team in 1913 and was called to join the colours in 1914 (WWI). If only somebody could give me any information about him, his relatives or anywhere to ask about him I would be really thankful. I’m a bit in a rush about this. Cheers!

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  68. I’m trying to remember a story from probably the early 1980’s. A local guy, Brian Alfred (?) who owned or ran Sound it Out record store in Stockton. He went on a long and convoluted motorcycle ride on a whim and ended up out in the middle East somewhere (I think!)
    Not too sure of the full details but would love to reacquaint myself with the story again. There was a Gazette piece on him at the time when he finally resurfaced. Anyone remember?

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  69. Does anyone have a picture of the logo that was used by (I believe) The council in the early 90s? It featured prominently in Stockton swimming baths before it was demolished. It was a stylised letter S, where the top was shaped like ramparts and the bottom shaped like a river. I can’t find any evidence online, and can’t imagine it’s fondly remembered, but it did make an impression on me at the time!

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    • Anthony, you can still see the fountain on Hartburn Bank if you use Google Earth on “Street View”. There appears to be a metal plaque on it these days. I suspect that the fountain was fed by water from the fields to the rear. By the 1950s those fields had become allotments, some with their own wells as the water table was quite high. When that land was built on it was called the Springfield Estate, the clue is in the name. I recall that there was a trough in front of the stone arch, so I suspect that it was originally a horse trough for animals about to tackle coming up Hartburn Bank.

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  70. Hi anyone know the whereabouts of Kathleen Green from Stockton in the late 50s early 60s

    Thanks
    Margaret Clark nee Gilfoyle

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    • Margaret, I do not know Kathleen Green, but I have looked her up in Stockton records and there was somebody of that name who married a James E Cox in 1962 at Stockton. I suspect that they were the same couple who had two children Susan Cox (b.1963) and Michael Andrew Cox (b.1966). I hope this helps you in your search.

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    • Kath Greene sadly passed away aged 62 .She lived in Norton and had divorced Jimmy Cox and remarried. Her name was Tuck. She was a most bubbly fun lady and must be the person you remember if Kathleen Greene had a great sense of humour.

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  71. Hello. Are there any photos of the row of Victorian houses on Bishopton Road, we live in number 9 and wondered if it had another house attached? The property has bad subsidence. Also are they built on a old coal mines? Thank you

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  72. Does anyone know of a guy called Frank Wilfred Dixon he’s passed away now but he was friends with John who owned Prince of Wales in Portrack? I’m his daughter trying to find photos of my dad

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  73. My dad told me that Portrack got it’s name because, before the river was cut in the early 19th century, the meander in the river was a port where ships would have to wait because they couldn’t navigate the route until the tide came in.

    Once the tide came in the ships were safely guided by teams of men who stood on the shorelines and pulled the vessels round the river bend using ropes. This practice was known as ‘racking’ – hence the name ‘port rack’.

    I can’t find any further information on this, is anyone able to verify if this is true or point me to any sources which make reference to it?

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    • Jake, I also was told that is how Portrack got its name, but I cannot find any documentation to verify it. But the racking must have taken place many centuries ago. By 1704 it was common for large ships to stop at Portrack and transfer their cargo into smaller lighters which would then complete the journey upstream to Stockton. Or if the cargo was timber, the wood would be taken to Stockton from Portrack by road.

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  74. I have recently received a couple of pictures taken from very nearly the same location, one shows the Cleveland Flour Mill during its demolition and is dated 1970, the other is of a swimming competition in the river, it was organised by the Northern Echo, this is dated 1930, the building shown in this picture is not the concrete flour mill, it is brick and tile and has windows, this building does appear in a number of pictures from earlier times, does anybody know when the concrete mill was built.

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    • Bruce, any chance of you putting the picture of the swimming competition on the site. My grandfather swam competitively in the Tees, whats the date of the Northern Echo it was in as I would like to read the article.

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  75. When I was younger my Grandma lived in Cornfield Road, Thornaby and she used to take me to an off licence/shop on Thornaby Road near to the Rec, does anyone know what it was called? It wasn’t the Mayfair shops.

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  76. Do you have any references to local table tennis 🏓 teams?
    My husband Malcolm Corking is in the process of writing a book about Stockton Table Tennis League which was started in October 1933. Any information you can supply would be gratefully received.

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  77. Would love to contact my old school pal Adrian Postle who was at St Cuthberts with me in the mid 50s. He was the son of local business Postle and Brown. He lived on Hartburn Avenue.

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  78. Hi, I am a second-year Interior Design Student at Teesside University. I am researching into post-war buildings and trying to find some details on ‘K2 Nightclub or formerly known as La Ronde in Billingham’. I am aware the nightclub has now sadly been demolished.

    However, I was hoping someone might have some information or interior images they wouldn’t mind sharing or even a memory they might have, any information would be helpful.

    Thank you!
    Abi

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    • Hi Abigail, I think you may be referring to ‘KD’ rather than K2 nightclub. This was situated on Station Rd, opposite Davisons pharmacy, now the Buffs club (I think). KD was supposed to be ‘Kave Dwellers’ at the peak of the Beatles fame (as The Cavern in Liverpool). This was the 60’s and very popular with teenagers. The inside had no windows and was meant to look like the inside of a cave! I hope this helps. 🙂

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  79. When I was about 5/6 years old (1961/62) I returned with my younger brother and Mum to meet our Nanny Rose Goodwin for what we thought was the first time. I was obviously too young to remember her any from any earlier. We travelled up by steam train from London to Thornaby. She lived in No 3? Anderson Street which at that end ran parallel with Mandale Road with The Bon Lea pub. It was a street typical of old Thornaby which was a very long row of terraced houses which ran in a sort of loose semi circle. There were buildings behind Anderson Street that must have overlooked Mandale Road. At the top end of the street lived a Doctor which I think must have been No 1. I have seen aerial images of Thornaby and I have been able to make out Anderson Street faintly in the distance but I have never seen any images of the street as it existed close up. It got knocked down with just about every other street when the A66 was built. It ran towards Heslop Street and Teesdale Terrace which are still standing. I also remember the shop at that end of the semi circle. To my question. Does anyone own any images of Anderson Street from the sixties? By the way I don’t mean Anderson Road.

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  80. I have a very serious question about the area I live in as I’m experiencing some very strange activity in my house that I have just moved to. I live on Pottery Warf, Thornaby and I would really like to know how far this site dates back and what was here before all the houses were build and if this was a war site and if there is any photos of what was here before. Please help me to figure out why I’m having very bad nights from the strange activity going on. It’s really got me thinking if there has been death in the area. Thank you for reading this and I hope you can help me find out what was here in order for me to understand better what could be trying to communicate with me by waking me up with strange banging and noises I cant explain. Thank you kindly

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    • Hello, thank you for your enquiry.
      What is now Pottery Wharf was originally the site of a pottery, sometimes known as the Stafford Pottery, which began in 1825. There were some houses in Stafford Place, which ran from Thornaby Road to the pottery, but they were not quite on the site of Pottery Wharf, and unfortunately we do not know of any thing unusual that happened in that area, and could be causing the problems you are having. Sorry that we can not be of any further help.

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    • I would imagine that somebody has died on most geographical spots in this country at some time in our vast history so who knows?
      What sorts of things are happening to you?

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    • My Partner and I would be willing to come and see if we can record some of the activity you may be experiencing and if we can get you some answers to some of the Paranormal Issues you are having. Please look at Harrogate Paranormal Society or Harrps.com. Please contact us on biltonparanormal@aol.com. We do not charge. 07432-154609 Susan Harker

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  81. I have a death certificate for my late grandfather Herbert Young aged 68 yrs old and it states he fell down the stairs and broke his neck whilst in a Social Services home in Hunters Lane, Stockton-on-Tees in 1939… whereabouts was Hunters Lane?

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    • Hi Sylvia,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      I have emailed you a copy of a map which shows the location of Hunters Lane.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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    • Sylvia, here is a link to a map of Stockton which shows Hunters Lane. The map is dated 1938. https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100482
      If you zoom into the map and follow the River Tees just past Stockton and around to the right, you will see two places where a Ferry is marked operating across the river. Look on the north bank of the river and you will see Hunters Lane. It was in part of the oldest part of Stockton.

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  82. Complete long shot… I’m looking to trace a friend I met in around 1992 in Stockton-on-Tees. He will be approximately 46 now (in 2020). All I remember of him is his name, Chris (short for Christopher), he had blonde hair, loved the beatles Abby Road album, his best friend at the time was a baker. Chris himself worked at the time in some sort of chemical or processing plant. His ex girlfriend’s first name began, I think, with E. Not much to go one so this is a stab in the dark……!

