GRANGETOWN IN TIMES PAST
St Marys School
Mick Traynor - Boer War Recruit + Others
Streets and Buildings
World War One 1914 -18
Parish, Priests and Processions
Street Stories + Characters
1925 Ladies Parish Outing + More
A Tale from the Duckie + other stories
World War Two 1939 - 45
Messages from Home & Abroad
Shops and Shopkeepers
The World of Work
Upstairs and Downstairs...
The Board School
Pochin Road Infants School
Leisure & Sports
Grangetown Boys' Club
Sir Wm Worsley School
Maps, Plans & Aerial Photos
St Peter's Senior School
St Matthew's Parish
Eston Grammar School
Trolley Buses TRTB
Grangetown Methodist Church
Contact Information for Grangetown in Times Past
Links for Grangetown in Times Past
|Cycling Club - courtesy of Ken Lightfoot via Dennis King
Cycling Clubs evolved in a big way in late Victorian Times..and representing Grangetown is this smart group. The group includes Mr George Lightfoot ( sitting on the left ) - shopowner of Whitworth Road. I suspect this is taken in Edwardian times possibly 1910.
Vera Robinson of 'Grangetown Remembered' fame - told me of the superb cycling stadium which was known nationally and was erected not far from the Railway station where hundreds of cyclists travelled from places as far away as Derby in order to participate in the events staged there. Children carried wheels for competitors and eventually a track was created especially for the children's own use.
Jim White adds : In the early 60's an old chap - not from Grangetown - told me how he used to cycle on the track. I never could really picture where it was until I read the 1921 Kelly's - it's not in every year:
"The recreation grounds of 8 acres, in Station Road, opened in 1893, include a band stand and a bicycle track, and are also used for football matches etc. Here is a power station belonging to the Cleveland and Durham Electric Power Co.Limited
The Literary Institute (1889)
|The Literary Institute (1889) - courtesy of Dennis King
The Grangetown Literary Institute was built in 1889 and contained library, billiard and games rooms - most people would remember it as The Boys' Club.
The Grangetown Silver Band
|The Grangetown Silver Band - courtesy of Dennis King
Nationally famous - this band marched alongside the Jarrow marchers of 1926 - according to Vera Robinson MBE.
The Silver Band near Fire Station
|The Silver Band - courtesy of Dennis King|
Grangetown Stadium 1915
|o/s map - courtesy of Jim White
North-Eastern Daily Gazette
9 July 1904
The club will hold their second meeting of the season on Saturday, July 23rd and it is hoped that more favourable climatic conditions will prevail than was the case on May 7th last (date fixed for their first meeting). As is usual at Grangetown, a good sporting programme has been arranged, including two flat events, two cycling events, two miles walking race, and two miles harriers team race for “Richardson Cup”. Although no Benyons or Reeds are to be present, there is sure to be some capital racing amongst the local competitors, and taking into consideration the fine and fast condition of tracks, there is sure to be some sport second to none in the district provided on this occasion.
It's hard to believe that this magnificent stadium which attracted cyclists from all part of the country and with its facilities for athletes, footballers, cricketers and bowlers was a hop, skip and a jump from Bessemer Street.
I had heard of this place but found it hard to really believe it..... to think that we had Gateshead's facilities as long ago as this.
Dick Thomas - an uncle of Jim White - took up running here, after a very bad experience at goalkeeping for Grangetown Athletic when he let in eight goals. He became a great runner.
Wolf Cub Pack 1922
|Wolf Cub Pack 1922 - courtesy of Vera Robinson MBE|
Wolf Cub Camp
|Wolf Cub Camp - courtesy of Vera Robinson MBE|
The Paragon Cinema c 1928
|The Paragon Cinema c 1928 - courtesy of Peter Coleman
A veritable haven or should I say heaven for Grangetown's residents of the twenties and thirties - especially the kids - who loved the silent Films Of Charlie Chaplin and the Adventures of Tom Mix.
