HARTLEPOOL HISTORY

My sincere thanks to Owen Corrigan for allowing me to use several photographs, from his valuable collection, to be included on this page - a look back at the history of Hartlepool, and West Hartlepool, as it was. Be sure to visit our books page and look at "Hartlepool - The Postcard Collection" which includes many of Owen's postcards.

Because of the amount of images on this page we have divided it into various sections. Within the main body of the page we have West Hartlepool, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Greatham and Wolviston with a section on Blackhall, Crimdon and Castle Eden. In the right hand column we have West Hartlepool, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew, Entertainment, Public Houses, a section with schools and choirs and a "just out of town" postcard selection.

Greetings from West Hartlepool. Like many cards and images on this page we are not sure of the date but you can see clearly, in the top right hand corner, the crest and motto of the town - E Mare Ex Industria - from the Sea Comes Industry.

A postcard showing various views of old Hartlepool and West Hartlepool - including St. Hilda's Church, the Town Hall, the Wesley Chapel, Heugh Lighthouse and Ward Jackson Park.

Another postcard with views of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool including Ward Jackson Park, The Harbour and War Memorial in Victoria Road.

There were certainly some nice postcards around in those early days. The fountain in Ward Jackson Park, the Wesley Chapel and Lynn Street are featured on this one.

They certainly did make some nice postcards of the town all those years ago. This one shows scenes of Grange Road, Christ Church and various shots from inside the parks and gardens.

A very decorative postcard showing Church Street, in West Hartlepool, with the old Christ Church in the background.

Another wonderful postcard from the Owen Corrigan collection. Titled simply The Hartlepools and showing various locations from around the towns including St. Hilda's Church, the Bandstand on the promenade in old Hartlepool, the Heugh Lighthouse and others.

Another old card with various scenes of the town with Christ Church, The Docks, The Sands, The Ferry, The Park, Lynn Street, The Lighthouse and Church Street.

A postcard showing Christ Church, as viewed from Church Street, with the crest of West Hartlepool.

An interesting old postcard showing various scenes of Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Seaton Carew from the British Amateur Radio Station in West Hartlepool, County Durham.

This is a lovely postcard by Hills, of Sunderland, showing the Wesley Chapel in West Hartlepool. On the back of the card there's a message from a lady called Olive and addressed to a Mrs. Robinson in South Shields. The stamp is a halfpenny and it was posted in Whitley Bay.

A postcard showing a painting of the Burn Valley Gardens and lake in West Hartlepool.

Burn Valley Gardens with a couple of gentlemen, in the centre, relaxing on a park bench and, on the right, The gates and clock at the entrance to Ward Jackson Park. You can see modern images of the clock tower, and a little of its history, on the Hartlepool page.

People out and about in Ward Jackson Park enjoying a stroll. The statue on the far right is a tribute to the men who fought in the South African War between 1899 and 1902. You can read more details about the memorial in the right hand column and there's a closer view of the South African Memorial in Ward Jackson Park on the right.

A colourful scene in Ward Jackson Park - a toy boat on the lake and people of all ages enjoying a day out.

Ward Jackson Park

Another rare postcard showing Ward Jackson Park and the Bandstand.

A very early photograph showing York Road in West Hartlepool with a really old car in the centre of the road.

A Certified Optician A. Wood. The sign in the shop window says that Mr Wood is a spectacle specialist and that he has sight test rooms on the premises at number 27 Church Street. Thanks to Ian Muller for informing us of the shop's location. He got his first spectacles there in 1962! On the right there are some bargains to be had here - the Hartlepool Gas and Water Company's Showroom offers a further reduction and cheaper gas.

Birks' Station Hotel in Church Street, West Hartlepool - immediately outside the station.

This photograph, showing outside of Hartlepool Station, came from former resident of the town John Rees and used with thanks. It shows the approach towards Church Steet with the Dovecot Sale Rooms where Blacketts & Robinsons used to be. The building on the corner, to the left, was Birks' Cafe in days gone by.

Christ Church and the statue of Ralph Ward Jackson in Church Square/Church Street in the town. The church is now the home of the local art gallery and tourist information centre.

Upper Church Square and the local library. Note the tramcar in the centre of the photograph. That was the site of the bus station in the 1950s - directly opposite the old Northern Daily Mail newspaper offices.

An interesting view of a busy Church Street which was the centre of the town back then. Note The Shades Hotel to the left, two trams heading to the Park and Seaton respectively with the Yorkshire Penny Bank to the right.

