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Mick Traynor - Boer War Recruit + Others

Streets and Buildings

Grangetown People

World War One 1914 -18

Parish, Priests and Processions

Street Stories + Characters

1925 Ladies Parish Outing + More

The Twenties

A Tale from the Duckie + other stories

The Thirties

School Teams

Junior Teams

World War Two 1939 - 45

Messages from Home & Abroad

Shops and Shopkeepers

Editor's Diary

The World of Work


The Forties


Upstairs and Downstairs...

The Board School

Pochin Road Infants School

Leisure & Sports

Grangetown Boys' Club


The Mission

Sir Wm Worsley School

The Fifties

Maps, Plans & Aerial Photos

St Peter's Senior School

Local Books

Salvation Army

Low Lackenby

Eston Grange

Victorian Memories

The Sixties

Eston Junction


St Matthew's Parish

Eston Grammar School

Trolley Buses TRTB

Grangetown Methodist Church

Eston Technical School

Contact Information for Grangetown in Times Past

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Whitworth Road on Coronation Day June 22nd 1911

The street is decked out with bunting in preparation for the celebrations!
King George V is crowned King - ending the Edwardian Age.

Whitworth Road c 1900

Another view of this main street circa 1900

Whitworth Road c 1930

Whitworth Road c 1930

Here we are again 10 years later.In the far background is the police station which overlooks the road.

Argyle Road in early 20's

Argyle Road in early 20's

Here we see the early stages of development in Upper Grangetown. On the left is the Grangetown Social Club - already an integral part of the town. In the distance is the police station from the rear.

Bolckow Road c 1940

Here we have a coloured version taken from a Christmas card of the era.

Bolckow Road facing East c 1932

Bolckow Road facing East c 1932

Prominent is the St Marys School and Church alongside and another boarded up area on the left, which people tell me was a school canteen or hall.

Bolckow Road near Lanny's Corner c 1932

Bolckow Road near Lanny's Corner c 1932

No sign of wires yet near Birchington Avenue Corner

Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

A beautiful building razed to the ground in the eighties - now replaced by St Mary's Court.

The First Fire Engine in Grangetown c 1910

photo + info supplied by Mary Fox nee Jeffers
Here stands Harry Phillipson with Grangetown's first ever Fire Engine based in Cheetham Street and Whitworth Road.
It was a horse-drawn vehicle and from the looks of it, another three men sported the gleaming helmets worn by the first fire brigade.
Harry was the grandfather of Mrs Mary Fox nee Jeffers- whose family lived at 96 Tennyson Ave in the sixties.
In 1900, Mr R Green was the Captain of the Brigade.

Grangetown Social Club in the Early Days

The steward and his wife are barely visible in the doorway.

Vickers Street about 1900

Children and adults pose for the photographer

The Lyric Cinema c 1950

The Lyric Opening May 1936
North-Eastern Daily Gazette
Wednesday, 27th May 1936

Luxury in Entertainment

Opening Of The New Lyric Theatre At Grangetown

The standard of architecture in Grangetown’s main street has been raised by the completion, after seven month’s work, of the Lyric Theatre, a noble house of entertainment which dominates the approach to the town.

Hitherto, residents have had to travel to see their favourite film stars on the silver screen, but from tomorrow night a super cinema luxuriously appointed will be at their disposal on their own doorsteps.

Before the opening film, “First A Girl,” featuring Jessie Matthews, is shown, an opening ceremony is to be performed by Councillor P. McPartlan, chairman of the Eston Urban District Council, who will be accompanied by representatives of the management, the contractors, the architects, and others.

Grangetown people can be excused if they grow “lyrical” in both senses of the word, for this cinema, which has been built at a cost of several thousand pounds, boasts an interior which will compare with many of the leading theatres in large population towns and cities.


The exterior too, is pleasing to the eye, and the recessed windows set in the mellowed-toned rustic bricks, together with the sweeping curves, 100-foot frontage and low-built canopy suggest nothing more than the lines of a giant liner’s bridge.

Everything this classical façade promises is fulfilled when the first step is taken into the foyer. Here, as throughout, the first impression which proves to be the right one too, is that art has been introduced into the decorative colour scheme.

Beautiful pastel shades, blending from lemon to buff, give everything a pleasing appearance. It looks clean, airy, yet compact, and this mind-view is enhanced by the inclusion of a kiosk in one large corner, where cigarettes, ices, chocolates and sweets are on sale.

Wide stone staircases rise in opposite directions, to give access to the circle and balcony, and the ceiling is painted in simple yet striking manner.


Once inside the auditorium the splendid workmanship which has been put into the building by Walter Wilson (contractors) Ltd., Newcastle, the general contractors is revealed. Everything looks well-built and solid, without sacrifice of grace and a variety of pastel shades tone and suffuse to colour the walls and ceiling in fawn, red, green and gold. The result is magnificent, and this decoration done by F. A. Forster (Nottingham) Ltd., is sure to evoke a deal of favourable comment.

