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1. Boshers

Boshers Hardware Store

Boshers Ironmongers was a shop on Nelson Street where you could buy anything from a pan washer to a tin bath tub.

I remember a story Phil Tranter's mother told of when Phil was a toddler. The family were walking past Bosher's when Phil's Dad whipped Phil into one of the shiney new dustbins on display outside the shop and put the lid on. It was only when they had gone a bit further on that Mrs Tranter noticed that her son was missing!

Evidently Mr Tranter's sense of humour was always getting him into trouble!

2. The Likely Lads

Southbankers in early 30's?

Posing in Nelson Street for the camera are:
Far right: Nick Carter (My step-father)
3rd from right: Stamper Phillips (father of Tommy, grandfather of Jan)

The next photo shows where this one was taken.

Can you identify any of the others?

3. Nelson Street

An old photo of Nelson Street

This photo shows the site of "The Likely Lads" photograph - the United Methodist Church on the right. It's doubtful that they were going in - more likely they were waiting for the Globe or the Zetland to open!

4. The Yorkshire Penny Bank

An early photo of Lorne Terrace showing the Bank

The bank was later completely rebuilt but ended its days as a bookies shop.(There are more photo's of Lorne Terrace further down this page and, by way of an update, a 1981 photo of the site in the "Slaggy Tales" page under the title "Reggie Boyle's Bank").

Incidentally, whenever I look at this photo I'm always taken with the stance of the figures. I can't decide whether they remind me of Lowrie's paintings or the drawings of Desperate Dan and the other characters in the Dandy and Beano!

I'd like to add an e-mail from Michael McLoughlin in Oz by way of a PS:

Looking again at the above photo I notice that the house doorway behind the 3 gents (not the shop frontage) was the surgery of Doctor MacKendrick. This man looked after my dad all his life - he would not ever consider going to another GP. I can remember when my dad took me into this surgery to see Dr MacKendrick in 1934. Dr MacKendrick always used to seen wearing a "jetty cap" - well that was the popular name for these flat caps when I was a young kid growing up in South Bank.

Michael went on to add a couple of other things which are worth putting in here.

Dick - you will perhaps already know that Lorne Tce., was previously known as Clay Lane and Normanby Road. The site on which the present Queens Hotel stands in South Bank marks the spot of the first managers house who was in charge of the ironworkers who first arrived in olde South Bank.

By the way, do you know Bob Coaker? Bob was on the phone to me last Thursday (he lives half an hour from me) I mentioned your name and he remembered it straight away,

Bob Coaker lived for many years in Hampton Street South Bank and spent many years in the merchant navy before emigrating to this land.

His grandmother - old Mrs Coaker had the "off licence" in Lower Oxford Street - almost opposite our humble abode, Bobs step sister - Nora Middleton (nee Kavanagh) lives in Nunthorpe - her being the daughter of Paddy Kavanagh - who was the stepson of my great aunt - Mary Ann Kavanagh of Middle Milbank Street South Bank. Mary Ann and her husband Daniel were the caretakers of York Street School for many years in the 1920's and 1930's

The Coakers had been shop keepers in South Bank since the 1870's

5. The Puddling

Another place mentioned by Michael McElvaney but I wasn't sure where to put it and this is as good as anywhere. Certainly it's been there a long time.

In the '40's we called it "The Puddey" and we used to go there and light a fire. All around, on the ground, was a reddish, clay-sort of material which we used to roll into balls and put on a tin lid on the fire. The result - stone marbles!

At the other side of the puddling was Elsie Hinds scrap yard, next to the Junction pub. I'll leave Elsie for now because she might warrant her own page later and I'll also be adding to the puddling story but now I just want to add a bit on The Junction!

Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news of President Kennedy's death. I was in the Junction! I was working at Smith's Dock on a late shift and nipped into the pub for a quick pint when it came up on the telly!

6. The 'Tute

The Institute entrance was in Middlesbrough Road East

The Institute where we mis-spent our youth was above the Post Office on Bennett's Corner with it's entrance on Middlesbrough Road East (which no longer exists) and you went up the stone stairs for your game of snooker. Above the door is carved "Library" and on the wall "Workmens Institute".

Kenny Conway reckoned there were Slipper Baths there with "Baths" above the door. Well, it wasn't this entrance but I do seem to remember something...

This stirred Michael McLoughlin in Oz to write in:"Thinking about the South Bank Institute on Middlesbrough Road - during World War II the downstairs part was used as the British Restaurant." Thanks, Michael.

Anyway, in our day Little Lou Robinson and her husband Jim handled the young lads as if they were their own and kept them in line as they pushed and shoved while waiting to get on a snooker table for a game. They were sometimes even known to give a "sub". A lovely couple.

Come to think of it, the picture in my memory is a scene very reminiscent of Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys.

While waiting, you could buy a small bottle of pop over the counter of "the office" or have a go on the slot machines. They were only penny machines but some got hooked on them, like our mate Billy Mullen who could manipulate the pull handle to get a "spit".

There was also an under-used reading room where a few old timers gathered. This must have been the "Library" referred to above the door.Robbie McTurk often got himself in there when the weather wasn't so good.

7. The Lonsdale Belt Holder

Where's Michael? See story in blue!

I was talking to Hughie McPartland in the Cleveland, Normanby. (It seems as if half of Old Slaggy Island gets in there these days)

Hughie said his father had been the landlord of the Zetland and then, later, landlord of the Globe. Then he told me that his claim to fame was that he had once sparred with a Lonsdale Belt holder! Very impressive! It turned out that when his father had the Zetland and he himself was just seven years old, the then landlord of the Globe, Jimmy Carney, jokingly sparred around with him and Jimmy had been - a Lonsdale Belt holder.

I'll have to get up in the loft and dig out my old boxing books to look up his record. I'll let you know.

Michael McLoughlin, sat in Oz, casts his memory back to those days and puts them in an e-mail:

The story about the Lonsdale Belt Holder of Jimmy Carney - told by Hughie McPartland -brings back memories of his own father, Johnnie McPartland, when he was the landlord at the Globe Hotel in South Bank. At times I was sent with a jug to get it full of ale for some relative of mine - going into the snug of the Globe - and through the small serving window I often saw Johnnie McPartland behind the bar. He always seemed to be wearing a waistcoat - with a long sleeved shirt of course. Saturday night was the night for merriment - us street urchins hanging about on the pavement outside the lounge listening to the singing to the accompaniment of the piano player.

As school kids during the Jubilee in 1935 and the Coronation in 1937, we went to parties for the kids, given by the McPartland's in an upstairs room at the Globe to celebrate these events - all those cakes and sandwiches to eat - it certainly was a real royal banquet. Hughies sister (afraid I forget her first name) was chosen once to be May Queen in the St Peters annual May procession. The Globe Hotel itself came into being I believe in 1879.

8. Hercules!

Steptoe and Son were not the only ones with a horse named Hercules, if we are to believe Jimmy Collins. At the top of Lorne Terrace, in Clay Lane, was a Coal Yard run by Frank Watson and Bob Collier who used a big old white horse which, Jimmy says, was named Hercules, to deliver coal to their customers.

9. The Mackins

The Mackins of South Bank

One of the original South Bank families, Pat Mackin's Grandparents, Ellen and Michael, pose for a formal family portrait.

Back Row: Owen, Mary (Hart), and Billy.
Front Row: Tommy (died on Thursday 10 May 1917 in France, aged 22), Ann, Ellie (on Grandma's knee, was Owen Doyle's mother!), Micky (on Grandad's knee was Pat Mackin's father), and Susie.

By the time Pat was born the family had moved to Teesville but he has always felt his roots were in South Bank.

10. Lorne Terrace and Market

The Early Days

Photo from Ray Ward
About the photo: At one time Lorne Terrace was the most important Street in South Bank as shown by it's width, which is why it became the site of the market which was held every Friday. It was always bustling with life and Michael McElvaney reminds us in the Guestbook of the blind accordian player who was a regular standing near Smollen's Army Navy Stores.

My personal favourite was the "Pot Stall" which was actually an old furniture wagon and the "shouter" would crash a number of plates or other pot items together (without breaking them!) and then launch into his spiel while banging a stick on an old tea chest. His helpers would supply all who wanted them while raking in the cash. An added bonus was the fact that he looked very much like Harpo Marx and would practically foam at the mouth!

Another regular around the market was Joey, a big slow youth who was always knitting as he walked about. I think he came to an unfortunate end.

About the same time there was an odd fellow who walked about wearing an old, long gaberdine mac and sandals and had a long straggly beard. No wonder he was nicknamed Jesus. I never heard him speak and he just disapeared.

11. Lorne Terrace

Another view of Lorne Terrace

Here's another fine shot of Lorne Terrace (no date) which comes from Pat Mackin. It shows in left of centre the Iron Mens' Pissoir in the distance and to the right of centre the Fire Station can be seen jutting out from the houses. On the right edge is the Workng Mens Institute.

12. Eston Road

Bolkow Terrace looking towards South Bank

Strictly speaking this is in Grangetown on the Eston Road leading to Slaggy Island.

13. The Town Hall

South Bank Town Hall

Once again Michael McLoughlin has helped me out and writes:

The Town Hall had a covered market attached to it and it burnt down at the turn of the last Century. After the fire, the area was just a waste land until after the Great War when the council, with the backing of the local community, decided that a memorial ought to be set up in respect of the local lads who lost their lives in the conflict.

In 1922 the council completed the laying out of the gardens and the cenotaph which was to be called King George's Square after King George V. However, to the locals, it became known as "the old man's park" thanks to Tommy Bosher Senior who paid for the bench seats within the square.

It may be of interest to some to know that the council at one time was known as the Normanby Local Board. Normanby Road at that time ran from the High Street Normanby right down to the where the Junction Hotel once stood.

I do not known exactly which year the Market Hall was build but I know that in 1877 the Normanby Local Board decided to purchase this market hall.


Michael later added more to the story:

I have come across one of my stories in Remember When which has been framed since November 9 1996. This story is titled South Bank spirit lives on. There is a photograph on this very page taken from the St Johns Church on Normanby Road. One can clearly see the Methodist Church and further up a side view of what is undoubtedly the South Bank Town Hall. Despite this building in your story displaying the town hall in question and the same missing only a small portion of the top of the hall, the remainder certainly does match the photograph of South Bank's Town Hall which I have above the heading of my story in Remember When of November 9 1996.