    Yours hopefully

    Jo

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    • Cath, my aunty Lizzie (Evans) lived at 56, Doncaster Crescent when Ragworth first built, she had one of the first TVs on the estate, no kid was ever turned away, children’s hour seems all the kids on estate went in, always house full.
      All the best.
      Derek

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  83. Does anyone know anything about a Market Garden in Fairfield, Stockton on Tees in the early 19th Century run by a family with the surname Vickers please?

    Is it still in operation, and are the Vickers family involved with it now?

    Thank you

    Jennie Evans

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    • Who was the person named GREEN that so many areas are named after in Stockton? E.g Green’s Lane , Green’s Beck, Green’s Beck Road etc?

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  84. I am a distant relative of people who owned and ran a market garden business in Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees in the early 1900’s. Their surname was Vickers, but I don’t know the name of the business itself?

    Does anyone out there know anything about this business and/or the Vickers’ family, and is the business still in existence please?

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    • Hi Dave,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Looking at the 1914 Kelly’s Directory we have found an entry for a Marmaduke Hay of the North End boiler works in Major Street which is not far from Maritime Road. The earliest directory that we hold, that has an entry for Marmaduke, is an 1894 directory for Durham. The North End boiler works is listed as being at Major Street and also includes an entry for an Alexander Hay.

      I hope that this information is of some assistance to you.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  85. Hi I’m trying to locate any pictures or information on my grandads old bike shop in Portrack before it was demolished. Can anyone help?

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  86. Hi does anyone know of what happened to children’s cottages at 86 Thornaby Road, it was a foster home which my grandad was in in 1922

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    • I lived at the bottom of the bank on Thornaby Road from 1963 to 1972 and the cottages were old aged pensioners bungalows. Eventually demolished

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  87. Hi all, my grandad Robert Casey was born 1895 Stockton, as a young lad living in housewife lane he joined the kings own Scottish border’s 1912 with best mate Pat Sullivan, at some time before great war broke out a photo was taken of the pair of them, this photo hung on the living room wall of Pats sister Biddy Hughs who married W Hughs and lived in Danby road, when Danby road was demolished I was hoping a relative would have saved the old photo, a very very long shot, if photo survived? could I please have a copy.
    might be only chance I have to see what my grandad looked like.
    all the best.
    Derek
    ps please ask Picture Stockton for my email.

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    • Derek Casey – I’m been doing some research on the 1911 census to find out who lived in the Housewife Lane area at the time. The name Casey crops up, probably your ancestor or family member. I think there’ll be army photo of him. Try applying to the ‘Kings Own Scottish Borders regiment as I assume he served during WW1. The family’s address was ‘the Quayside’ (round the corner from Housewife Lane at the time. Good Luck

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  88. I am trying to recall all the staff and volunteers who worked at St Mary’s Day Centre on Major Street, Stockton-on-Tees, from 1984 – 1985, can anyone help.

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  89. Hello there. A departed friend of mine used to tell me about his times manning a rocket range near Cowpen Bewley. Does anyone have any information about it? Location etc.. Regards.

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  90. I am trying to track down the children of Thomas Harris and Mary Kemp. There were 11 of them including my mother, Margaret Lenham (nee Harris). I know two were killed in the war. George, Thomas D, Robert, Mary May, Alfred, Doris, Richard, Susan, Lawrence, Kenneth and Joan.
    If anyone can help it would greatly increase my understanding of our family tree.

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    • David, I have managed to find a number of the people that you are looking for, and I regret to say that they were born so long ago that most have passed away by now.
      Richard (b.1922) died at Keighley in 1987.
      Susan (b.1924) died at Stockton in 1996.
      Ernest died in infancy (b & d. 1925)
      Lawrence (b.1926) died in 1989 in Cleveland.
      Kenneth (b.1928) died at Stockton in 1997.
      Joan (b.1930) died in County Durham in 1988.
      Rose died in infancy (b. & d. 1939)

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      • Thomas Harris married Mary Kemp in 1907 and had –
        Mary May ? 1912
        Alfred 1918-1944
        Doris ? 1920
        Richard 1922-1987
        Susan 1924-2000
        Ernest ? 1925
        Lawrence 1926-1989
        Kenneth 1928-1997
        Joan 1930
        Rose? 1939-1939
        Margaret 1935-2015

        There seems to be some confusion over the exact number of children and the dates of death of some of the boys. This is probably because of the dates of their births being too recent to pick them up on the census and/or a lack of family records.

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  91. Researching my family tree and looking for information on Frank Livingstone (born around 1939). Any information gratefully received

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  92. Hi, has anyone got any photos of Park Terrace in Stockton when it had terraced houses- preferably from the 40s/50s and 60s. Many thanks Sheila Lathan was Rowntree

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    • Sheila, there are a couple of photos of Park Terrace on the Picture Stockton website. Use the Search box at the top of the page to look for them.

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  93. Hi, has anyone got any photos of Park Terrace in Stockton when it had terraced houses- preferably from the 40s/50s and 60s. Many thanks Sheila Lathan was Rowntree

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  94. Hi, has anyone got any photos of Park Terrace in Stockton when it had terraced houses – preferably from the 40s/50s and 60s. Many thanks Sheila Lathan was Rowntree

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  95. In 1978/1979/1980 I was pictured outside Salters Lane youth club petitioning for a new building to be built to replace our old wooden one. I am the one in the denim shirt next to my mate in the rugby shirt Paul Rigg. We got the new one built. Has any one got pictures of it and that time? thanks

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  96. Hi. There was some land and a large house which was demolished to build the Fairville Road estate in Fairfield. Do you have any photographs of it? It was derelict in the early 60’s and we used to play inside.
    Thanks
    Steve Brown

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    • Hi. I used to live on Fairdene Avenue, at the bottom of Fairville Road. We moved into the new housing estate in 1964 when I was 7 years old. Our neighbour found a stone statue in his garden and I always wondered where it had come from but would suspect orignally the house was a villa, hence the name Fairville. Sorry, no more info from me. Did you receive any other replies?

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    • Hello Craig,

      According to the 1917-18 Ward’s Directory there were no pubs on Wellington Street at that time. It may interest you to know that there was a temperance hotel at No.29 run by a Mrs A.R. Flockton, and a beer retailer (Mrs S. Strathern) at No.95.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  97. Can anyone remember Harriet – an old “fish-woman”, who in my memory regularly drove her pony-hauled 2-wheeled fish cart from I think West Hartlepool/Seaton Carew (the name painted on the tailboard of the trap) to Eaglescliffe throughout the 1950s and certainly into the 1960s. Seemed a very long journey for a small beast. Mam used to say, “Oh, it’s Harriet!”, then dash out to buy kippers, “yellow” (smoked) fish or whatever else on the cart that week. The fish would be laid out on plates or boxes(?) covered by tea-towels or possibly even greaseproof paper. All the fish we had was OK – never anything “going off”. Then living at Eaglescliffe, I last saw her on the increasingly busy A19 to Stockton in 1964, i.e. the year I got my new “racing” bike. Any photograph would be fantastic.

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  98. A Pint for Cricketers in Portrack!
    Rather a cryptic title to which I suspect that few will see a connection. Someone, however may have a bit of information to help me to solve a riddle I discovered while researching a part of my family history in Portrack in Stockton. The Cricketers arms on Portrack Lane is now finished as a hostelry. It is Land Registered as number 2, but it has no number on any map pre-land registry to my knowledge. More interestingly is it’s name. After some research I understand that Portrack had an excellent cricket ground in the mid 1800’s; Yorkshire playing first class County matches there in 1858 and 1861. The pub certainly existed pre-1900 and probably around the time of Brown’s Iron Works. I know where the pub is but where oh where was the cricket field? The current Stockton Cricket Club was formed after WW2 and is therefore not connected. Does any one have any information that can help me or point me in the right direction to solving this riddle?

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    • Derek, a map of Stockton for 1857 shows a cricket ground immediately to the north of Portrack Lane Iron Works. You can see it on this map at
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/102341740 zoom in to see the detail. As I cannot see any other cricket ground in the borough, this must be where the annual Whitsuntide fair was held.

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    • Hello Derek,

      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have sent a copy of an 1857 map which shows the location of the cricket ground in the Portrack area to your email address.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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    • Hi – My grandmother was Mary Eleanor Lovett (nee Kelley) (1894-1978) daughter of James Kelley (1863- 1929) of Stockton. I am researching my mothers (Greta) family tree and would like to make contact with any relatives of James and Eleanor Kelley. I believe James was the last ferryman of the Kelley family and any information on Kelley’s ferry’s would be helpful.

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  99. Hi Stockton Library Service – I’m looking for some images of the Tees Barrage being built. 1991-1995. I’ve found a couple on your site but wondered if any of the development authorities that undertook the work might have added them to your archive?