Owing to the design of the building, the screen 18ft by 14ft, is almost centrally situated from anyone of the 940 seats, thereby eliminating the possibility of distortion occasionally occurring in cinemas from side positions. It is framed in a wide green border of fibrous plaster supplied by the Sunderland firm of Webster, Davidson and Co., Ltd., who have been responsible for that type of work.

The stage itself is of generous proportions – 30ft long, 10ft deep, and 22ft high – and the front curtain in green and gold is indeed a thing of beauty. In addition, there is a festoon curtain and the soft glow from shaded lights will be relieved by lighting effects which will play upon it.

No effort has been spared to ensure comfortable seating. Of the tip-up variety, the seats are covered in green and fawn and exceedingly well sprung. Supplied by Messrs Griffith and Spalding, Nottingham, they possess sorbo rubber arms and the spacing is quite adequate. In the circle and balcony every row is “stepped” on fireproof material by Webster, Davidson and Co., Ltd., and the ceiling board, too, possesses these self-same safety-first properties.


Large amber-shaded lights are let into the ceiling, and numerous wall lights have also been included, in keeping with the general colour scheme.

On both floors, radiators, which are plentiful, are recessed into the walls, and ventilation can be controlled by a number of electric fans. The result of this type of installation, done by Messrs. J.T. Leake and Co., Ltd., Hanover-square, Newcastle, is that gangways are free from any obstruction. The same firm have constructed the canopy front, the spiral staircases, the coloured handrailing, and handrailing to all staircases in addition to fixing ladders to the stage and projection-room flat.

Throughout the pinewood floors of the Lyric are rubber-covered in green, soft to the feet and noiseless. The projection room is built behind the balcony in which the last row of seats are some 38 feet from the ground floor. First-class sound equipment has been supplied by British Talking Pictures Ltd.

The cinema is 100 feet by 60 feet and a steel-framed building on a concrete base. Steel stanchions, cleverly disguised, run from floor to ceiling and form part of the decorative scheme. The steelwork has been done by the Lambhill Iron Company, of Glasgow, ensuring a strong and lasting structure.


Messrs Crowe and Co., of Newcastle, have fitted “Simplex” equipment for lantern work. The self-closing doors to the building are in green and black and a “capacity” house can be emptied within three minutes. All door handles and other type of fittings are chromium plated, and the electrical work, an important feature, has been carried out by Northern contractors, also of Newcastle.

The Middlesbrough firm of Baker Bros have been responsible for all plumbing work, and here again the high standard on which they have built their reputation has been sustained.

The main entrance and front stalls entrance are done in attractive red terrazzo and the cinema at night will stand out as Neon lighting has been installed across the façade by Messrs Elders, Walker and Co., Ltd., of Gateshead, who have supplied some of the glass used in the building.

The Lyric, which is the only cinema between South Bank and Redcar, has been designed by Messrs. Percy L. Browne and Sons, architects, Northumberland-street, Newcastle, specialists in this type of work, and built for Hinge’s Productions under the direction of Mr. E. J. Hinge.

The manager is Mr. W. K. Moore, late of the Royal, Middlesbrough, and Mr. J. A. Browne, of Walter Wilson’s, the general contractors, has been in charge of building operations. The cinema will open on Sundays for one evening performance.

Kelly’s Directory, 1937: Lyric (The) (Grangetown Paragon Picture Co. Ltd. Props) (W.K. Moore, manager), Bolckow Road

Ward’s Directory, 1938-39: Cinema Picture Hall, Bolckow rd; J.Mullen, manager.

Prophetic Prediction of Lyric's Final End

Only weeks before the fabulous avant garde Cinema of the thirties was burned to the ground - a canvas painting 6 x 4 was finished.
Painter : John A O'Neill
It now hangs in the Liverpool Dockers Casa Bar.

Postcard Views of Grangetown c 1900

Five Views in all

Bolckow Terrace

Facing North

Station Road and houses of Eston Grange

photo-Anne Gray nee Swan
Looking bare

Market Square and Institute

A large expanse of open space which catered for markets, fairs, theatre and film shows.

The King's Head Hotel Victoria Road

Unsure of Date

New Council Schools Pochin Road

New Council Schools Pochin Road - photo supplied by Sheila Barker

Wood Street on Coronation Day 1911

photo - courtesy of Sheila Barker
A wonderful Wood Street Party with one child appearing to be dressed as Charlie Chaplin..and Ted Colley the Butcher's daughter is arrowed front row 2nd right.
Could that be the Irish Flag which looms so large in the foreground?

Whitworth Road c 1932

Whitworth Road c 1932

Another fine view of Whitworth Road with children milling about in the middle of the street oblivious to the possible arrival of a trolley bus.

Aerial View of Works & Eston Grange 1947

photo - courtesy of Corus plc Teesside
Running horizontally across the photograph in front of the Cleveland Works of Dorman & Long, is Station Road and one row of houses running vertically - Eston Grange.
They were demolished a few years later - I believe. Year ?

