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
I was born at the Linthorpe Road end of Victoria Rd . My mother told me it was in rooms above a hat shop.(which is now a betting shop).My grandmother lived in Shakespeare Street then and when the Emporium was bombed, the back of her house was hit. She was lucky. Mother said when the air raid sirens went off Grandma didn't want to leave her piano. Dad had to drag her down into the shelter .
However the saddest occasion for the family was when Middlesbrough Station was bombed on August 3rd, 1942. My great uncle George Barrett was killed. He had just called in at the station to collect his kit Bag. He was a Merchant Seaman on leave.
Tibby Leads Me into Trouble!
My childhood house was at the north end of Marton Rd near to the Star and Garter , My brother and I used to play among the bombed out houses around there .We loved that Marton Road house. It was three storeys high and had two attics, one just had a skylight in the roof, the other had a small window which, if we climbed on each others shoulders, we could have a good view of the Town Hall clock. I had a cat called Tibby as a child and she escaped through the small door of one of the attics. It led along all the eaves of the other houses. I crawled through after her and caught her three doors down. Unfortunately the lady of that house heard me and by the time I'd crawled back, she was already at my mother's door to complain! I was given a good hiding. ha ha.
St John's School
School was St Johns where I stayed until 15. My brother being much cleverer
passed the 11 plus and went to the Junior Technical College.
Our house had to be demolished when I was 16 and we went to live in Smeaton St North Ormesby. My father worked in Rundles Washer Works in Smeaton St, I went over one day and was amazed to see the dust. I don't think conditions like that would be allowed to exist today. My mother worked as a cleaner in The White Lion when Joe Hand ran it, and in The Cuckoo for Mrs Sturman a lovely lady..
Dancing the Night Away in Redcar
I used to look forward to the weekends as a teenager then, taking the United Bus into Redcar, get the dance tickets for the Coatham, then go for a drink and then, about ten o clock. into the dance to dance the night away. They had a brilliant band then and two dance floors so you could either Quick Step in one ,or Rock'n' Roll in the other.
Rehoused in Park End
When the Smeaton St houses had to be demolished my parents went to live at Park End. Mother never settled there. She missed North Ormesby and all her friends.
By then I had joined the Navy and it would be quite a few years before I came back.