For that matter, one of the entrances to the covered market was off Upper Jackson Street, almost opposite the house that my paternal grandmother was married from in 1902.

I have had yet another look at my framed story showing the town hall - further up from the hall I have spotted the old tobacconists kiosk -and from your photo I can see just an outline which appears to be the same kiosk!

Just a matter of small interest.. at one time before the turn and after the turn of the 19th century the postal address for South Bank was South Bank, Normanby, Middlesbrough....and looking at a copy of one of my grandmother's death certificate ..I notice that her address is thus given as Upper Graham Street, South Bank, Eston, Middlesbrough.

I remember of having been told by an elderly relative when I was young that the poor and desperate (of which there were many) used to have to go into South Bank Town Hall and seek the Parish Charity - known locally only as ..."the parish".


Geoff Cunningham has also written in with an extract from Bulmer's History and Directory of North Yorkshire (1890) concerning the Town Hall and additional information to show the growth of the new town:

"SOUTH BANK, formerly called Tees Tilery, is a rapidly increasing and populous market town in this township, having a station on the Darlington and Saltburn line of the North Eastern railway, and is distant three miles
from Middlesbrough. It is entirely a recent creation, which has sprung into existence since the establishment of the steel works of Messrs. Bolckow, Vaughan, & Co., Limited, and the works of the Clay Lane Iron Co., Limited.
Another industry of the place which gives employment to a large number of the inhabitants is the manufacture of bricks and tiles, which is carried on extensively by Messrs. Johnson & Maw, the North Eastern Brick and Tile Co. and the Cleveland Brick and Tile Co.. For parliamentary purposes, South Bank is included in the borough of Middlesbrough, but the remainder of the
township is in the Cleveland division of the North Riding. A large portion of the place is under the jurisdiction of the Normanby Local Board of Health, formed in 1865 and the following year gas works were erected by a limited company.

The Town Hall, with Covered Market, was erected in 1878, at a cost of £5,500. It is an imposing structure of white brick, built from the designs of W. Duncan, Esq., Middlesbrough. The main room, which is used for public entertainments, will accommodate 800 persons. The Local Board and also the School Board have their offices in this building. The market is held weekly on Fridays, and is well patronised.

St. John's Church is a temporary iron structure, served from Eston.
The Catholic Church, in Middlesbrough Road, is a neat brick structure, in the Gothic style capable of seating 250 persons. There is a handsome
presbytery attached.
The mission was formed in 1874, and is under the charge of the Very Rev. Canon Doud.
The Primitive Methodist Chapel, in Normanby Road, is a plain substantial brick building, erected in 1878, and capable of seating 700 persons.
The Chapel of the Wesleyan Methodists is an ornate
building of brick, erected in 1882, at a cost of £3,000. Commodious Sunday Schools are attached. There are also Chapels belonging to the United
Methodist Free Church, the Baptists, and Welsh Independents.
The Board Schools, consisting of three departments, were built in 1878, for the accommodation of 900 children. The Catholic Schools, two departments (mixed and infants), were erected in 1881; accommodation, 400."

14. The Old Police Station

Pictured in 2002

The Queens pub stood on the south corner of Lorne Terrace and North Street while on the northern corner was the original Police Station. Now, North Street is only a little cul-de-sac and the copshop is part of a car repair workshop. The only thing left to indicate the building's intended use is the inscription in the door mantle reading: Police Station.

See also the Housey-Housey story.

15. Housey-Housey

The Old Police Station with the building on the right on the Housey site

In the days before Housey (Bingo) was played in Clubs there was an old showman's caravan (painted battle ship grey?) and stall parked on a bit of waste land next to the old Police Station (where Lorne Terrace became Clay Lane). This was where the old women played Housey for prizes, giving them a break from their household chores.

The photo, taken in May 2002, shows the the building now behind the Old Police Station which was once waste land (edge of the Puddling) where the Housey-Housey stall was set-up

16. East End AFC

South Bank East End AFC 1931-32

I'm pleased to have been sent this pic because it shows one of our slag tips in the background! It looks like the one where the South Bank Estate (Dutch Houses) was later built.

This was the team which won the North Riding Amateur Cup in that season.
Back Row: Harrington, Mitchell, Banks.
Middle Row: Micky Fenton, McGee, Miller, Donnelly, France.
Front Row: McCarthy, Harding, Gill, France, Horton, Lavey, Cotterill (Trainer)

17. Grand Parade

Middlesbrough Road East Parade

The place is obviously just past Bennett's Corner with the Commercial in the background but we don't know the event or when. However the little girl doesn't intend to miss anything as the coach and horses waits for the band to catch up.

Redcar Road

Redcar Road

Easily spotted the off license, while opposite a man pushes a "Stores Pure Ice Cream" cart.

Middlesbrough Road

An old postcard of Middlesbrough Road

Most notable on this pic are the Trolley Bus Wires.

Further along Nelson Street

Nelson Street 1909. Photo from John O'Neill

Showing Uptons and Snowdons.

Cleveland House

The Fire brigade pose in front of Cleveland House

The local Fire Brigade use Cleveland House Council Offices as a backdrop as they show their wares in this 1922 photograph.

Originally Cleveland House was built to house top managers of Bolkow and Vaughn Works.

The Kirkbright's History

The Kirkbrights Family 1892

Standing, left to right: Benjamin, Mary (aged 18), John.
Seated, left to right: Margaret (aged 21), Benjamin (Senior), Bridget (nee O'Sullivan.

Benjamin was the father of Wilfred, Veronica, Lizzy, Agnes, Steven and Francis.

Mary married William Carroll and was the mother of Evelyn, Billy, Vincent, Margaret, Joe, Irene, Philomena, Agnes, Anthony, Alan and Phillip. She was also the grandmother of Denis (Dan) Pluck!

John was the father of Benny, Joe, George and Tommy. He was also the grandfather of Billy and Vince Kirkbright (father Joe).

Margaret married William O'Donnell and was the mother of Agnes, Theresa, Lucy, Helen, Norah, Winnie and Joan.

Benjamin was the head of the family and had lost a leg in a factory accident when working at Pately Bridge. He converted to the Catholic faith on his deathbed although his wife Bridget said that he feared neither God nor the Devil!

Bridget (nee O'Sullivan) came to England from Ireland at the time of the famine of 1842. When crossing the Irish Sea by ferry she was robbed and arrived in Liverpool penniless and only able to speak gaelic.

Bridgeford Terrace

Bridgeford Terrace 1900.Photo from John O'Neill.

Queen Street

Queen Street 1910. Photo from John O'Neill.

St Peter's Church - An early Postcard

An early South Bank Postcard from John O'Neill

St Peter's Church 1909

Hand tinted photo from John O'Neill

Note the absence of the clock!

South Bank No. 1 Lodge

Blastfurnacemen outside the Vic from John O'Neill

The blastfurnacemen members of the South Bank No. 1 Lodge pose with their banner outside the Victoria pub on Middlesbrough Road.

Second from the left is Jimmy Collins' father who was rarely seen without his trilby! I also recognise the man next to him with the 'tash but I can't put a name on him.

Ancient Order Of Hibernians

Hibernians 1914

This photo was sent to me by John O'Neill who had received it from owner John McNicholas, an ex Slaggy Islander who now lives in that suberb of South Bank - Normanby! Thanks to both Johns.

Back Row l-r: Bros. D.Healy, F.Hamilton, O.McAleer, J.McNulty, C.Quinn, P.Welsh, T.Livingston, W.Welsh, P.Connelly, J.McKergin, J.Morriss.
Middle Row: Bros. J.McDonald, M.Joyce, P.Clarke, T.Connelly, J.Golden (Treasurer), D.McCarthy, M.Doyle, P.McCoy, J.Brady (Trustee), F.Reynolds, P.Monaghan, C.McGurk.
Front Row: Bros. T.Rafferty, J.Nugent, J.Forester, P.McConnan, M.Ferris (Treasurer), M.Murphy (President), M.McNicholas (Financial Sec.), J.Rafferty (Vice-President), P.Byrne (Record Sec.), C.McConville (Sentinel), M.Mulldowney.

(M.McNicholas was the father of John McNicholas).

The Branch End

Photo from John O'Neill

John O'Neill has this photo on his site (our brother site!): www.communigate.co.uk/ne/cardboardcity and we discussed it being in between our two towns. This particular shot is from Middlesbrough Road East with Stapylton Villas on the left, then allotments and a further row of houses being Railway Terrace. A road beyond the houses is Branch Road leading to Branch End which is the row of houses to be seen in the centre of the shot. The Iron Works are directly behind the houses and the Gas Works slightly to the right of them with the original Cleveland pub - "the pub in the works" - somewhere about there!
Life can't have been very pleasant for the residents and I can't help wondering what the life expectancy was for them.

What A Mug!

1911 Mug. Photo by John O'Neill.

I've never met John O'Neill but since he started up our brother site on "Cardbord City" he's helped me out no end with some great photographs.
He snapped this rare coronation mug for us which belongs to his mother's cousin Winnie Chambers (nee Bradbury) who is an ex Slaggy Islander.

The Black And White Minstrels

W.Upton and his merry band. Photo from John O'Neill.

I got the following email from John O'Neill with a photo attached:

"Here is a pic of W.Upton of South Bank with a merry band of Black and White Minstrels performing in the area somewhere local. I think he lived in Normanby Road near the Library at one time."

Back Row: JT Smith, Lister, Wagner, Batty, Wagner, Bradbury, Moore, W.Drury, "Cobbler Marshall".
Seated: Robson, E.Bradbury, W.UPTON, R.Healey, Moore, Kent, Salmon.
Kneeling in Front: Rowlands, Lister.

"Note: W.Upton was Manager & Pianist. R.Healey was Stage Manager.

I think this was taken about 1890. Some of the other names probably became businessmen in the town. JT Smith was Tom Smith (b.1876) a moulder by trade...in later life..who married Lucy Sleight in 1908 and lived in King Street. John O'Neill."




Northern League Champions

1919-20 Champions Team Photo from John O'Neill

Standing L-R: J.T.Morris, H.Carr (Trainer), W.Henry, J.Thompson, J.Burns, E.Tubb, C.E.Ridley, T.Towse, L.Bugg.
Sitting L-R: ?, H.Palmer, L.Harker, Dr.L.Steele, D.Thomas, N.Evans, ?.

