HARTLEPOOL - FORMERLY WEST HARTLEPOOL
The Make A Wish For The Monkey statue is in Hartlepool Marina, near the lock gates. Coins thrown into the monkey's lap are donated to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
The name of Hartlepool, according to the author Sir Cuthbert Sharp, comes from origins unknown. But in the time of Bede, the old town on the peninsula, was called Heruteu - the island of the stag. By mediaeval times, the town was known as Hertepol - the pool of the hart or, hart in the pool - becoming Hart-le-Pool.
Ward Jackson Park was opened in July 1883. It commemorates Ralph Ward Jackson, a Victorian entrepeneur and founder of West Hartlepool. The money to purchase the land was raised by public subscriptions. This was presented to West Hartlepool Improvements Commissioners, the forerunner of Hartlepool Borough Council. The former paid for the laying out the Park and its continual maintenance. Thousand of people joined the celebrations on the opening day. The march started in Church Street and, after a ceremony of unlocking the gates, circled around the Park to hear several speeches. Ward Jackson Park covers 7.38 hectares and provides 'a place for recreation, of amusement and where young and old may enjoy themselves' The Park is listed as being of historical significance by English Heritage.
One of many Grade II Listed Buildings in the old West Hartlepool. This is the Park Lodge at one of the entrances to Ward Jackson Park. It was built in 1883 by Henry Suggitt the Park Manager.
The Bandstand in Ward Jackson Park is a Grade II listed building. In the right hand column you can view a photograph of the decorative iron work on the top of the building which has the words "E Mare Ex Industria" (From the Sea Comes Industry) which is the motto for the town of West Hartlepool.
The Clock Tower, in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool which dates to 1921 and is Grade II Listed. There's a stone plaque on the tower which is inscribed: "The gift of Alderman John Brown J.P. Mayor 1902-3-4. In Consideration for others 1921".
St. Oswald's Church, in Brougham Terrace, which was built in 1904. In my youth I was a choir boy at this grand old church.
Sir William Gray, the first Mayor of West Hartlepool between 1887-8. The statue is situated in Church Square in front of the Art Gallery and Information Centre.
As the saying goes 'the best things in life are free' and Hartlepool Art Gallery is no exception. With a frequently changing exhibition programme, you can see contemporary art exhibitions, photography, sculpture and work of national, regional and local importance.
The Art Deco bus station and clock tower at Seaton Carew are Grade II Listed and both the bus terminus and tower were recently restored to their former glory.
Seaton Carew, as seen from the North Gare, showing the Grade II Clock Tower with a modern wind turbine on the distant hillside.
For those who like to read about the history of Hartlepool, you maybe interested in a website that lists all the Grade I and Grade II listed buildings in town. British Listed Buildings has a comprehensive list of sites, and buildings, in Hartlepool and the surrounding area. One such building is the old Hartlepools Co-operative Society in Park Road, with its magnificent stonework. It was built between 1913-15.
The Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, is owned by the Best Western Group and is another Grade II listed building in town. It was recently placed 'up for sale' to test the 'current market' say the owners.
Another Grade II listed building in the old West Hartlepool. This is the former Binns Department Store - now Wilkinson's. It would appear that all the upper floors are not used these days. When it was Binns it was a hive of activity. It is sadly in need of some restoration. The building might have been built in 1896 although no serious documentary evidence has as yet been uncovered to confirm, or deny, this claim.
It's nice to know that the town has many Grade II listed buildings. This is part of the old Municipal Buildings in Church Square. It's no longer owned by the local council but are now private offices. You can see many of the listed buidings on the British Listed Buildings website.
This Arts & Crafts House, Wilton Grange in Hartlepool, was built in 1902/03 by Henry Barnes - a local master builder. This Grade II listed building was, at one time, the training school for the Hartlepool Hospital's nursing staff. It has been in private hands since about 1976 and, fortunately, has remained in its original state. My sincere thanks to Mrs Sheila Bruce for allowing me access to this hidden gem - one of the most beautiful houses I have even seen. Photograph © Stan Laundon.