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  100. Hello I’m trying to find a old school picture of my father Kenneth Lewis. He went to Freddie Natt. He was born in 1943.
    The Lewis Family lived in Southfield Crescent.
    Family members Potts helped built some of the houses.
    The Lewis family later moved to 12 Warfe Street.
    Derek, Jean, Kenneth (my father), Edward, Geoffrey, Jane.
    Parents were David and Vera.

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    • Picture Stockton has a good “search” engine, type Jubilee Hall in the box at the top right of the screen and hit return, and you will find a number of photos of the Hall.

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  101. I have a parish church bazaar booklet from 1894. Is anyone aware of the existence of one of these and heard of it? 62 pages and has a picture of the marchioness of Londonderry and various maps of Stockton with aspects of what they were looking to do building the town. Can’t find anywhere on the internet any info on it.

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    • Hi Ben,

      Using our subscription to the British Newspaper Archive we have found several articles referring to the Parish Church’s bazaar which was held in October 1894. It appears that the bazaar was held to raise additional funds for the restoration of the Parish Church. I will email some of the newspaper articles that we found to you.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  102. Good afternoon, I am curious to know if there was a Hunter’s lane in Stockton circa 1899? My great grandfather used to live on there….

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    • Ben, Hunters Lane ran between the old Cattle Market and the North Shore Ship Yard. You can see it on this map of Stockton from the 1890s.
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488
      Zoom in and look for the North Shore Ship Yard, which lay on the north bank of the River Tees. You will find Hunters Lane just to the left of the shipyard.

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  103. Hello,
    I am researching my family from Stockton and a search retrieved this
    “Ask Us | Picture Stockton Archive
    They later moved to Station Road, Billingham and later Gloucester TC and …… In 1957 Ruby married Allan R HICK. …… Jesse his wife 47yrs born Durham”.
    Ruby is my mum and Allan my dad – but I can’t find the article on your website – could you give a few search clues and save my sanity please?

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  104. Hi, My grandad (Arthur Vokes) owned a shop and ran a market stall with his wife Ruby and daughters Millie, Pat and Terry on Stockton High Street in the 1940’s and 50’s. Does anyone remember them?

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  105. Hi we have just moved to 98 Oxbridge Lane, Stockton-on-tees and we are trying to find out the history of the house and who lived in it. Can anyone help?

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    • The large houses on Oxbridge Lane that are to the west of Richmond Road are known as the “West Villas”. All of those houses were given names when they were built about 1885. Do you know if your house originally had a name, as it would help in identifying the former occupants.

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      • The electoral registers at Stockton library are available from the early 50s at least. Easy to access, and the library staff would be available to assist.

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        • The 1939 register shows that living there were, Daniel Tyber b.3 May 1889, and his occupation, interestingly reported as , Chemist, Director Explosive., wife? Elizabeth Tyber b.16 Oct 1890 (Household domestic dutes), and Irene W. Tyber b.9 Jan 1918, Typist (later married to a Mr Kidd). There may have been other children, but the records are closed for some who may have still been alive until recently. (2 records covered over)

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  106. Does anyone remember a Peggy Simpson from Oxbridge who had a son named Derrick in the 1940s who died I think in his 50s. Any information would be greatly appreciated
    I think he attended Oxbridge school.

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  107. Hello, do you have any street maps showing Haverton Hill between 1912- 1950s? Also do you know how I can find details of 11 Clarence Street and who lived there? Is it possible to find addresses for my grandparents Sarah Ann (Latham) and William Daniel who moved to the area and married in St John’s Church in 1912/13. They moved there from Cheshire and Thirsk and I am trying to fill in the gaps of when and why they came. They later moved to Station Road, Billingham and later Gloucester TC and Lincoln Crescent. Thanks very much.

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    • Hi Judith, to see Haverton Hill about 1920 go to the following website and zoom in
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100512
      The Latham family moved to Haverton Hill about 1893. This can be deduced from the records of where their children were born. Sarah Ann was born in Winsford, Cheshire in 1892. But the next child, Rachel, was born in Haverton Hill in 1894.
      By 1939, William and Sarah Daniel and their 5 (?) children were living at 13 Gloucester Terrace in Billingham.
      The 1911 Census shows that Sarah Ann was not living with her parents. She was 19 years old and had found a job at Bridge Farm, Crosby, near Northallerton.
      In those days it was traditional for a daughter to get married in her home parish, hence the marriage at Haverton Hill.

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  108. I am researching the death of my great great aunt, Winifred Hill. When she was just 10 years old, her body was found in the River Tees. She died in January 1920. Her death certificate says she was found at ‘Craig’s Wharf’ in Thornaby (I presume this means Craig Taylor’s Shipyard) and cause of death was unknown. Anyone have any ideas of how I can find out more about this?

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    • Claire – Try the Coroner’s report which should be in Teesside archives… You’d need Winifred’s date of birth (and death). An obituary could also help which you may be able to find in the library. Good luck

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  109. Hello, has anyone got an old map of Stockton-on-Tees? I lived in Pearson Street in the 1960s and all I can remember is that the street was demolished after my family moved out. If I remember rightly it was 70s.
    Thank you
    L.Hilton

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    • Hi Lynn,

      I have sent some copies of maps which show Pearson Street in 1897 and the location of where Pearson Street was in 1973, to your email address.
      I hope that they are of some assistance.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  110. Would anyone know of a Mary Cooper who, as a Land Girl in WWII was posted to a small form in Herefordshire and who contributed the article below. The farm was where I grew up and the people mentioned were my relatives including my father – now deceased.
    I moved to Australia many years ago and have lost touch with people who could fill in the gaps surrounding that part of my early childhood. I suspect Mary may also now have passed away but would be interested in hearing from anyone who has any details about this period

    Thanks
    Dave Williams

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/42/a3311542.shtml

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  111. Hi please could you tell me the name of the pub on the corner opposite the DHS building it is a restaurant now but in 1997 I had a hen party in there and was trying to think what name the pub was then. It’s on Bridge Road Stockton-on-Tees.

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    • I was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1951. My mother owned The Sun Inn, The pub I think you mean was the Metropole Hotel which was opposite corner to DHSS as I worked above them in a solicitors office. The Metropole after about 1988 must have had at least 5 names all short term. The building next door was the County Court which also turned into a pub. If you google The Metropole Hotel you will see area maybe the Thomas Sheritan. A pub on every corner.

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  112. What was the chapel on the east side of Mandale Road/Mansfield Street junction in Thornaby?
    I dimly remember the Boys Brigade being based there. Any information and pictures would be gratefully received.

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  113. Has anyone got any photos of the Washington hotel in Wellington street, that was run by my parents, Eileen and David Bozeate?

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  114. Does anyone remember the pub and old job center on Bridge Road where Kwik Fit is now or the flour mill on the rivers edge near the bridge where the old Radio Tees was? It took two attempts to blow that mill down 40 years ago

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    • Peter there are several photos of the old flour mill on Picture Stockton. Use the search facility and look for Cleveland Mill.

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  115. Stockton Football ground – Mr R Walker played for the team in 1946 and would like to appeal for any photos of the ground (Victoria football ground) or team from that time. Can anyone help?

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  116. Hello , I am trying to find information about The Grey Horse pub that was on the corner of the High st/ Yarm Lane from about the 1900’s. I was told my uncle’s family had it at one time. Thankyou

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    • Tracey Molloy – I’ve just checked ‘History of lost pubs’ at Stockton… There’s a good photo dated (roughly 1950). I’m a bit puzzled why it has ‘Hearts of Oak’ on the pub, yet the intro says ‘Grey Horse’ Also try looking up your family’s details on Ancestry (free at libraries)… You’ll need their name. Hope this helps – Mandy

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        • Martin – Sorry, you must think me very rude for not replying sooner re the ‘Hearts of Oak”. I hadn’t realised it was a Benefit Society. The name simply sounds like a pub, so I had assumed it was! Thanks very much.

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    • According to Wards trade directory 1928-29, the Grey Horse Inn/Hotel/Public House was listed as run by a G.M. Watson. (although not given, most likely was a chap). Other years & directories are available in Stockton Library and some online.
      Hope this helps a little.

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    • In the 1928-29 edition of Wards trade directory, the person listed for the Grey Horse @ 86 High Street was G.M.Watson (most likely but no certain a male). Other directories are available on line and in Stockton Referance Library.
      Hope this helps a touch.

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  117. Hi, please can any one help me, my aunt eileen Tippey born about 1934, parents Walter & Norah Tippey, aunt Eileen died early, I think she married an Haverton Hill lad called Tommy Harrison, no idea of marriage date, did aunt Eileen have a child from her marriage.
    Thanks.
    Derek

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    • Derek, Eileen Tippey was born 9 October 1931, a sister to Kathleen (b.1927), Lawrence (b.1929), Bernard (b.1935) and Michael (b.1938). In 1939, the Tippey family lived in Moray Road, at the west end of Norton Avenue. In early 1952, Eileen married Thomas W. Harrison. The previous year David Harrison had been born to them, but he died within a few weeks of his birth. I can find no records of any other children being born to them. Eileen died in 1956, only 24 years old.

