700th Anniversary of Stockton Market, May 2010

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The event took place in May 2010 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Stockton market. As a member of Stockton Camera Club we were asked to go along on the day to take photographs of the market celebrations etc. At one point I was standing in front of the platform watching the then Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Tom Wright making a speech when someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would like to go inside the Town Hall to photograph the signing a new charter… so I said yes!

In May 1310, Bishop Bek of Durham signed a charter proclaiming ‘To our town of Stockton a market upon every Wednesday for ever’ – and since then the market has been in Stockton’s High Street every Wednesday and Saturday.

Photographs and details courtesy of Brian Swales.

Stockton Market c1940s/1950s

t13159A view of the Northern end of the High street including Stockton Market, Victoria Buildings, the Royal Oak, the Parish Church, Maxwell’s Corner, Norton Road Congregational Church, Robinsons, Sparks Café, Boots and Marks and Spencer. A busy bustling market scene with lots to see, people, prams, cars, buses and fashion c1940s/50s?

Photograph and details courtesy of Jonathan May.

Market Day, Stockton

t854Market Day on Stockton High Street. The view includes Callers-Pegasus (1971-2006) and The Golden Egg Restaurant (1974-1977) which we believe never reopened after a fire. A sign for ‘Books’ the ladies fashion shop (1936-1983) can also be seen.