Family/Local History Enquiry?

If you have a question about your ancestors Stockton Reference Library’s team may be able to help you with your family history, or with your questions about the local area.

The Reference Library can provide free access to family history websites including Ancestry and Find My Past. We also hold church records for Stockton and the surrounding area, historical maps, local trade directories and electoral registers.

If you’re looking for a newspaper article – we have local newspapers as far back as 1855 which can be viewed on microfilm in our Family History Suite.

We provide one to one help sessions and also a free introductory family history course to help with your research.

Please visit the Reference Library within Stockton Central Library or contact us on 01642 528079 or email: reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

432 thoughts on “Family/Local History Enquiry?

  1. Thanks for this Cliff.
    Yes I was referring to Hawke street in Haverton Hill, I had previously found that Edith in general searches, but I didn’t have any marriage info. My nanna was adopted (informally) when she was born in 1924, birth address was given as Hawke Street. No fathers name, just the mother Edith Lockwood. I’ve always assumed she was a young woman, so this fits to a degree, but it looks like she may have been pregnant with Arthur when she got married if both events happened in 1925.
    Hmm looks like a mystery I can’t solve. I’d love to find the electoral rolls for that street in 1924.

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  2. Hi, I am trying to find out any information about the Lockwood Family who lived in Hawk street in 1924, specifically a young girl named Edith.
    I can’t seem to find any records, wondering if anyone can help? Thanks!

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    • Emma, the only Hawk Street that I know of was Hawke Street in Haverton Hill.
      The 1939 Survey of Residents records a Lockwood family living in Gloucester Terrace, Billingham, which is not far from Haverton Hill. That family consisted of Arthur Lockwood (b. 9 Dec. 1903) and his wife Edith M Lockwood, nee Hick, (b. 1 June 1906). They had marred in York in 1925, and had two children, Arthur (b.25 Sept. 1925) and another child, although this entry has been redacted as the person might still be alive if less than 100 years old. As the son was named after the father, it seems reasonable that there was a daughter who was named Edith after her mother. But I cannot trace the birth of an Edith Lockwood in the late 1920s..

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  3. Hi,

    I’m trying to find more details about my Great Great Grandmother. She was born in April 1871 in Stockton. We can’t find any birth records for her. However we have found a record of her baptism at St Johns Church, Darlington in May 1871. Her name then was Margaret Ann Yates but we think this was not her birth name and she was possibly adopted.
    I would like to know her birth name and who her mother was.
    If you can help at all it would be great.

    Thanks
    Amanda

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    • Hi Amanda,

      Please could you add some detail for your source of Margaret being born in Stockton.

      Believe the Margaret Yates you have identified is Margaret Annie daughter of James and Mary who married William Howe. All records I have located give birth as Darlington.

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  4. In the 1939 Register the Thomas Harris (1888-?) and Mary Kemp (1890-1962) family have a large family in including the mysterious Clifford Harris. According to FreeBDM there were two Clifford born in Stockton but by different mothers.
    Can anyone cast any light on Clifford Harris?

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    • At first glance my belief is that this is the son registered under Alfred in Q4 1918 and that it has been transcribed (from household submission to transcript book) as Clifford with a year of birth of 1919. If birth of son can be proven (birth or baptism) as 18th October this should back up my belief. With Doris’s birth registered in Q2 1920 this rules out Q4 1919 birth.

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        • Richard is shown out of order this may be due to him completing the information required on behalf of his parents, an error in completion or an error in transferring the information to the transcript book. Completion would normally list the father, then mother followed by children in age order starting with eldest child.

          Handwriting is variable so it does not take much difficulty for Alfred to be read as Clifford. Capital A not being completed at top soon reads Cl; tail on A reads i; f reads f; d reads d and reads the whole as Clifford because it is a known male name. Numbers can easily be confused or perhaps the person providing the details erred.

          I believe that the Ernest that Cliff has located the birth of may be the same Ernest whose death was registered in Q3 1925.

          The other Clifford born in 1918 was born in April and is living with his parents in 1939.

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    • The 1939 Register shows that there were 7 children living with Thomas and Mary Harris. I make these seven children to be the following
      Richard born 1922
      Susan b.1924
      Ernest b. 1925
      Lawrence b.1926
      Kenneth b.1928
      Joan b.1930
      Margaret b.1935
      The entries for Susan, Ernest, Kenneth and Joan have been redacted from the record. But there is not a Clifford Harris belonging to this family. A Clifford Harris was born in Stockton in1918 to a mother with the maiden name Rigg, and another Clifford Harris was born there in 1920 to a mother with the maiden name Bee. But I cannot find another Clifford Harris born in Stockton to a mother with the maiden name of Kemp.

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  5. I am looking for an Alice Oliver (or Olive) Robson born on 21 Silver Street, Stockton, around 1877 and if you have anymore information?

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    • In reverse order
      1952 – April-June Alice’s death registered in Bradford

      1939 – 93 Tichborne Road, Bradford
      Scowby household (3 people)
      Arthur B Scowby 28 Oct 1878 Male Post Office Sorter Retired
      Alice O Scowby 08 Nov 1878 Female Housewife
      Lily Cochrane (Scowby) 04 Mar 1923 Female Nurse Probationer
      Arthur working as full time ARP Warden

      1923 – April-June birth of Lily registered in Bradford

      1913 – July-Sep birth of Frederick S and Mary L registered in Nottingham

      1911 – Arthur B Scowby certified as sorting clerk
      1911 – 26 Southfield Lane, Bradford,
      Jane Robson Head Widow Female 59 1852 Charwoman
      Arthur B Scowby Son-In-Law Married Male 33 1878 Postman
      Alice Olive Scowby Wife Married Female 32 1879 Housework
      Arthur E Scowby Son – Male 4 1907
      Robert W Scowby Son – Male 2 1909

      Arthur and Alice married years with two children both living
      Birth places – Jane Fellin(g), Durham – Arthur Bootham, Yorks – Alice Stockton – sons Bradford, Yorks.

