Stockton Cycling Club

A photograph of my great uncle, Jack (John) Earl who was a child of his father’s second marriage (his step brothers all came from the West Hartlepool area) riding a penny farthing.

Jack Earl was born in 1901 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. I do wonder whether he might have had some affiliation to the Stockton Cycling Club?  It would be wonderful if we could find out more about our “Old Time Crack Racing Cyclist”, can anyone help?

On the reverse side of this photograph the following has been handwritten:-
“Still on the Road. Jack Earle, the well known old time crack cyclist, of Middlesbro’, snapped while performing a few of his tricks at Wolviston. Photograph taken by Mr R. W. Elder
111, New Arlington St., Stockton-on-Tees”

Street Seller, Stockton High Street

An image of an unknown lady. I believe she is possibly a street seller, maybe bread, in Stockton High Street. The fancy building in the top right is now the HSBC Bank, 136 High Street. When the image was taken it would have been the London Joint Stock Bank and would later become Midland Bank. The building next to the bank is still identifiable, the upper window shape and the arched brickwork above is still visible in the building today. Interestingly Milburns, 134 High Street, was a druggists and was on the High Street between 1906 and 1912, so gives a fairly narrow date. Note the ‘ghosts’ in the background, people who have moved while the shutter was open.

Image and details courtesy of Alex Moody and a family friend who lives in Canada.

Richard Hind Speech Day, February 1960

The picture includes Mr Rosser on the right, and Alderman CW. Allison seated. Ken Smith, my friendly rival in science subjects, who got the chemistry prize, is next to Rosser. I got the one for Physics. Two others, I recognise, are Frank Kirkwood, third from the left, whose face is partly obscured, and John Calder, next to him, who is even more obscured. Frank was a good mate. Along with him and Derek Graham, who also received a prize at this ceremony, I had many, many happy and thoughtful conversations with them at lunchtime in walks through Ropner Park.

Images and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Robert Atkinson Secondary, Thornaby

Front row girls (L to R): Kathleen Spens, Olga Thompson, Sheila Smith, Nancy Dale, Jean Hatfield (teacher), Eileen Brander, Dorothy Maynard, Pauline Gray, Eileen Dawson, Margaret Thomas.
Second Row girls (L to R): Marian Jones, Beryl Scott, Marlene Hunt, Lilian Southgate, Eileen Raine, Marian Lamb, Margaret Snowdon, Margot Jones, Sheila Thornburn, Mary Spence, Rita Underwood.
First Row boys (L to R): Billy Tate, Jim Instone, Eric Fordy (D), Derek Worn, Allan Sanderson, Barry Chesser (D), Maurice Grey, Randolph McCartney, John Beeston, Keith Barker.
Back row boys (L to R): Arthur Lynas, Graham Henderson, Donald Morrison (D), Geoff Dunwell, Don Mclaughlin (D), Jim Black, Maurice Thornton, Gavin Swainston (D), Joe Notman.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jim Black.

Railway Society, Grangefield Grammar School

I had noticed some recent comments on Picture Stockton about Grangefield Grammar School, with one comment being made by Geoff Crossley. Both Geoff and I were in the Railway Society at the school.

The first photograph was taken at Carlisle in October 1959 with Geoff and James Lightfoot in front of a diesel loco (class 40 for the enthusiasts). The other photograph is of the Society Group at Mirfield in West Yorkshire with a steam loco behind (Jubilee to the enthusiasts) taken in December 1964. The only ones I can put names to are Andy Elliot at the front and Chris Wilson on the back row 2nd from left. Can anyone fill in some of the missing names?

Photographs and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

Workers, Currys Warehouse

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

Photograph and details courtesy of Jack Adams.

Lunchtime in Stockton

This shot is a recent addition to my collection, I consider it to be a superb image. When I received the picture the caption read “Stockton Lunchtime”, there was no further information.

I use visual clues to try to date photos and I think this is probably the 1940s, the hairstyles and clothing are from that period, it may even be in the war years, nobody is carrying a gas mask box so it will likely be the latter part of the war, say 1943/44, of course it could be later, even into the 1950s, but I think the earlier date is the most likely. It looks as if the women are returning to work after buying their lunch from the then equivalent of the modern day Greggs. The women at front left appears to be wearing an overall under her coat which may indicate the type of work she is doing. These women could well be Mothers, Grandmothers or Great Grandmothers of people still living in the Stockton area. The two women at the front of the group have spotted the photographer, the woman to the right is smiling into the camera, the woman to the left is looking away from the camera.

I have been taking photos for more than 60 years and recognise the signs of the woman on the right having a confident and outgoing personality and the woman on the left being more shy and introverted, the latter type are always more difficult to photograph, I know because I belong to the same group. On the right is a shop window that appears to have some framed portrait photographs on display, I was wondering if this may be Thirlwell’s, the photographers that have documented Stockton over many years. The location is readily recognised, the Empire theatre in the background with the High Street behind show it to be Bridge Road.I have used the word “Lunch” because it is captioned so, but, being a Billingham lad I have always called the mid day meal “Dinner”.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Holy Trinity School Trip to Bamburgh c1959

These photographs were taken when I was a pupil at Holy Trinity School and are on a school trip to Bamburgh. It seems quite a long way to go for a school trip especially as there were no motorways then and few dual carriageways. I am sure we all enjoyed ourselves and it looks as though the sun was shining. I wonder where these pupils are now – Martin Pennock, Derek Yarrow, Geoff Brown and Peter Mash.

Photographs and details courtesy of Garth McLean.