I received this email and photo from our friend John O'Neill, Webmaster of cardboardcity:

You'll soon be as sporty as Cardboard City with this pic Dick!
After WWI, Dai Thomas (sitting next to Dr Steele) from Cardboard City decided to play for Slaggy Island and help them win the Northern League Championship Trophy.
You can easily place this snap when you see the rear of St Peters Church towering in the background.
Lenny Bugg is on another football picture...Someone should write his life story. A Lenny Bugg is on one of Cardboard City's Junior Football Snaps in 1940...Could it be the same family? Pic was sent to me by Dai Thomas's nephew Jim White!
J.O'Neill

Station Road and Station

Station Road about 1900? Photo from Mavis Sands (nee King)

When you wanted the trip to Redcar to be an adventure you went by train!

Down And Out In A Doss House

Dan Pluck recalls his mother telling him the following piece of South Bank History which probably helped to keep him on the straight and narrow.

"Way back, there were so many people without work and therefore without money that a building in Munby Street was provided for them to sleep in. However, the numbers were so great that there was no room for beds so ropes were strung in lines the length of the hall and men sat with their arms draped over the ropes to sleep!"

Michael McLoughlin reading this item in Brisbane was stirred into adding to the story:

That lodging house in Munby Street wherein at times the poor - really poor with no money - had to sleep over a rope there being no beds or the men not being able to afford one is absolutely true! For centuries in England (right into the 19th century) the many poor of either gender who could not afford a bed in a lodging house (dirt floors mind you) were offered the alternative of a roof over their heads with the use of a strung up clothes line across the rooms -thus enabling the poor wretches to stretch their arms over the line and fall asleep in this fashion - more often than not without even a chair or bench to sit themselves on.....
It was from this practice that the old saying came: "I'm that tired -I could sleep on a clothes line"!


Later, when times improved the building became empty and when The Cleveland pub at the Branch (the pub in the works) closed down the licence passed to the Munby Street premises which became The Cleveland Club, later to change to Findlays Club.

Doctor Steele

Wellknown portrait of Dr. John Steele of South Bank

A lot of stories have circulated about the caring and highly respected Dr.Steele whose surgery was in Lorne Terrace. It was said that when he died in 1931 thousands of the poor lined the road all the way to the cemetery.

Forest Place

Forest Place. At the far end they built the trolley bus sheds.

Forest Place tended to be a forgotten part of South Bank because it was over the bridge and next to the Trackless Sheds. Also being set back against Cargo Fleet Works it became insignificant except to those who lived there. At one time there were gardens to the front and a bomb exploded there during the war.

Brown's Cottages

Brown's Cottages in Jackson Terrace

Photo from Teesside Archives in Middlesbrough
The cottages were around the North Street/Clay Lane/Tees Street area near the Junction Pub.

I got an e-mail from our old friend Michael McLoughlin:
"I am not terribly certain but I think that perhaps these cottages were situated on the Black Path - between Elsie Hinds scapyard and the Junction Hotel - facing the railway lines. When I used to walk by this spot in the 1930's the cottages were "boarded up" - not being inhabited for many years.I believe that such dwellings were built to house the workers in the nearby Clay Lane Works in the 1850's? In those far off days a building "boarded up" really meant "KEEP OUT" for us kids.
Michael."

South Bank Railway Station

An old postcard of the station

Mystery Photo of 1929

John doesn't know who or where, or even where he got it from!

Photo from John Chard.

Doctor's Rounds

The Doctor travelled in style to his surgery in Lorne Terrace

In 1901 the Doctor had a house built in Beech Grove and did his rounds in a pony and trap. In 1989 Ged Wyke and his wife Marion bought the near derelict house and set about restoring it. Marion found the above photograph of the doctor in a cupboard and I'm hoping someone will provide a name.

Our good friend Michael McLoughlin in Brisbane added a few memories:

"I have looked at the photograph of the doctor riding to his surgery in Lorne Terrace in horse & trap and in response can only offer the following:-

At the turn of the 19th century the doctors who at that time were practising in South Bank were Drs. Logan and McEvoy, with possibly Steele and MacKendrick coming into the picture just a little later. I am sending this info from childhood memories when at that period in my life my parents and grandparents, together with older relatives, used to talk often about the doctors I have mentioned. However one of these doctors resided at the Branch End - but I cannot recall if it was Logan or McEvoy. I do know that it was Doctor McEvoy who attended my paternal grandmother (Catherine McLoughlin, 1868-1928) and also looked after her family as well. Doctor Logan was my great grandmother's (Catherine Clark) doctor earlier in the 19th century followed by Doctor MacKendrick who looked after her until her death in 1936 in Clarendon Street South Bank.
It follows suit the nameless doctor building a house in Beech Grove. That part of South Bank at that time was known as the "posh part" of old South Bank.
Michael."

The Good Old Days?

I got an e-mail from Pauline Bunyan (nee Congerton) who now lives with her husband Alf in Whangarei, New Zealand. She sent me some interesting facts to illustrate where a lot of our "old English" sayings (which are used wherever people speak English) have their origins, mostly from the 1500's.

"Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be...

Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell a bit so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and menfolk, then the women and finally the children -last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it - hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to keep warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof – hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling from the thatched roof into the rooms of the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed - hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was compressed dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt and looked down on others, who they said, were "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors but these would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway - hence, a "thresh hold."

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up - hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer." And that's the truth ..."


And you thought History was boring!

Clay Lane Fire Station

The original Fire Station in Clay Lane

Postcard from John Bowman

The Station Hotel

Station Road and the Station Hotel

Postcard from John Bowman
Around the corner of the Station Hotel was North Street and on the other side of North Street was a shop and two houses which can be seen in the photograph. Then there were some allotments and in the distance can be seen the Station Master's house with the Railway Station beyond.

South Bank Town Hall

South Bank Town Hall stood on the site of St.George's Square

Postcard from John Bowman

After all that was written below the previous picture of the Town Hall I went to the Archives at Middlesbrough and picked up a couple of points of interest:
The Town Hall caught fire in 1903, although it didn't say how badly it was damaged. Then in 1909 it was struck by lightning and finally demolished in 1910.

Another note of interest came from Spencer Hardwick of Normanby, relative of the Coach Company Hardwicks (See "Old Boy" Victoria Street School page). It seems that a local builder named Lister was contracted to remove the rubble of the Town Hall and used some of the bricks to build a house or houses at the place we know as Newtown on Church Lane. Spencer said that when he was a kid it was known as Listerville!
From photographs the Town Hall looks to have been built with multi-coloured bricks and I intended to follow up Spencer's story with my camera but Tom Towers of the Normanby Local History Group beat me to it and passed a couple of photos to me. I'll include them further on in this page.

Bonus!

On the reverse side of the Town Hall pic was this advert

From John Bowman
Obviously the Town Hall photo was used as an advertising ploy by Mr.Bender which begs the question how much did he pay the council (or coucillors)?

South Bank Football 1

South Bank or St. Peter's Team?

Photo from Peter Hughes
I got the following e-mail from Peter Hughes:

"I don't know the year of this picture. It is Southbank or St Peter's and my grandad Felix Hughes is the first on the middle row in the suit. I believe he is the manager. Also I am sure it is my uncle Tommy Hughes (ex policeman) in goal, fourth top row.
The trophy is the Ellis cup which my dad Felix Hughes junior (Figgy) says it seemed to be in my Grans house in Steele Crescent every other year.
Does anyone know the names of other players?"


South Bank Football 2



Photo from Peter Hughes

"This picture is of Southbank East End, Dont know the year. My Grandad Felix Hughes is the goal keeper, Fourth on bottom row.
Peter Hughes."


Middle Oxford Street

A "Peace Tea" held in Middle Oxford Street

Photo from Peter Hughes
Presumably from 1938 or 1939, however, then as now political leaders ignore the people - a good job then!

The Wedding Guest

Peter Hughes' Grandfather Felix standing, right.

Photo from Peter Hughes
South Bank Blast Furnaceman Felix Hughes was attending his brother's wedding...

Standing at back, left to right:
Jerry Gallagher, James Hughes and Felix Hughes.
Seated, left to right:
Olwyn (Williams) Hughes, Lydia ? (James' bride) and unknown - possibly one of the Williams sisters but we're not 100% sure.

The Human Side Of The CID

South Bank CID enjoying a drink (I hope it wasn't after hours!)

Photo from Peter Hughes
Tommy Hughes, uncle of Peter, is 4th from the left.

(I think I recognise the second from left. I think his (first) name was Roland and he lodged next door to me in South Terrace when I was a kid. He was a dog lover and had an English Setter called Pip and a Labrador called Vicky which I used to take walking to the Rec for their excercise.
No doubt plenty of old South Bankers would have recognised all of them! Dick.)

Anne Street

Anne Street

Photo from Teesside Archives, Middlesbrough

The Level Crossing

The level crossing from Skippers Lane to Hawthorn Terrace

Photo from Teesside Archives, Middlesbrough
In this photo you can see them building the houses at the ends of Harcourt Road and Aire Street. Turn to The 21st Century page and you will see their (unnecessary) demolition.

Sewers

Sewers ran into the river but when things went wrong repairs weren't urgent

Photo from Teesside Archives, Middlesbrough

Dr. Steel

Dr. Steel and his chauffeur Walter Hogg

Evening Gazette newspaper cutting from Terry Larkin
Dr. Steel was the proud owner of the first chauffeur driven car in South Bank! Mind you, I don't suppose there's been that many since!!

South Bank FC 1911

South Bank football team 1911

Evening Gazette cutting from Terry Larkin
Trainer Mr Bugg is on the left smoking his pipe with David Miller behind him.

South Bank Supporters

Supporters outside the Princess Alice in 1910 with a charabanc for away game

Evening Gazette cutting from Terry Larkin

57. Cups Winners!

Winners of the Starmer and Walsh Cups 1930-31 season

Newspaper cutting from Sheila Gallagher
This successful football team was from St.Mary's, Grangetown and included players who lived in South Bank as well as Grangetown.