Visitors to Hartlepool might well be impressed with the multi-millon pound marina with its bars and restaurants, but not all about this town is pretty. Take, for example, the former Odeon cinema, in Raby Road, which has been standing in the state of dereliction for quite a number of years. The Odeon is a Grade II listed building which means that English Heritage would need to see that any future redevelopment was justified - especially if the old cinema had to be demolished and rebuilt.
Hartlepool Odeon as it was - and still showing moving picture shows back then. Photograph courtesy of Mawgram's Odeon Cavalcade.
The ABC/Forum Cinema in Raby Road, West Hartlepool. This photograph, courtesy of Old Cinema Photographs by Dusashenka, was taken in 1937. The film on show at the time was "This'll Make You Whistle" starring Jack Buchanan which was released in 1938.
The beautiful reception/foyer inside the old ABC/Forum Cinema in West Hartlepool. This photograph, too, dates from 1937. The wall poster, on the extreme right which can only be viewed in a larger size, advertises the 1936 film "Juggernaut" which was a thriller starring Boris Karloff. The Forum was later called the Fair World before it was finally demolished. Thanks to Dusashenka's Old Cinema Photographs for the use of this image from his wonderful collection.
Another rare photograph of the ABC/Forum Cinema in West Hartlepool from Dusashenka's collection of Old Cinema Photographs. This is the upper level of what once was a lovely old cinema. The film poster on the right is advertising as 'coming soon' the 1936 movie "The Road To Glory" starring Fredric March.
Once a grand old cinema, known as the Regal and later the Essoldo, it is just one of two old cinemas that remain in the town. The building is now used as a bingo hall. I'm told some of the original seating is still in place on the upper level - although now recovered. The owners informed me that it was 'against company policy' to allow me inside to take photographs.
The Electric Tram Offices 1900 building was originally at the tram sheds depot in Lancaster Road and later moved, brick by brick, to its current site at the rear of the Gray Art Gallery and Museum.
Three Piers - the Banjo Pier in the foreground which used to be in old Middleton, the Pilot's Pier, with the lighthouse in the centre, and the New Pier (Heugh Breakwater) with a few waves crashing over it, in the distance.
Not exactly in Hartlepool but born here. This is the "SS Danby" which was built in West Hartlepool in 1937 by William Gray for Ropner Shipping. The ship, which was 4,258 tons, was sold to a company in Spain in 1952 and renamed "Astro." She was sold again in 1971 when it was renamed "Gopegui." Five years later she was scrapped. She is photographed here at the King George Dock in London and came from my late father's collection. He was second engineer on board this ship and served on several Ropner vessels during the Second World War.
Middleton Pier - photograph copyright © Stan Laundon. From 1854 to 1952 old Hartlepool and Middleton were connected by a ferry service using 35 feet long passenger boats. The last ferry stopped soon after the last true ferryman, Bull Boagey, slipped on the ferry steps, cracked his head and died in 1951 while returning from a fishing trip. The ferry provided an important means of getting to work for Hartlepool folk employed in the boat yards that sprang up on Middleton beach from the 1800's.
Middleton Village, which has been long demolished, was named after John Middleton, a prominent local Methodist and friend of John Wesley. Wesley visited and preached in the High Street six times from 1759 to 1790. Middleton Village was at the lower part of Middleton Road in the town - passing Navigation Point at the Marina entrance - and towards the sea. The Small Crafts' Association Club is the only original building left in old Middleton. It was previously the Prince of Wales public house. It can also be seen on this map from Sir Cuthbert's Sharp's book "The History of Hartlepool" which was first published in 1816.
Memories of the Tall Ships' Races that visited Hartlepool for four days during August 2010. At the time I had great views from my marina apartment and took advatange of the wonderful sights - do enjoy some of them on this slideshow.Return to the top of the page....
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