      1905 – Jan-March marriage of Alice O Robson and Arthur B Scowby in registered in Bradford

      1904 – Arthur B Scowby certified as postman

      1901 – 11, Elton Street, Redcar
      Jane Robson Lodger Widow Female 59 1842 born Gateshead
      Alice O Robson Lodger Single Female 22 1879 born Stockton

      1891 – Cannon Street, Middlesbrough
      Robert Robson Head 43 1848 General Labourer born Durham
      William Robson Wife 42 1849 born Durham
      Alice Robson Daughter 13 1878 Scholar born Stockton on Tees
      (William obviously and error but that is what Enumerator has written)

      1881 – 23, Thornaby Rd (Part), Thornaby
      Robert Robson Head 34 1847 Cordwainer born Norton, Durham,
      Jane Robson Wife 35 1846 Cordwainer Wife born Durham
      Robert Robson Son 12 1869 Scholar born Guisborough
      Mary E Robson Daughter 9 1872 Scholar born Stockton
      Jane Robson Daughter 6 1875 Scholar born Stockton
      Alice C Robson Daughter 2 1879 born Stockton

      1871 – Hunters Lane, Stockton, Durham, England
      Robert Robson Head 24 1847 Boot and shoe maker born Norton, Durham
      Jane Robson Wife 25 1846 born Durham
      Robert Robson Son 2 1869 born Guisborough
      George Alderson Boarder 32 1839 – Durham, England

      1866 – Jan-Mar Robert Robson’s marriage to Jane Robson registered in Stockton.

      Hope this helps…Paul

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    • Hi John, the first mention of Swainby Road that I could find appears in is the 1928-29 Ward’s Directory so it must have been built c. 1927/1928.

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  6. Hi, l was wondering where my grandmother was buried and her plot number. Her name was Mrs Mary Ethel Jackson aged 23 or 24 years. She died 16/5/15. at 19, Anderson Street. Thornaby. I would be so grateful if you could help me as i would love to visit her grave (don’t think she will have a gravestone does not matter though) Thank you Xx

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    • Margaret, do you happen to know your grandmother’s maiden name? I have been unable to locate her using her married name.

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    • Hi Margaret,

      I have found a notice of death for a Ethel Gilmour (nee Jackson) published in the North Easter Daily Gazette on Monday 24 May 1915. It reads:

      ‘GILMOUR – May 21st, at 19 Anderson Street, Thornaby, dearly beloved wife of John Gilmour (nee Ethel Jackson). Cortege leaves above address Tuesday, 2.50. Please accept this (the only) intimation.’

      From this I have been able to find a transcription of a burial record for a Mary Ethel Gilmore on Find My Past. The transcription states that Mary Ethel was buried in Thornaby-on-Tees Cemetery on 25 May 1915. It does not provide a plot number but if you contact Stockton Register Office (01642 527720, registrars@stockton.gov.uk) they may be able to be of assistance.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  7. I am looking for the Hart family that lived in 35 Palmerston Road, Stockton-on-Tees. In the 1911 census it says my great grand mother ran a shop from home. Her name was Ann and her husband was Joseph.

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    • Cass, Joseph and Ann Hart had a large family, as follows.
      Linda (1881-1944)
      Rosina (1884-1948)
      Charles (1886-1974)
      John George (1888-1957)
      Alfred (1894- ?)
      Leonard (1897-1934)
      The eldest four children all married and presumably had families of their own, so the Hart family may live on through their descendants.
      Ann Hart died in Stockton 1918, and her husband Joseph in Middlesbrough in 1929..

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    • I went to Richard Hind school in the 70’s with a Simon Hart whose father was an instructor at ICI training centre, they may be descendants. I believe at the time they lived in Hartburn or Fairfield

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    • Stockton Council:
      Joseph & Ann buried in Durham Road Cemetery.
      Information from death certificate.
      Joseph Hart- Died 23 January 1929 – 101 St Barnabas Road
      Occupation: of 57 Lanehouse Road, Thornaby on Tees – Blacksmiths Striker (retired).
      Available- Birth certificate [ Joseph & Ann ] – Marriage certificate
      You may contact me if copies are required.
      Message through using Google “Roger Hymer WikiTree” and select the profile manager Michael Hymer.

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  8. Hi I am looking for information on my great grandfather. His name was Robert Kirtley and he was killed on Greenwood Road, Billingham (I believe) in 1950 (ish)

    He left young children orphaned, one of which was my grandmother.

    I have been looking for information and I keep hitting a brick wall.

    Any info or guidance will be much appreciated

    Thank you

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    • Hi Vicki,

      In order to identify that I had the correct great grandfather I enlisted the help of the library ladies and Julie came up trumps with the following:
      – death announcement for Robert Arthur Kirtley published in the Evening Gazette on 26 April 1949. The announcement reads:

      “Through accident on April 23rd Robert Arthur, the dearly loved husband of Hilda Kirtley (nee Lambert) of 6 Cleveland Avenue, Haverton Hill. Cortege leaves residence on Thursday at 2pm for Billingham Churchyard.”

