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North Lodge Park 1911, Darlington

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Swan Street/Model Place/Hargreave Terrace

I was born at number 15 Swan Street before my parents moved next door, No.14. My family had people living all around the area, maternal in Swan Street/ Hargreave and paternal, from Model Place. We had a shop on virtually every corner and of every type within a couple minutes walk. Billy Ramsdales was next to us, a pleasant version of Arkwrights store; opposite was the Chippy and in the 10 years I was there it seemed to be closed more often than open. Butchers on Hargreave Terrace, off-licence with barreled ginger beer on Model Place, tiny corner shop the other way. It never felt like a slum; yet it was pulled down as such in 65. I would wander through the back alleys taking in the smell of the stables where local hawkers kept their ponies and wagons. It seemed an enormous place, hardly any cars around. Fresh baked bread from Claytons with their penny loafs the nice posh Rover parked by the printing company. Every new year the... Read more


I grew up in Dundee Street in Darlington. I remember the shops on each end of Dundee Street and Montrose Street, and the alleys between, the alleys were made of blue tiles that always sparkled in rain and frost. I remember the rag and bone man on his cart pulled by a horse, calling "Rag and bone, rag and bone" as he trundled down the back alleys. We had a coal shute in our back yard that had an opening in the alley that the coalman used to put his load into and we had an entrance to the shute that we retrieved the coal from. We had an outside loo with newspaper hanging on a hook, not the soft toilet tissue of today. My great-grandmother and great-uncles lived in the adjoining street, Montrose Street, the house always smelt of kippers and offal that my uncle cooked for his whippets, my great-uncle still lives in that house. We had Browns' sweet shop at the top of Dundee Street, jars and... Read more

High Row

Post House Wynd c1965, Darlington
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I grew up in Darlington apart from two years when we lived in Shildon. I can remember being put in one of the rubbish bins on the High Row by a boy called Peter Leaf probably for being cheeky. I can also remember when I was little going to carol service round the Christmas Tree on the High Row. Sweet memories.


Woodland Road 1892, Darlington
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My memory is very hazy; I went there when I was five and left when I was 14. I remember not being happy at first but at the end I did not want to leave. Love to hear other people's memories.

The Skating Ring in The South Park, Darlington

South Park 1896, Darlington
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I'd just like to see a picture of this place as I spent many a day there in my youth.

St. Mary's RC Grammar School,Humersknott

Woodland Road 1892, Darlington
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I was born in Darlington in 1952, and lived with parents Jim & Margaret Logan, and my two elder brothers; Peter and Paul. We lived at 46 Fife Road and all attended St. Augustines RC Primary School, Larchfield Street, and then after the Scholarship, up to St. Mary's. My old form master was Mr White and the Headmaster was Father McKenna. The only boys I can remember from my class of 1961 were Christopher Concannon, a boy called Conroy (his nickname was Oggy) and a boy with surname Luke. I visited the school back in the summer of 1989, and talked with the then Headmaster, Dick Whiteside, his sister taught me at St.Augustines! I have tried to access information about St.Marys but to no avail - can anybody help. The family left Darlington in 1962, for East Kent, and both my parents are now deceased. My brothers live in differtent UK locations, and I for my sins live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. I would love to hear from anyone who... Read more

St Josephs Home.

Woodland Road 1892, Darlington
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Is this the home for just girls run by nuns? My sister and I where from Hartlepool and were sent to a home in Darlington when my mom had to go into hospital. My two older brothers went to a home in Hartlepool, but they made an exception and let us bring my baby brother with us so I could look after him - he was the only boy. We lived on Millbank Rd in Hartlepool and I always thought there was a Milbank Rd near this home. If this is the one, does anyone remember the school we walked to. We where fortunate, we only stayed a few months, but I have bad memorys of my time there.

Memories From Long Ago.

Woodland Road 1892, Darlington
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I lived in Richmond, Yorkshire and Darlington was our nearest large town. I remember buying second-hand comics in the indoor market in the 1940s. I also did a 6 month stint as an apprentice mechanic in Motor Deliveries Garage, in 1952/3. It is no longer there.