Laing Street - inc. Banty Clay's Slaughter House

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

Cheetham Street - looking West

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

Cheetham Street - looking East

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

These look as though they were taken on the same day on the same section of Cheetham Street as some children look familiar.
Both pictures are of that part of the street nearest St Mary's Church. The naming of "Lower or Upper" in relation to the streets was always confusing to me - and I suspect to many I believe the numbers in the lower regions were really "Upper" Streets....obviously a case for argument in a local quiz.

Market Place facing Grangetown Hotel c 1910

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

Dennis tells me that the trees were removed later, to cater for the open market which was held there...which seems a shame. A fine avenue ruined by small-minded entrepeneurs.

Fireman Outside Town Hall 1916

photo - courtesy of Mrs Johns via Dennis King

A wonderful photo taken outside the Town Hall Building opposite the Board School which became Brown's Furniture Shop and later Calvert's carpets.

Top Row: John Caswell, Unknown, Unknown,
Middle Row: James Caswell, Unknown, Unknown
Front Row: Cpt Smallwood, Mr Philipson, Unknown, Unknown, Mr Best, Mr Codling, Unknown, Unknown, Mr Sivills.

Whitworth Rd in Edwardian Times

photo - courtesy of Peter Coleman via Elaine Meadows

A superb postcard picture of Whitworth Road with the local bobby in the foreground and a horse and cart travelling up the centre towards the police station. Note the old Victorian lamps near the market square. It must be the oldest picture of Whitworth Road Grangetown - a fine study.

Grangetown Hotel

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

Taken after demolition of streets.

Cheetham St Carnival c 1920's

photo - courtesy of Peter Coleman via Elaine Meadows

Children of the street ride on Reuben Turner's coal cart.

The Institute Grangetown c 1960's

photo - courtesy of Dennis King

Originally built c 1889 as a Mechanics' Institute - sometimes called a Literary Institute - became known as Grangetown Boys' Club in the fifties.

The Institute/Boys Club Building in 1972

photo - courtesy of Margaret Bell nee Swan

A derelict building clinging to survival.

63 Bessemer Street 1932

photo - courtesy of Lilian Moore nee Gill via Sheila Barker

A photograph of Tommy Gill and his daughter Lily near their home, 63 Bessemer St. about 1932

Can anyone suggest what the tall building in the background might be?

Bessemer Street in 1912

Bessemer Street in 1912 - courtesy of Sheila Barker

Bolckow Road Garage 1928

Bolckow Road Garage 1928 - courtesy of Peter Coleman

Whitworth Road looking North c 1925

Whitworth Road looking North c 1925 - courtesy of Kevin Murphy

Whitworth Road looking South c 1960

Whitworth Road looking South c 1960 - courtesy of Dennis King

Old Town Hall Whitworth Road c 1932

Old Town Hall Whitworth Road c 1932 - courtesy of Dennis King

Argyle Road c 1955

Argyle Road c 1955

Argyle Road c 1960's

Argyle Road c 1960's - courtesy of Dennis King

St David's Road

St David's Road

Bolckow Road Looking West c 1960

Bolckow Road Looking West c 1960

Trolley wires plainly visible.

Roseberry Terrace later Bolckow Road c 1930

Roseberry Terrace later Bolckow Road c 1930

No trolley wires visible.

Vickers Street c 1960

Vickers Street c 1960

Cheetham St 1910

Cheetham St 1910 - courtesy of Peter Coleman

Alexandra Road Wedding

Alexandra Road Wedding - courtesy of Peter Coleman

St Mary's Church Altar 1908

St Mary's Church Altar 1908 - courtesy of Edward Wilcock

The Old British Legion Club Victoria Rd

The Old British Legion Club Victoria Rd - courtesy of Sheila Barker

On the left are Tommy and Dolly Davis (nee Duckering) - the first steward and stewardess of the club.

Porter's Bolckow Road House

Porter's Bolckow Road House - courtesy of Wendie Thiele USA

A house that is possibly near the Matthews' Church area of Bolckow Road - a census record would possibly suggest the place.

Night view from Lanchester Rd c 1980

Night view from Lanchester Road c 1980 -courtesy of Fred Forth

A fascinatingly evocative time exposure photograph taken by an expert photographer Fred Forth from ICI - exposed for a few minutes using tripod through the bedroom window.

Bolckow Road September 1967

Bolckow Road September 1967

I found this picture of mine, TAKEN SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 1967. 11.00.a.m.(my wedding day)
Outside Grangetown Methodist Church, Bolckow Road, Grangetown.
If you look across the road,you can see Brown's shop, and of course looking towards the Lyric Cinema(not in view,)
The cars belonged to guests.
Thought you might like it for the page.
Elaine Meadows

Grangetown Railway Station 1970

Grangetown Railway Station - courtesy of Elaine Meadows

Grangetown Railway Station looking to the east,
Taken February 1970,
Opened 1885, closed November 1991.

The Police Station

The Police Station - courtesy of Clive Thurston via Elaine Meadows

The Lyric Cinema: the day before the fire

The Lyric Cinema: the day before the fire - courtesy of Clive Thurston via Elaine Meadows

The Board School

The Board School - courtesy of Clive Thurston via Elaine Meadows

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