      – Robert’s cause of death can be found in a small article published in the Evening Gazette on 25 April 1949. It reads:

      “Haverton Hill man killed by bus
      Robert Arthur Kirtley (40) of 6 Cleveland Avenue, Haverton Hill, was killed instantly when he was run over by a double-deck bus in Belasis Avenue, Haverton Hill, yesterday morning.”

      – death announcement for his wife, Hilda, which was published in the Evening Gazette on 13 March 1952. It reads:

      “KIRTLEY – On 12 March, at 6, Cleveland Avenue, Haverton Hill, Hilda (nee Lambert) the beloved wife of the late Robert Arthur Kirtley. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday at 11.15am for Billingham Churchyard. Friends please accept this the only intimation.”

      Now that both correctly identified I can add:
      – Robert left estate valued at £850 to Hilda
      – Hilda left estate valued at £1457 7s 2d (7s 2d roughly 36p) to her sister Rhoda Rodham (nee Lambert) wife of Richard Rodham.
      – Children Brenda; William and Sylvia would still be at school with Alfred; John and Hilda working when their mother died.
      – Eldest child named after father died as an infant.

      Owing to personal nature of information I have not traced children further except Robert whom I did not locate on 1939 Register.

      Hope this helps … Paul

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  9. Hi looking for info on a family story, my fathers aunt was supposedly murdered around September 1936 they lived in haverton hill and her name was lilly Philips she was 13. The story was that it was her mother’s partner that did it (Susan Philips was Lewis) he apparently attempted to murder her other daughter my (dads mother) I can’t find any info at all around this not details of her father and mother separating.

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    • Jacob Burn, 45, a labourer of Haverton Hill, was accused of murdering his step-daughter Lily Phillips, 13, and the attempted murder of his wife Susan Burn, 36, on 8 March 1936. He was sent to Durham Assizes to be tried, as only the assize court can deal with crimes that carry a death sentence. I have not yet been able to find the results of his trial.

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    • Hi Claire, you have already been given the answer to some of your questions, but just to add to and confirm that information Lilly was killed by her step-father Jacob Burns, who also attempted to murder her mother. There is no mention of any harm to Lilly’s sister.
      The verdict was decided in June 1936 that Jacob was ‘guilty but insane’. If you would like copies of the newspaper articles with the story please email and let us know at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

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  10. Charlie and Mary surname ?had two daughters winifred and Mary half brother ?to my father Charles Henry Brewster who left Stockton just pre war ,joining the Royal Navy .he met my mother and he settled in Cromarty . His father died as a result of being gassed in ww1 his mother left him with his Nan along with his brother . She remarried and had a further 5/6 children . But it’s winifred and Mary I’d like to get in touch with thanks bill Brewster

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    • Bill, there was a Charles Henry Brewster born in Stockton in 1918, a few months before the death of his father. Does that date sound as if it might be your father?
      If you can let me know if it is him, then I can provide you with the information which you are seeking.

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  11. Charlie and Mary surname ?had two daughters winifred and Mary half brother ?to my father Charles Henry Brewster who left Stockton just pre war ,joining the Royal Navy .he met my mother and he settled in Cromarty . His father died as a result of being gassed in ww1 his mother left him with his Nan along with his brother . She remarried and had a further 5/6 children . But it’s winifred and Mary I’d like to get in touch with thanks bill Brewster

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      • Hi Julie thank you for the information I replied to your e mail not sure if you get reply’s to e mails or I need to type the enquiry here. Do you have any dates of births deaths for the individuals and children please. Also there was a child not named Evonne ?

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          • Thank you for clearing that up for me I have a query regarding the death of Pamela Douglass who would have this information for me to access the date of death please if you could point me in the right direction
            I appreciate your help again
            Thanks Pamela

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              • Hi Pamela, with help from a colleague I can tell you that Pamela Douglass was buried in Durham Road Cemetery on 25 March 1940. It ‘s probable that Pamela died around the 22 March as most burials at that time took place within a few days of death.

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  12. Hi I’m looking for information on mount pleasant road norton builds , the Dalton family , the builder Albert Hobbs of hill house norton.

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    • Hi I,m looking for information on my family tree. My grandmother was Annie Violetta Hill nee Hall,Born 11/7/1893 Norton, died 1968. I believe her father was John Hall, born 1860 and he and his wife Mary Ann were resident in the Almhouses Norton High Street in 1939. I believe his father was Thomas Hall born 1810 and was the village blacksmith on Norton Green. Any help?

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    • Hello Pamela. I was at Richard Hind school with Bill Dalton from 1962 to 67. The family lived at Mount Pleasant in Norton. The Spar shop was on the corner, I think. I’m not sure if Bill was at Tilery Road school with me before the 11 plus.

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  13. My research has discovered that my Great Grandfather Benjamin Hill was a merchant tailor in Thornaby in the 1880s and early 1890s and ran a Temperance Bar on Norton Place. After his wife Elizabeth died in 1893 he opened a Temperance Bar called The Don on Bowesfield Lane, Stockton. He took a new wife (no marriage record traced) Alice Laws, they had a son who died when a few days old in Jan 1895. He later moved to Bradford, Yorkshire by 1897. I wondered if you had any record of the Temperance Bar or photos of Bowesfield Lane at that time?

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    • Hello David, I have checked our records and unfortunately can not find a mention of a Temperance Hotel/Bar in Bowesfield at any time. The only listing I can find for Benjamin Hill is as a tailor in Mandale Road, Thornaby. Unfortunately I have not been able to trace any photographs of that area at that time either.