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  118. I’m trying to establish where Hunter Martin (Taylor) moved to when his first shop was demolished In 1970.

    Many thanks

    Fiona

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  119. Does anyone know the name of the cemetery in Yarm Road, Preston Park, next to Stratstone Jaguar. Is it connected to a church?

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    • Hello Brian,

      We believe that the name of the cemetery that you are inquiring about is called Preston-on-Tees Cemetery. We hope that this information is of some assistance.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah, Stockton Reference Library

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  120. Would it be possible to discover any of the history of a Stockton-on-Tees business, which flourished in the mid nineteenth century?
    William Windels is the name engraved on the installation plate, on the Bishopton Church Clock. Although he installed it, and probably maintained it, and many others in the district, it was probably bought in, from a specialist manufacturer. I wonder if the Town Hall clock, in Stockton was installed by him, is it still in use?

    I was lead to this enquiry, while restoring a remarkably ancient turret clock, which he, William Windels, may have worked on when it was at Friarage House, in Yarm-on-Tees. Reputed to have been in the stable buildings since monastic times. Incredibly the former occupants removed it on leaving!

    Kind Regards,
    Bob Place.
    Appleton Wiske.

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    • Hello Bob, I will e-mail you directly with the information I have found
      Kind regards,
      Adele, Reference Library

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    • Bob, I can not find a “Windels” in Stockton mid-19th C., but there was a William Windle with premises on Stockton High Street. In 1851 his occupation was a silversmith, but by 1861 he describes himself as “Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith”. And by 1861 he had a couple of apprentice watchmakers under him.
      I wonder if this might be your man? He died in 1863, and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard, Stockton.

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  121. I’m trying to find the wife of Frank Dixon her name is Sylvia Dixon and he was friends with John who owned the Princess of Wales in Stockton.
    Frank passed away many years ago but I’m looking for his wife who may be able to help me get pics of my dad

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  122. Morning. Who owns the Mecca bingo hall now and what is it going to be and when is it’s opening date forecasted?
    I’d be grateful for any information of the Leisure company who now owns it

    Thank you
    Kevin

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  123. Can you tell me the name of a fabrication firm in Portrack late 60s early 70s please?
    It began with an ‘S’, my friends husband served his time there but he died recently and his wife is struggling to remember for the eulogy,
    Thank you Mrs Susan Aaron

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  124. Hello – We are trying to trace our family tree and are looking for any old photographs of Parliament Street, Stockton-on-Tees.
    The family was the Mackenzie Family. The boys signed up with the Gordon Highlanders, they lived there around the late 1800s / 1900
    Thanks you

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    • A Duncan Mackenzie, born 29th Jan 1890, father Roderick, was living at 43 Parliament Street when he was admitted to Bowesfield Lane Boys School – if that’s the same family?

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  125. Hi, I am trying to make contact with my mothers family who where from the Thornaby/Stockton area. Her name was Fay Pollock her parents were William Pollock and Rachael Pollock they moved to Yorkshire in the 1930s with her three brothers and two sisters and I can remember in the 1970 visiting the Stockton area to see family who had children younger than myself I would have been around 20.

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    • Peter, here is some initial information about the Pollock family.
      William Edward Pollock married Rachel Bland at Stockton in 1924. They had the following children – John (b.1925), Constance (b.1927), Margery (b.1928), Thomas (b.1931) and Fay (b.1935). By 1939, the family were living in Park Street, Rotherham. William Pollock had been born into a large family so I will try and find if any are still living in the Stockton area.

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    • Your grandfather, William Pollock had the following brothers who all married and had children of their own –
      James Pollock (1896-1960) m. Elizabeth A Ward in 1912.
      John T Pollock (1898-1980) m. Annie McKee in 1920
      Ernest Pollock (1906 – 1973) m. Alice M Dowson in 1933
      Look in the on-line BT Directory and you will find that there are still residents in the area named Pollock.

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  126. Hi my name is Vivien and I am trying to find some information about my grandfather Patrick Burke, he was born in County Sligo, Ireland about 1879 he came over to England not sure when or if he came with his parents or on his own. He worked at Ashmore Benson & sons in Stockton-on-Tees as a labourer before 1914, he must have moved to Altrincham in Cheshire as he was on the electoral register as living at 19 Chapel Street, Altrincham and this is the address from where he joined the Army in 1914. When he came out of the army he married Mary Andrews who was also I think from Ireland. I am struggling to find the information on his time living and working in Stockton-on-Tees.

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    • Vivien, there is a record of a Patrick Burke marrying Mary R Andrews in 1918. Their marriage was registered in Bucklow, a district which covers Altrincham. If you purchase a copy of their marriage certificate from the General Register Office, it should give you the names of the fathers of the bride and groom.

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  127. Looking for the music of the Stockton (later Grangefield) School song “Scholae Stocktonensis Carmen”. Have been advised by Stockton Library to post here. Can anyone help, please? I was at Grangefield 1963-69 but no longer live in the area so can’t search anywhere in person.

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  128. Hi, anyone know Angela Murphy from Yorkshire who visited India, Delhi in 1982 she must have been about 27 and now above 60

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    • Angela Murphy in 1982 visited Delhi, India and stayed in Connaught Place near Regal cinema and most probably she must be 63 yrs now (2019) if any body can let me know Murphy can be her former surname

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  129. Could you please tell me if you have any pictures of Samuel Pratt born in Stockton-on-Tees. (My grandad)
    Best regards Billy Pratt

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  130. Has anyone got any pictures from the hair boutique in Brus House Thornaby, as my neighbour worked there in 1966-1967 and had a photo took with the gazette but we can not find the picture anywhere

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    • If it’s the one in Bowesfield Lane it was called Robinson maternity home, possibly called The Stork (someone correct me if I’m wrong please). I’m presuming you mean maternity not nursing home.

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    • Sorry I meant previously called the Stork. If you are looking for an actual nursing home then there was one called The Queens nursing home again on the corner of Bowesfield Lane and Yarm Lane, type Bowesfield Lane into the search box at the top of the page and you can see a photo of it.

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  131. The Punjaub

    Hi my name is Ashley from New Zealand,

    My ancestors came to New Zealand in 1873 on the clipper sailing ship the Barque ‘Punjaub’. No photos of this vessel are known to exist – so what I am hoping to do is build a scale model. What I would like to get hold of plans of the ship – if possible. I do not know how to do this, or where I could possibly inquire. So any help at all would be wonderful.

    The ship was originally launched from the iron shipbuilding yard of Messrs Richardson, Duck & Co South Stockton about 30th October, 1862 and was registered under entry number 350 on the 10th November, 1862. It’s offical number: 45068. It’s signal letters: VBRL.

    Thank you for your time, and have an enjoyable Easter break,

    Sincerely,

    Ashley

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  132. Does any one have any info on the existence of a St Jude’s church in Stockton around 1922? was probably in Paradise Row or Portrack Lane IF it existed. I have a story from the Hartlepool Daily mail of a relative marrying bigamously in that church: but I can find no mention of the churches existence.

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    • Derek, the church you are thinking of in Paradise Row was a Methodist Chapel in 1900. Methodist’s do not dedicate their chapels to particular saints like other churches do, By coincidence, in October 1900, that Methodist Chapel had as a visiting preacher a Mr W H Jude! But I do not think that there was a church in Stockton dedicated to St Jude.

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    • Hi Derek – I don’t know of a ‘St Jude’s but there was a St John’s in Alma Street… This is where my grandparents married. Sounds far fetched but someone with a cold could have mispronounced St Jude for St John? It wasn’t on Paradise Row but about 100 yds away, near the station. I suspect bigamy wasn’t uncommon… If people were kept apart during the WW1… out of sight, out of mind? Good luck.

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  133. Hey.. So I was in Thornaby the other week and seen the canals never really gave them any thought until that day anyhow what was the purpose of them were they used by the industry that was there Head and Wrightson is it..? And or are they a later addition.. Hope to hear back thanx..

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    • Hi Kenny, The canals were added during the development of Teesdale around 1990. If you search for “Aerial View of Teesdale” on here, you will see the site before the building started, with no canals in sight.

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      • Well… I should have looked closer at that image, it looks like there is one small section of canal, and you can just make out the outline of the central basin and the other legs.

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  134. Does anybody remember the article in The Evening Gazette many years ago about the newspaper seller on Billingham Green seeing an ‘apparition’ in St. Cuthberts graveyard?. I often wonder if anybody else has seen it.

