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In the days before cars, each neighbourhood was almost self contained. Each had its own shopping centre. A trip to the ‘big shops’ in the town were for special purchases only. Everyday requirements could be bought from shops within walking distance.
Both Cannon Street and Newport Rd had a variety of shops. We can all remember popping down the street to get the ‘messages’ i.e. get some shopping.
If you have memories of a particular shop please use the email form to add your recollections to the site...
Ellis's Paper Shop
My grandfather George Ellis ran a paper shop on Newport Rd just a few numbers away from the Newport Hotel . His parents, my great grandparents , Thomas and Gertrude Ellis acquired the shop some time around 1904-1906.
In 1890, the Newport Hotel was number 383. No. 381 was a William Walker, a grocer and 379 was a newsagents, Powell and Bell. I believe that the properties were re-numbered at some stage and that Powell & Bell became the Ellis newsagents in 1904-1906 at 389.
I can vaguely remember going into the Newport Rd shop on occasions - it was a dark quite forbidding place for a young tot - all I can remember are the columns of cigs on the back wall and the counter being covered with paper s and magazines. Winnie had a daughter called Joyce (Mapplebeck) who must have been in her early 20s when I visited. In reflection, she reminded me of Dusty Springfield. I don't know what has become of her.
Ellis's or Mapplebecks?
I remember Ellis's very well although I didn't find it forbidding. It was an intriguing place full of interesting trinkets, small toys,combs, pencils, crayons,'checks'for playing that game. It was a regular port of call on pocket money day.
Interested in the reference to the Mapplebeck name. Margaret O’Neill writing in the booklet ‘Bridging the Years: describes the paper shop as Mapplebecks. She writes:-
Mapplebeck's the newsagents was next door to the surgery.(DR Longbotham’s) I bought a little sewing box there, which I've still got. They sold knick-knacks and all sorts of things
I think this lady was recalling memories from the 1920's. I checked this with my Mam who was born in 1917 and she only remembers the shop as Ellis's. In my time(late 1940s/early 1950s ),Mapplebeck's, as I recall, was on the opposite side of the road possibly on the corner of Leven Street.
But if Winnie who ran the shop kept the name Ellis but was, by marriage, a Mapplebeck, it may explain why Margaret O'Neill remembered the Mapplebeck name
More on Ellis-Mapplebeck Connection
Albert Mapplebeck is recorded (on a marriage cert.) as being a newsagent at 274 Newport Road in 1934. His son Herbert married Winnie Ellis and they both ran the Ellis newsagents at 389 Newport Road, well into the 60s. Winnie's sister Elsie Ellis married Walter Frankland who was a General Dealer at 221 Cannon Street, certainly in 1921 but for how long after I don't know.
More Newport Rd Shops
In addition to Ellis’s there was also the carpet shop, Gibbons, on that block,. (The owner was murdered in the mid 50s). There was also Niman’s clothes shop. On the opposite side was XL Bakery
And on Cannon Street
On Cannon Street, on the high Croft St to high Severs St block was a house-shop, Annie Storey's. She sold pickles, winkles and my favourite which was herb beer. I remember a fish shop on the west corner of Derby St and a sweet shop on the opposite side of Derby St which became an Italian ice cream shop. It was eventually bought by Mr & Mrs Oakey who lived in 28 Welford St and they ran it as a General Dealers selling groceries and such like.
One famous Newport shop,one that must get a mention is Jackie Knaggs on the corner of Stanley St. He didn't just run a general dealers but also had a photographic studio upstairs which was a thriving side line for him.
I was born in Middlesbrough and my first memory of a shop is of Fairbrass Fruit & Veg shop on Crescent Road between Harford St & Essex St. My father bought us our first bananas and cherries there.
There was also the Co-op on the same road between Costa & Aire Street I believe, where I loved to watch butter being cut and sugar being weighed and placed in bags. This was also carried out at Price's little street house shop in Harford St.