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    • David, the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, published on 27 September 1894, carried an account of the Stockton Borough Brewster Session, which awarded a Billiard License to Benjamin Hill for his temperance hotel in Bowesfield Lane, Stockton.

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    • David, the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, published on 21 December 1887, recorded a meeting of the Stockton Bankruptcy Court. Appearing before the court was Benjamin Hill a merchant tailor from South Stockton (another name for Thornaby). I wonder if the failure of his tailoring business may have been the cause of his career change into running Temperance establishments?

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      • Hi Cliff, that’s excellent, thank you! I have now found the bankruptcy article on BNA, along with another from the following week where Benjamin is cleared at his bankruptcy hearing. I know he continued running the tailoring business until 1895 as it is stated on one of his children’s birth certificates that year and also had a Temperance bar at the same time, first at Norton Place, Thornaby, then at The Don, Bowesfield Lane, Stockton. By March 1896 he has moved to Bradford and is no longer working as a tailor. His first wife Elizabeth Alice Parnaby died in 1893 leaving him with 5 young children including a 6-week-old baby and he quickly began a relationship with a lady called Alice Clark or Laws who came from Kent, presumably as he needed someone to care for his children. They had a child in Stockton in 1895 then moved to Bradford and had 6 more children together until Benjamin died in 1902. I can’t trace any record of Benjamin and Alice’s marriage, all I know of her is that on later census’s she gives her place of birth as Cliffe-at-Hoo, Kent in 1867 and her maiden name as ‘Late Laws, formerly Clark’ on their children’s birth certificates but nobody matches her in Ancestry records. Her origins remain a mystery and my Grandfather never spoke about his family so I have nothing else to go on. Benjamin may have advertised for a lady to look after his children when his first wife died or they may have been introduced by the church as I believe he was a Methodist which fits with the Temperance Bar.

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  14. I lived in Haverton Hill police houses in the early 1960s (63-65 ish) when I was 6-8/9 years old. I remember playing on “the tip” (goodness knows what was on it). I also remember what to me was a lake below one long side of the tip. Is it likely that “the lake” was in fact a brine pond?

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    • Hello James, I’m not certain exactly where the police houses were located but I have posted a link to a map of the area in 1947 which shows disused brine well and brine reservoirs, which I imagine is the ‘lake’ you remember from your childhood.

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  15. Dear staff in the Reference library, I am writing to congratulate you all on the kind of information you supply. I think it’s pretty rare in its detail.

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    • Dear Susan, thank you very much. It’s good to know that our work is appreciated, especially during these difficult times.

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  16. Dear staff in the Reference library, I am writing to congratulate you all on the kind of information you supply. I think it’s pretty rare in it’s detail.

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  17. Hello. I would like some information regarding my Grandparents Joseph and Hilda Murphy
    They lived in Sheraton Street. OXBRIDGE. stockton on tees. UK.

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    • Joseph Murphy and Hilda Waughman married at Stockton in 1924. By 1939 they were living at 72 Sheraton Street with their family, Joseph (b.1925), Maurice (b.1927) and Alan (b.1933). A fourth son, Allan T Murphy,had been born in 1930 but died in 1931. Joseph, the father, had been born in Stockton in 1902, his parents Matthew and Ann had moved to Stockton from County Durham. Hilda Waughman was one of 5 children, all daughters, born to William and Kate who came from Newcastle.

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  18. Following on from an earlier post, I would be interested to know if any of the Stockton archives have a record of where Benny (or Benjamin) Thompson is buried, I suspect in Stockton. He was born in 1874 South Hylton Durham and was a tennent of the Stockton Arms pub in William Street circa late 30’s.

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  19. I am looking for some history and/or pictures of a pub in William Street, The Stockton Arms which was originally ran by my great great grandmother, Bertha Peacock and latterly by her son (to her first husband) Benny Thompson. I understand the pub was demolished in the early 80’s and a car park is now in its’ place.

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    • Hi Julian, its odd the things that stay in your memory once you’ve seen them. Just spent 10 mins finding some early 1960’s Stockton footage I remembered seeing on YouTube, as it includes a short clip of the William Street area!!… including a pub! and here it is:

      It shows demolition of some old Northern Dairies buildings that were on the corner of Albion St. and Brunswick St. This was directly between the old Billingham Press building (seen in the video & is still there today) and the pub on the corner of Albion St and William St. On a street map from the time it looks like it was the only pub on William St.
      You don’t get to see the name of the pub, so hope this was the Stockton Arms 🙂
      Jon

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    • I bought my first rod and tackle from J Ward Thompson’s around 1980. The shop was in Middlesbrough though if memory serves correct ( it might not ) the shop was near to Albert Park (lake entrance) perhaps Croyden Rd/Waterloo Rd/ Victoria Rd from what I remember?
      The fishing tackle shop in Stockton was Flynn’s on Varo Terrace.
      I think George St was/is in Thornaby.
      This might not help

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  20. A query from K Paul Richardson:

    Hello. I was wondering if anyone could please help me regarding my Great Grandfather George Edward Brown who I believe was born in Stockton on Tees. He married Ann Elizabeth Durham ( nee Tye ) – although I cannot trace a marriage certificate! Ann married Charles Durham in 1868 in Selby and they had a son Arthur William Durham b1868. Unfortunately Charles died in 1869.
    On the 1871 census Ann is 24, a servant, and widow and living with the Beachill family in Cowick near Snaith. Her son Arthur is living with Ann’s mother Ann Tye, sometimes Mary Ann, in Ricall.
    Ann then marries George Edward Brown and they have 2 sons James Richard Brown b1883 in Beverley and death 1956 in Stockton on Tees and Josiah, my Grandfather, b1887 in Hartlepool and death in 1961 in Hull. George Edward must have died before 1891 as the census for that year has Ann as head and widow again, living in Stockton on Tees.
    Arthur is now known as a Brown, Iron driller? and James (Jas ) scholar and Josiah 4.
    My Mum was a Brown and obviously the name is not unusual but I am unable to get any higher up the tree without cracking this and hope someone can assist please !