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  135. Hello, does anybody know information about the Butler family who I believe lived/live in Portrack. Also information about Catherine Jennings mother of Stanley (Laurence) Jennings. I’d love to learn more about my family history and I thought this would be helpful, thanks,
    Alfie.

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    • Hi Alfie,
      If you have birth death or marriage dates/places for Catherine I can try to look it up for you. Might help if you know her maiden name.
      The Butler family took up about 25% of Thornaby in the mid 1880’s for a while. I am connect to both families but I need a clue-name date etc

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  136. Hi, I’m looking for any old pictures of my grandparents bungalow, it was called Scotstown and was 92 South Road, Norton. My grandad got the bungalow built for my gran and their 2 daughters about 1954, the surrounding land was their small holding / market garden, any pictures would be a great help to my mam as she has dementia and always longs to go home. Also any pictures of Freddie Fernie who was my grandads best friend, he sold flowers on Stockton market.

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    • Aww I’m just looking through old stories, just seen you lived at South Road, I live in Grange Road, Norton, did you know Mr Fernnie died a couple of weeks ago?

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    • If you enter The Mount Yarm into Google it will take you to the britishlistedbuildings website which has a photo and description of the inside and outside of the building.

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    • I don’t know, but someone must know,
      Clues are:
      1) Under photo it says Hoverton Hill, assume that’s Haverton Hill?
      2) Semi-detached houses with hipped roof, fits with Haverton Hill.
      3) Cranes & a large, long building behind the semi’s, would fit with the shipyard at Haverton Hill.

      Someone might even know who these kids are?
      Great photo wherever it is.

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  137. Hi I was just wondering if there is a source in the library where you can find burial plot no’s as I have been asking the Stockton Register office website (who are very useful) but I need a few and they charge for looking so I want to be able to gather the info myself. I am also looking for a business name as a relative was a restaurant keeper in 1911 on Mandale Road, Thornaby
    Paul

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    • I have previously phoned the cemeteries department of Stockton Council and a very helpful gentleman has looked in the records for burial plots. You need the approximate date of burial and cemetery name. It might be worth trying.

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    • Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Burial plot numbers can be found by contacting Bereavement Services (which is part of Stockton Register Office). The Reference Library does however have an outline plan of Thornaby Cemetery, Yarm Cemetery, Stockton (Durham Road) Cemetery, Stockton (Oxbridge Lane) Cemetery and Norton St. Mary’s Churchyard.

      Photos and monumental inscriptions (but not plot numbers) for some of the gravestones in these cemeteries can be viewed on the Gravestone Photographic Resource website (https://www.gravestonephotos.com/) and http://www.findagrave.com.

      The Reference Library also holds a 1910/1911 Ward’s Directory, which covers Thornaby, on microfilm. Although it is not necessary to book a microfilm reader we advise that you do so in order to avoid a wasted journey. Bookings can be made by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk. Alternatively if you could contact us with the name of your relative then we could have a look for you.

      I hope that this information is of some assistance to you.
      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  138. Hiya I’m looking for a Gazette picture unsure of the year think it’s July-August 77/78. I’m stood in front of Salters Lane Community Centre in a striped rugby top. We had sent a letter to get a new centre as our roof had blown off

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    • Hello Paul,

      The Evening Gazette is held on microfilm in Stockton Reference Library. Although it is not necessary to book a microfilm reader we advise that you do so in order to avoid a wasted journey. Bookings can be made by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

      Alternatively if you are unable to visit the library we can conduct 30 minutes of free research on your behalf. If we were unable to find the picture within that time we can continue to search the newspaper at a cost of £12.50 per 30 minutes.

      I hope that this information helps.
      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  139. Looking to find out about my grandmother Lillian Welch, she had a sister Annie. They lived in Stockton-on-Tees. My grandmother left left for the States around the 1920’s. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.

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  140. In the 80’s I went to Ragworth Junior School I was in the school choir and went to competitions one was at Blackpool we sang in the Winter Gardens and won. Do you have a picture of the choir? I remember we were on the news and in the paper but can’t find anything. Our music teacher was Mrs Crowshaw. Thank you for reading hope to hear back. I would love to find this picture again as its a special piece of my childhood. Thank you again, Sally.

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  141. I’m trying to find my Grandfathers war service record but without knowing what regiment etc he was in I’m struggling. Does anyone know which regiment those called up in 1939-1941 from Stockton were sent to please?

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    • Men called up in 1938-39 were mainly Territorials plus Reservists so were called up in what ever regiment or Corps they were in at the time.
      Norton were Artillery Batteries though there would also be RASC transport, RAOC supplies plus some who would be Durham Light Infantry.
      Thousands were called to the colours and many not to the Regiments or Corps they were assigned to as Troops were mustered for France, the Middle East and other parts of the then Empire.
      The phoney war until April 1940 when the Blitzkrieg started meant many men were relocated and many Tradesmen were sent back home as Steelworkers Shipbuilders and other trades found their men had gone leaving them unable to continue the work required providing war supplies.
      I knew of men brought back from the forces then sent to Gibraltar, Malta and Egypt to repair ships as the Mediterranean and Suez Canal were kept open, it was a world war from day one.
      After Dunquehk the evacuation not forgetting as many men were evacuated from Normandy, Brest, and other French Ports often with huge losses the forces were on their knees, men were called up and sent where needed.
      Italy and Japan entered the war Italy 1940, Japan December 1941, meaning forces were scattered around the world, men would be posted from one Regiment to make up the numbers in another.
      Without the Regimental number or the Unit finding your Grandfathers Unit is almost impossible. Are there any pictures showing badges or even where he was posted and a date that would help.
      Frank.

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      • Sometimes people went into regiment that was related to their employment. My father was in the Territorials serving in REME, because he worked for the local railway company LNER. So when the war started and the Territorials were called up first, he was serving in France in REME.

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        • Cliff, REME was only formed in 1942 from the RE, RASC, RAOC and from Regimental Driver Mechanics. Most railway men went into the Royal Engineers (RE) and the main training area was Longmoor Bordon Hampshire, I was there for a couple of weeks and got to drive engines around the miles of track they trained on.
          REME came into being on October 1st 1942 to try and bring some organisation into maintenance and recovery of Armour damaged or broken down on the battlefield and proved successful in the try out at El Alamein where the number of tanks damaged or broken down was in the hundreds and most were recovered and sent back into battle. The German Army had taught the British that holding the battlefield when the armour retired to arm up and refuel worked, they had fewer tanks than us though they could field those same tanks next day plus some of our own being used against us.
          I was DLI and transferred without consultation to REME, kicking and screaming as I loved the DLI. By then it was fully formed with its own CREME, (Commander REME). after training I was posted to the Middle East 662 Armoured Troops Workshops with 4th RTR, three deserts later and a spell in Cyprus saw me in Germany as front line REME alway having to hold the battlefield and recover what we could, repair it and get it back in action. (Cold war seemed hot to us) The REME motto being “Arte Et Marte” BY Skill and by Fighting.
          We we’re always told it meant Skilled Engineer first, Soldier Always, that is the way it still is as the Army went to Iraq and Afghanistan plus everywhere in the world Soldiers serve, there will always be some REME there.
          I went up through the ranks to ASM, (WO1) Artificer Sergeant Major always with forward field workshops looking after armour, our one reason for being to keep the Armour Rolling. Wars are won by those you never hear about.
          Frank.

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          • Frank, thank you very much for that brief history of REME. That will come in very useful when I start work on my Dad’s biography. I have photos of him under canvas when in the Territorials, so that location in Hampshire is probably where his outfit was camped. Like most Territorials he did it for the extra money he was paid, never expecting that he would ever have to go to war!

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            • Cliff, you can also write the Royal Engineers were also a fighting Regiment. I was with the Armoured Engineers in Germany, they went forward and put the bridges across rivers or ferried us over on motorised rafts.
              In the Middle East when we saw IED’s (nothing new about them) we called in the engineers to defuse it, they also lifted the minefields, much like us with Armour hang on to your hats men.
              I cannot confirm it but think Royal Engineers Longmoor Hampshire is now more of a Museum and still have miles of lines, they had everything from trench trains WW1 to modern Diesels, it could be worth looking it up and paying a visit.
              Frank.