Very little has been changed on this old postcard showing Church Street as it was. It is looking towards Christ Church with the clock at ten to ten.

Although this postcard says Church Street it is, in fact, looking towards Christ Church from Church Square with the Borough Buildings on the left hand side.

Upper Church Street with Ralph Ward Jackson observing all he sees. The jewellery shop of D.A.Scott is long gone, too!

A really old postcard showing the Grand Hotel in Victoria Road. This building, built in 1899, is Grade II listed.

As the card says a view from Christ Church Tower looking west. Binns' Department Store (now Wilkinson's) is in the centre with traffic turning left and right from Church Square. Look closely and you can see a policeman on traffic duty near the vehicles on the right.

Church Street, Lynn Street and Whitby Street were the main shopping areas of West Hartlepool when I was growing up in the town. The photograph above left shows a bustling Lynn Street with the wonderful Empire Theatre on the left hand side. So many great stars appeared at this theatre over the years and, in the right hand column, you can see a programme from those days of variety. On the right is another postcard showing a busy scene in Lynn Street with The Empire Theatre on the left hand side. Such a shame that this part of town suffered as it did all those years ago.

Another view of a bustling Lynn Street with a local policeman keeping an eye on the photographer. Some of the shops in this view include F.W.Woolworth, Hardy & Co., True-Form, Sams and Woodhouse. The registration of the parked car is EF 8670.

This colourful postcard of Lynn Street in West Hartlepool shows Sages the stationers, F.W.Appleyard & Sons and Masons Haircutting Rooms.

I do like this postcard of Lynn Street which is nicely framed. I am sure many will recall some of the shops here such as Prinsky's, Stewart's and the Leeds Clothing Factory.

Showing part of Lynn Street before it was finally demolished. This is the old Marks & Spencer store in 1975 and from the collection of John Rees.

This photograph, also from the John Rees Collection, shows the start of the demolition of Lynn Street in 1975. It also shows the entrance to the former indoor market - you can also see on this, if you look close, the Singer shop, Find It Out, Lynn Coach Works and there’s a painted white sign on the boards next to Find It Out which says ‘removed the clock to York Road’ which was on the premises of H.Lamb the jeweller. You can click on the image to view it in a slightly larger size.

Lynn Street as it used to be before the demolition and thanks to Owen Corrigan for supplying this image from his valuable collection.

Every once in a while we receive a photograph that we need help in finding a correct location. A lady called Barbara Lennon sent this one showing the Bombay Tea Co. Ltd in West Hartlepool but where exactly was it? Barbara's grandfather was William Walker Rand and is on the extreme left of this picture. He was born 1878 in Cockfield, County Durham and, in the 1901 census, he was 23 and working as a grocer's assistant. At this time he lived in Tankerville Street in the town and Barbara believes this image dates to that year. However, thanks to Hartlepool Library Reference Services they inform us that, in the Wards Directory 1902-1903, the Bombay Tea Company was situated at 39 Lynn Street in West Hartlepool.

A colourful postcard showing Grange Road in West Hartlepool. Note the tramcar to the right hand side coming down the road towards St. Paul's Church which is on the left.

The postcard said this was Victoria Street in West Hartlepool. With the Wesley Chapel on the right hand side, this would be later named Victoria Road and long before Binns department store was built to the left.

A photograph of St. Paul's Church which is on the corner of St. Paul's Road and Grange Road. The trolley bus wires are still in position.

The UMF Church (United Methodist Free Church) in York Road, West Hartlepool. It is interesting to see one of the Bruce Moore shops we had in our town, to the left of the church, selling pianos and organs.

Two views of the General Post Office in Whitby Street, West Hartlepool. The building is still standing and is Grade II listed. Note the telephone kiosks on the black and white photograph. There are not many of those around these days. And how nice it is to see cyclists using the roads - not like today!

This photograph, from the collection of Alan Grange and taken in December 1978, shows the demolition of the old Engineers' Club in Raby Road. The modern Engineers' Social Club can be seen to the right. On the left hand side of this photograph you can just see the building which used to be the ABC/Forum cinema which is also in the process of being demolished. There's another photograph of this demolition work in the right hand column.

Another wonderful photograph from the collection of Bill Henderson who says this is voting day in Musgrave Street which, he believes, could have been at the old Ward Jackson School. It shows his Aunty Ethel and some of her children Eva and Tommy Stephenson - also Charlie Muldown and Mr & Mrs Reed who ran the sweet shop.

