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Station Dart Boys

We know the date, we know it is the Station Hotel, Brotton and the Darts Team. Trevor Metcalfe tells us: ”The man just above the 1952 is my grandfather Joe Metcalfe, a resident of Brotton when the photograph was taken, but in his working life was an ironstone miner at Bell’s mine Carlin How and lived in one of Bells huts.” The rest we asked for assistance in completing; the gentleman holding the blackboard is in Chelsea pensioner uniform. Norman Patton assisted advising: ”Man in uniform at the front has obviously escaped from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. He is a Chelsea Pensioner”. David Manship has advised the Archive: ” The man on the left of the picture smoking a pipe is Tom Verrill; he lived about 100 yards from the Station pub, just past the High Wall”. Christopher Colbeck assists with: “The man to the left of the group with a moustache Was the grandfather of my wife. Francis Joseph WILSON. As late as 1939 in the war census he was living at 10 Railway Street. He was a lifelong ironstone miner. Francis J Wilson remained in Brotton and died in 1958. He had a son Arthur Wilson who was employed as a labourer and who died in 1954.”

Image courtesy of Trevor Metcalfe and many thanks to Norman Patton, David Manship and Christopher Colbeck for the for the updates.

Primitive Methodist Sunday School

Here is an image taken inside the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Brotton, showing the members of the Sunday School. Apologies for the condition, but the Archive felt it was too good not to show, so editing can wait. Many names here if you can remember them!

Derek Shaw comments: ”This photograph brought back some memories. On the third row down, first on the right: Peter Dobson; fourth row down, second on the right is Derek Shaw (which is myself). Keep up the good work, it all fetches back lots of memories for a lot of local people.”

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough and thanks to Derek Shaw for the update.

Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School

The children of the Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School at Brotton pose for a photograph in their Sunday best.

Back row: Kath Shepard, Pat Rowe, ??.

Third row: Pearl Stone, Maureen Sigsworth, Bernice Treen, ShirleyRowe.

Second row: Ann Ovington, Jane Stone, Joan Easton, Helen Easton, Sheila Ward, ??.

Front row: Marianne Easton. 
Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough, thanks to Marie Beedle for updated names.

Brotton Brownies at Castle Howard 1970

Back Row: Adrienne Smits (wife of Rector Eric Smits and ’Tawny Owl’), Mary Reece (Brown Owl), Pam Snaith, Anne Reece.

Middle row: Patricia Scott, Elizabeth Mussett, Kay Plews, Sharon Backhouse, ??, ??, ??, Gaye MacLean, Susan Wilks, Jane Smits.

Front row: Janette Domencic, Marian Garland, Linda Wood, Alison Wood, Marie Wood, Judy Reece, ??, Karen Wilson, Lynn Hauxwell.

Linda Riddiough Fox tells the Archive: “I should have been on there but had gone to toilet with the other Leader/helper and can’t remember her name now.”

Judy Reece adds: ” The Brownies were on Pack Holiday at at a place called Coneysthorpe.”
Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough, many thanks to Judy Reece (daughter of Brown Owl and sister of Anne), Karen Porritt and Linda Riddiough Fox for the updates.

1935 Jubilee, Brotton

This is a scene from Child Street, Brotton; with the local children dressed up as king and courtiers for the 1935 Jubilee Celebrations. Julie tells us ”oops sorry forgot to tell you the names.”

The five standing at the back  (left to right): Leslie Allen, Florrie Chapman, Eric Sibly, Marjory Kershaw, Annie Petch.

The two standing in the middle: Arthur Chapman (left); Jean Sibley (right).

The three sat at the front (left to right): Peggy Harben, Dorothy Kershaw, Matt Theaker.

Image and names courtesy of Julies Riddiough.

St. Margaret’s Church Hall Fancy Dress (1954 – 55)

A good turn out for this children’s fancy dress held it is believed in the original St Margaret’s church hall to the rear of the church on the High Street in Brotton. Jean Sayers is the little girl in the front with the kettle (Polly put the kettle on!). Can anybody advise on names?

Reg Dunning says ”Fifth from the left at the back is Sheila Bennison and the nurse on the back row is Hilary Jackson”.

Image courtesy of Raymond Brown and thanks to Reg Dunning for the update.

Carlin How Washday Blues

I absolutely love this picture – it wasn’t just Sutcliffe who preserved history; Joseph Edward Huntrods photograph freezes a moment in time which in its day would have been regarded as hum-drum, every girls Monday nightmare.  This is before the days of washing powder and detergents, the only whitener was the blue!.  The bonnet and the apron were everyday requirements for a girl who was expected to wash, ’poss’ the clothes and peg them out and then look fresh and clean to wait on her mistress or master – they saved the clothes from wear and dirt.  She would have been up at about 4 in the morning fetching and boiling the water to do the wash. Julie Riddiough tells us: ”This woman is Mrs Rachel Ann Huntrods (nee Park) she was the wife of Joseph Edward Huntrods the photographer that lived in Errington Street, Brotton, He also opened the first picture house in Brotton and later moved to Eldon near Bishop Auckland (where Rachel was from) to open a picture house there with her brother.” So it wasn’t just Sutcliffe who used his family as props and models in his photography! Colin Turner advises: ”I have sent Julie a picture (colour) showing that the Eldon picture house survived until recently and still had the projection screen on the end wall, althought it had gone through many owners as a garage/storage since it closed as a picture house (unknown date – probably late 1920s). I would love to know if any of his photos of the Eldon area survive, as I regularly put on an exhibition ‘Images of Eldon’ to show people the past”.

Victor Huntrods Brown says of this image: ”My grandmother by my grandfather.  I have the original. He died very young of a problem which I  suspect may have been brought on by chemicals he worked with developing photos etc.  My reason for thinking this is that in correspondence from his cousin Dick Borrows (a photographer with the Northern Echo); ill health next to photography is the number one topic.”

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre, thanks to Julie Riddiough and Colin Turner for the updates. Many thanks to Victor Huntrods Brown for an appropriate footnote to this haunting image.

Dance at Brotton (1930’s)

Ever wondered what your grandparents did on an evening (apart from make clippie mats)? Well, they danced to live entertainment. This is the old (wooden) Church Hall in Brotton which Neil Abram tells us: ”the old parish hall was NOT in the church grounds but the other side of the “black ash” footpath…. about where St Margarets Way is now”. Alan Franks tells us: ”My mam and dad are on this photograph, dad is right at the back off centre right, and mam sat at the front next to the man off centre right again. I don’t think they were married then, they married in 1935 I think.”

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough and many thanks to Neil Abram for the correction details, also to Colin Hart and Alan Franks for updates.