Back row l-r: Mr.Cleary (manager), J.Donaghy, P.Golden (captain), E.Sullivan, M.Cleary, N.Cassidy, J.McCreaton, Canon English, M.T.Daly.
Centre row: F.Daley, W.Maskell, J.Jones, T.McElvaney, Gerry Nesbitt.
Front: B.Cave, G.Fleming.

58. Nelson Street

Nelson Street looking busy in the early 1900's with the slagtip in the background

South Bank Market

Lorne Terrace was transformed into the market on a friday

Photo from Wendy in Asda!

60. King of Slaggy Island

Amateur actor or His Royal Highness, King of South Bank? Now revealed to be George Lawson!

I received an email from my friend Pete Jemmerson with a portrait taken by South Bank photographer Norman Bunting who had a studio in Station Road.

Pete thinks that it portrays his Great Grandmother's brother Ernest Millward and believes he was a member of South Bank Amateur Dramatic Society. On the other hand, he says if it isn't him it could be the King of South Bank!! Maybe...

Pete also has a newspaper cutting and more photographs. Watch this space...

After receiving another two scans from Pete (see 61 and 62) I spotted that Pete had made a mistake. Going to 62 which is a newspaper cutting, the actor playing the part of the Captain is a George Lawson and he is "The King Of South Bank"! In 62 Pete's relative takes the part of Cyrus W. Gilfain. Glad to have been of assistance, Pete.

61. Pete's Cuttings 1

Methodist Church Operatic Society, Normanby Road

Cutting from Pete Jemmerson
The Operatic Society's production of "A Country Girl" performed in the Co-op Hall.
Can anyone provide names or a date?

62. Pete's Cuttings 2

Methodist Church Operatic Society, Normanby Road

Cutting from Pete Jemmerson
The Operatic Society's production of "FloroDora" in the Co-operative Hall, starring E.W.Millward, Edna Smurthwaite, George Lawson and Alice Sorbie.
Does anyone know the date?

63. The Searle's Family

The Searle's surround their mother

Photo from Tommy Searle
Back row l-r: John (Jack), William (Bill) and Thomas.
Other names to follow...

The Searle's lived in Queen Street and owned a few houses which they rented off. This photo must have been taken before Jack married Lizzie Brown who lived in Cleveland Cottages.

I received an email from Andy Blair on 31st March 2008...

"Hi Dick,
Just been looking at the South Bank pages and came across a picture of my grandmother under the
"Searle's" of Queen Street. Most of the males are named. John (Jack), William (Bill) and Thomas.

The females are not named....my Grand mother is middle left of her mother, she was Violet Isobel Searle and she married my Grandfather Arthur Edward Blair in St John's Church on 26th December 1908 and lived in both Queen Street and South Terrace.
The marriage certificate shows her father John was deceased, and his occupation listed as Slab Carrier. The marriage certificate was witnessed by William (Bill in the photo). I know my Nana had a sister Olive - I am guessing she was one of the younger ones, possibly front left....

My Grandfather was a cabinet maker at Smith's Dock and for a local builder Miles. My Father Tom and his brother Arthur both worked at Smith's also as carpenter and Electrician.

I used to visit 63 South Terrace in the 60's and 70's as a boy, my grand parents lived in the house
until my nana died about 1973

I was blown away to find a photo of her, truly amazing! I wonder if you can add my comments to the relevant photo?
I have never come across anyone who knew the Blair family who were living there from 1908 till
1973! A big family... Thomas, Arthur, Marjorie, Patricia, Gertrude (Killed on fire watch at
Middlesbrough Emporium), Margaret (Peg) and Sylvia (Syl).

Regards
Andy Blair"

64. Town Hall Bricks

The row of houses in Newtown built with bricks from South Bank Town Hall

Photo from Tom Towers
Flora Street in Newtown was built from the multi-coloured bricks from the demolished South Bank Town Hall and I'll repeat part of what I wrote under that title on this page.

The Town Hall caught fire in 1903, although the newspaper article in Teesside Archives didn't say how badly it was damaged. Then in 1909 it was struck by lightning and finally demolished in 1910.

Another note of interest came from Spencer Hardwick of Normanby, relative of the Coach Company Hardwicks (See "Old Boy" Victoria Street School page). It seems that a local builder named Lister was contracted to remove the rubble of the Town Hall and used some of the bricks to build a row of houses at the place we know as Newtown on Church Lane. Spencer said that when he was a kid it was known as Listerville!
From photographs the Town Hall looks to have been built with multi-coloured bricks and I intended to follow up Spencer's story with my camera but Tom Towers of the Normanby Local History Group beat me to it and passed a couple of photos to me. This is one view and the other will follow this...

65. Town Hall Bricks 2

The row of houses in Newtown built with bricks from South Bank Town Hall

Photo from Tom Towers
Looking at the title and in view of my opinions on the various destructive councils we have inherited over the years, you might be surprised that the bricks referred to were real bricks and not Council Clangers!

66. St. George's Square

St.George's Square in the 1930's

Photo from Valerie Sowerby
Valerie was at an Antique's Fair when she came across this photo which shows the Square pre-war. The cast iron railings are still on the outside of the Square and a metal grid type of fence on the inside (removed in '40/'41 to help the war effort) while there were no railing around the Cenotaph itself.
Closer inspection of the photo showed, on the right, a garage which was used by the local doctor to house his car. Next door was the first house in Upper Jackson Street (actually the last, number 58!) which was then the home of Valerie's grandparents and her mother, a fact that Val had not known when she bought the card! Her grandparents lived there from 1917 until 1939 while Val's mother Nellie on marrying Ron Sowerby moved next door but one, number 54, where Val and brother Jack were born.
Incidentally, in 1941 Billy Mullen's family moved into number 58 when the garage was demolished to make way for the British Legion Club where Billy's father was the first steward!
The moral of this story is... Always look through old photo's and postcards when you have the chance. You never know what you might see.

67. "On the old Plantation"

2nd left: James Mcloughlin with his friends, as yet unknown

I received a photograph from Michael McLoughlin in Brisbane after he had had it restored in a local shop. He included the following note of explanation:

"The photograph was taken on the plantation which was an area just over the Trunk Road at the intersection of the 1st part of Skippers Lane. I recall that a Beck ran through these woods and a plank was in place which allowed us youngsters to cross this waterway. For many years now houses have been built on the Plantation site.

This photograph of my dad and his mates was taken in the early 1920's. My dad's name was James McLoughlin - known locally as Jamesie or Clocky -and he was born at 46 Upper Graham Street South Bank on July 7 1903. Felix Hughes family lived next door to us in Upper Graham Street. My dad, is 2nd on the left in the picture and it looks like this photo was shot on a Sunday because my dad and his pals are to be seen wearing their "Sunday Best" - which suggests that they had been to Mass. A snap of happy days gone by when in South Bank in those far off days. People led the simple life - happy mateship - caring neigbours - and we oldies are too well aware of what has replaced these sentiments. A question now remains - What are the names of the other lads in this picture? Any offers?
Cheers,
Michael McLoughlin"


(You might also like to check out a related story - "An Alligator Named Fred" on The Characters page which introduces Clocky Lloyd. Dick.)

68. The Bowdens

A 1915 photo of the Bowden Family

Photo from Dorothy Howard
In 1915 Ethel Bowden (pictured on the left) was a mere 5 years old. She was born in South Bank and attended Cromwell Road School and Victoria Street School. She is now 94 years young and lives in Normanby.
There will be more on this story soon.

There was so much information from Dorothy Howard and her mother that I have created a page devoted to their family. Turn to...
The Bowden/Howards page!

69. Time Capsule

Scouts Parade prior to 1910 (Town Hall in background)

I received a 1961 newspaper cutting (probably Evening Gazette) from Patricia Abel via Ged Fleming which is of a letter written by her father John McGarrell who signed it as “Banker” and wrote about his “Memories of old South Bank”. Nowadays we think of 1961 as being of “Old South Bank” so this 44year old letter is an eye-opener.

“Recent developments and a remark I heard on the bus the other day have made me think of the old days.
We have a Town Hall at Eston now, but do many of the old South Bankers – “The Bankers” – remember the old Town Hall at South Bank?
It stood between Oak Street and St. Georges Square.
(Actually it was between Oak and Elm Streets and stood on the site of St. Georges Square. Dick).
Below was a covered market and many a free tea party I have had in it. The parties were given by the manager of the old Palace, once a silent picture hall. (Later, Kings Snooker Hall and later still, the Cleveland public house. Dick). Competition was keen between the Palace and the “Hippodrome Hall of Varieties” in Victoria Street.
Mr Foster, who owned the Palace, would two or three times a week stand on the stage and call out some address in South Bank. If the person who lived there had his rent book with him, he received the rent in cash, or a parcel of groceries.
The prices of admission to the Palace were 2d, 4d and 6d and there were performances twice nightly and a matinee on Saturdays, when the children paid 1/2d each and received a comic, an apple or orange, and some sweets.
When the South Bank Empire opened, the first matinee for children also cost 1/2d admission, so to compete with that the Palace offered free admission and gave away comics, sweets, oranges, apples, nuts and free tickets for a tea party at the South Bank Town Hall.
Many times my father and brother drove the cabs from Balls which were held at the Town Hall. This had a clock tower too, and I seem to remember that by public subscription, when the Town Hall was knocked down some years before the First World War, the clock and bells were bought for St. Peter’s.
Other things that stand out in my memory are when the late King George came to South Bank; Skipper’s Lane being a lovers walk; Buxton’s Farm facing the Hippodrome at the back of Queen Street; Wombwell’s Circus being held where St. Georges Square is now; the rival football teams of South Bank, Eston United, Grangetown St. Mary’s, and so on.
South Bank’s silver band held dances in the Co-operative Hall – from 8pm until 6 the next morning and the cost was 6d or 9d per person (1s for three people).
You could have a lovely picnic in the fields where Teesville now stands, and could go along the Black Path to the Slems or Sandy Bottoms to pick cockles, mussels, winkles or clams.
Do “The Bankers” still remember the two bombs dropping at Cargo Fleet in 1916; 2d returns to Middlesbrough on the railway; the Sunday school outings on coal carts or the beautiful horses and the fire engine galloping to the Co-operative Hall, South Bank?
I remember Mr Richardson’s café hut on the crossing near Skipper’s Lane; one pint of herb beer and one large rock cake for only a penny. Chinese crackers at 32 for a penny. A pennyworth of fish and chips, enough to share between four people from Trees’ fish shop. Three-halfpence a long pull of beer – the bigger the jug the more beer, and if the shopkeeper was in a bad temper, more beer spilt on the floor.
Oh for the things of yester-year. (Signed) “Banker” - Middlesbrough.”