This little girl enjoying a bag of sweets in Dyke Street, West Hartlepool, is Anne Stevens aged about 3 in 1956 and was kindly sent to us by her big brother Peter. The chapel of the Free Methodist Church is at the bottom of the street on the extreme left.

I wonder whether anyone out there can shed any light on this? It might have been a bus trip or an annual outing from West Hartlepool but I have no idea when, or where, it was taken. My own mother and father are on the photograph and, as my mother passed way in 1968, I would suggest it's from the early 1960's. By clicking on the image you can see it in a larger size.

The Lex Cinema in Whitby Street. Films on show at the time included "Titanic" and "The Silver Whip" both from 1953.

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 photograph of the left shows 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 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. The image on the right is another rare photograph of the ABC/Forum Cinema in West Hartlepool. 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. Thanks to Dusashenka's Old Cinema Photographs for the use of these image from his wonderful collection.

Hartlepool Odeon as it was - and still showing moving picture shows back then. Photograph courtesy of Mawgram's Odeon Cavalcade.

Long before West Hartlepool came along, of course, we had the village of Stranton.

Part of the town known as Foggy Furze. Interesting to see horse-drawn carriages here as well as a tram.

Destination Foggy Furze for the trolley bus on the left with an old West Hartlepool registration - EF 2123.

Another form of early transport - this time a Piccadilly Ice Cream horse and cart. It shows Aunty Eva Amerigo, with the horse, along with Aunty Mary Hogan and her daughter Nellie Hogan. The photograph was kindly supplied to us by Eva Smith, Aunty Eva's daughter. It was taken in Streatham Street, West Hartlepool - date unknown.

Another fine old building was Cameron's Hospital. It is no longer standing and closed to the public in 1991.

Grantully Maternity Unit in Westbourne Road, West Hartlepool. The unit, I am informed by a former midwife, was run by local doctors and midwives for women with a history of uncomplicated pregnancy and the expectation of a normal delivery.

According to old books on West Hartlepool this building, in Mainsforth Terrace, used to be the original railway station. I certainly remember it as a parcels office and goods yard as it was right next door to the sheds.

Lovers of steam locomotives will enjoy this. It's the A3 4-6-2 4472 (60103) "Flying Scotsman" crossing the tunnels at the bottom of Church Street on September 10th, 1967. She was the last steam engine to be watered and bunkered at the sheds in Mainsforth Terrace before they finally closed. There are more photographs of classic locomotive in West Hartlepool on our "Flying Scotsman" page.

Then and now - the Electric Tram Offices 1900 building was originally at the tram sheds depot in Lancaster Road and was moved in 1982, brick by brick, to its current site at the rear of the Gray Art Gallery and Museum.

Then and Now photographs showing Lancaster Road. You can just make out a steam engine on the black and white photograph which was taken between 1965 and 1966. The 'now' shot was taken in 2012. Thanks to Tony Pearson for these two images.

This card was issued in 1984 to help celebrate Hartlepool Public Transport Centenary and shows 14 Daimler/Roe Trolley buses of West Hartlepool Corporation Transport in 1938. Copyright © Unknown.

How times have changed at the bottom of Church Street, with the junction of Mainsforth Terrace, when John Rees took this photograph in 1975. As you can guess, this is where the buses used to park at the time.

Charles Street Motors & Reg Booth Electrical Contractors near the South Durham Steel & Iron Company in Belle Vue, West Hartlepool. The Steelworks Bridge can also be seen on the photograph on the right. There are more images of the bridge lower down this page under the Seaton Carew section. Photographs © Bill Henderson.

I am sure people of a certain age will remember this scene on Middleton Beach. It is from the collection of Alan Grange who believes these old buildings may well have been part of the original lifeboat station. In the background is the one of the old Richardsons and Westgarth workshops.

Two wonderful postcards showing scenes on Middleton Beach. In the centre of the first one is a hut which says "boats on hire" and the ferry in old Hartlepool is off to the extreme left. The second card has cobles on the beach and a fishing boat heading out out to sea.

More activity from the beach at Middleton showing men in top hats admiring the view as a tug heads into port. The Grade II listed houses on the Town Wall are clearly visible.

Middleton Pier, on the left, taken about 1983 in quite a dangerous and derelict state. This was just prior to the massive renovation in the area which was to create a new marina in Hartlepool. The entrance to the marina, with the lock gates, would be on the left of this view. In the background you can see the fishermen's huts where the village of Middleton once was. On the right is the Old Dock Office in Victoria Terrace taken about 1983 just before the regeneration of Hartlepool Marina. Photographs © Bill Henderson.

