Teesside and Old Cleveland re-visited in old picture postcards

Teesside and Old Cleveland re-visited in old picture postcards

:   Robin Cook
:   Cleveland
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-4776-7
:   144
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The level of public interest in early postcard views of our district continues to be considerable. Several volumes in this series have now been produced, and they appear to have stimulated a keen enthusiasm to see even more of this fascinating material. This new volume mainly covers the area of my three previous books in the series - 'Middlesbrough', 'Stockton on Tees' and 'Towns and Villages of Ancient Cleveland'. It is amazing just how much additional early postcard material relating to the district has emerged in the past year or two, the best of which is now reproduced here in the foIlowing pages.

As in the previous volumes, I have concentrated almost entirely on pre-1914 material from the golden age of the topographical postcard, although a small number relate to the following two decades. The selection also includes some photographs which were not issued as commercial postcards, but which

were toa interesting and important to leave out. Several of the local postcard publishers are again represented, including Brittain and Wright, and Heavisides, of Stockton; John Thomas Ross of Whitby ('J.T.R.'), Walter Elliot Johnson of Stokesley ('W.E.J.'), Stevens of Thirsk, and 'Monarch' of Gateshead; as weIl as a number of the many national postcard manufacturers publishing during that amazing period. There is a particularly good industrial archeology representation, thanks to the help of John Armstrong, and for whose interpretation I have used the unique knowledge of John Harrison. The sea coast and the countryside also figure prominently, as well as some very interesting and varied groups of people which conjure up the sense of period from long ago.

As usual, I have tried to ensure that every view is clearly different from how it is or would be today. I have also tried to ensure that there is real interest in

every picture, and have again gone to some lengths to ensure an accurate and interesting caption. Very few of these views have appeared in any other modem book, but I have made a small partial exception in trying to create some idea of how the riverside area of Stockton looked at the turn of the century, in a series of five pictures. What a pity that so many of Stockton's more fascinating buildings and views have been demolished. Middlesbrough, unfortunately, is not far behind in such dubious achievements.

I hope that this further selection may encourage local people to look through their cupboards and attics for similar pictorial examples of this area's history , and then ensure that such views are preserved in a proper collection, or carefully copied by the local museum or library for the same purpose. So many of these postcards are sadly thrown away when homes are cleared out, and yet it

is now accepted that the history of the area is made very much clearer and more interesting if such a photographic archive can be preserved.

In conclusion, I would like to thank those collectors who have helped me to make this new volume possibie - particularly John Armstrong, and Peter and Barbara Fletcher. Other cards have been kindly lent by Michael and Ann Oxley, as weIl as by a number of people who lent me perhaps a single postcard. I have also borrowed material, with grateful thanks, from the Middlesbrough Central Reference Library, the Dorrnan Museum, the Stockton Museum Service, and the Redcar Reference Library.

Thanks are also due again to Peter Dobing for photographic assistance, and to Sue Hammier for recording the complete text on the word processor.

1. A view of the impressive front door of the Cross Keys Hotel in Lower East Street, Middlesbrough, which extended East Street from the old Market Place to Doek Street. The ladies may be the daughters of the landlord, Peter Owens, who was there around 1909. The elegance of the hanging lamp and the decorative front of the building contrast with some of the other views of the same area on the following pages.

2. A sadly typical backstreet scene in old Middlesbrough about the turn of the century. Such children had few of the opportunities open to children today. Taken in Graham's Yard, offDacre Street, close to the Old Town Hall and Parish Church.

3. Caravans drawn up in George Street, off Stockton Street in oid Middlesbrough, in the earIy part of the century. Possibly linked with a travelling fair, but clearIy occupied. The collection of handcarts on the left suggests that some carrier business was also being undertaken.

4. The Cleveland Bay Inn, at the junction of Feversham Street and Cleveland Street in the old town. Taken in the early 1890's, when Richard Weighell had been the publican for nearly thirty years. The building has long since gone, along with most of the other original properties in the old part of Middlesbrough.

5. A rare postcard view showing the old Parish Church of St. Hilda's, in the Market Place. The church was consecrated in 1840 and was eventually demolished in 1969. Seen from this unusual angle it could be a country church rather than lying at the centre of a great industrial town.

6. An unusual Transporter Bridge postcard, taken from the Port Clarence bank, because there are still four construction eranes in position along the main span, and the special temporary supporting towers are still standing behind the permanent bridge legs. This picture was taken on 10 May 1911, some five months before the official opening on 17 October. Middlesbrough Iron Works can be seen downriver in the background.

7. A view of Bell Brothers Clarence Iron & Steel Works, at Port Clarence. Taken from the top of the Transporter Bridge (girder in top right corner) in 1921, when a coal strike had caused the smoke-free conditions ! The jetty of the Salt Union Company can be seen in the foreground - more than 100,000 tons of salt were exported from the Tees each year in the early part of the century.

8. The early stages in the construction of the Newport Bridge are evident as the paddle tug 'Cleveland' tows the 'Winterhude' upstream to the Corporation Quay, Stockton in June 1932. The tall ship had struck the span of the Transporter Bridge on its way upriver, eausing visible damage to the top of the mainmast. The Newport Iron Works can be seen in the background. The Newport Bridge was formally opened on 28 February 1934 by the Duke ofYork.

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