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              • Frank thank you for your answer that has answered my own question relating to my father who was in the local unit as a Territorial or as a militiaman.
                He always wore a DLI badge on his blazer of which he was immensely proud but had gone to War as RASC to guard the internees on the Isle of Man then too the 8th Army in N Africa subsequently Italy.
                However I still don’t know what happened to my Uncle George who was in the Unit with my father.Their eldest brother Charlie Helyer whose son played for Stockton, was an ex East Yorks Regular who spent 7 years in UK in the 20’s being kept in Aldershot to represent the Regt in sport and as a machine gunner;
                He was not allowed to rejoin the Colours due to working in the “steel” and so I was wondering if George served or if he was also involved in a reserved occupation, though his own son now in OZ served in the RN, after the War his grandfathers Service in WW1.
                So I am wondering if anyone should they have memories of the unit would know of my father and Uncle but more importantly have photos.
                I am ex RAMC and wonder what was the size of the medical section? was this part of the Unit which I believe was searchlight and stayed in UK till after D-Day or were they odds and sods called up to elsewhere
                Thank you for any help you can afford me

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          • My father Bill Evans was called up in 1939 as a territorial and posted to Malton Yorkshire with the Durham Light Infantry. He was transferred to Derby about 1942 and became a staff sergeant in the REME until the end of the war. I have the 1st REME Christmas Card 1942.

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  142. Hi, just wondered do you have any information or photos of Christoph Christian Schumm (1858-1923) of 39 Portrack or Schumm Butchers/family. He was my great great grandad. Many thanks

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    • There are a number of references to members of the Schumm family in the pages of The Daily Gazette, which covered Stockton and Middlesbrough in the late 1800s. It may be available via your local library if it subscribes to one of the digitised newspaper websites. The only reference to Christian Schumm was in the paper for 8 February 1878. A report covered cases heard at the Middlesbrough Police Court. One of these cases involved 6 boys who had stolen articles of meat from Christian Schumm, a pork butcher in West Street.
      It looks as if his relatives were also in the butchery trade as there were articles mentioning the butchers George Schumm of Cannon Street, and a Henry Schumm in Newport Road. On 28 April 1896, the newspaper announced the death of Eberhard Schumm aged 80 in Wurtemberg, Germany. Presumably he was connected to the local Schumm families on Teesside.

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  143. Hello All. My name is Barry Cox son of Brian and Marlene Cox who lived in Alexandra Street, Oxbridge, Stockton from about 1960 to 1970. I’m trying to find information from My dads side of the family. On my dads birth certificate he is registered as John Brian Cox born 2 Dec 1934. I am led to believe his dad was also Brian Cox who married Doris Batey. I think Brian must have died because Doris (Dolly) re-married a man called Ernest Cuthbert. I am led to believe that Doris and Brian also lived in Oxbridge in one of the streets off Light Pipe Hall Road?
    I now live in Spain but have many fond memories of Alexandra Street. If anyone can shed any light on my dads first father it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    • Hello Barry,

      Thank you for your enquiry, I shall email you directly with the information that I have found.
      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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    • Hello Barry, here is some information about your grandfather. He was born on 21 August 1903 and named John Cox. In the summer of 1930 he married Doris Batey (b.18 Oct. 1910). Their first child, Margaret was born 19 June 1930. Your father, John Brian Cox was born 2 December 1934. In 1939, the family was living at 9 Hamilton Street, Thornaby, with the father, John Cox being employed as a brewery labourer. John Cox’s death was registered in March 1940, he was only 36 years old. His death cannot have been due to WW II as the first bombs did not fall on Stockton until June 1940. In the summer of 1945, Doris Cox married Ernest Cuthbert.

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  144. Hi. Can anyone help me find anyone who knew the Bulmer family. My father William was born in 1928 address of birth is 5 Carpenter Square. He had brothers and sisters Bobby, Louisa, Edward,Emily. Violet. My father left Stockton aged 14 came South and raised me and my two brothers in London. I used to visit as a child and have now reconnected with my cousins. Hope someone remembers them.

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    • Denise, for information, by 1939 the Bulmer family was living at 42 Laburnum Avenue, Thornaby. It comprised John and Elizabeth Bulmer, and their 6 children.

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        • Yes, Laburnum Avenue is still there Denise, you will find it via Streetmap or similar on-line maps. It is on an estate that was built for Council tenants in the early 1930s.

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          • Thank you so much for your help. On my next trip to Stockton I will check that address out and others that I have.

            Once again thank you.

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            • I was so impressed with your help regarding the Bulmer family and helping with my father. I have been searching since for details regarding my Uncle Edward Bulmer and his wife Sheila passed the cencus of 1939. He wasn’t married at the tme of that cencus (he was born in 1925) but I would like to know where he ended up living when he got married. I have been told that they lived at 60 Ashfield Ave around 1955.56 & 57. I have been unable to find any electoral list for that time.

              Is that anything that you could help me with.

              Best regards
              Denise.

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      • Carol Bulmer lives in Thornaby. Everybody in Thornaby knows Carol. Her husband Lol Bulmer died about 18 years ago he was Manager at the Lamp Post Factory in Thornaby called Pette Jeans a french company

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  145. Hi, I was curious to see if there was any photos of the old Corby Lodge house on Junction Road, owned by a Mrs Armitage? I’ve been struggling to come across anything showing the original building.
    😊

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    • I do not have a photograph of Corby Lodge Junction Road Norton. I do however know the Armitage family well since 1937-38. At that time the family lived on the corner of Junction Road and Grantham Road. I used to play with John.Jean and Audrey Armitage before the second world war started.
      In those days Mrs. Edith Armitage was a qualified doctor and indeed was our family doctor. It was very rare at this time to have a lady doctor. Her husband C.V. Armitage was an LDS, RCS Dental Surgeon on Norton Road. They employed a cook, maid, nursemaid (Charlotte), handyman (William) who looked after Mr. Armitage’s 1937/38 Jaguar car. This particular house caught fire and was very severely damaged. This was repaired and the family were still living in it when my Mother and I evacuated from Grantham Road in 1939. When we returned to Norton in 1943 I feel sure the Armitages were still living in this house. Sometime during the war and after Anthony Armitage was born they moved into Tyson Hodgson’s house on Junction Road next to Newstead Farm. I cannot remember if it was called Corby Lodge when Tyson Hodgson had the house but I too remember it was Corby Lodge which became the home of the Armitage family. Indeed my wife and I visited Dr. Edith Armitage at Corby Lodge who was by then a widow in the 70’s. None of the massive redevelopment building had been started at that time. However, Newstead Farm and Corby Lodge became Contisbury Road etc. If you look up my references in Pictures Stockton you will see I served my apprenticeship with Mr. C.V. Armitage who was one of the first dental surgeons to become an FDS, RCS. His private dental practice, even prior to the NHS, was considerable as he was also the dental surgeon for ICI Billingham. He employed 3 dental mechanics and 2 apprentices. I left there in 1951 to take up employment at Leeds Dental School and Hospital where I became Senior Instructor in Prosthetic Dentistry. That title meant any replacement to the head.
      J. Norman Kidd

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      • Norman, you really are awe-inspiring being able to recount so much detail from upto 80 years ago. I always read your posts, as they are always so fascinating and educational. Cliff

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      • Sorry that I do not have a picture that you are seeking. I had a photograph at one time of my sister and I standing in the the driveway of the their home. I can’t remember if it was Corby Lodge though. It most likely was taken in 1944 when I was sixteen. I will try to contact my niece, who resides in England, to see if she may have a copy in her late Mother’s photographs. How lovely it was to read about the Armitage family in your post. I knew Charlotte, the children’s nursemaid, from when I was a child. Her family lived next door to my family in Greta Road in Norton and she would often bring the children to visit her parents, so I also got to play and visit with them.

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        • Dear Dorothy,
          I hope this is not too late to contact you but I have just read your Comment in Pictures Stockton 27th Sept.2020.

          I see your surname is Marquiz, did they name one of the new roads after your family name? I seem to think I have read it somewhere.
          As I stated I new the Armitage family well and Charlotte who looked after John who was my friend in 1938-40 and Jean and Audry. We used to play in their garden and the air raid shelter in those days.
          I am sad that I have lost touch with them all, I never new Anthony as he was a late arrival, although I think I did meet him when he was working at Harrods briefly.
          Norton was a great village to live in and like salmon I have to go back and look around my early life area. The property is still in excellent shape but such a lot of new building. When you lived in Greta Road id you ever get you milk from Tunstalls Farm? if you did I may have delivered you milk! I used to love helping on the farm and helped many times at the weekend, Mr Tunstall used to give me 2/6 for helping and very often lunch.
          I send my good wishes to you and hope this finds you in Good Health.
          J.Norman Kidd.

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    • Hi Ian,
      We believe the Bridge may have been named after George Fossick, he was an engineer who co-founded Fossick and Hackworth the engineering firm based on Norton road in 1839.
      The bridge was built in in 1833 then closed and embanked in 2005.
      I hope this helps
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  146. Does anyone have any photos of Clarks chemist on Durham Road and the roller skating rink and milk bar on Norton Road in the 60s. I am trying to gather some photos on behalf of my mum.
    thanks

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  147. My Great Grandfather, George Fletcher (1835 – 1904) is listed as an Architect & Builder in Trades Directories, with premises on Prince Regent Street. I was told that he built many houses on Yarm Road and the surrounding streets in Eaglescliffe. Does anyone know how I can find out more detail about his business undertakings?

