Picture Stockton Calendar for 2020 is available to buy now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featuring stunning black and white photographs taken from Picture Stockton, the Yesteryear Stockton-on-Tees calendar for 2020 includes Yarm Viaduct,
Billingham Town Centre, Thornaby‘s Five Lamps and Stockton Market to name but a few. The monthly photographs are accompanied by a spacious dated grid that provides space to organise appointments, birthdays and reminders.

Available for £8.99. Get yours from any library within Stockton Borough or email pictures@stockton.gov.uk to place an order or for more information.

Billingham Synthonia Scouts c1957

This is a photograph of Kestrel Patrol taken at our annual camp in Raby Park c1957. I think it was the day that our parents paid us a visit. In the back row from the left is me Malcolm Dunn (Patrol Leader believe it or not), John Donnachie and Chris Rhodes (my next door neighbour in Lomond Avenue).The names of those in the front row escape me.

Photograph and details courtesy of Malcolm Dunn.

Just Six Years To Go…

‘Just 6 years to go…..’  a joint production by Martin Peagam, Jim Fox and Barry Thompson at Stockton Central Library (Jim Cooke Suite) on Thursday 26 September from 1pm. To book a FREE place or for more details contact 01642 528079 / reference.library@stockton.gov.uk

Opened on 27 September 1825, the Stockton & Darlington Railway is where the modern railway network was born. With just six years to go before the 200th anniversary of that momentous event, we present three talks on the history of the railway, celebrating its place in history, one of the enterprising men behind it, and the celebrations that it has generated.

 

Roseberry School Billingham, Mixed Relay Team

This photograph was given to me by my long standing friend John Hugill. We both attended the Roseberry schools, infants then juniors, between the years 1955 and 1962.

It shows a combined boys/girls running team taken in the school year 1961/1962. The male teacher is Mr O’Neil and the lady sat on his left is Miss Brooker. She was later married to Clive Bell who was head of Geography at Bede Hall. John can’t recall the other lady teachers name I’m afraid.

So onto the team itself starting with the boys. Going left to right in the back row we have Peter Bolton who’s still going strong in Billingham. The boy to his left is of course a very young Willie Maddren who went onto to find fame as both player and in time manager of Middlesbrough FC. He died quite a few years ago from Motor Neurone Disease.

This leaves the 3rd lad in the back row which is John Hugill himself. It’s worth recording that in this school year John was Head Boy. Looking back it must have been an average year!

This leaves the boy in the front row who is Geoff Mills. I’ve no idea what became of him but a pleasant lad from memory.

It’s also worth pointing out that all 4 of the boys were members of the all conquering Roseberry football team in that school year which won a league and cup double under the management of Ian Archer. ”Archie” was everyone’s favourite teacher.

John remembers the names of two of the girls. In the back row standing between Peter Bolton and Willie Maddrew is Diane Stephenson and the girl in the back row next to John Hugill is Lynn Harrison. We did used to have inter schools athletics meetings and John thinks the team may have been competing in something on those lines.

I really like this photograph and I hope you do as well. Mixed relay teams, whatever next!?

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Our First Picture Stockton Calendar, ‘Yesteryear’ for 2020!

Featuring stunning black and white photographs taken from Picture Stockton, the Yesteryear Stockton-on-Tees calendar for 2020 includes Yarm Viaduct, Billingham Town Centre, Thornaby‘s Five Lamps and the Empire Theatre, Stockton to name but a few.

The monthly photographs are accompanied by a spacious dated grid that provides space to organise appointments, birthdays and reminders.

Available for £8.99 (p&p not included). Email pictures@stockton.gov.uk to place an order or for more information.

North Pentland Primary School, Billingham c1940ish

This was my first school, I started there in 1951, the school was officially opened on the 10th of June 1938. The school consisted of two identical buildings separated by a pavilion, this pavilion had two pillars holding up the roof.

The buildings had five classrooms either side of the main hall, the hall was an unusual design with a semi circular bow front and an Oast house style of roof. The building to the left of the pavilion is the Infants school, the Junior school is to the right. The school faced South and every window in the classrooms of the buildings could be opened, when this happened it was very nearly the same as being outside.

When first opened there were no houses in front of the school and the playing field extended as far as the railway line about a quarter mile away, it was only rough scrub land the beginning of which can be seen at the bottom of the photo.

The school was built to serve the needs of the large number of people that were moving into Billingham from all parts of the country, all of the houses surrounding the school were built by ICI to house the incoming workers, this is similar to the Furness shipyard building their estate at Belasis in the 1920s.

In the late 1940s Billingham Council built the Junction Estate using a large part of the school field for a section of Cotswold Crescent, about ten years after this another part of the field disappeared when Braid Crescent was built.

Things I remember about the school were wood parquet flooring, which, in combination with boots with “Seggies” made a satisfying amount of noise, terrible outside toilets that froze solid in the Winter, nearly every school in Britain had similar sanitary arrangements at that time, extremely high ceilings in the classrooms with lights on long flexes, a “coolie hat” lampshade and tiny bulb that cast very little light, cast iron double seated desks, china inkwells, scratchy pens that made good darts and of course the best known of all, the frozen milk perched on top of the bottles.

I attended three different schools in Billingham, The North, The South And Campus Stephenson Hall, the first two were built in the 1930s and are still in use, the last one was built in the late 1950s and is long gone.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.