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    • Paul, ideally you need to see the marriage certificate for GEB and AED, as that would give you George’s age and the name and occupation of his father. After looking in vain for signs of their marriage, I am wondering if they were simply living together. I looked on the Ancestry website and several family trees have been posted by the relatives of GEB and AED. Four of the trees have no record of George’s parents, and whilst the fifth family tree has assigned names to his parents, I believe that these are erroneous. Good luck, this appears to be a difficult nut to crack.

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      • Hi Cliff and many thanks for your response. I am with Ancestry and had also noted
        the other trees and have been unable to find the marriage certificate so thought like
        you that they maybe just lived together ! I have copies of the birth and marriage certificate of my grandfather Josiah Brown and the father is GEB on the birth certificate although the informant is the mark of AEB – can anything be read into
        this ? On Josiahs marriage certificate dated 13 September 1916 Parish Church Stockton on Tees the fathers name is Edward Gow Brown – Drillwright. Stockton library staff who also had a look at this thought it was possibly Geo for George but it certainly looks like Gow ! Furthermore whatever way you look at it it does not state the father as being deceased so can this mean anything?! On the birth certificate GEB is down as an Iron and then what looks like Driller ? Can you just let me know
        what you think please Cliff and again thank you for your help.

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        • Paul, the fact that AEB “signed” her son’s birth certificate with her mark, indicates that she could not write her name, so it was customary to make a mark (usually a X) where they should sign. Regarding the marriage certificate, the father’s name should have been followed by “deceased” , that is the guidance to clergy. If you have access to Ancestry, you could try searching for a man with the name of Edward Gow and surname Brown, living in Stockton about 1870. If you cannot find anybody with that unusual middle name, then it probably an error and is meant to be Geo. It is not uncommon for somebody to use their middle name (i.e. Edward) in preference to their first christian name (i.e. George). The census suggests that there were far more George Browns in the UK than Edward Browns, so such a change would avoid confusion in the workplace. Hope this helps, though it does not solve your problems.

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  21. Hello, I wonder if someone could help me please. I am at the moment researching my family tree, for my mother (as a surprise) and for the life of me I can not find any pictures of Portrack 1920’s 1930’s my family had farms on the land (Bainbridge). I would be wonderful if I could find some and place them in the family tree. If anyone could help or point me in the right direction that would be great. Thank you Tracey

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  22. I would like to know something about my grandfather Frederick Walton who ran or owned a hansom cab business in Stockton. He was married to Elizabeth ( nee Dobson) and her mother Bridget was well known in Stockton for her abusive and foul behaviour. She was often brought before the magistrate. I have seen clipping with the date 1890 on it so that gives you some kind of time frame Her parents were travellers and I think that is the missing link to the horse business my grandfather was supposed to have .He is rumoured to have kept horses in one of the yards on the High Street. He moved to the butcher business when his horses were used for WW1. My grandfather Frederick had lots of children, some that didn’t survive into adulthood and I would like to know about them too. My father was Ronald and I know of his siblings, Elizabeth and Cyril I would be grateful for any information you can find or any help you can give me in my search.

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    • Barbara, your grandfather married in Stockton 1902. Their first child was Frederick (born.1903). Other children included Elizabeth (b.1906), John (b.1909) and Ronald (b.1922). The 1911 Census shows the family living in Dixon Street, Stockton, with Frederick’s occupation being a “Hackmaster”. He had a livery stable, which might have been off the High Street. There is a photo of one such livery stable behind the Black Lion, go to
      https://picturestocktonarchive.com/2002/07/01/black-lion-yard/
      So it is quite possible that as a Hackmaster he was in charge of a group of Hackmen who drove the hansom cabs.By 1939 the family were living in a new house at 164 Oxbridge Lane (almost opposite the old junction with Ocbridge Avenue). Frederick died at that house on 6 December 1942. In his Will, he left everything to Elizabeth, his Widow, the estate was worth £2,500.

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      • Thank you Cliff for that information. My deceased aunt (Elizabeth) in your records used to talk about another brother who drowned swimming across the Tees for a drunken bet. The story goes that he did it once and emboldened tried it again and drowned. She also mentioned another brother who died in the Great War. I don’t know if this was true.

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        • I managed to trace Cyril Walton, born 10 April 1912. He became an Aircraft Marine Fitter based in Southampton. In 1936 he married Dorothy Boasman.
          In 1939 they were living at 14 Gladstone Street. Southampton, with no children. They next appear in 1941 with the birth of their only (?) child Anthony J Walton, but he was born in Durham so Cyril & Dorothy had come North to live. Anthony was married when he died in 1994, at Great Smeaton, where he is buried in the churchyard. He pre-deceased his parents, as Cyril died in 1991 (registered in Stockton), and Dorothy died in 2004 (also registered in Stockton).

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          • Thanks Cliff.
            My uncle Cyril took over the Stockton branch of Fred Walton and Son, butchers, situated in Bishopton Lane. He moved to premises in Thornaby until he either died or retired. Did you manage to find information about the drunk uncle who swam the Tees. This is so interesting.