The Old Customs House in Hartlepool Marina then and now. The first photograph, by Bill Henderson, dates to about 1983 before the development of the marina. The new photograph shows the building in 2016. The Customs House was built in 1911 and had the duty of overseeing the collection of tax revenue at the dock. The building replaced the former Ship Hotel which was built around 1844, which had been used as a custom house since 1880 and was given over to commercial use after 1911.

The Steetley Chimney, a local landmark in Hartlepool for many, many years, is now gone. Just after 11.00am on Sunday, July 29th 2012 local man Dave Fricker and his grandson, Jamie Browne, won a competition to push the plunger to blast the chimney into history. Thousands of people gathered in the area to witness the demolition. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

It might have been in 1967 when the amalgamation of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool took place but the "signs" are still there. I'm giving no clues as to where this was taken in case it gets damaged! Photograph © Stan Laundon.

The Brus Arms public house used to be on the corner of Winterbottom Avenue and West View Road. Another popular public house in town which has now long gone. The photograph is copyright © to Bill Henderson and used with thanks. There are more images of public houses, from both Hartlepool and West Hartlepool, midway down the right hand column.

The Market Hotel in Lynn Street as it was and as it is now. The photograph on the left is copyright © to Bill Henderson and used with thanks.

Two more images from yesteryear. The first, from 1975, shows an old chip shop which was in Surtees Street, just off Lynn Street with a public house on the right of the photograph and from the collection of John Rees. The chip shop owner, we are informed, was a Mr. Bob Richmond and, according to ex-West Hartlepool resident, Richard Ward, who now lives in Australia, he says the shop was called the Empire Fish Grill. The photograph on the right, from the mid 1980's, shows the pub in question in greater detail. It is the Commercial Hotel and from the collection of Bill Henderson.

The Princess Helena public house on the corner of Hope Street and Whitby Street. The photograph on the left, taken in the 1980's, is copyright © and from the collection of Bill Henderson. The newer version was taken during May 2014.

The Shades Hotel in Church Street - once a popular public house and was 'The Shades Party Palace' with a disco bar before it finally closed its doors. It is a Grade II listed building.

The Shades at the junction of Church Street and Lynn Street as it was many years ago.

Owton Fens Then & Now: I had an interesting email recently from Mr. Matt La Rou of Hoogeveen, in Holland, who sent me the photograph (above left) of his Great Grandfather's house taken from the air in 1948. On the back of the original image it said: Owton Fens - Florrie's house in England. Formerly belonged to Grandfather Tweedy. The property was in the vicinity of Greatham on the outskirts of West Hartlepool. The image on the right is courtesy and copyright © Bing Maps.

Mr. La Rou asked me if I could make further inquires about the house and asked if it was still there? Well, it is still there and these days called Norton House and thanks to the present owner I have taken the two photographs below. I have also put them both in touch with each other so they can share memories and discuss the history of the house. Mr. La Rou also sent me a newspaper cutting about his Great Grandfather, dated 1903, relating to the South African War 1899-1902, which you can see, in greater detail, in the right hand column on this page.

The Owton Fens house, as it was called in 1948, as it is today as Norton House. My thanks to the current owner for allowing me access to take these photographs. All images can be viewed in a larger size when clicked on.

An aerial view of old Hartlepool showing many landmarks including the New Pier (Heugh Breakwater) to the lower right, the Town Moor, St. Hilda's Church, the Kafiga Landings and the Heerema Fabrication buildings on Northgate. You can see a slightly larger view of the photograph by clicking on it. Copyright © Unknown.

We are not sure who took this photograph but it was given to us by Cedric Williams, the manager of Hartlepool Marine Supplies. It's certainly a wonderful aerial view of the docks - long before the Marina was built. You can clearly see the swing bridge in Middleton Road and, on the extreme right, the vessel with the tall masts could well be HMS Warrior which was restored in the town before being moved to Portsmouth. You can see a larger view of the photograph by clicking on it. Copyright © Unknown.

The Victoria Dock and Old Harbour from the air. Copyright unknown. Thanks to Alan Grange for this photograph.

At the start of World War Two, the Germans planned an invasion of Britain and took aerial photographs of places that were bombing targets for the Luftwaffe. There are large files of these images which the US captured and placed on public record in the Library of Congress. Two photographs relating to our own region can be seen above. Roughly translated the captions read "The Iron & Steel Co Ltd factory, Seaton Carew in Hartlepool. Blast furnace and steelworks with coking ovens." On the second photograph the text reads “A detailed view of the harbour, in the background a boatyard or shipyard." More information on these images and others can be found by searching the US Library of Congress website and thanks to Ernie Brown for bringing these to my attention.