70. Tommy Bosher

Ironmonger Tommy Bosher died in 1936

Newspaper cutting from Ethel Howard

71. War Memorial

Another view of St.Georges Square (1925)

Photo from Ethel Howard
See also 66.

72. Alfie France

Two ages of Alfie France whose parents had a shop on Queen Street

Photos from Ethel Howard
France's shop was on the corner of Queen Street and Normanby Road and when there was a football match Alfie and his young friends watched it from the bedroom window.

73. Michael McLoughlin

Michael with his younger brother Jimmy and sister Cathy

Michael McLoughlin is mentioned quite a lot on this site as he is our most prolific correspondent. His reminiscences of his youth often had me chuckling, especially his story about a black eye which was originally here but I've moved it down to item 111!

74. Armistice Street Party

A 1918 celebration in Upper Graham Street

Photo from Michael McLoughlin

"This snap was taken at Upper Graham Street South Bank to celebrate the end of World War 1. Tommy Bosher sits at the head of the party table - his hat sitting comfortably on his knee. Sitting at Tommy's right is my maternal grandmother, Catherine Murphy. The girl holding the tea pot is my aunt, Annie Murphy. Below Annie is another aunt of mine - Tisha who, in the 1920's was known as a 1920's Flapper, often giving her impromptu performances on the Puddling! (Tisha is mentioned in the book by Kay Chapman called Bolckowgrad and Elsewhere). The lass with her hand on her hip on the extreme left on the photograph is my aunt Winnie. It may be that their are still some relatives living who may be able to identify the remainder of this happy group. Lets hope so!

Cheers Michael."

75. Kemps of Graham Street

Dora Kemp and her brood in 1910 outside 17 Graham Street

Photo from David Kemp
I received emails and photos from David Kemp plus an entry in the Guestbook...
"Thanks very much for this site. My Dad Thomas Kemp was born in 17 Lower Graham Street in 1910 - and I always wondered what South Bank was like then. Well thanks to your website now I know.
I have only one family photo to offer - the Kemp family in the doorway of their home in Graham Street about 1910-ish. This is Dora Kemp (my grandmother) of No17 Graham St with her children. One of the younger boys must be Charlie Kemp and the baby may be Emma, unless its my Dad Thomas - in a baby dress.
Many thanks David Kemp."

There's another photo of David's grandmother on the 1940's page.

76. Kemps Mission

A Mission group puzzle

Photo from David Kemp
David says this group photo, showing his Dad front left and Mum back left, dates to around 1938 and he was given to understand that it was taken at the back of the South Bank Mission on North Street. Sorry David, you're wrong there. The Mission was a "tin hut" and can be seen on the Religious Establishments page.
However, we're left with a puzzle as to where the photo was taken. Looking at the shops in the background I wonder if it was Lowfields. If anyone knows please write in.

77. Tom Kemp

A Mission Handbill of 1938

Mission Handbill from David Kemp
"Tom Kemp attended the South Bank Mission in the late 1920 and 30s. A Geo Burnett was in charge then. They used to go to Redcar and hold meetings and sing songs on the beach. Tom went on to be an evangelist and song writer. The handbill reproduced here was when local Mission boy Tom Kemp returned to North Street Mission as an Evangelist in 1938."

78. South Bank Co-op

The Co-op (1920's)

Photo from Jack Sowerby
Jack went to an Antique Fair at Coulby Newham and talked to a man running a "Postcards" Stall. When asked about South Bank the man produced four photographs which were copies of postcards. Even though they were copies he still wanted £5 each for them although Jack talked him down to £15 for the four.
I'm not sure about the legalities of copying postcards (Copyright) but the value can't be as high as the originals. Personally I think Jack was taken for a ride but he's happy with them and, more to the point, he's lent me them to put on the website. Thanks Jack.
PS. I thought they might look better sepia toned!

79. St. John's

St. John's Church and Normanby Road

Photo from Jack Sowerby

80. Trackless Route

Early Trollybus on Normanby Road

Photo from Jack Sowerby

81. Near the Library

Normanby Road near the Library

Photo from Jack Sowerby

82. Olive (Palmer) Lightfoot

Olive Lightfoot nee Palmer pictured at Lowfields Estate 1932

Photo from Cliff Lightfoot
I received an email from Cliff Lightfoot with three photos attached which I turned sepia in order to get better images. Also I reproduce his letter here...
"Dick

Thought you might find the attached photos of interest to your readers. There were a lot of family members in South Bank but the only ones I have found on the site are my Aunt Ida Saunders (nee Lightfoot) and Uncle Ray Saunders with Son Derek of Warwick Street. I remember they owned the little sweet shop they ran from their front room.

If any Palmer, Lightfoot, Bailey or Owen family members would like to get in touch I would be grateful so I can fill in some blanks on my family History.

Photos are.

My mother Olive Lightfoot (nee Palmer of Coral Street) beside a motor cycle with the first houses of Lowfield Est being built in the background C1932

My uncle Fred Howard (married Ellen Nellie Palmer of Coral Street) on the left (with the scarf) with three unknown others outside South Bank Labour Exchange C1923.


My great granddad Arthur Lightfoot, back row dark jacket and waistcoat Born 1870 in Pickering but lived at 24 Upper Jackson Street South Bank from about 1880, probably the first habitants of the house. I would love to know what the occasion was and where the photo was taken.

Regards,

Cliff


83. Fred Howard

Fred Howard with three mates outside the Labour Exchange 1923

Photo from Cliff Lightfoot
"My uncle Fred Howard (married Ellen Nellie Palmer of Coral Street) on the left (with the scarf) with three unknown others outside South Bank Labour Exchange C1923." Cliff Lightfoot.

84. Arthur Lightfoot

Arthur Lightfoot lived in Jackson Street from 1880!

Photo from Cliff Lightfoot
"My great granddad Arthur Lightfoot, back row centre dark jacket and waistcoat Born 1870 in Pickering but lived at 24 Upper Jackson Street South Bank from about 1880, probably the first habitants of the house. I would love to know what the occasion was and where the photo was taken." Cliff Lightfoot.

85. The Kiosk

Alec McManus outside The Kiosk - see the Clan McManus page!

Photo from Eddie McManus via Ann Breckon

86. The Phillips Family

The Phillips Family

Photo from Vini Copeland
Vini wrote in just after the Reunion 2006 and sent two photos...
"Hi Dick,
Vini Copeland here! To start off, a great night at the reunion.
As promised, the photo of our Harry Phillips (see page Some Slaggy Islanders) and this one of the Phillips Family.
From left to right: Tom Simpson Phillips (my Grandad known as Stamper), "Pop" Phillips (my Great Grandad), Uncle John holding Aunty Norah, my Great Grandmother Lou with my Uncle Jimmy on her knee (he was later married to Dolly), far right is Aunty Janet (she used to live with Aunty Beattie).
Front l-r: Alex (got killed in the war), Uncle Harry (later married to Aunty Sally).
The family came from Hartlepool when they were young but I dont know when. I know my Grandad was born there and I think he was about 12 in the photo. Hope this is of any use to you. Thanks Dick. Regards, Vini Copeland."


Note: "Stamper" is featured on Photo No. 2 on this page and was a mate of my step-father Nick Carter. They were about the same age and Nick was born in 1904. If Vini's guess at his age is right that would date the photo to about 1916. However Stamper looks much younger to me. Dick.

87. Is your Grandad here?

World War I South Bank(?) soldiers.

Photo from David Kemp
I've had a couple of emails from David Kemp who is attempting to unravel his family history, particularly their South Bank roots...

"I've had my head in the family history box again and now I've found a photo that my father Tom Kemp kept from the early South Bank days (one of the very few). It's never interested me before - but I just realised that it's a group of uniformed young men (I presume in WWI) and people might recognise some of them.

I don't know where it was taken or anything about it (I just presume it's to do with South Bank because it was with a couple of old SB photos). However, my father's brother Willy did serve in WWI and IF he was in the group (I don't have any other photos to check) then that would have been a good reason for him keeping the photo.

Maybe its the South Bank contingent??

I wonder - if it was put up on the Slaggy web site - whether some people would recognised their dads and grandads in the group or even the house behind and help solve the puzzle?
Regards, David Kemp."


And in another email David said that his dad, Thomas Kemp, told him that as a young man in South Bank he had 'poems' published in the 'Gazette' childrens section around 1930. He wondered if any viewers of this site could recall the column in those days?


Any idea?

88. Williamson & Sons

The staff of Williamsons pictured in 1895

Photo from Richard Harry Williamson
5th from left: Frank Williamson, 6th: the tall man with the white beard was "Old John Brown, the shop foreman. Also pictured Tom and Harry Williamson, A.Prest, Harry Prest, G.Watson, Mr.Lillystone. The dog was called Carlo.

Background to the Williamsons story: I got a phone call from my old friend Tommy Searle who told me that there was a South Bank story in the Remember When and that the contributor wanted to get in touch with this site. I checked it out and contacted RH Williamson and the following story resulted.
Incidentally, in the Remember When article Harry, as RH has always been known, knew that his father (Harry senior) and Uncle Tom were on the picture but didn't know where. The two photographs were in their original state, faded with age, so I enhanced them and gave them a sepia tint to clarify them so that we could see from their resemblance to their Grandfather Frank that Frank has his hand on Harry's shoulder and Tom is sat by "Old John" with a pipe in his hand!
Harry junior was born in Cromwell Road and worked for the family firm from 1945 until 1975. The email he sent me contained his story of the history of his family and their working life...


THE STORY OF MR FRANK WILLIAMSON and
WILLIAMSON & SONS, Joiners of SOUTH BANK.

This is what I know about how my Grandfather FRANK WILLIAMSON came to South Bank. It is what I have remembered from stories told by my father, my Uncle Thom and others in the family (all great story tellers). I also include some details from the censuses and some from Laurie Stockton.

My Great Grandfather was William Williamson who lived in Coxwold and later moved to Easingwold, Yorkshire and his son Frank was my Grandfather.

