Excuse me but where is Middlesbrough?
Walk from North Ormesby
Sources and Resources
Only a Short Time in History
Memories of Parliament Road
Football on the Roof
St Patrick's Church
The Tees (Newport) Bridge
Don't Mention the War?
Laws Street Block
Albert Park and 'Owld 'Enry
An Ayresome Childhood
St Paul's School
Victoria St/Greta St Now
The 'New' Newport School
Newport Bombing 15 April 1942
Closing of St Paul's School
More Memories of Parliament Rd.
Round and About King George Street
Memories of Duncombe Street
Honeymans of Cannon Street
Sun Sea & Sand
Fox Heads Page 1
Why DOGGY Town??
Fox Heads Page 2
Memories of St Paul's
A Mohawk in Middlesbrough
Remembering Craven Street
Marsh Road School
Luftwaffe Over Middlesbrough
First World War Shell Explodes in Middlesbrough
Queries:Can You Help?
St Columba's Parish in the Sixties
More Street Games
Memories Baxter Street
Judith's Middlesbrough Childhood
Links for Newport, Middlesbrough
St Paul's School
We moved to Marsh St from North Ormesby at the beginning of the war, and my first school was St Pauls. It was bombed and completely destroyed. St Paul's school was then 'rehoused' in a wing of Newport School in Victoria St. I went there between 1940/1-47.
My first infants teacher was Miss Johnson. Miss Cockaine, took the middle class, and Miss Jones took the top infants class.
The Junior School
In the junior school there was Miss Maws who, when on schoolyard duty would frequently raise her heels, stand on her tip toes, then lower her heels again. There was Mrs Storey, I remember Miss Bingley, but especially remember Gertrude Venables who regularly gave me homework in readiness for the 11 plus exam. She talked my father into letting me go to Hugh Bell Girls School.
Classmates in Victoria St included Freda Taylor; Margaret Smith, whose parents had the newsagent's shop on Cannon St near Marsh St corner; Shirley Jones, whose family had the fish shop on Newport Rd near St Paul's church; Tommy Brighty, Dennis and Derrick Marsh, John Butcher, Colin Bamlett, and Raymond Holmes.
The vicar at St Paul's was Mr Perryman and I remember him leaving, possibly after 12 years there. He was sadly missed. There were often 'Bring and Buy' sales at the church hall. We donated items which were then sold to raise funds.
Cigarettes were hard to get in those days, and the fish and chip shop near Newport Bridge occasionally had them for sale. Word would get around and adults then sent the children to the shop for 'fish and chips (a fourpenny one and two penn'orth) and a packet of Woodbines'.
On Cannon St, Jarvis' shop was next to Smith's Newsagents, and next to that was Miss Kirby,General Dealer. Miss Kirby would regularly be seen putting sugar into blue paper bags and weighing them, or cutting large round cheeses or butter into small blocks of 2oz or 4oz. and wrapping them, ready for customers.
Flour came in fine cotton bags which were later washed and made into hankies. I remember when bread cost 2 1/2d for a small loaf and 4 1/2d for a large loaf, unsliced of course.
'Toffee Turners' sweet shop on Newport Rd, near the school, was a favourite place if you had been given any pennies.
Also on Newport Rd, opposite St Paul's Rd, Seargeant's shop made delicious Cornish pasties, and at the corner of Rockliffe St was Brackenbury's Chemist. They sold those little cough sweets that looked like tiny black satin cushions: 'Brackenbury's touch the tickle' their advertising said.
Grandma liked to listen to the radio which had an accumulator connected to it. Near St Paul's Church Hall there was a shop where, on Saturdays, we took the accumulator to be recharged and, I think, exchanged for another. She liked to listen to Forces Favourites, the Palm Court Orchestra, and Harry Lauder, among others.