THE OLD HARTLEPOOL SECTION

A postcard of Hartlepool with the bathing pool, promenade and breakwater, the promenade and cliff gardens - better known as Redheugh Gardens these days.

The Searchers on the promendade in old Hartlepool on July 4th, 1964 at The Big Beat Show. Sadly the bad weather kept the anticipated crowds away but those who showed enjoyed themselves. Photograph copyright © Ian Wright, a former photographer with The Northern Echo, and used with thanks. There's more about this show in the right hand column.

The Angel of the North by Sir Anthony Gormley stands proud at Gateshead in Tyne & Wear. What's this got to do with Hartlepool you might well ask? Well, it was built here by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications Ltd. Work began on the project in 1994 and cost £800,000. The Angel was finished on February 16th, 1998. This photograph, which is titled "Storms Over The Angel" can be seen in a slightly larger size by clicking on it. Photograph © Larry Drummond and used with thanks.

The High Street in old Hartlepool with St. Hilda's Church towering above the houses. The sign on the building on the lower left is a shop owned by Cornforth & Carter. The premises near the lamp post is a hairdresser.

Another picturesque view of the High Street but this time with lots more activity. Looks like it was getting ready for a market when this was taken in 1905.

This is certainly an old photograph of Middlegate in Hartlepool. It shows the Cleveland Hall and Liberal Club on Durham Street.

Lower Middlegate in old Hartlepool then and now. The older photograph shows the post office and library on the right hand side. Today's image shows the hairdressing shop on the left and the bus terminus on the right. Thanks to Ian Malcolmson for this image which can be viewed in a larger size by clicking on it.

As it used to be all those years ago. The Borough Buildings in Hartlepool showing the Borough Hall in Middlegate and Croft Gardens on the right.

St. Hilda’s Amateur Dramatic Society presenting “World Without Men” on stage at St. Hilda’s Hall in the early 1950’s. The ladies in question are Joan Longmoor, Blanche Wanley, name required please, Mrs Hunter, Gladys Bradford, Betty Waller and Joyce Hastings.

Northgate in old Hartlepool. On this photograph it shows The Globe public house which is on the extreme right.

Another view of Northgate in old Hartlepool taken from an old picture postcard. The public house on the left was the Middlesbrough and the street opposite was Coverdale Street.

The Station Hotel in Baltic Street, Hartlepool in the 1930's. There's another photograph of this old hotel in the right hand column under the Public Houses section.

A postcard showing the Hartlepool Lighthouse - still very much a prominent feature in old Hartlepool.

An old photograph showing the Heugh Lighthouse, the Battery Rocks and Cliff Terrace. Year and copyright unknown. Thanks to Natalie Robson for this photograph.

This is quite a nice photograph which, we believe, comes from the late 50's or early 60s and shows Harry Carter, the Heugh lighthouse keeper on the right, being interviewed by Richard Dimbleby for the BBC programme "Down Your Way." We do not know the identity of the gentleman on the left. The photograph was kindly supplied to us by Robin Carter, the grandson of Harry Carter.

Good to see four more old postcards showing the Heugh Lighthouse in Hartlepool. The lower two came from the collection of Ken Burke and used with thanks.

The Promenade in old Hartlepool - now the site of the Heugh Battery and Museum. In the middle distance you can see the bandstand.

This postcard says it all - The Sea Front, Old Hartlepool. The HL 58 code might well suggest it was one of a series of postcards to be issued by the council some years ago. My thanks to Mr SH for donating the card for this page.

Another early postcard from old Hartlepool showing the promenade, break water and Redheugh Gardens.

A nice colourful postcard showing The Promenade and Bandstand in old Hartlepool. The date stamp on the back was 1908 and sent to an address in France.

Bandstand

On the promenade in old Hartlepool with the Bandstand, off to the left, and the Heugh Lighthouse in the centre of the background. Thanks to Nicolas Pokrownichki for sending the two cards directly above.

Another hectic scene on Hartlepool Promenade with hundreds of peope enjoying a day out. The bandstand is in the cenre of the photograph - long gone these days, of course.

The bandstand on the promenade in old Hartlepool is no longer there these days, of course, but many people remember it well. The pop group The Searchers appeared there on July 4th, 1964, in the Big Beat Show with local bands The Corantos, Tony & The Meazzis and The Toffees in support.

Three photographs of the outdoor bathing pool in old Hartlepool which was destroyed by the storm of 1953.

