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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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    • There are a few images on the “Britain from Above” website that include this area,

      https://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/

      Search for the following Images references:
      EPW038888 (1932)
      EAW024103 (1949)
      EAW024104 (1949)

      Not exactly photos of that specific area but they give you a good overview.
      (When the site isn’t undergoing maintenance you can register for free which allows you to zoom in to see a little bit more detail.)

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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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      • Initial digging suggests the one you mention is the daughter of Martin Murray, who married Bridget Shaw in Durham in the 4th quarter of 1873. It appears that the Bridget in the same 1891 workhouse census (born Ireland aged 38 ) is her mother and siblings are Kate b.1878, Simon b. 1881, Bridget b1888 and Michael b. 1891. Shaw is the mother’s maiden name shown on some of the children’s birth records.

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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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      • During my time at Richard Hind both male and female pupils went to Lustram Hall (1971/77), however the picture referenced above is not of the hall, it’s a mill by the looks of it

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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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      • The answer to the question “which church it was the vicarage” is hinted at by the name of the road it was on… St Paul’s Road. St Paul’s Church was initially on Wellington Street. The church building still exists today… just not in Stockton!! but as St Andrew’s, Blackhall.
        (find out more here – https://heritage.stockton.gov.uk/articles/buildings/the-inside-out-church/
        See the church here – https://goo.gl/maps/CszD4DRBaAYJEZvZA )
        Bishopton Lane pre-dates the Vicarage, being the road towards Bishopton village?, so I would assume that it was just the terrace of houses next to the vicarage that was called Vicarage Terrace. Vicarage Terrace was on Bishopton Lane, just like the large houses opposite and down the bank are called Newby Terrace.

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        • Dear May UK, Thank you for filling in some life-long gaps and loose bricks in my knowledge.

          The article needs a correction though. We always considered Bishopton Road started at the junction with Durham Road and the mainline railway bridge. Bishopton Lane only went from there to the junction with Norton Rd and the High St.

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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. 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 Bull Inn in Sadberge. My father, William Matthew was one of 4 children (Vera, Desmond and Avril) of William and Janet. I don’t know much more than this! I live in the South and must have cousins still in the area!

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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 (see https://picturestocktonarchive.com/2012/10/15/wilyman-son-painting-contractors-c1921/) located at 14 Nelson Terrace in Stockton.

      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 but by the 1921-22 Ward’s Directory he had moved to 14 Nelson Terrace.

      John Edward died in 1952, and it appears that his wife, Jenny, took over the premises as she is listed at 14 Nelson Terrace 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 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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    • The Stockton & Thornaby Herald and Teesside Weekly Herald.
      Saturday, February 22, 1913.
      Page 4: Barrel of Rum Swerved. – A Rollerman killed at Stockton.
      The sad circumstances surrounding the death of a married man named Herbert Easby, aged 27, a rollerman employed upon the Quayside, and residing at 13, Selwyn street , Stockton, were investigated by Coroner J. Hyslop Bell, in the magistrates’ room of the local court-house on Friday morning.
      The first witness was Thomas Easby, father of the deceased, who said his son had a wife and four children, and had always been a steady, hard working man.
      Easby received the full weight of the barrel upon him. He did not speak, and when witness lifted him he found his head was terribly crushed, so a taxi was called for the purpose of removing him to the hospital, but he died on the way.
      The above are extracts from the paper and I do have the full article.
      If you wish to contact me, google “Michael Hymer WikiTree” and use the profile manager link.

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  25. 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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  26. 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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    • There were actually two ‘locomotive’ inns. The Locomotive Inn and the New Locomotive Inn. I know someone whose ancestors owned both.

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      • Bob McIntosh – Any idea of dates, names and addresses of when the people actually ran either the Locomotive or the New Locomotive please? Old photos would be welcome whatever condition. I have a small collection of coins which includes a £2.00 coin with the locomotive but only old gadgies like me seem interested, ha ha!!

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        • Date: ‘ moved from The Locomotive to the New Locomotive sometime between 1870 and 1880’ Names, I’ll enquire and get back to you. Are you OK now for the exact locations, Locomotive Inn on Norton Road, Tilery end, New Locomotive on the corner between Stewart Street and Tilery Road. My dad used to drink in the New Locomotive Inn just after the war, I expect he remembers a lot more about this! At that point it was run by his friends family the Glancy’s, John Glancy his friend, later became Headmaster of St. Peter and Paul’s on Durham Road (St. Gregory’s now I think). He is mentioned elsewhere on Picture Stockton.

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        • The Locomotive Inn at the Tilery end of Norton Road is still extant although no longer a public house. If you look up Clarence Street on Google Maps, on the corner where this runs into Richmond Street there is a building marked 149 opposite First Fit Tyres, it has a red union flag painted on the side. I think this was the Inn, I visited this building some years ago when I was researching my family history and spoke to the then owner. In 1861 the Innkeeper was my great-great-great grandmother Elizabeth Turnbull and by 1881 she and her daughter Catherine were living in the New Locomotive Inn, now demolished which stood on the corner of Stewart Street and Tilery Road. The 1881 census has Catherine listed as the Innkeeper of this establishment, she married William Richardson and they had four sons, one of whom was the renowned Stockton architect Thomas William Turnbull Richardson. Elizabeth died in 1888 and Catherine is listed as a retired Innkeeper in the 1891 census and is living a short distance from the old Locomotive Inn which by this time had been renamed the Commerical Inn.

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          • Thank you so much for your information – it is very helpful. I will certainly look up censuses and names which will provide relevant details. My dad worked at John Nicholson grocery warehouse (at Major St) in the 50’s and early 60’s and would have used it with his colleagues for a ‘liquid lunch’!! Their then ‘sweet warehouse’ next door is now Bill Boyd’s gym I think. Cheers 🙂

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  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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    • 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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  36. 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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