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            • It is difficult to compile the names of children born before 1912 using the Birth Register. So I had a look on the “Ancestry” website and found that several people had posted family trees which included Frederick and Elizabeth. Here is a list of their children as researched by others.
              Frederick Walton (1903-1961)
              William Dobson Walton (1904-1904)
              Elizabeth Ella Walton (1905-2002)
              John Walton (1908-1929)
              Cyril Walton (1912-2001)
              Walter Walton (1914-1999)
              Ronald Walton (1922 – 1999)
              All lived to a good age except John, I wonder if he was the one who drowned in the River Tees.

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              • Thanks for your quick response Cliff. I had forgotten about uncle Walter as he lived in the south and we rarely saw him. Interesting to see William Dobson Walton’s name. He seems to have died as a baby. He was named after his uncle, who committed suicide, aged 21.
                Once again many thanks.

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  23. Hi do you have any information on a burial for
    david jones born abt 1841 his death was 1912 stockton
    his wife was Sarah she died between 1901 and 1912
    1901 census st thomas stockton
    Thank you

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    • If you search http://www.stockton.gov.uk/Register-Office/search for burials Christine you will find a David buried on 13th April 1912 aged 72 and a Sarah buried 22nd Feb 1902 aged 62 both in Durham Road Cemetery. By selecting enquire this will allow you to submit an enquiry as to location of burial plot(s).
      I have been unable to locate any obituaries connecting the above. It also appears that gravemarkers have not been photographed so burial plots may not have surviving gravemarkers.
      Hope this helps.

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    • Hi Christine,

      Using Stockton Register Office’s website, Stockton Roots, I have found an entry for a David Jones, age 72, who was buried in Durham Road Cemetery on 13 April in 1912.

      I also found an entry of burial for a Sarah Jones, age 62, also in Durham Road on 22 February 1902. I did check the Evening Gazette for a death notice to confirm that this is the Sarah that you are looking for. I found a notice published on 21 February 1902 which said ‘On the 19th February at 42 Durham Street, Stockton, Sarah, wife of David Jones and mother of S.M. Spittlehouse. Interment on Saturday, leaving residence at 2.30’.

      I hope that this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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    • Hello Lee,
      If you email the Reference Library at reference.library@stockton.gov.uk with some information about your dad, for example date of birth, family members etc., then we can have a look through our records to see if we have any further information.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  24. Does anyone have any information on the Tallow chandler (Ayre family) that lived in Smith Street in Stockton and I would be interested in contacting any relatives.

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    • Hello Anthony,

      Thomas Ayre, a tallow chandler, can be found living at 1 Smith Street, Stockton on the 1851 census, with his wife Ann and children John, William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Ann, Martha, Jane, Thomas and Mary.

      By 1861 Thomas has moved to 19 Smith Street with Ann, and his children Martha, Jane, Thomas and Mary. His son William (also a tallow chandler) is living at 21 Smith Street with his wife Hannah (nee Kendrick, they married in the December quarter of 1856) and his children, Ann and William.

      By the 1871 census, William and Hannah are living at 17 Smith Street and have had a further six children; Thomas, Alice C., John Kendrick, Jane, Richard and Robert.. In 1881 they are living at 4 Smith Street with another two children, George R. and Lily.

      The 1891 census shows that William, now a widower, is still living at 4 Smith Street. Hannah died in 1890 at the age of 56. William is visiting his daughter, Lily in Norton on the 1901 census and is with his son, William (Jnr.) on the 1911 census at 10 Langley Street, Stockton. I believe that William died at the age of 83 in 1918.

      I hope that this information helps with your research.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah

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  25. Has anyone got any information on John and Christina mcguinness from Kingston Street stockton on tees. I know they both died in stockton on tees and are buried in Durham Road cemetery. But I can’t find their marriage or any family for either of them

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  26. I would like some information about my grandmother, Bridget Hollifield, married to Albert. They lived in a house near to the Stockton town centre which became in the late 1970s a Cyril Lord carpet shop I think. Bridget died soon after we went to South Africa, now returned. That was in 1948 and I would dearly like to know where she is buried. Thank you.

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    • Bridget Hollifield (nee Gough) born Barrow in Furness died on 26th Feb 1951 aged 72 years and was buried on the 28th Feb 1951 in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery. Per 1939 Register born 31st Oct 1878 living at 2 Nelson Terrace (per 1911 Census living at 17 Nelson Terrace).
      Mother of 11? children (Albert, Mary, Nora, Catherine, Lily, Amy, John Edward, Ernest, Rose, Irene and Margaret).
      Albert (buried 20th Oct 1953) and some of children also buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery.
      If you search http://www.stockton.gov.uk/register-office and select burials this will provide you the information you require to contact the Register Office to assist you with locating the location of the burial plot(s). Am unaware whether there are surviving gravemarkers.
      Interesting that Albert Ernest took up war service as a Special Constable,
      Hope this helps…Paul

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    • Hi Jeanette,
      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Albert Ernest Hollifield married Bridget Gough in the June quarter of 1900. On the 1911 census they are living at 17 Nelson Terrace but were at 2 Nelson Terrace when the 1939 Register was taken.

      Using the Stockton Roots website (https://www.stockton.gov.uk/register-office/) I have found an entry of burial for a Bridget Hollifield on 28 February 1951 at Oxbridge Lane Cemetery. She was 72 years old. I also found an entry for Albert’s burial, also at Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, on 20 October 1953. He was 79 years old.

      Kind regards,
      Hannah
      Library & Information Assistant

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  27. 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 don,t think it was ever a public house. It was the farmhouse for Penny Pot Farm. The Farm included the land that surrounded the house including what is now Penny Pot Estate.