We have no idea when this photograph was taken but it was suggested to me that it might have been during the great storm of 1953 with giant waves hitting the New Pier (Heugh Breakwater) in old Hartlepool. Photograph © Unknown.

This photograph was sent to us by Brian Slater who lives in Blackburn, Lancashire. It shows Councillor Mrs. Scott-Cowell laying a stone which took place in Princes Drive, Hartlepool, on March 26th, 1931. Councillor Mrs. Scott-Cowell was the great great grandmother of Mr. Slater and he is conducting research on his family background and has traced many of his relatives to Hartlepool. The "Hartlepool History Then and Now" website shows a photograph of a Hartlepool Council Group from 1933/34 outside the old Naval Barracks with Councillor Mrs. Scott-Cowell in the back row.

The old pier in Hartlepool being extended in 1909. The pilot's watch house and the link shed are shown in this photograph.

This old photograph dates to 1940 and shows fishermen loading pots from the old pier. You can see the door of the joiner's shop open and a door to the blacksmith's, on the right, that was later blocked off.

The old pier showing a crane that used to haul bell buoys up and the two bunkers that once were armed. You can just see one bell buoy on the extreme left of the photograph.

The Pilot's Pier taken in June, 1989. Visitors to this location will see several changes these days following the demolition, in December 2013, of the big white shed that was used by the old port authority. One half was a blacksmith's shop and the other side was used by joiners and painters. Thanks to Ian Malcolmson for the four photographs directly above.

The Fish Sands in Hartlepool showing the Sandwell Gate plus another gate opening to the beach. A water tower can be seen to the right.

Another view of the Town Wall and Fish Sands with fishing boats on the beach.

The ferry in old Hartlepool. On one of the houses at the rear there's a sign that reads John J. Lister coal agent & ship docker. Website visitor Jeff Bramfitt says "John J. Lister was indeed a coal merchant and later ship owner, who for some time lived at 11 Beaconsfield Square. "His son, Harry Laidman Lister, known as 'Colonel Lister' was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Durham in the 50's and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cleveland in the 80's. He lived in 10 Cliff Terrace for many years."

One of many old photographs showing the Hartlepool ferry which ran to Middleton.

This postcard of the ferry, from 1901 and taken from the Middleton side, has plenty of activity in the bay.

An old postcard showing the ferry from Middleton looking across to old Hartlepool with the fishing boat HL 54 sailing out of the harbour.

East Hartlepool

Another really old postcard showing the ferry on the Middleton side of East Hartlepool and you can clearly see the lifeboat station, Richardsons and Westgarth, ship repairing dockyards and plenty of boats on the beach.

We have no idea of the origins of this card, who the artist is/was or when it was drawn. It shows the Town Wall in old Hartlepool with the former Seamen's Mission to the extreme left - known these days as the Gospel Hall. The card was donated to this page by Mr SH from Hartlepool.

A post card showing Hartlepool Fish Quay as it used to be and now long gone at this location.

Memories of the old Fish Quay with the Fishergirls hard at work on this one.

Celebrations at old Hartlepool Station, in Northgate, on September 2nd, 1956. My thanks to Vic Smith who has been kind enough to provide me with the background relating to this photograph. He says: "Locomotive 61443 is taking water whilst working the Stephenson Locomotive Society & Manchester Locomotive Society’s “Tees-Tyne” railtour." For more information be sure to visit the Six Bells Junction website. This is certainly a rare photograph of the station and comes from the collection of Hartlepool man Tony Pearson.

Staying with the railways, this photograph from the collection of Owen Corrigan, was titled East Hartlepool NER (North Eastern Railways) and shows old Hartlepool Station. It was taken by railway photographer and is © Copyright H.C.Casserley.

Throston Bridge had railway wagons running across the top leading to the coal staithes - and was also the main route to Hartlepool railway station in Northgate. Before the amalgamation of the two towns Hartlepool Corporation had their own transport with blue buses - with West Hartlepool having red ones. Thanks to Ian Malcolmson for providing this photograph which is copyright © J. Graham Deacon 1967.

Another rare photograph of Throston Bridge with the railway wagons running across ready to be loaded with coal at the staithes. I am sure people of a certain age will also recall seeing a policeman on duty at this junction.

Throston Bridge

The railway wagons used to roll across the old Throston Bridge which has been long demolished. Thanks to the Headland Local History Group for the use of the above photograph.

The Comet Cinema which stood on the corner of Thorpe Street and Northgate was never finished. It never opened, either, because of the Second World War. It was demolished in the 70s about the same time as Throston Bridge came down. Photograph courtesy of Ian Malcolmson.

