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Wedding at the Women’s Institute Brotton

A ‘wedding’ staged by Brotton Women’s Institute; can anybody assist with names and a possible date?
Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough.

Station Dart Boys

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 ask 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”.
Image courtesy of Trevor Metcalfe and many thanks to Norman Patton and David Manship for the updates.

Taking The Air

Taking The Air

Patients of Brotton Hospital taking the air are (left to right): Mr Robert Holliday, Mr Pickney, ??, ??.  There were very few care homes; the infirm and those unable to care for themselves lived at the hospital.
Image courtesy of Marjorie Magor.

Brotton Temperance Silver Band 1908

Temperance Societies sprang up in every industrial town, village and city during the Industrial Revolution as philanthropists and the Church tried to turn the working man away from the demon drink. The Band was one way of rewarding them for abstention. Do you recognise anybody? Sheelagh Dobson tells us:”The man at the far left is my grandad Paul Marshall who was born in Brotton.”

Researches have revealed that the 1908 British Brass Band Association contest was held at Loftus; placings being given as: 1st Brotton Temperance Band, 2nd North Skelton Band, 3rd Brotton Old Band. At  that stage Brotton Temperance Band had gained five winning places, four 2nd places and six 3rd places.

Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough, thanks to Sheelagh for the update. Additional information from Brass Band Results website.

Brotton Brownies at Castle Howard 1970

Here’s a picture of Brotton Brownies in the grounds of Castle Howard and now known to have been on Pack holiday at Coneysthorpe;  do you recognise yourselves?

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, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Jane Smits.

Front row: ??, ??, ??, ??, Marie Wood, ??, ??, ??, Lynn Hauxwell.
Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough, many thanks to Judy Reece (daughter of Brown Owl and sister of Anne) and Karen Porritt for the updates.

Primitive Methodist Sunday School

Primitive Methodist Sunday School

Here is an image taken inside the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Brotton, showing the members of the Sunday School.
Many names here if you can remember them!

Derek Shaw comments: ”This photo brought back some memories,On the third row down,1st on the right,is Peter Dobson,on the 4th row down,2nd 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.

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)

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 ”5th 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 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.