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    • Paul, you will find various references to George Fletcher in the “Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough” as it also covered news from Stockton on Tees. The paper has been digitised and is amongst those available on-line from British Library Newspapers. Check with your local library about access to this site at http://www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries. I am able to access the site from home via my local library card, but this depends upon your library service.

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  148. Do you have any pictures of Ragworth School Choir in the 1980s? They did a lot of concerts and competitions one in Blackpool Winter Gardens, the singing teacher was Mrs Crowshaw

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  149. Does anyone know of any artist that has drawn, painted or taken photos of Port Clarence that could be bought as gifts. Father in Laws 60th and he says he always feel back at home there

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  150. I’m researching the Cuthbert family, most of who were from Stockton, although the head of the family was born in Yorkshire. The 1881 census shows that the family (David, Elizabeth and their children George, Lizzie and Louisa) were grocers, which I assume to be a family business set up by themselves. The address given in the census is “22 Smithfield, Stockton” but I cannot seem to find it anywhere. I’m hoping to find pictures or more details of the family business (and of course any information about the family themselves).

    Thanks

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    • Hi Megan, Smithfield was one of the streets that was demolished in the Housewife Lane Improvement Scheme in the 1920s. Go to the following map
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/102341737
      Zoom into Stockton High Street. Go to the Parish Church, to the right of the church lay the cattle market. There is an “L” shaped street running off the right hand side of the cattle market, if you follow that street down towards the river you will see that it is named “Smithfield”.

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  151. Hi, We are looking for an official legal proof/document confirming that ICI does not exist anymore. Could you please help us?

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    Sarya

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  152. Whilst using AA Route Planner to plan a route from my home in Raunds I discovered that there is a Raunds Avenue in Stockton.

    I am guessing that there must be a connection with my home town and was wondering whether you are able to give me any further information as to how the name of the street came about.

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    • Hi Gordon,
      Looking at the roads surrounding Raunds Avenue, Roseworth it appears that they have been named after places which begin with the letter R (presumably because they are located in Roseworth).

      I hope that this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  153. My Great Grandparents had a shoe shop in Stockton-on-Tees he was John Tilley Oram and married Mary Digby they had 6 children my Grandmother was Annie Jane Oram born 1877. My Great great Grandfather was John Oram he was a captain of a ship? John Tilley Oram was born in Northamptonshire. Has any old photos of the shop or information please

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    • Valerie, the 1881 Census shows John T Oram working in Rothwell, the town in which he lived and worked for most of his life. He was only in Stockton-on-Tees for a few years in the late 1870s. He may have had his own shop, or he may have been working for somebody else. You might find the answer to your search by buying a copy of Harriet’s birth certificate from 1879. You can obtain this from the Registration Office in Stockton. Good Luck.

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  154. A long shot indeed!!! Any one out there related to Hughs’s who lived in Danby Road, Biddy & William Hughs, Biddy if my right was Sullivan before she married William, they moved like many others from old Stockton area’s Houswife lane, Thistlegreen, Snowdons yard, and were moved into Swainby & Danby road, two of Biddy’s sons Jacky & Billy I knew very well, they were mates of my father Robert Casey, Billy I beleive was a merchant seaman during the war as my late father Robert was also. My reason for wanting to contact any relatives of Biddy is she had a brother Pat Sullivan, he lived in Housewife lane just a few doors away from my grandad Robert Casey, Pat and Robert joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderes together 1912, I never knew untill Danby &Swainby were demolished that Biddy had on her living room wall a photo of Pat & Robert in thier K.O.S.B uniforms, I’m hoping that when the house in Danby road was demolished some one would have taken the old photo to look after and cherish.
    My hope is that if this old photo has survived would you let me pay for a copy, I never got to see my grandad Robert Casey, he died 1939, no photo that I know of ever came down through my Casey family.
    A long shot or a miricle needed but got to try.
    All the very best to all.
    Derek

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  155. Hi does anyone have any old photographs of old Ford Place Hume Street and surrounding areas? I spent a happy childhood around that area.

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  156. Hi, does anyone have any photographs of Hamilton Street, Thornaby? I was born at number 4 in 1958. I have searched archives etc, but none exist. Did your family live there? Do you have any family shots in the street? I would be very grateful for any pictures. Many thanks. Robin Hodson

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  157. I am researching the loss of the Haverton Hill built ship ‘Svend Foyn’ which foundered after collision with an iceberg off Cape farewell on 21st March !943, on behalf the sister of one of those lost. I noted in your site that the survivors were rescued by USCGC ‘Algonquin’ (WPG75) and that one of them wrote a report of the rescue.

    Can anyone point me to that report please? I have contacted USCG Museum and Veterans, but no response.

    Many thanks

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  158. Hi, do you have any details for the following
    address’ around 1901.

    2 Union Square Stockton. Home of John William Cook. Zone of Matthew and Sarah.

    Also for 12 Ann Street where the family then lived around 1911.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Sara.

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  159. Hi I have been tracing the Di Duca family who were ice cream manufacturers or vendors in the Stockton area. Does anyone know anything about this family, have photos or any information that I can pass to my daughter in laws family who descend from the Di Duca’s

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    • Sally, the 1911 Census shows Gussippe Di Duca as an ice cream dealer in West Hartlepool. But he and his wife, Marta, had lived in Stockton for several years around 1905, as two of their children (Maria and Giovanni) had been born in Stockton. At Hartlepool, Gussippe’s brothers Marco (27), Domenic (23) and Luigi (18) were living with the family and helping in the family ice cream business.

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  160. Hello, I am interested in Fishburn as I believe I have family connections to this county, I am looking for anyone who knew or knows of a Miss Winnerfred Coates from Fishburn Terrace I can go back as early 1940s.
    I would be highly delighted for the tiniest of information yours sincerely
    Angela smith

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    • Angela, in 1939 Winifred Coates was living with her parents William (b.1882) and Sarah (b,1885) at 4 Fishburn Terrace. Wm. Coates and Sarah A Wren had married in 1903 and had had a large family. But by 1939, only Norman (b.1920), Winifred (b.1922) and Joyce (b.1926) were living at home. Winifred married John A Wilkinson in late 1948. Hope this helps.

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  161. This maybe a long shot but I could do with a bit of help putting a name to a face. My father worked at Thornaby Steam Shed between 1960-1963 and he knew a fellow Locomotive Cleaner but tragically one of his fellow friends passed away around 1962 from a tragic motorcycle accident. I do have a picture available if you have any ideas.
    Thank You.

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  162. I am in the process of finishing up a book of memoirs called A Stockton Childhood by the late Juliet O’Connor who was Juliet Wood when she attended Grangefield Grammar in the late 1950s early 1960s. Does she appear in any of the class photos on this site? Would be great to include one in the book!

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  163. Does anyone have any archive video clips of a race or races at the old Teesside Park/Stockton racecourse perhaps from the 1970s. I have seen Rag trade winning there on the ITV vault but that was last fence and run in only and I would like if possible to see a whole race. Any possible sources would be much appreciated.

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    • I have a DVD copy of a Tyne Tees Television film that traces the journey of the River Tees from its headwaters to the sea, part of the film was shot at Stockton Racecourse, there are some interesting shots of the crowds, bookmakers and parts of races, the film was made in about 1962, it can be viewed on the BFI website or I can extract parts of it for you, if you are interested then contact me at billinghamlad@gmail.com

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  164. This is a query of last resort! It would appear that all records of who lived where in old Thornaby were kept by nobody on local or area councils in the years 1901 to 1920ish. I have been trying for several years to find who lived at or owned this address. Before I finally surrender does anyone have a sliver of information which may help please?