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      • Thank you for that, I am undertaking a survey of field names in the area and Penny Pot as in Penny Pot Garth could be derived from a pub.
        I know that there was a toll bar house there.

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  28. I’m trying to find my grandparents cemetery, all I know is that I was born in 1949 and my grandfather Tom Langstaff was a butcher. I’ve have had no luck so far they lived at 40 tarring Street, Stockton-on-Tees many thanks. Paul Langstaff

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    • Paul, your grandparents lived at 40 Tarring Street for many years. They can be found there in the 1911 Census and in the 1939 Resident Survey, although by then your grandmother Ethel Longstaff was widowed. Your grandfather, Thomas Longstaff, died in 1934 and was buried in the cemetery at Oxbridge Lane on 2 May 1934. If you contact the Register Office in Stockton they hold the burial register and can tell you where is grave is located.

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    • A Thomas Langstaff died on the 28th April 1934 and was buried on the 2nd May 1934 at Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees aged 65 years. Informant may have been unaware that Tom was his forename and not Thomas when registering death (or Registrar error) and hence why burial under Thomas. North Eastern Daily Gazette of Tuesday 1st May (page 5) contains following obituary “Langstaff- April 28th, at 40 Tarring street, Stockton, Tom, dearly-beloved husband of Ethel. To be interred Wednesday, 2.30, Oxbridge Cemetery”.

      An Ethel Langstaff died on the 1st March 1941 and was buried on the 5th March 1941 at Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees aged 67 years. You will have to check newspaper for obituary as I am unable to do so online. Microfilms of newspaper available at Stockton Reference Library when it reopens to the public.

      Per 1939 Register Ethel Langstaff born 31st July 1873 was living at 40 Tarring Street. Listed as a widow with three children living at home. It is interesting that your father has his forenames reversed although not uncommon.

      It appears that neither Tom’s or Ethel’s gravemarkers have been photographed so likely that their gravemarkers are still to be photographed, no longer exist, are illegible or were never purchased.
      If you search http://www.stockton.gov.uk/Register-Office/ selecting burials you will locate Thomas under surname Longstaff and Ethel under Langstaff. You can then submit an enquiry requesting location of the burial plot(s).
      Paul

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    • There is a Thomas Langstaff [b1869 d28 Apr 1934] buried on the 2nd May 1934 in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery.
      My father and grandfather lived in 84 Tarring Street from 1914 until before the mid 1930s – both Roger Lee.

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  29. Hi this is a long shot, my grandad Christopher Smith and my nana Mary Ellen Smith lived in Dundee Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees, my nana died in 1980, under that address, I have tried looking for that 6 Dundee Avenue but cannot find it.
    Their daughter who is my aunty lived at that address also, her name is Margaret West.
    I’m trying to find as much as I can about my grandad Christopher Smith especially when he died so I can find his grave.
    Any help much appreciated
    Thank you
    Barbie

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    • Barbara, I was surprised to find that Dundee Avenue no longer exists. It once formed part of a small estate where all of the roads were named after towns in the UK, beginning wit the letter D. Only a couple of those roads still have their original names, the rest of the estate has been rebuilt and the roads re-named. They all begin with the letter H and are on a “Honey” theme! What was Dundee Avenue is now called Honey Way.
      Christopher Smith was born in the Durham village of Coxhoe on 14 October 1890. By the 1901 Census he was living with his parents William (48 yrs) and Elizabeth (41 years) at 29 Oxford Road, Darlington.He was brought up in Darlington, where he met and married Mary Ellen Shipton in early 1921.
      The 1939 Survey shows Christopher and Mary Smith living at 237 Longfield Road, Darlington, with their children. Most of the childrens names have been
      removed for confidentiality, but Margaret (your aunt) is there, born 3 Nov, 1932.
      There is a death registration for Christopher Smith in Darlington in 1952, he was 62 years old, so it could be your grandfather. So I presume that he would have been buried in Darlington. Hope that this helps.

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  30. Ancient Order of Druids [around 1900]. I am trying to discover any details of lodges in the Stockton area for the Druids.
    My great-grandfather was assistant secretary at the William Tell Lodge [No 1354] of the Darlington District [The Northern Echo, February 8, 1892], Presentation to Mr Henry Fell Pease MP..
    In the Northern Echo, April 9, 1900, the Darlington Druids had a presentation to Dr Eastwood at a Lodge meeting. My great-grandfather was presented with a handsome writing desk suitably inscribed who was made a member on the 4th of September, 1875. I wonder where it is now, obviously hard to answer for anyone. He was then living in Stockton around 1899.
    Any information would be gratefully received.

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    • Michael, I might be able to help if you could give me more information to identify your great grandfather. Do you have his first name?

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      • John Henry Hymer b1856 d1924
        Occupation: 1871 Engine Fitter; 1881 Railway Goods Guard
        1891 Engine Fitter; 1901 Insurance Superintendent
        1911 Insurance District Agent [25 Pine Street, Norton]
        Royal Liver and Friendly Society.
        North Eastern Daily Gazette, Middlesbrough Dec 8, 1916
        He advertised for staff in the Situations Vacant column.

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  31. I am looking for more information about Shakespeare Street, Stockton-on-Tees because I had family there is 1939 and the 1950’s.
    When I google the address I get Shakespeare Street, Wheatley Hill DH6 3LB. Not being from the area, is this the same Shakespeare Street and where could I get more information please?
    Thank you,
    Pauline.