The superb cakes, which no-one seemed to mind queuing for,sold in Binns basement. Hintons in Linthorpe Village was another favourite as was their shop in the town where I first experienced the wonderful aroma of freshly ground coffee.
Kelly's Yorkshire Directory 1937:
Mbro Co-op Branch 81 to 85 Crescent Rd.
Fairbrass Jas . Danl . shopkpr . 117 Crescent rd . tel: 881 55
Price Edwd . shopkpr . 89 Harford St
Nos 81 to 85 Crescent Rd is now a Sainsbury/Bells (July 2005)
My Grandmother lived at 35 Croft Street, She sold herb beer and ginger beer which was stored in huge earthen ware pancheons in the pantry.Grandma also hired out cycles, Number 35 was on the left hand side going up from Newport Road.
Saunder's Newsagents,Parliament Rd
I spent my formative years on "Parlie" Rd I recently saw a photo showing "Saunders" paper shop which was on the corner of Parliament Rd and I believe Outram or Outwell St. (The street used to go down to Glebe Rd past the "Rec"). Saunders paper shop supplied my Grandad's comics(he was a avid reader of the "Victor", "Hornet" and "Beano" - any one remember Limp Along Leslie? Saunders also took my pocket money, it was spent on Matchbox cars. Then I progressed to Airfix models, then I progressed to buying packs of 5 Woodbine or 5 Parkdrive. If I remember right you could also buy single cigarettes in the ubiquitous little white bag.
* Kelly's 1937 Yorkshire Directory:Saunders Philip Ernest, newsagt . 119 Parliament Rd
Panico's Ice Cream Shop
I belong to the family that owned Panico's ice cream shop at the corner of Hill Street and Wilson Street. Across the road was the Vane Arms pub and at the bottom end of Hill Street was the Four Halls Club. The best fish shop ever that I remember was Blands fish and chip shop on Hill Street which was towards the top end towards the Scala picture house. Our ice cream shop had a couple of tables and a few chairs in the front of the shop and it was a collection point more for adults than children to take time out for a bit of a chat Sadly the shop closed a little before the Hill Street Shopping Centre days due to the death of my uncle, Andrew Panico. I remember happy days playing out until you were called in by your mam. Great memories
Stockdale Bros Garage
Peter McOnegal writes:-
In the early 50s I worked for Stockdale Bros Garage firstly in Orwell street until they built the new garage on Newport Rd .I'm not sure when they moved into the new building because it was done while I was doing National Service in Germany.I recall some of the shops starting from the Newport Pub. There was Globe and Simpsons(grocers),a shop selling carpets and lino, Dr Longbotham and Dr John Slater's Surgery , Mappelbecks(stationery and toys),and Gallons(groceries)
I remember these because I had a few pints at the pub. We used to repair the vehicles of Globe & Simpson. The owner of the carpet shop was found murdered. Dr Slater was my doctor,I got my fags from Mapplebecks,I fancied a red head who worked in Gallons.
Beal's Fish & Chips
My Great Grandparents had a shop on Newport Road, a fried fish shop. Mr and Mrs Braddy of the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society kindly informed me that in Wards Directory 1910/1911 on page 526 it explains that Alfred Beals (my Gt Grandfather) was a Fried Fish Dealer at 425 Newport Road. This was situated just across the road from St Cuthbert's Church. I was delighted to learn the actual number as I remember my Grandfather, Alf Beals junior, telling me tales of fish shop days when I was little. Alf (my Grandfather) and his brother George went on to have a Beef Dripping business in North Road (over the Border) Beals and Son. You couldn't have met a nicer man than my Grandfather.
* Alison's Grandfather, Alf Beals. is listed in Kelly's Directory 1937
Beals & Sons, dripping manufacturers . North Rd . telephone 35 8 3.
The Honeyman family owned and operated a variety of shops and businesses in the Cannon Street area. Read about them on Albert's Page on this site
Marilyn's Dad had a hardware shop on Newport Road. Marilyn writes about this and the many other shops she remembers on her page on this site Marilyn's Memories.
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