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      • According to Wards Directory for 1921-22 3 St Pauls Road was occupied by W Sunley Joiner. He was still there in the 1939 Census John W Sunley, single born in July 1878. Also at that address Ada Fuszard and Edward W Fuszard. At this time his occupation is Air Raid Shelter Labourer. Ada Fuszard was an “Unpaid Domestic Servant” while her son (?) Edward is an “Apprentice Metal Worker”

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        • Hi Albert and Cliff,
          Thanks for your good work. Sad to say that you have both brought me to the place when I asked the question. I owe you both an explanation.
          The W. (Wallace) Sunley was my great grandfather. His second daughter was Ada b.1875 in Guisborough. She doesn’t appear on 1901 census but was in York in 1911.
          Edward F.Fuszard was born St Helier. 1901 census saw in in Ripon in digs as a journeyman bread baker. He is not on any 1911 census.
          The pair of them married in the Peel Street Primitive Methodist Church in Thornaby in 1917 from a residence of 3, St Pauls Road. Edward died in 1923 having had only one child.
          My grandmothers & uncles & aunts are all within a few streets and all traceable except Ada and Edward from 1901 to 1917 (their wed). Cliff mentioned the annual register of electors: unfortunately they don’t exist for the period. I tried Durham, Stockton, Tees-side and Guisborough some years ago: somehow while the responsibility for Thornaby was passed around the records appear to have been binned.
          To make things even odder. I tried attacking it from a religious viewpoint – searching all Methodist records. I had been told by two contemporary people and one direct next generation of Edward , that he was a Methodist lay Preacher. Not only is there no mention of him in Methodist records but curiously, the Preacher who married then was not a Rev! The preacher who married them was in place from 1911 to 1920/21.
          So I do believe I am stuck. What attracted then both to Thornaby sometime between 1912 and 1916ish I may never know.

          Thanks for trying to help. This hobby sure does help to keep some grey cells moving!

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      • There is no entry in the 1901 Census for St Pauls Road, so I don’t think it had been built. But there is an entry for the 1911 Census. It was the home of Joseph (35) and Mary Ellen (34) Davies and their family. He was a Mill Loader at a local Ironworks.
        If you want information from later years, I suggest that you look up the names of the householders in the annual register of electors. Copies may be held at Stockton Local History Library.

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      • Hi. I managed to search the 1911 census using the address and got the following for you:
        Joseph Davies (35) Head – Mill Loader. Ironworks
        Mary Ellen Davies (34)
        William Robinson (37)- brother in law. Labourer
        Elsie Davies (8) daughter
        William Davies (4) son
        Frederick Davies (2) son
        Elizabeth Small (15) servant

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    • Edward Wallace Fuszard b1919: married to Olga M. Macey 1944
      Residence 1971: 94 Acklam Road, Thornaby on Tees.
      My character reference letter [18th April 1971] for employment from Mr Fuszard.
      1st Thornaby Boys Brigade [Peel Street, Methodist Church]
      Rank: Officer
      St Johns Ambulance Brigade [Stockton and Thornaby Division]
      Located a short distance from the five lamps (in 1971) towards the Town Hall (same side on Mandale Road) in Thornaby on Tees.
      Rank: Divisional Superintendent

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      • The London Gazette : State Intelligence
        The Grand Priory in the British Realm
        of The Most Venerable Order
        of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
        The Queen has been graciously pleased to sanction the following promotions
        in and appointments to The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem:
        Edward Wallace Fuszard
        Friday, 2nd July 1965
        As Serving Brother
        Thursday, 26th February 1976
        As Officer (Brother)

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  165. My Grandmothers brother was Zachariah Hick born 1891 died 1955 he lived at 19 Longley Street, Stockton-on-Tees. When he died his brother took his hand cart? Is there any pictures of fish sellers carts it would be interesting to see.

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  166. Hi, this is a very big long shot but here goes…. I am looking for any information and possible pictures of Katherine (kitty) Blyth nee turner. Kitty was born in 1909 in Stockton, she was injured in a bombing raid in 1942 in Norton. She was cut from the rubble but later died from gangrene, would there be any news paper articles or anywhere I could look for info or pictures?

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    • Angela, in the 1939 register of residents, Kate Blyth is recorded as living at 44 Ancaster Road, Norton, with her family, including 7 year old Dennis. She was laid to rest as Kitty Blyth in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

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    • Angela, are you sure that the bombing raid was 1942?
      The following website, gives details of the bombing raids on Stockton and surrounding area. The raid on 15 August 1941, killed a number of people in Norton, and demolished houses in Ancaster Road where Kitty was living. It may be that Kitty died of her injuries some time later in 1942?
      http://heritage.stockton.gov.uk/stories/get-that-light-out-the-bombing-of-stockton-1940-43/

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    • Hi Angela,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      We hold the Evening Gazette in Stockton Reference Library on microfilm from 1860 onwards. If you would like to view the newspaper you can just pop in, however we do advise booking a microfilm reader to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a reader by contacting us on 01642 528079 or reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.
      Kind regards
      Adele

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  167. Does any one in Thornaby 1937-1950 remember my Uncle Alfred Kidd with his garages at the bottom of Thornaby bank. He was an agent for Morris cars and had about five different petrols for sale from all new pumps?
    J.Norman Kidd.

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  168. Looking for a map that shows Pigeon Street in Thornaby. It is mentioned in early census records as being in the Trafalgar Street area, but may have had its name changed, as all of the maps I have looked at, at Stockton library don’t show it. My great grandfather was born there shortly after his parents came over from Northern Ireland.

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    • Bob, I have been unable to find Pigeon Street on a map, but the 1861 Census lists houses in “Pigeon St Trafalgar Street”. The first page of District 16 in the 1861 Census, lists the various roads in the enumeration area. The sequence in which those roads are listed reflects their geographical position, working from the south end of Trafalgar Street northwards towards the Ferry. Pigeon Street, appears to have been an extension of Trafalgar Street, and was eventually assimilated into the main thoroughfare.

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  169. Anyone in the Thornaby area, especially members of St. Patrick’s RC Church on Westbury Street, know what The ’50’ Club was/is? Any information would be much appreciated.

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  170. Is there any information on the Chinese restaurant located on Yarm Lane Stockton in 1964. Or photographs? It may have been called China Restaurant.

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  171. Does anybody remember the old weigh bridge on Church Road, and was it turned into a toilet in the 60s? There was the Municipal Buildings then a big stretch of green in front and I’m sure a public toilet there that you had to go downstairs to use it.

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    • The situation you describe is, I suspect, as it is now, Before the Municipal Building, Police station and Library were built in their current location the area was occupied by the Stockton cattle market. Regret that I can not be certain but I vaguely recall the toilet being on The Square (where the top of Church Road is now) and the weighbridge is a fairly certainty at a cattle market (I think this may have been on the markets exit on the High Street side.

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    • I know there was a cattle market as described off Church Road where the library now is. The weighbridge (I assume) was so there wouldn’t be a dispute when selling cattle. Old maps show sketches of the green and houses there too. The ‘Cattle Market’ pub still exists opposite the Parish church in Church Road. The cattle auction was still there at least in the 1940’s, possibly 50’s. There may have been an underground toilet there but I can only remember one between the Shambles and the Town Hall in the centre of the High St. It had a thick glass tiled roof to provide natural light but was filled in and replaced with modern facilities several years ago. To be honest it seems a more likely site as market traders and shoppers alike would use it.

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  172. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Christine Weims, she was my very first girlfriend, we were both about 7 years old and she left What was then Billingham in Co. Durham to move with her family to another part of the country. I would love to get in touch with her to see how her life has panned out.

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  173. I remember watching a meeting on the ICI cricket pitch at Billingham and the athlete I remember was Harry Whittle he was the Captain of the Olympic team at Helsinki. Is there any pictures of this man performing at this event and what year was it taken, it would be the early 1950.

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  174. I am trying to find the location of Bath Street, Stockton mentioned on a 1882 birth certificate of the Registration District of Stockton but cannot find it. It may be a Middlesbrough address. Any suggestions? Also was Middlesbrough part of Stockton Registration District in those times?

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    • Peter, Use the following link to look up a map of Stockton from the 1890s.
      https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100488
      You can zoom in and enlarge the map.
      Go to the extreme northern end of the HIgh Street.
      Look for King Street on the right hand side.
      Go along King Street and you will find Bath Street is the 5th road on the left.

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    • Bath Street, Stockton was obviously where the swimming baths were. From the High Street down Church Road and left into Bath Street. I lived my childhood on Stockton High Street

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    • Peter, the Ordnance Survey people surveyed this area in 1938 and their subsequent map shows Diamond Road in a half-completed state. But I do not know whether the other half was completed before or after WWII.

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    • I was a young child when Diamond Road was built, and it was in the early 1930s I am now coming up to my 98th year. I was brought up in Thornaby from 3 years old and attended Queen Street school and Arthur Head. I left Thornaby in 1955.

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  175. Harry Pearson and apprentice Gilbert Oram working in blacksmith shop behind William the fourth pub 1966. Are there any pictures from local Gazette?

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  176. Trying to get a copy of a gazette photo from 1970’s. Billingham lollypop lady retires. Photo taken outside Asda Billingham near John whitehead Park. I’m the little boy in picture, aged about 9 or 10.

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    • Hi Paul,
      We hold the Evening Gazette in Stockton Reference Library on microfilm from 1860 onwards. If you would like to view the newspaper you can just pop in, however we do advise booking a microfilm reader to avoid a wasted journey. You can book a reader by contacting us on 01642 528079 or at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk.

      Kind regards, Hannah

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