These two shots show the South East section of the High Street between Finkle Street and Castlegate, the first shot is of the old part that was demolished in the late 1960s, some of the shops have their windows whitewashed in readiness.
The second shot is of the replacement Castlegate Centre under construction. I understand that the Castlegate Centre is its self to be demolished.
I am interested in architecture and there were some very interesting frontages amongst the old buildings, the Castlegate Centre is very much of its time, its main saving grace was the use of bricks for the main frontage, this softens the more intrusive concrete.
One of the things I liked about the old style of shops were the window displays, nowadays there are large glass fronts mainly plastered with posters and notices, shops inside of malls have glass fronts even though there is no natural light outside, the tradition of having shop windows is alive and well but the use as display areas has just about disappeared.
This railway carriage was sited outside the John Walker Square to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. It is an incredible 45 years since this event and the 200th anniversary of the railway opening is now only five years away.
A photograph of the south end of Stockton High Street where the Castlegate Centre now stands.The view shows the Royal Hotel and CW Laws drapers (1899-1973). Note: Doggarts buildings reflected in a vehicle window on the right of the photograph c1930s.
Photograph courtesy of Eric Whitehouse and Stan Laundon
I have had this painting for a number of years and shows the Town Hall, and market running the full length of Stockton High Street as it used to many years ago. It was painted by local artist Colin Russell.
An undated picture of the Robinsons building when it was probably at its architectural peak. It looks like it was in the middle of being decorated to celebrate an event.
It shows all the detailed features that were later simplified/removed (mostly on or at the roof level), before the canopy was added and the entrance modified to its current configuration (corridors between display windows).
The phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” could have been coined for this image, I don’t think it needs any explanation. One thing I do like is the horse looking straight into the camera while all around are oblivious of it.
This is a very wide angle shot of the high street, practically all of the East side is visible, even as far as the Victoria buildings and Church.
A recent posting mentioned the Scammel Scarab three wheeled vehicle, one of these is parked at the kerbside, further along is a Wynns heavy haulage wagon, this may also be a Scammel, I am sure somebody will know for certain.
These large heavy haulage vehicles were a fairly common sight in the Teesside area during the 1950s and 1960s, they carried large fabrications into the big industries such as ICI, usually the haulage firms were Pickfords and Sunters.
The number 2 bus ran from Stockton Town Hall to the Transporter Bridge via Norton, Billingham, Haverton Hill and Port Clarence where you could either cross over to Middlesbrough or catch a Hartlepool Corporation bus number 1 which would take you to Seaton Carew.