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
Eston Technical School
Contact Information for Grangetown in Times Past
Links for Grangetown in Times Past
Dad and Thomas Doyle in the Twenties
|A Snap taken in Vaughan St in the Twenties
Thomas Doyle was my father's cousin and bosom ( boozing?) pal
Two Flower Girls from 1920
Maggie Lawlor and Winnie Traynor at the wedding of Dai Thomas.
I couldn't resist putting this in because Margaret Welch nee Lawlor is still supplying information to the site and she's sitting below my mother who died two years ago.
My mother always maintained that her own mother had made her dress and was a very capable dressmaker in her day - a talent which she inherited.
She made me a Wilf Mannion football kit from a dress and a sheet after the War..and it fitted perfectly.
Hilda Simpson 1925
|photo - courtesy of Sheila Barker|
The Fox Family in Bolckow Rd c 1935
|Councillor John Fox married a Bridget Quinn of Vaughan St and lived in Stapylton Street, Lee Road and Bolckow Road. They had 12 children. Here they are in about 1935.
Back Row: James with cap, Alice Byrnes nee Fox, Jo Fox, Jim Fitzgibbon
Middle Row: Josie Fox (wife of Pat), Bridget Fox nee Quinn, Fr Michael Fox, Bridget Fox, Cllr. John Fox
Front Row: Patsy Fox, Marie Fox
Four Men on the Lineside 1935
|Jim Fox, John Carr, Fr Michael Fox, Joe Quinn|
Members of the Grangetown British Legion c 1939?
|photo - courtesy of Dennis King
British Legion c 1939
Circular Inserts: Left: - Unknown, Right :- Unknown,
Back Row (7) :- Joe Conway, Unknown, Unknown, Pat O’Neill (Chairman), Unknown, Unknown, Unknown,
Front Row (9) :- Unknown, Unknown, Harry Barthram (Sec), Jack Collins, Unknown, Jack Nicolson, Jim Mannix, Billy Turner, Unknown,
Finding this picture difficult to date - please inform if known. Date on inscribed stone on Club wall appears to be 1938.
John could this be the opening of the new club which may be recorded, as the first one was a wooden hut.
Front row fourth from right - Jack Nicolson
Fourth from left - Jack Collins
Front row 2nd right Billy Turner(coal merchant)
3rd right Jimmy Mannix (Uncle Jimmy)
3rd Left Harry Barthram (Sec.)
Back Row 1st Left Joe Conway(Fish Shop)
Tandem Riding in Redcar c 1939
|photo - Sheila Barker nee Nicolson
Here we see Tom Lightfoot and his wife Hilda nee Simpson keeping fit by riding their tandem to Redcar?...observe the Eldorado ice-cream cart and the familiar Redcar buildings of the prom in the background.
Pre War Lull
|Peter Mahon, John Fox, Johnna McAuliffe, Joe Quinn, John Carr,John Swan, Jim Conway
Here perhaps is a picture that captures the mood of the time in the thirties leading up to World War Two..a smiling group outside the country public house ..sun shining ..and one happy face on the far right - Jim Conway- who was tragically killed a few years later whilst flying over ??? as a Rear Gunner in the Royal Air Force in 1941.
His brother John - also a rear gunner-suffered the same fate less than two years later flying over Holland
The Wedding of Clem and Maggie 1933
|The Wedding of Clem and Maggie 1933 - courtesy of Tony Walsh
Clement Pattison married Margaret Walsh in St Mary's Grangetown.
L-R: Joseph Walsh, Clement Pattison, Margaret nee Walsh, Winifred Walsh, Patrick Walsh
In Barking near London 1938
photo - courtesy of ONeill family
Pictured just a year before the breakout of World War 2 in Barking near London are:-
Eileen O'Neill holding Kevin O'Neill, Margaret O'Neill holding Brian O'Neill, Mrs Doyle holding baby Doyle and Winnie O'Neill nee Traynor.
Winnie + family moved a year later, back to her hometown Grangetown and gave birth to me.
Eileen wrote a story of her trip to London at this time, to see her sister Margaret entitled 'My Visit to a Millionaire's Mansion'
You can read it it in the Street Stories section !
James Jones and Bill Hanlon c 1935
|photo - courtesy of Vincent Jones of Canada
James Jones married Mary Hand in 1939, lived in North Ormesby and worked in Dorman & Long until he fell ill and died in 1945. He is brother to Percy, Davy, Francis, Wilf and John - one of the sons of James 'Jiffy' Jones.
A Stroll up the Rec c 1938
|photo - courtesy of Tony Walsh
This looks like a Sunday stroll after Church perhaps - before Sunday Dinner with l-r
John Swan, Clem Pattison, Jim Mannix and Joe Quinn.
The Fox Family of Birchington Ave 1935
|The Fox Family of Birchington Ave 1935 - courtesy of Fox Family
A travelling photographer snapped the children - His bicycle leans against the fence.The family had just moved from Anne Street South Bank.
Standing L-r are Jim, Vin Michael and Melda with Eugene in the pushchair.
Amy Smith of Grangetown 1926
|Amy Smith of Grangetown 1926 - courtesy of grandson Carl Hierons
Amy and friends visit the seaside at Redcar in July 1926. Friend Ella takes the snap.
Amy marries Harold Caswell 1927
|Amy marries Harold Caswell 1927 - courtesy of grandson Carl Hierons
Here is a studio portrait of the couple who married in November 1927 - perhaps their marriage portrait.
Children in the Twenties c 1928
|Children in the Twenties - courtesy of Joan Duckering
A lovely image at the back door of the Duckering family home in Bessemer Street with Thelma, Charles, Joan and neighbour Gavin Burke.
Grangetown Carnival 1928
|Grangetown Carnival 1928 - courtesy of St Mary's Archives
According to writing on the reverse of this postcard picture - is Mrs Lambton and Ray (Dick Turpin) Lambton - dressed up for the carnival in 1928 in the schoolyard of St Mary's School.
John Mannix of Cheetham Street 1923
John Mannix of Cheetham Street 1923 - courtesy of Agnes
John, son of James Mannix and Mary Coughlan, lived in Cheetham Street and was a great friend of Gerard Pyne ( the tennis player) who lived nearby. He grew to be 6ft 2" - although he always looked taller - served his time in the RAF and after the war entered the teaching profession where he eventually became a Headmaster in Thornaby. He married another teacher Agnes Mullen and they have two sons and two daughters.
Thelma Duckering of Bessemer St 1922
Thelma Duckering of Bessemer St 1922 - courtesy of Sheila Barker
Thelma also served in the WRAF as a radio operator and can be seen on WW2 section in full uniform. She had a sister Joan who is seen with her. She also can be seen with her little brother Charles a few frames above this.
Army Service in India 1922
|Army Service in India 1922 - courtesy of Brian Crowther
Perhaps this picture defines a moment during the bleak years of unemployment after The Great War as an 18 years old Collin Whiles of Bessemer Street holds a shell somewhere in India during a training exercise in the Royal Army Horse Artillery in 1922. Many of his older friends had paid the ultimate sacrifice and he was well aware of it.