Frank came to South Bank in about 1873 or 1874. The dates and details often differed in the family stories but the outcome is the same.
At any rate, Frank either came looking for work or he came with a coffin to Bennett’s the undertakers, or he had relations here. Whatever the reason, come he did.

Frank met and married JANE SEYMOUR in 1877 and they moved to South Stockton (we don’t know why, maybe for work) where their first child Thomas was born. By 1879 they were living in Codd Street, North Eston (South Bank) and Frank was working for a firm called Bulmer’s Joiners in either South Bank or Normanby (there was a Bulmer Street in Normanby) but the firm (as they used to say) went bust in about 1883 or 4.
Frank went to the sale of the bankrupt stock and bought a bench and tools also some of the timber stock. I don't know where he got the money to do this but it's possible that he was helped by his father in law. Either that or he had managed to save some money with Jane’s help. It depends again on who is telling the story.

What we do know is that Frank started on his own, in the front room of a house in Oxford Street South Bank in 1884. (Was this the same house that they shared with David Patterson who is on the 1891 census as their Lodger? I do not know.)
After a short time when he was established as Frank Williamson, Joiner he moved to a loft workshop called SKIPPER’S ARCH. This was over the back alley between North Street and Lower Oxford Street and was entered by a small yard with a outside wooden staircase! I remember Dad pointing this out to me when I was still a schoolboy.

Years later, when I was working on the rear of North Street, I noticed that the door to the old workshop was open so I went to have a look inside. It was a large room, by this time almost derelict and used for storing rags, etc. Yet I could see in my minds eye Grandad working at his bench and all his tools set out on the racks on the walls.

At some time after the 1891 & 1901 census he had built new workshops in the apparent style of two cottages with two front doors - one was never opened and the other only on odd occasions. There were two mullion widows and two upstairs windows. At the rear of the building were double doors to allow the storing of handcarts and horse and wagons and later, much later, a motor lorry. There was also a single entrance door and an outside wooden staircase.
There were no internal walls or ceilings. Downstairs was an earth floor and the area was used for storage of timber, ladders, handcarts etc. Upstairs the entrance from the landing (from where my dad once fell and was quite badly injured) was by French-type doors with a fanlight that could by removed to enable large items to be taken out and lowered onto wagons. This large work shop had three long joiners' benches so six joiners could have being working there at any one time. However, in my time, there where never more that two in use and no more than three joiners in the shop at any one time.

As most of the windows and doors and fittings for many of the houses in South Bank and district were made in the workshop and all the woodwork fixed by the Williamson firm you can see how all the benches would have been in use. [You can tell from the number of employees shown on the staff photo how big the firm was at this time.]

Granddad continued running the firm until just before his death in 1917. All this from 1884 to 1917 from a man who could neither READ OR WRITE but could look at a PLAN and TAKE OFF ALL THE TIMBER THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED! They say that behind every great man is a great woman and this was true in this case as Grandma was educated and it was her who was in charge of all the office work, sending out the invoices, paying the account’s and the staff, etc. In those days the banking had to be in the man,s name yet it was Grandma that had all the dealings with the bank.

After 1917 Grandma carried on the business as owner with her 2 sons (Tom & Harry) looking after the workshop and staff while she continued with the office work. After her death in 1931 Tom and Harry went into partnership and ran the firm until my Uncle Tom retired in 1946. (I had just started work in the January). My father Harry continued as owner until in 1960 it was decided to form the business into a Limited Company. The name Williamson & Sons was already registered so we could not use it. So it was named, R.H. WILLIAMSON & CO LTD after my fathers death in 1963.

I carried on trading in the above name until due to a compulsory purchase order from the council and being unable to find alternative workshops I had had enough. Also my own health was not good so I had no choice but to close down the business so after just over 90 YEARS of service to South Bank under the names F.WILLIAMSON, WILLIAMSON & SONS, and R.H. WILLIAMSON & CO LTD the firm had to close and so ended it’s association with South Bank!!

The final act! Before handing over the keys to the Council we gathered together ALL THE OLD WOODEN MOULDING, ROUTERS & ROUND BOTTOMED PLANES together with old cramps and other equipment and packed the small pieces in old chest-style tool boxes. One had F.W carved on the lid and some planes were stamped F WILLIAMSON, T WILLIAMSON, R.H.WILLIAMSON & J BROWN. (Old John)
These went to PRESTON PARK Museum, Stockton.

89. The Williamsons - PS

The Williamson family in 1900

Standing back row: Jane (Mrs Jack Jones), Thomas, Sis, Harry.
Front row Frank, Maud (Mrs Jim English), Jane (nee Seymour).

PS to the story preceding this...
Further information from Harry Williamson established the where-abouts of the family business workshops which occupied numbers 4 and 6 Upper Branch Street while the family lived in number 8.
The entrance to the joiners was at the rear of the property from the backalley which ran from Albion Street behind Barclays Bank and Bannisters the Butchers.

90. Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson pictured in 1904

91. Harry and Edith

Harry and Edith Williamson pictured in 1958

Photo from Harry Williamson
"My mother Edith Jane formally Bell Nee MALLETT and my father Harry Williamson.
Harry."

92. Granny Lloyd

Granny Lloyd pictured outside her home in 51 North Street

Louisa Lloyd, universally known as Granny Lloyd, was a strong woman who helped people into and out of the world as the unpaid midwife and "layer-outer" of the deceased in the district. She was also a founding member of the old South Bank Mission on North Street while bringing up four children without any support. No benefits in those days!
Among her many offspring is a grandson who is known world-wide as magician Paul Daniels.
See also 1940's page.

93. More from Harry Williamson

Thomas Seymour in 1857

Photo from R.H.(Harry)Williamson
"I've attached the story of my great-grandfather William Seymour and his brother Tom. Half Slaggy was related to each other through these two at one time. I do not have a photo of William (can any of you readers help?)
The Farm house referred to in Lower Albion ST* was later THE ALBION CLUB and the land was of Normanby Rd; around The Mission area I believe. Harry."


SEYMOUR, THOMAS (born around 1804)
At the time of his son’s marriage in 1853 his occupation was that of a weaver. His children were:-
Thomas (1824) baptised at Hutton Rudby on the 18th April 1824
John (1826) baptised at Hutton Rudby on 22nd April 1826
Richard (1828) baptised in 1828, according to the 1851 census , he and his brother William were staying at the house of James Kirby at Lower east Street in Middlesbrough, both as visitors. Richard married Betsy, a girl from Sands End and they had at least 2 children. They were Elizabeth who was born in 1859 and Richard who was born in 1880, both in Middlesbrough. In 1881 Richard’s (1828) occupation was an Agent in the N.E. railway and he was living at 70 St. Paul’s Road in Linthorpe.
William (1830) see below
Sarah (1835)

SEYMOUR, WILLIAM (1830- after 1901)
Born on the 7th November 1830 at Hutton Rudby, he was baptised on the 16th of January the following year. In the 1851 census we find William and his brother Richard as visitors in the home of James Kirby, a joiner who lived in Laver East Street in Middlesbrough. He married Mary Harrison on the 24th May 1853 at the register Office in the district of Stockton.
He was living in Suffield Street in Middlesbrough at the time of his marriage and his occupation was that of an Engine Stoker. By the time of his daughters birth in 1857 his occupation was as a mineral agent on a railway and was living in Albert Road Middlesbrough. In 1881 William was living at 31 Albert Street in Normanby, and his occupation was an Engineer. When his wife died in 1894 his occupation was still an auctioneer.
The 1901 census shows William still at 31 Albion Street, but shows that he had remarried, probably in September 1895, he had as his wife Eliza, a woman from Wednesbury in Staffordshire who was 25 years his junior. She had a daughter named Gertrude who was born in 1892, two years before William’s first wife had died, so the probability is that this child was not his.
William and Mary were the parents of:-
Ann (1854-1931) born on the 4th March 1872 at South Bank, married George Brittain and died in January 1931
Thomas (1856)born on the 11th June 1856. When his mother died in 1894 he was living at 16 Upper Albion Street , South Bank.
Jane (1857-1931) see below
Sarah (1859-1860) born on the 23rd September 1859 and died on the 11th February 1860.
Elizabeth (1861) born at South Bank on the 10th July 1861 married David Pattison
Mary (1861) born on the 18th February 1863 at South Bank and married John Priest
Isabelle (1865) born on the 5th June 1875 at South Bank. At the age of 16 was a Pupil Teacher
John (1867) born at South Bank and at the age of 14 was classed as an assistant and 20 years later in 1901 at the age of 34 was a Steel Smelter and was living at home with his father.
Dorothy (1868) born on the 29th September 1868 at South Bank and married George Meek.
Emma (1870-1872) born on the 24th May 1870 and died on 16th January 1872
Ada (1872-1962) born on the 24th October 1872 at South Bank and died on the 2nd May 1972
Richard (1875-1960) born on the 22nd April 1875 at South Bank and died on the 6th May 1960

SEYMOUR JANE [WILLIAMSON] (1857-1931)
Born on the 23rd September 1857 at Albert Road in Middlesbrough. She was the daughter of William and Mary Seymour. Living at 32 Albion Street in South Bank, she married Frank Williamson, a joiner on the 1st April 1877 at the parish Church of Eston in Yorkshire. At the time of her son Thomas’s birth on the 4th September 1877 she was living at 14 Teesdale Street in Thornaby. 1881 saw Jane and her husband, Frank and their family at 5 Codd Street in Eston.
Ten years later in 1891 they were in 39 Oxford Street in South Bank. The head of the house was David Pattison who was married to Jane’s sister Elizabeth . They were noted in the census as ‘ Lodger, Visitor’ so they may or may not have lived there.
1901 saw the family at 8 Upper Branch Street South Bank, which is where she probably lived for the rest of her life.
She can be remembered for her limp and the fact that she wore lace up boots. Jane died on the 2nd of February 1931 at 8 Upper Branch Street South Bank of Pleuro Pneumonia (the outside of the lungs).