Eston Nab c 1910
|Eston Nab c 1910 - courtesy of Peter Coleman
Young ladies of the Edwardian era - possibly part of a school - resting after a stroll to Eston Nab - a common activity for all of the residents of the area to the present day.
Grangetown Goes To the Dogs 1923
By courtesy of Evening Gazette via Jim White
Grangetown Going To The Dogs
Evening Gazette: 28 Aug 1923
Grangetown Dog Handicap
On Saturday a £8 130 yards dog handicap was run at Grangetown before a large crowd, when some good racing was witnessed.
Heat winners:- Jim’s Dancer, South Bank (off 31½); Jack’s Little Mouse, North Ormesby (30); Bob’s Trespasser, Stockton (24); Ina’s Beauty, Middlesbrough (27); Tishy’s West Street, Eston (27); Robinson’s Shy Girl, Middlesbrough (21½); Usher’s Little Charlie, South Bank (31½); Carthew’s Wild Mint, Boosbeck (23½); and Fred’s Castaway, Carlin How (25), dead heat; Dick’s Tot Points, North Ormesby (29½); Jack’s Alexandra, South Bank (31½); Jack’s Meg, Lingdale (28); Dick’s Traveller, Lingdale (29); Mim’s Dustman, Boosbeck (25½); Wright’s Teddy Bear, North Ormesby (30½); Bill’s Mousey, Stockton (28½); Bill’s Pup, Stockton (25½); Alf’s Furious, North Ormesby ((21½); Jack’s Park Lass, Boosbeck (25); Jack’s Dreamy Dan, Grangetown (29½); Katie’s Mickey, South Bank (27½); Carter’s No 8, South Bank (25). In the semi-finals the winners were Little Mouse, Fred’s Castaway, Dustman and Mousey, dead heat, and Dreamy Dan, and in the final,
Dustman beat Little Mouse by six inches.
Betting was evens Dreamy Dan, 3 to 1 others.
It was likely that this event took place in the nearby athletic stadium - an ideal shape for a dog track.
The Recreation Ground c 1960's
|The Recreation Ground c 1960's - courtesy of Dennis King
A favourite haunt for all Grangetown families - possessing leisure facilities such as:- tennis Courts, a golf course, a bowling green, landscaped gardens, football fields, an adventure playground with swings, a teapot lid, slides, ropes, a miniature railway track and the oval paddling pool - pictured here.
It has certainly changed since then.
The Miniature Railway 1960's
|The Miniature Railway 1960's|
Cub Scout Gang Show - St Matthews Hall 1956
|Cub Scout Gang Show - St Matthews Hall 1956 - courtesy of Bill Herlingshaw
A Cub Scout Gang Show with cubs from Grangetown, Eston, South Bank and Normanby.
Among them is Bill Herlingshaw, Ian Walsh, Vernon Alan and Geoff Patchett.
Anyone For Tennis? c 1930's
|Anyone For Tennis? - courtesy of Sheila Barker
Gavin Burke and Gerard Pyne pose before a tennis match at the local recreation ground. These were the days of wooden rackets, long cream trousers and short sleeved pullovers.
Grangetown Social Club Committee & Billiards Team 1920
|Grangetown Social Club Billiards Team 1920 - courtesy of St Mary's archives
Rear: T Barraclough, R Allen, James Allen, John Allen, A Bishop, J Smith, D Davies, W Palmer, C Wills, A Lambton
Front: W Fisher, J Russell, W McLeod, J Mardon, E Lloyd, JH Burlison
Anyone's grandfather on this?
Scout Group 1956
|Scout Group 1956 - courtesy of Bill Herlingshaw
Youth Hostelling in the Fifties
|Youth Hostelling in the Fifties - courtesy of Ron Vickers|
YHA Group from Sir Wm Worsley School in Keswick 1951
|YHA Group from Sir Wm Worsley School in Keswick 1951 - courtesy of Ron Vickers|
YHA Trip from Sir Wm Worsley School in Keswick 1951
|YHA Trip from Sir Wm Worsley School in Keswick 1951 - Courtesy of Ron Vickers|