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Walk from North Ormesby
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Football on the Roof
St Patrick's Church
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Don't Mention the War?
Laws Street Block
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St Paul's School
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Closing of St Paul's School
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Sun Sea & Sand
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Why DOGGY Town??
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A Mohawk in Middlesbrough
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Marsh Road School
Luftwaffe Over Middlesbrough
First World War Shell Explodes in Middlesbrough
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| Denise Sullivan nee MacDonald
I was born in 1937. Dad moved from Glasgow with his family when he was in his teens and Mam came from Hartlepool when she was about 16. I am the second of 4 children, my eldest sister and I being born in 16 Bell St where my parents rented rooms. They later moved to no 32 where our brother and younger sister were born.
| 1. Bell Street 2.. Ayresome Green Lane
3.. Ayresome Grange Rd. 4.. Heywood St.
5.. Aden St. 6.. Keay St. 7.. West Lane
8.. Outhwaite St. 9.. Archibald St.
10.. Cunningham St. 11.. Liverton Avenue
12.. Carlow St. 13..Meath St 14.. Barnaby Ave
After the A66 was built
| My parents moved again later when they bought no 4 as it had a bathroom and a 'proper' kitchen. Pity they moved, as no 4 was at the end of Bell St later knocked down for the new A66 road and Mam was moved to Ormesby, She never settled as she missed her old neighbours.
The A66 cuts a swathe through Ayresome
Part of Bell Street is demolished. Ayresome Green Lane is disconnected from West Lane which is also severed. (The original village of Ayresome was situated on the junction of Ayresome Green Lane and West Lane. The remaining cottages were demolished just before World War 2)
Ayresome Grange Road is reduced to a small side road as Heywood Street is widened as a feed road for the A66 Newport Roundabout.
A Close Family
|Gran and Granddad Dennis lived in no 14 with with Mam's two younger sisters. Mamís eldest sister lived in Ayresome Grange Rd with her husband and our cousins Judy and Pam. Their back doors all led onto the same back alley as ours so we were all together.We had lovely neighbours, It was a good community.
Everyone seemed to use the back door. All the clothes lines were out on a Monday, weather permitting, except for our underwear, which, for some reason had to be hung in the yard!. The water was heated in the boiler for wash day, and bath night on Friday, when we were given a spoonful of Syrups of figs,( just to be sure, we were told.) After the washing was finished the water was used to swill the yard and the back street.
We were only a couple of minutes from the rec (recreation ground) so we always played there( hadn't to annoy the neighbours ). There were swings and slides and Bonfire night was a great occasion. We played hopscotch, hide and seek and skipping etc. We were never bored, We would go to Albert Park with a bottle of water and jam sandwiches and spend the whole day there.The highlight of the summer was two weeks at Dukehouse camp in Hexham on the school trip.
I spent all my time with my cousins, Judy and Pam We went to Jean Hardy's Dancing school and we were always giving concerts for the neighbours, (I made out out invitations and posted them through the letter boxes)
This is me with my Mam and Dad
|We went to Archibald School and I have happy memories of that time with nice friends.Our head mistresses were Miss Venables, Infants, Miss Best, Juniors, and Miss Leng, Seniors
Archibald Friends' Group I am in touch with 13 of my old friends and we meet up once a month to exchange memories and old photos, black and white, of course!
This colour one is provided by Vic Wood (taken October 2004 )
|This V. E. day photo has myself on the front row as a wounded soldier and my cousins are next to me as the Hawaiian girls|
The Place-Name Ayresome
The name Ayresomelike many other names in the locality is Scandinavian in origin.
Its earliest known recorded form(1129) was Arushum.
It is from the Old Norse ar-husum meaning riverside-houses..
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