Congregational Church

The Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage project is a five-year scheme joint funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to improve the historic environment at the northern end of Stockton High Street from Regent Street up Norton Road to Queen Street, focusing on a series of restoration projects of identified historic buildings and works to the surrounding area. It builds on improvements that have already been made to the historic environment of Stockton Town Centre through Stockton Heritage in Partnership (SHiP) and Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) projects. The work will also complement the current Stockton Globe restoration project, due to be completed this year.

Part of the initiative will involve the re-landscaping of Tennant Square on Norton Road at the northern end of the project area. This small urban pocket park marks the site of the once imposing Congregational Church and so before the landscaping can be carried out, an excavation of the site will be undertaken by Tees Archaeology working alongside local volunteers

We would love to know if any photos exist of its interior, perhaps taken during a wedding or christening. Do you have memories of trips or events? Did you watch its demolition and did you take any final images? What happened to the internal fittings and furniture? Please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. If you have any information that you would like to share or are interested in the excavation project of Tennant Square, please contact Fiona Riley, Townscape Heritage Project Officer, fiona.riley@stockton.gov.uk or 01642 524551. It would be great to think that the excavation reveals some small detail of its role as the heart of a vibrant and democratic church community.

Image courtesy of Teesside Archives.

The Spence Arms and Armour Collection

The Spence Bequest has some of the best examples of weaponry in the North of England, if not the country.

His collection spans from the Stone Age to the early 20th Century and includes hundreds of edged weapons and firearms. There are also a unique set of watercolours painted by Spence himself at the Front during the First World War.

Exhibition Officer Chris Young has spent a good degree of time researching and studying this collection and over the years new stories have come to light and are ready to be shared with the community Spence served and loved.

Join us ‘virtually’ on Wednesday 19 May from 1pm. For further details and free booking, click here!

Head Wrightson: A Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of what was the site of Head Wrightson, in the company of Albert Roxborough. Using photographs and other material from the Heritage Lottery funded Head Wrightson Photo Archive Project, we can see what life was like at the company which was one of the industrial giants of Teesside engineering.

Thursday 6 May, 2021 at 2pm: Free online event which will be shown in Stockton Libraries Virtual Local and Family Facebook Group. No need to book, all welcome. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/246080663250652 to watch the video and ask Albert any questions.

Davy United. Appeal for information!

From Sue Parker at the Cleveland Institution of Engineers:

Do you have any information on Davy United who used to have offices in Bowesfield Lane in Stockton?  There is going to be an exhibition of paintings by Kenneth Steel in Sheffield (where he was born and lived), and the organisers are trying to find original paintings that he did for Davy’s.  This one was done for Davy United in Stockton in 1954.

Does anyone recognise what it is a painting of, and if it was an actual plant? If it was an actual plant, does anyone know where it was?

Kenneth Steel is alleged to have done quite a few paintings for Davy’s at Stockton.  Six are known to have hung in the Boardroom at Bowesfield Lane, and I know where three of them are, and these are scenic views of Teesdale.  The other three may also be scenic views of Teesdale.  The organisers of the exhibition are keen to find any paintings of steelmaking plant.

Someone somewhere will know someone who knows about these things, it’s just a case of finding them!

St Mary’s Girls c1925/30

I believe this was taken during a concert or pantomine at St. Mary’s Girls School c1925/30. My aunt is sitting in the centre. I’m afraid I have no idea of the other girls’ names.
My aunt, Madge Moore, born in 1919 unfortunately died of Leukaemia in 1936. Her twin was Denny, her other brothers were Jim and Tom and her sister was Kitty, my mother.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kay Naylor nee Allinson now living in Leeds but still a Stockton girl at heart.