You are probably wondering why on earth are we showing public toilets on this page? Well, to be honest, they are part of our history and were once used by our ladies and gentlemen many years ago as they walked along the promenade in old Hartlepool just past the fish sands and on towards the block sands. The doors might be permanently sealed but those stone signs above them showing Gentleman and Ladies are still very much there.

Hartlepool's Hospital - also known as St. Hilda's - was a wonderful old building. Sadly it is longer longer standing having been demolished many years ago. The old Friarage Manor House, which was part of the inside of the hospital and built in 1605, still stands on the Friarage Field and is a Grade II listed building. You can see a photograph of the Friarage Manor House here or on the Old Hartlepool page.

The Hartlepool School of Nursing prize giving day in 1962 with two Matrons in the front row - Matron Hand, from St. Hilda’s Hospital, and the Matron from the General Hospital. Thanks to KW for this photograph © unknown.

A mini slide show of the Bombardment of Hartlepool on December 16th, 1914 - fifteen postcard images of that dreadful day.

THE SEATON CAREW SECTION

The Steelworks Bridge, taken in May 1982, was a pedestrian footbridge which ran from Coronation Drive, in Seaton Carew, to the Longhill Industrial Estate in West Hartlepool - known locally as Wagga. Wagga was part of town which is, more or less, directly opposite the Belle Vue Social Club. At one time there was a small housing estate there together with shops, pubs and even its own social club - in fact, quite a thriving community.

There was also the story of the "Wagga Sunset" or "Wagga Moon" which was the glow from the slagheap of the steel works visible in the night sky. Then there was a more recent phenomenon of a 'wagga dot'. There seems to be conflicting reports as to exactly what a wagga dot is. Some say if you had a spot on your face, and you came from Wagga, it was a wagga dot or perhaps it was simply a tattooed dot on your cheek, or the backs of your hands.

Another view of the former Steelworks Bridge from the colllection of Bill Henderson. There are more images of this bridge and the Steelworks in the right hand column.

Welcome to sunny Seaton Carew - with views of the Esplanade, The Green, The Promenade, The Baths and Front Street.

Love to all at home from Seaton Carew - showing The Sands, The Front and The Promenade.

The new bus station at Seaton Carew. The station and clock tower are now Grade II listed and were recently restored to their former glory.

Another colourful card from sunny Seaton Carew. This was sent to us by Bob Ferry who says it was sent to his mother’s mother, by her mother, on 15th August 1918. The war ended on November 11th of that year, so it was still going on at the time this card was sent.

The Esplanade in Seaton Carew looking towards the Staincliffe Hotel. Evidence that this route was used by trolley buses is plain to see.

The Front in Seaton Carew with visitors enjoying the sunshine. I do like the stylish beach huts to the right.

Another view of the seafront in Seaton Carew - although the postcard clearly says The Promenade, West Hartlepool. Thanks to Nicolas Pokrownichki for sending the above card.

The postcard might well say "The Promenade, West Hartlepool" but it is, of course, the front at Seaton Carew with young children enjoying a day out.

Another view of the Promenade at Seaton Carew with children enjoying a day trip to the seaside. Note the tram rolling along to the left with smoke from the factories in the background.

The promenade in Seaton Carew with three young children having a wonderful day out. Note the tram in the centre of the photograph.

Seaton Carew railway station as it used to be on the left - and, in colour, as it is was in September 2013. You can view these images in a larger size by clicking on them.

A picture postcard of South End in Seaton Carew.

The Green at Seaton Carew - and very little has changed over the years.

The pleasure beach in Seaton Carew with its big wheel and dipper. I can't help wondering whether it would still be used today if it was around. The area it stood on is just a huge car park these days. The beach huts have also been lost through time.

This photograph came to us from the collection of Keith Wilcock and dates back to about 1953. Keith, who was aged four at the time, is pictured on the first image in sunny Seaton Carew with his "Pop" as he was known - Grandad.

I am wondering whether anyone has information about this photograph which is probably from the late 1950's. The gentleman in the centre of the bottom row is the former Seaton Carew ice cream salesman and businessman Ken Tyzack. The photograph was supplied to us by his daughter Anita Tyzack Roberts who says it might have been at the Queen's Rink - or perhaps it was the skating rink which used to be on the seafront in Seaton Carew? You can see the image in a slightly larger size by clicking in it. It might be nice to have a few names.

