Westbury Street School, Thornaby c1945

Front Row (left to Right): Maurice Gray, ??, Joe Notman, Billy Taite.
Second Row (left to Right): ??, Derick Worn, Jimmy Instone, Barry Chesser, ??,
??, Maurice Thornton, John Boyle, Randolph Macartney.
Third Row (left to Right): Eric Fordy, Keith Barker, ??, Alan Shaw, John Bell, Graham Henderson, ??, Allan Sanderson.
Back Row (left to Right): ??, ??, ?? ??, ??, Geoff Dunwell, ??, ??, Jim Black, ??, Billy Booth.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jim Black.

A Winters Day – Or Is It?

When I first saw this picture I thought it was a snow scene of Stockton High Street. I was looking for clues as to the possible date of the image and I noticed the shadows under the shop canopies and horse drawn carriages were directly beneath them. This shows the sun is high in the sky, practically overhead, of course this only happens at the height of Summer. Anybody who has walked along Stockton High Street in the Winter will know that the sun shines full in the face from the Bridge Road end of the High Street. I still think it looks like a covering of snow but if it isn’t I can’t imagine what it could be.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Can Anyone Help?

Can anyone help in identifying these old photos, possibly at Port Clarence Elementary School. My mother and her siblings were born and reared in Stockton between 1908 and 1950. The photos appear to be of school children and to have been taken in the same place (trellis in the background), perhaps even on the same day? Is it possible to identify the school? Was this the school uniform of the time? Is it possible to date the photographs?

I am only guessing that it might be Port Clarence Elementary School as the family lived at Crosby Terrace, Port Clarence. The first photograph shows my aunt, Kathleen Conlon (born 1910) seated middle row, far right and the second shows my aunt Margaret Ann (Peggy) Conlon (born 1915) standing back row far right.

Photographs and details courtesy of Kathleen Holmes.

Almost Rush Hour

Cars waiting for the traffic lights on Stockton High Street. I think the car disappearing off the left of the picture is a Rootes Group car, either a Hillman Minx, Sunbeam Rapier, Singer Gazelle, I can’t remember if there was a Humber version. I believe it may be a Hillman Minx. The white car behind it is a the Rover P6.

There is Austin Cambridge, complete with AA badge at the head of the right hand queue. I think the one behind is a Renault 5, then a Vauxhall Cresta followed by a Mk1 Cortina, the next two could be a Vauxhall Viva HA and an Anglia but I’m not sure about either, the one way back is big, possibly a Zephyr or Zodiac.

I also spotted the number 2 bus on its way to the Transporter near the bingo at the Cinema/Essoldo. Also worth a mention is the first three bus stops nearest the camera are for red United Buses. The Darlington to Middlesbrough United bus would turn through the centre island and pick up here.

If my memory is correct, the photography is stood near Rossi’s ice cream parlour. I’m not sure about the date, but the Rover and Austin have suffix ‘D’ registrations, which means they were registered 1966, which suggests this is late 60’s early 70’s.

Photograph and details courtesy of Alex Moody.

1st North Riding of Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery

Photographs of the North Riding of Yorkshire volunteer artillery around the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. They belonged to my great grandfather James Alfred Henderson (1857-1937) who was born in Wolsingham but lived most of his life in Stockton. He was an auctioneer in Stockton. He is buried in Oxbridge Lane cemetery together with my great grandmother Martha Matilda nee Wooler. My great grandfather was a captain in this volunteer artillery which story has it was created because of fear of a French invasion. They used to practice their manoeuvres on Redcar Race Course.

Photographs and details courtesy of Judy Henderson.

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”

Sun Inn, Knowles Street

I believe this is the Sun Inn, in Knowles Street, Stockton. Some of the building features are clearly still on view today, but the archway and the sign along the roof line, advertising Dents (Dents what?), are no longer visible on today’s building. Possibly the Dents sign was a wooden board that could be easily removed. I have no idea who the two gents or the child are, and there is no date.

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

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.