THOMAS SEYMOUR ADDRESSES:
1841 - Hutton (Rudby), Yorkshire
1851 - N/K
1871 - 8 Albert Street, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
CENSUS:
1841 HO107/1258/9/15/22
Hutton Rudby, Yorkshire
1851 HO107/2376/223/4
(schedule 18) Fasby, Yorkshire. Thomas and Ann Seymour were listed as visitors to Thomas Richardson a member of Ann's family.
1871 RG10/4892//28
8 Albert Street, , Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
OCCUPATION: 1841 Linen Weaver. (1841 census)
1851 Manned Loom Weaver, Linen. (1851 census)
1875 Listed in his will aged 75 as a Grocer.
WILL OF THOMAS SEYMOUR.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Seymour now residing at No.8 Albert Street Middlesbrough in the County of Yorkshire, Grocer, made this sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four. I hereby give and bequeath my household furniture to my sons and daughters to be equally divided among them and to my son in law John Potter all and every my real and personal estate ready money book debts and outstanding goods and chattels and effects whatsoever and wheresoever or to his heirs administrators or assignees to and for his and their absolute use and benefit according to the nature and quality thereof respectively subject only to the payment of all my past debts funeral and testamentary expenses. And I hereby appoint John Potter my aforesaid son in law sole executor of this my last will and here revoke all other wills or codicils made by me.

In witness whereof I hitherto set my hand the day and year above written.

Signed by the said testator as for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereinto signed our names as witnesses thereto. Signed. Thomas Seymour

WITNESSES. P.UNTHANK. Painter. Albert street, Middlesbrough.

JOHN ROBSON DUNN. Mineral Agent. 12 Railway Terrace, Eston Junction.

Proved at York the twenty eighth day August 1876 by the oath of John Potter the sole executor to whom administration was granted.

The testator Thomas Seymour was late of No.8 Albert Street Middlesbrough in the County of York grocer and died on the twenty-fifth day of September 1875 at Middlesbrough aforesaid.

Under £100.

No leaseholds.

Peter UTHANK was a neighbour, he lived at 5 Albert Street and Thomas was No. 8.

WILLIAM SEYMOUR
RELIGION: Primitive Methodist Preacher.
ADDRESSES:
1841 - Hutton (Rudby), Yorkshire
1851 - N/K
1861 - Cleveland Street, Normanby, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. (next to the shoemakers shop).
1871 - 34 Cleveland Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
1881 - Farm house 31 Lower Albion Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
1891 -
1901 - 31 Albion Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
1912 - 22 Greame Street, Moss Side, South Manchester.
CENSUS:
1841 HO107/1258/9/15/22
Hutton (Rudby), Yorkshire
1851 HO107/2383/273/40
(schedule 162) Lower East Street, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. Richard and William Seymour were listed as visitors to James Kirby and his family.
1861 RG9/3654/48/5
(schedule No. 26) Cleveland Street, Normanby, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. (next to the shoemakers shop).
1871 RG10/4855/29/11
34 Cleveland Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
1881 RG11/4860/12/17
Farm house 31 Lower Albion Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.*
1891
1901 RG 13/4586//28
31 Albion Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
OCCUPATION: 1861 Carter. (1861 census)
1871 Contractor. (1871 census)
1881 Auctioneer and Farmer, 34 Acres. (1881 census)
1890 Seymour William, auctioneer and valuer, Normanby road.
NORMANBY LOCAL BOARD - Chairman - Charles Henry Minchin, J.P.; Members - William SEYMOUR Charles Hunt, John Atkinson, Joseph Severs, James Hanks, Benjamin Nixon, Edward Tetlow, Edward Upton, Bryan Mc.Nulty, John Harrison, Robert Coverdale.

ESTON DISTRICT LOCAL BOARD - Franklin Hilton, chairman John Anderson, Elisha Beacham, William Dale, John Glen, M.B., Allan Harker, Thos. Medd, John Nicholson, Wm. SEYMOUR, John Thomson, Jas. Webb, Hugh Wilkinson; Clerk, John Thomas Belk; Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector, Thos. Wm. Stainthorpe; Medical Officer, John Andrew Malcolmson, M.D.; Collector, Robt. Franks. Offices, Grangetown. The Board meets the third Wednesday in each month, at 3 p.m.

ESTON BURIAL BOARD - Rev. E. F. Seymour Besley, M.A., chairman; Robt. Curson, Jno. Harrison, Jno. Irwin, Jno. Moss, Geo. Paley, William SEYMOUR, John Thomson, Thos. W. Wade; Clerk, Robert Franks; Cemetery Keeper, James Thompson. (Bulmer's Directory 1890)

1901 Auctioneer. (1901 census)
MARRIAGE: Second marriage.
Extract from a letter written by Emma WAINWRIGHT (nee Seymour) William's niece.
"He married his second wife, one Eliza RUDGE, Who bore him a girl, Gertrude. In confidence the family were not too pleased about the second marriage, it was a forced affair and some of the older family would not accept her. Eliza dropped dead on the land one lunch time, I was only a girl at the time and heard the remark that she was no loss to the family. I do know she treated my Dad very shabbily."

DEATH: Richard Seymour was present and registered the death of his father.

William's body was moved from Manchester for burial in South Bank where he was such a pillar of the comunity for so many years.

Obituary:SEYMOUR - At Manchester, on September 14th 1912. William SEYMOUR, formerly of South Bank, aged 81. Interment at Eston Cemetery on Tuesday, September 17th, cortege leaving South Bank Railway Station at 1.30 pm for Primitive Methodist Church. No flowers by request.

Mr. Seymour was always held in the greatest respect and admiration by the people of South Bank, Grangetown, Eston, where he was exceedingly well known and a large number of friends and relatives assembled at the funeral to pay their last tribute to his memory.

A native of Hutton Rudby Mr. Seymour spent the greater portion of his life at South Bank, where he was for many years in business as an auctioneer, and in his earlier life took a very prominent part in the public life of the district.

He was one of the first leaders of the Primitive Methodists in South Bank and took an active part in the life of the Church for almost 50 years.

He was one of the oldest members of Normanby Local Board and of Eston Local Board and one of the first representatives of Eston upon the North Riding County Council.

For a great number of years he was a member of the Middlesbrough Board of Guardians, and the Eston and Normanby Burial Board and was at one time Chairman of the Normanby Urban Council.

Of a kindly disposition, he was ready to offer a helping hand to those in trouble. For the last five or six years he had lived with his son at Manchester and the body brought from there to South Bank this morning for burial.

Obituary written in THE MOSS LANE MAGAZINE Hulme Manchester October 1912. (This could be a church magazine)
THE MOSS LANE MAGAZINE
DEATH: As our last month's magazine was ready for the press when our esteemed brother passed away only a brief reference to him was possible then, hence this opportunity is taken for more extended notice.

Mr. Seymour had only spent a very few years in Manchester. In the nature of things it was not possible for us to know him and his real life's work as those who knew his work in the North. He had filled far more important posts in the Church and in public life than some of his friends of later years knew.

He was born at Hutton Rudby, in Yorkshire, in 1830. His parents were Primitive Methodists. His father was a class leader and local preacher. Converted when he was 18 years of age, he threw himself heartily into the work of the Church. A year after his conversion he began to preach, and for many years in the Northern Circuits he was in great request as a preacher for Chapel and Sunday School anniversaries. He was very earnest and devoted to this work. He was an effective open-air speaker. He walked thousands of miles to his appointments, and had the joy of witnessing many conversions as the result of his labours. When quite a young man, in 1857, he removed to South Bank, Middlesborough, and he lived there until he came to Manchester in 1906. He came to be one of the oldest and most respected residents in South Bank, where for many years he was in business as an auctioneer. He took a very prominent part in the public life of the district. He was one of the oldest members of the Normanby Local Board and of the Eston Local Board and one of the first representatives of Eston upon the North Riding County Council. For a great number of years he was a member of the Middlesborough Board of Guardians and the Eston and Normanby Burial Board and was at one time Chairman of the Normanby Urban Council.

In politics he was an ardent Liberal. For many years he was on the executive of the Middlesborough Liberal Association and twice was delegate to the Annual Meetings of the National Liberal Federation. He was also an ardent advocate of Temperance and for more than 6o years was a total abstainer.

But the supreme interests of his life were centred in the Church of his choice. He was one of the first leaders of our cause at South Bank and took an active part in the life of the Church there for nearly fifty years, serving as trustee, local preacher, class leader, Sunday School teacher and remaining teacher of the young men's class up to the time of his removal to Manchester. His interest in Connexional concerns was both deep and wide, especially in regard to African Missions and our Connexional literature. He prized a letter sent him by the Rev. W. J. Ward thanking him for a large consignment of books for the Oron Institute. He had no parochial view of the Church, but took a great interest in district affairs. He has been a member of three different district committees, many times he has served as delegate to district meetings, two or three times as delegate to Conference. Once he was the speaker at the Conference camp meeting and twice he was delegate to the annual meetings of the National Free Church Council.

He is mentioned with esteem in Mr. W. M. Patterson's book on "Northern Primitive Methodism." He won great esteem and affection not merely by his work but by his personal character. He had a living Christian experience, a passionate loyalty to

Christ and the Church. He was consistent and thoroughly upright in character, generous in disposition, ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in trouble. His character mellowed with the years and he came to his grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in, in his season. Many who held him in highest admiration gathered round his grave at South Bank, Eston, to pay their last tribute to his memory and to thank God for a worthy and useful life and for a triumphant death.

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth. Yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labours, for their works follow with them."

BURIAL: FUNERAL OF MR. W. SEYMOUR.
ONE OF THE OLDEST INHABITANTS OF SOUTH BANK
The funeral took place at Eston Cemetery this afternoon of the late Mr.Wm. Seymour, one of the oldest residents of South Bank, who died at Manchester at the home of his son, on Saturday, at the age of 81 years.

HISTORIC NOTES:
REPRESENTATION TO MR.W.SEYMOUR OF SOUTH BANK.
In the South bank Council-room yesterday Mr.Wm. Seymour, one of the oldest inhabitants of South Bank and who had for a great number of years served on the old Local Board, the Urban Council up till the last election and various other bodies, was presented with a photo of himself and a purse of gold, containing 40 guineas, as a mark of esteem and respect in which he was held.

Dr.James Glen presides and there was a large attendance of gentlemen connected with the Urban Council and other bodies.

In making the presentation Dr.Glen said that the testimonial was not a public one, but one that had been got up by a few friends to show their respect for Mr.Seymour and their appreciation of his public service.