Seaton Carew businessman Ken Tyzack - in a white jacket - with his Canny Kiddies Rocket fairground ride at the pleasure beach in Seaton Carew sometime during the 1950s. Photograph supplied by Anita Roberts Tyzack.

Freda and Ken Tyzack at their Dove-Cote ice cream stand at an exhibition in West Hartlepool Town Hall in the late 1950's. Dove-Cote ice cream was made at the rear of Ken's amusement arcade on the sea front in Seaton Carew. Photograph supplied by Anita Roberts Tyzack.

Another one from the ice cream days of the Tyzack family - this is Freda & Ken with the Mayor & Mayoress of somewhere and an unknown gentleman at the back. Any ideas?

Above left is The Lollie Van and the Dove-Cote diploma ice cream van with owner Ken Tyzack and his dedicated helper, Stan Prestedge, pose with their vehicles and, on the right, a Dove-Cote ice cream sales van at Seaton Carew in the 1950s. I like the telephone number on the side Seaton Carew 389. Photographs copyright © and supplied by Anita Roberts Tyzack.

If I hadn't read Life Boat, Seaton Carew, on the top of the card I would have never believed they had a station there.

GREATHAM & WOLVISTON

A few views of the picturesque villages that surround Hartlepool can be seen below.

A nice postcard from Greatham. It's good to see a horse and cart on this one and the geese wandering along the path.

Greatham again - showing a Hartlepools Co-operative Society Limited 'grocers and provision' shop and a young schoolboy walking down the lane.

Another colourful scene from Greatham on this postcard with a lady and a young girl surrounded by ducks and hens. I am reliably informed by Hartlepool resident, Gillian Smith, that this is Fence House Farm. It used to be where the Fens Estate now is, in the cul-de-sac end of Thursby Grove.

Also from Greatham, this is Greatham Feast, dating to 1921, with lots of activity taking place in a school yard. The building is stlll very much there but now used as a social centre.

Greatham Green and Post Office - a very rare postcard this.

Before and after views of St. Peter's Church in West Hartlepool Road, Wolviston. The building, which is Grade II listed, was built in 1876 by Austin, Johnson and Hicks and more photographs can be seen on the Historic England website.

BLACKHALL, CRIMDON AND CASTLE EDEN

On the left is a postcard showing Sunday School Teachers at Blackhall Rocks in June, 1907 and a colourful view of Blackhall Rocks on the right.

The postcard directly above shows Blackhall Rocks Cafe, owned by I.Pieroni, confectioner, and selling groceries, provisions and high class ices. Pieroni's corner is still there today. On the right it is Greetings from Blachall and again showing Pieroni's Cafe in the centre with scenes of Blackhall Rocks, Four Lane Ends, along with the huts, cliffs and beach.

Greetings from Blackhall Colliery showing the Coast Road, Middle Street, Welfare Park and St. Andrew's Church and Middle Street in colour on the right.

The Lodge at Castle Eden taken in 1906 from a postcard and the building as it was in 2012. It is also a Grade II Listed building.

Two postcards showing Castle Eden Castle from the park.

Castle Eden as it is today - and a Grade II Listed building.

How nice to feature a few postcards from Crimdon on this page. These picturesque places are always worth seeing. On the left is the Beach Approach with the Paddling Pool and Dene on the right.

The Forge in Elwick as it used to be many years ago - and thanks to the present owners of the property for allowing me to use it. The photograph now hangs proudly on their living room wall. You can read more about this building on the Historic England website.

Those of you who enjoy books about our region might well be interested in three recent releases from Amberley Publishing. They are "Hartlepool Through The Ages," "Hartlepool - The Postcard Collection" and "Hartlepool History Tour" and all by Paul Chrystal and Stan Laundon. The books are available from Amberley's own website and also from various on line book sellers such as Amazon, Waterstones and W.H.Smith. More detailed information can be found on our main Books page.

If you are interested in the history of public houses in Hartlepool and West Hartlepool I'm sure you'll be interested in “The Lion Roars and the Monkey Bites” by Marie-Louise McKay. The book, which sells for £10, can be bought from Cameron’s Brewery Visitor Centre in Stranton. Then there's "The History of The Lion Brewery" which gives the history of Cameron's Brewery from its start in the 1830's up to the present day. It has some interesting photographs showing historic Hartlepool and I particularly enjoyed discovering just how many breweries existed in the town in the 1800's and 1900's. It sells for just £12 and is available from Cameron's Brewery Visitor centre in Stockton Street, Atkinson Print in Church Street and from the Museum and Art Gallery in Church Square.

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