Elephants In Stockton

This picture shows Elephants from Billy Smart’s Circus travelling along Norton Road toward the High Street. I don’t have a date but somebody with a knowledge of Stockton may recognise the building next to the railway bridge with the writing on the roof. The car parked near to the shops certainly has a 1950s look about it.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Number 1 Hartburn Lane (The Laurels)

I remembered there were a few comments on Picture Stockton in the past regarding No. 1 Hartburn Lane (The Laurels) but there were no photographs of it.

Mystery House (possibly Judge Cohens) – this image was actually a property on Richmond Road

No. 1 Hartburn Lane has been mentioned as… a former home of Judge Cohen later to become a children’s home and possibly then flats in the 1980’s.
It was demolished in the 1990’s. The site was then redeveloped to be the site of St. Marks Care Home, which now stands unused.

I came across a photograph that includes No. 1 Hartburn Lane so thought people might like to see it posted here, even though it’s poor quality…

Image and details courtesy of Jonathan May.

Bishopton Lane, Stockton

These two images show the same building on Bishopton Lane at two different times, one of the shots was taken from the area of the Railway Station, the other from the High Street end. I am unable to tell which is the earlier of the two but am leaning toward the shot from the Railway Station.

The people are clothed in a similar fashion, there are gas lamps in both pictures and no sign of motor vehicles in either. It may be possible to date when the change of use came about in trade directories or other documents. If anybody can date it please send a comment.

Images courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Rowan Yard, Norton

The street sign for Rowan Yard in Norton. In the late 1700s, this yard housed one of the two blacksmiths in Norton, the other being on Norton Green. Rowan Yard opposite the Red Lion serviced both the village and the Sunderland to York coach from 1780s – 1836.

Nicholson Street and Leonard Street, Portrack

A photograph of Edith Place taken at the corner of Nicholson Street with houses in Leonard Street along the top c1948.

In reply to a comment made by Derek796 (18 November) – it’s one of my cousins and myself in the above photograph.

The photograph below, taken in the 50s is of my father-in-law standing on the common off Portrack Lane between the back of Barrett Street and Watson Street with a view of Barracloughs bakery shop in the background.

Photographs and details courtesy of Richard Scott.

A Snow Covered Yarm Road c1964

This picture was taken from the second floor window of 37 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees in the winter of 1964. It shows a section of Yarm Road covered with snow in front of the Church of the Nazarene. From August 1954 to July 1965, I stayed in the room behind the window of 37 Yarm Road which was hired as the company hostel for overseas employees of The Power-Gas Corporation Limited in Stockton. I worked as an engineer-trainee in Power-Gas under a sponsorship offered by the Education Department of Hong Kong government.

At the time when I took this picture, I felt quite excited as it was my first time to see snow in my life since I came from a place with no snow all year around. Power-Gas company was very generous to let me taking a part-time day-release advanced course at Constantine College of Technology for me to complete the academic requirements for admission to the corporate membership of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (I.Mech.E.). During the academic year at Constantine, I worked very hard studying all the relevant textbooks and notebooks in my hostel room after finishing my daily work in Power-Gas office. I passed all the internal examinations at Constantine college and the external I.Mech.E. examinations with flying colour by the end of June 1965.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kwok Wong.

Finkle Street looking towards the High Street

Two images of Finkle Street, the Newhouse image is dated c1954 and the other is approximately the late 1960’s. There are three arched windows clearly visible on the corner building on both images and Ronald Cowan architects can be seen on the left of the Newhouse image, which confirms the images were taken from approximately the same location. There is a dummy facade clearly visible on the top of the corner building but it doesn’t appear on any of the other Finkle Street shots I have seen, possibly erected by Newhouse’s.

However the Newhouse image is causing me a puzzle. In Stockton Reference Library is a copy of “Occupational History of the High Street – Book 1.” The corner shop is 48 High Street and the entry for that address and time period states:

1910 – 58:  R Medd & Co, drapers and furriers.

1958 – 68:  Charles Clinkard, shoes.

In 1968 the building was vacated in preparation for demolition prior to the construction of the Castle Centre.

There is no mention of J Newhouse Ltd. for that address.

Can anyone help clear up this mystery? Also can anyone identify the make of vehicle just visible at the end of the street?

Photographs and details courtesy of Alex Moody.

The Queensway Billingham c1960

The Queensway Billingham c1960

An interesting shot of my home town to share with your visitors. Anybody growing up in Billingham in the 1950s will remember this view, it is of the very first part of the new town centre built in the early 1950s. I date this to around about 1960/61, the Queensway is open to traffic and there are no buildings between the town centre and Pentland Avenue in the distance.

Kennedy Garden Flats were constructed around about 1962 and there is no sign of them, the Ford Anglia and Mini were introduced 1958/59ish. I think that the Westminster Bank was added to the row of shops as Broughs was the last shop when the block first opened in 1953.

The Queensway turned to the left at the end of the shopping parade and continued past phase two of the shops to meet the Causeway opposite to the gates of John Whitehead Park, Brown Brothers & Taylor was the shop on the corner.

My wife to be moved to Billingham in 1961 and remembers the town centre just as it is shown in the image.

Photo and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman

Bridge Road 100 Years Apart

My caption is not strictly accurate, the older photo came with a date of c.1865 and the later photo I judge to be around about the early 1960s. It is quite close to 100 years.

There were many changes over the years and these changes continue, the recent demolition of the buildings along this stretch of Bridge Road prove the point.

Photos and detail courtesy of Bruce Coleman