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    • Shakespeare Street and surrounding streets were demolished and Hume House (TS18 2BL) was erected on the site. Construction of Hume House was started in 1971.
      If you view the area on a map the road joining Thompson Street and Allison Street is where Shakespeare Street was.
      Paul

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    • Pauline, here is a link to a map of Stockton published in 1947 which shows Shakespeare Street. You can enlarge the map to see the individual street names. https://maps.nls.uk/view/101100482
      Go north, up Stockton High Street, and continue north into Norton Road.
      Fouth road on the left is Bone Street.
      Turn left there and Shakespeare Street is 2nd on your right.

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    • This map suggest that only one side (west) of Shakespeare St. (& Henzell St.) survived by the end of the 30’s.
      https://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html#/Map/444488/519682/12/101200

      Going back to an earlier map it looks like the houses on either side of Shakespeare St. were different, so probably built at different times. The east side first and being quite irregular, then the west side which had a much more regular layout, like the surrounding streets. Maybe they were demolished as they were older and no longer up to the required standard at the time?

      By the 1950’s an “Electricity Testing Station” has been built opposite the surviving houses.
      https://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html#/Map/444488/519682/13/101329

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  32. I am looking for former friends and classmates who attended the Church on the Green in Billingham in the early 50s. I immigrated to Canada in 1954 with my family, brother Derek and sisters Ann and Marion. I did connect with the former Margaret Kellett but have lost her info. Would love to reconnect with Margaret again and anyone else who remembers us.

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    • I attended the church school on Billingham Green from 1951 to 1954 and the Chapel Road infant school before that from1948 to 1951.Our family lived on Billingham Green.

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    • I attended the Church of England school on Billingham Green from 1951 to 1954 and the infan ts school in Chapel Road before that. My family lived on Billingham Green

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  33. Any information/pictures on the old Social Services centre that was situated on Hunters Lane Stockton approx 1939, my late grandfather was caretaker there and in 1939 he fell down the stairs and broke his neck during blackout hours!!

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  34. Hi I am trying to find out the history behind Foggins Field and how it was sold to the Air Ministry to become Thornaby airfield. Was there a farm there once? Which branch of the family owned it and is there a link to Leonard Foggin who died in Canada while running his own aerodrome. Thanks in advance

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  35. Hello, can anyone tell me the history of the Victorian houses on Hartburn Lane between numbers 46 and 52.
    I believe the were built about 1905, and I now that a Fred and Sarah Newman lived at number 50. At some point the house was made into flats before going back to a single dwelling in the 1980s.

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  36. Theodosius Horatio Lamb married Sarah Eliza Matchett in Middlesbrough in 1913. Does anyone have any information of the couple and their descendants?

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    • A brilliant disappearing trick by T.H. & S.E. Lamb between their marriage and their deaths. But I did manage to trace three of their children, Margaret (b.1913),
      Florence (b.1918) and Septimus (b.1924). But why don’t they appear in the 1939 survey? Maybe they went to Scotland, or further afield?

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    • Thomas Matchett and Sarah (nee Long) left Ireland arriving in Thornaby via Cornforth around 1879. Children brought up at 6 Glasgow Street, 19 Reed Street and 28 Glasgow Street.
      Daughter Sarah Eliza born 29th April 1892 married Theodosius Horatio Lamb born 28th February 1889 at St Paul’s, Thornaby. Living at 18 Gilmour Street, Thornaby in 1939 Theodosius is listed as incapacitated.

      Issue of Lamb’s:
      Margaret Lamb born 5th July 1913 married Thomas Helm Nevison born 6th Dec 1905 in 1935 at St Paul’s, Thornaby. 1939 Register living at 16 Skinner Street, Thornaby (Margaret Shop Assistant and Thomas Iron Pipe Moulder) no issue living with them.
      Florence Lamb may be Florence whose death was registered in Central Cleveland between October and December 1979 born 10th December 1917. This may be the Florence Lamb working as a housemaid for George and Mary E. Whitaker of 425 Toller Street, Bradford in 1939.
      Septimus Lamb born 15th Dec 1923 working in an Iron Foundry Warehouse in 1939 living with parents.
      Agatha Lamb died in infancy aged 2 in 1933.

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  37. Looking for any info on my great grandparents clara Conway and her husband John Conway I think they lived in Bowesfield Lane. Their daughter Winifred Duncan nee Conway was my grandmother from Parkfield.

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    • Joy, the 1939 survey of residents shows John, Clara and family living at 29 Cranbourne Terrace, Stockton. John was born 18 December 1873, and Clara 25 June 1875. They married in Stockton in 1895. The 1911 Census shows them with the following children Thomas (aged 14), Winnifred (13), William (11), Edith (9), James (7), John (5) and Vincent (1). They later added Agnes (b.1914) and Eileen (b.1916). John Conway’s father, also called John was born in Ireland about 1849.

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      • Thank you so much cliff for this information I never new they had so many children I’d love to find any relatives of this family who are alive today I’m finding it a bit hard to do this on my own. Thank you Cliff x

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  38. Hi there

    I am desperately seeking several old articles from the Evening Gazette circa 1960’s concerning my grandfather, are the archives available online to view I gather the British newspaper archive page has limited coverage but need more editions?

    Can you help kind thanks

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    • I do not think that you will find 1960s Evening Gazettes on-line. The British Library has made many provincial newspapers available on-line, including the Daily Gazette, as the Evening Gazette was known in its early days. But copies are only available up to the year 1900.

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  39. I am researching my dads boxing career. Maxie Smith active 1961-1978. From the Royal Marines and Navy to professional lightheavy weight.

    Thanks in advance

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