Mr.Seymour had been an overseer for a number of years, a member of the Burial Board, the Normanby School Board, the Eston School Board, the South Bank Urban Council, the Normanby Local Board, and the Eston Local Board and whilst he was Chairman of their own Board he was County Magistrate and also a member of the Middlesborough Board of Guardians. He had done a great deal of good for the township. He wished Mr.Seymour good health and prosperity.
Councillors Honks and Atkinson, Mr.Harrison, Mr.Spry, Mr.Weatherill and Superintendent Doweland also spoke.
Mr. Seymour thanked them for the kind words that had been said. The photo of the late Mr.Ward Jackson, first Chairman of the Local Board, hung in the Council Chamber and he would like to present the photo of himself that had been presented that evening by Father McCabe, so that it could also hang in the Council Chamber as First Chairman of the Urban Council. (Applause.)

The Rev. Father McCabe, on behalf of the Council, accepted the photo. On the motion of Councillor Bulmer, seconded by Councillor Kane, a vote of thanks was accorded the Chairman.

"I have tried to find the photo of William Seymour that was presented to him and he gave back to the council without any success so far.Harry"


94. Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson nee Seymour in 1891

Photo from R.H.(Harry)Williamson
JANE WILLIAMSON nee SEYMOUR (1857-1931)
Born on the 23rd September 1857 at Albert Road in Middlesbrough. She was the daughter of William and Mary Seymour. Living at 32 Albion Street in South Bank, she married Frank Williamson, a joiner on the 1st April 1877 at the parish Church of Eston in Yorkshire. At the time of her son Thomas’s birth on the 4th September 1877 she was living at 14 Teesdale Street in Thornaby. 1881 saw Jane and her husband, Frank and their family at 5 Codd Street in Eston.
Ten years later in 1891 they were in 39 Oxford Street in South Bank. The head of the house was David Pattison who was married to Jane’s sister Elizabeth . They were noted in the census as "Lodger, Visitor" so they may or may not have lived there.
1901 saw the family at 8 Upper Branch Street South Bank, which is where she probably lived for the rest of her life.
She can be remembered for her limp and the fact that she wore lace up boots. Jane died on the 2nd of February 1931 at 8 Upper Branch Street South Bank of Pleuro Pneumonia (the outside of the lungs).

95. Frank Williamson

Frank with daughters Sarah and Alice in 1894

Photo from R.H.(Harry)Williamson

96. Ann Brittain

Ann Brittain nee Seymour (no date)

Photo from R.H.(Harry)Williamson

97. Henry Street Group

A group of neighbours taken in Henry Street about 1929

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
L-r: Mary Watts and Eleanor Maud "Nellie" Watts (nee Brittain from 2a Henry Street); Mona Watts (nee Massingham, wife of William Watts of 8 Henry Street); Mrs.Handley of 6 Henry Street; don't know; Mrs.Stainthorpe at the front.

I received an email from Lawrence Stockton with some Henry Street photos attached which have connections with the previous photos sent by R.H.(Harry) Williamson.
Lawrence said it was okay to include his email address in case anyone wants to get in touch with him... ivy.house@virgin.net


98. The Watts Women

l-r: Eleanor Maud, Jessie Gertrude and Mary Winifred Watts about 1930

Photo from Lawrence Stockton

99. Francis Watts

Francis Watts by his coal yard

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
The coal yard was on the corner of Henry Street opposite Brittain's shop.

I later got another email from Lawrence who had obviously been reminiscing...
"Hi Dick,
Possibly another entry for Old South Bank or Work...
Near the end of the war I can remember travelling to South Bank sitting on a suitcase in a packed London to Middlesbrough train corridor for eight hours with my mother and father, to see my grandmother and various uncles and aunts. The point of the story is, walking from my Uncle Wattie and Aunt Emma (nee Prest) Watts house at 83 Harcourt Road to my grandmother's home at 2a Henry Street late at night, it was so dark due to the blackout that you couldn't read the numbers on the front doors. The only thing that made the walk bearable for me at aged about 4 years was that one of the furnaces at Dorman's would ignite its exhaust gases. The bright light seemed to go on forever but in fact only lasted a few seconds but it illuminated the whole area.

A story told by Uncle Wattie was that one night during an air raid over Middlesbrough and Tees docks he had finished loading the Bell on one of the furnaces, which had to be closed, the routine was to ignite the exhaust gases from the hundred weights of cold Coke, Ore and chemicals which fell into the furnace when the Bell was closed. This was done with a red hot poker in a slot in the side of the Bell lid. This night he had a problem.
"Do I ignite the gas or not?" If not he would have killed himself with the poisonous gases and possibly a few others working at the bottom of the furnace. He thought that life was a good bet so ignited the gas. The next day the powers that be understood his dilemma as the light from the furnace could have attracted the bombers from the air raid on Middlesbrough but he still got reprimanded. The assumption was that the pilots of the bombers assumed that the flare from the furnace was a stray bomb and therefore my Uncle and Dorman's got away with it. Otherwise Dorman's could have been a prize target.
Lawrence Stockton"

100. Britain's shop

Ann Brittain outside her shop with her 3 year old granddaughter Frances Ann Watts

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
"Brittain's shop closed in 1914 but at some time later it was owned by Mrs.Hierons (Irons). Lawrence Stockton."

101. Early Henry Street

Britain's shop is in this photo which could date it to Pre 1914 (See 100)

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
In those days of poverty anyone turning up with a camera brought out the spectators and to be actually photographed was something to talk about for a long time. Of course the onlookers were mainly kids, many of them shoeless, because grownups tended to be shy of the camera and even superstitious.

102. Pre 1914 Henry (L)

Left side of the previous photo

Photo from Lawrence Stockton

103. Pre 1914 Henry (R)

Right side of photo - notice the slag tip beyond St.John's church

Photo from Lawrence Stockton

104. Henry Street in 1945

Henry Street kids about 1945

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
Lawrence wrote:
"A picture of the children in Henry Street taken around 1945. Lawrence Stockton, that's me, is standing in front of the woman holding the baby and I think the boy with the cheeky face standing sideways in the front row is Matty Stainthorpe. Can anyone put names to the others?"

105. Henry Street 1945(L)

Left side of previous photo

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
Lawrence wrote:
"A picture of the children in Henry Street taken around 1945. Lawrence Stockton, that's me, is standing in front of the woman holding the baby and I think the boy with the cheeky face standing sideways in the front row is Matty Stainthorpe. Can anyone put names to the others?"

106. Henry Street 1945(R)

Right side of pic of Henry Street kids about 1945

Photo from Lawrence Stockton

107. Bert and Olive Husband

Bert and Olive Husband in 1960

Photo from Lawrence Stockton

108. Bert and Olive

Bert and Olive 1960

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
Lawrence added a PS to his email:
"On your Slaggy Island "Work" page there is a photo from Bill Groves via his son-in-lae Jim Wentworth. I can put a name to the man on the left side of the picture (looking at it) - it is Herbert "Bert" Husband. He was married to my aunt Olive Stockton and lived in 81 Pym Street."

109. The Husbands

The Husband Brothers - Bert on right

Photo from Lawrence Stockton
Can anyone provide the missing names?

110. The Whitehead/Friedman's

The Whitehead/Friedman's now have their own page. Look down the index.

111. Mary Ann Kavanagh

Michael McLoughlan's Aunt Mary Ann Kavanagh

This story from Michael McLoughlin was originally on 73 but Michael eventually found the above photo of his aunt so I put the two together...

"Those were the days"!?

"On sighting the Zetland Hotel on Nelson Street on the site brings to mind a domestic incident that occurred in the mid 1930's. This came about when my dad had given me a black eye caused by him when he took a seat out of the big pram at home and threw it at me.

The previous day I had been at Harkers fair on the North Street Common with my brother Jimmy and whilst at this fair I was supposed to have said a rude word.(?) The next day whilst getting ready to go to Napier Street school my brother related the rude word to dad and claimed that I had said this awful word. After this, and on the spur of the moment, my dad lifted the seat out of the big pram and threw this missile at me hitting me in the left eye. I then went off to school but as usual at dinner time I went to my dad's aunty -Mary Ann Kavanagh of Middle Milbank Street - for my meal. As soon as old Mary Ann saw my swollen black eye and found out from me who had done such a thing she flew into her Irish rage, leaving me with my dinner whilst she took off with her large umbrella to seek out my dad in one of the pubs close by.

She found her nephew in the public bar of the Zetland drinking with his mates. Scattering the crowd of mates she then proceeded to beat my dad to the floor with her umbrella. Struggling to his feet, he managed to get out of the pub and ran up to the top end of Nelson Street with his aunt in hot pursuit waving her umbrella. On reaching the end of Nelson Street my dad then climbed up the slag tip and safety - old Mary Ann, then being too old and big, had to abandon her chase. It was said that all Nelson Street "was out" watching this performance.

My dad did not return to his home for two days, him given refuge in a caravan belonging to Mr Harrison, which was parked in his allotment.

To this day I don't know what rude word I was supposed to have uttered - I was only seven years old at the time of the incident - and even if I had known, I certainly would not have been capable of its interpretation or its implications! As to the old man's mates reaction on witnessing a woman bashing a man about in a pub I can only now imagine.

Old Mary Ann, when a young lass, worked and lived in the Commercial Hotel South Bank for the Coverdales family from the late 1880's to the late 1890's so pub brawls would not have been foreign to her. At the end of the day South Bank seems to have had many colourful times.

PS: The big pram mentioned was given to my mam by Mr A.M. Skillen, then headmaster at Napier Street school, his own children having no further use for it.

Cheers from Michael."

112. West Terrace

West Terrace in early 1900s

I don't know if this is Middlesbrough Road end or North Street.

Extract from Evening Gazette...
"Teasdale.-In loving memory of my dear father, William Teasdale, who died at South Bank,February 11th, 1903. Deeply lamented by his daughter, Pollie.

Teasdale.--In loving memory of my dear father William Teasdale, who died at 57, West-terrace, South Bank, February 11th 1903. Sadly missed by his daughter, Lizzie.

Teasdale--In sad and sorrowful memory of William Teasdale, ex P C., who died suddenly at 57, West terrace, South Bank, February 11, 1903. Deeply mourned by his wife and family."

R.I.P.

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