Looking Back

Post House Wynd c1965, Darlington
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Post house coffee bar (Dilaplos), I lived in there, lunch most dinner times, and back in when the shop closed. I worked in Stylo's, corner of Northgate and Crown Street. Myself and a lad called Frank Uttley(hairdresser) used to get our lunch time snacks on tic and pay on Fridays on payday. On an evening, it was straight out of work and down the bowling ally with my pal Dougie Kelly (worked at Illingworth & Co, Woodland Road) then up to the Posthouse. Most evenings someone would come in and say 'Party at so & so's place' and half the coffee bar would empty. No one seemed to mind who turned up, I've been to some very posh houses in Darlington and we never took any drink, it was always provided. Thursday was the posh night, the night to be seen out. The suit was pressed, the latest tie and shirt, then out, but not before 'Top Of The Pops' had ended. The R & B Club. I have... Read more

St Joseph's Home Carmel Road Darlington

Woodland Road 1892, Darlington
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My name is ANN ROY - I was in St Joseph's home from 1948 - 1958 and would love to hear from anyone who was in the home at that time or has any information/details/memories of that time. I am especially looking for KATHLEEN BRENNAN, MARY RICHARDSON, an older girl RACHEL CARTER (perhaps moved to London at some point). I am already in touch with ALICE FRANCIS (now in USA), ANN McCORMACK (Canada).


St Hilda's Church, The Interior 1900, Darlington
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My grandad was christened at St Hilda's church in 1890, he was married there in 1914 and was buried from there in 1965. My mother also got married there and I was christened there. My grandad was Alfred William Morland and he worked at the Pease's Mill for over 40 years. Our branch of the Morlands goes back to the 1700s, all in Darlington. I regularly went to St Hilda's church and eventually spent some time in the choir. The vicar was Rev. Prentice during the time I was there he had two daughters; Mary and Jane. I have been living in Australia for the past 30 years but have revisited all my old haunts a few times. My name was Diane Johnson.

Post House Coffee Shop

Post House Wynd c1965, Darlington
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Who remembers the Post House coffee shop in Post House Wynd? The first time I went there I thought "this is it - I've made it!!". It was a great meeting place and everyone had such a good laugh. Brings back very happy memories.

Then after a few years I progressed to the "Tavern in the Town". Sadly both premises have changed use now but the memories remain - aaahhh!!

High Row

High Row 1893, Darlington
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Wasn't there at some point a ticket box and steps leading down to toilets on the centre of High Row?

Oh to be Sweet Sixteen Again!

Post House Wynd c1965, Darlington
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I believe the girl walking in the photo with the shopping bag is myself at the age of 16 - 17 judging by my hair style at that time. I recognise the skirt as one I had made myself and my walk also. I also remember the cardigan I was wearing and of course I recognise myself. I had just walked past a cake shop where my sister worked at the time, and I am looking in a jeweller's window. I would have been very interested in the rings as I was due to be engaged on my 18th birthday in January 65. The Wynd is pretty much the same as it was then - very quaint and olde worlde - it was always a favourite place to saunter and window shop.

I cannot remember being photographed and so it was a great surprise when I received the book not even knowing that I was featured. Even my daughter... Read more

Darlington V Arsenal - 9th January 1965

Hello, we have found a couple of football photo's in my late father-in-laws possessions and believe they relate to the game above. If anyone could help confirm the location I would be very grateful. I will try to put the photo's on the photo page but if this doesn't work I am very happy to email them to anyone interested!! Did anyone go to that game? I would love to know more information about it. I must state that my late father-in- law was an Arsenal Supporter!!! Many thanks to anyone who can assist me.


I was born in Darlington and then moved to Hartlepool as my dad started working in the steel works there. Always had our holidays back in Darlington staying with my granddad or with other relations.


The view of Post House, Wynd, circa 1965 reminds me of my school days when every school day of the year for seven years I walked up here having bussed from Haughton. Then it was up Duke Street to the grammar school. There was a shop called Northern Surgical Supplies and we used to snigger at the advertisement for Durex in the window. I remember a chocolate shop on the same side as The Dun Cow, which later in life I loved as a pub before it was altered. The chocolate shop was run by an old man whose wares looked very dusty in the window, no such thing as sell by dates then. When I was very young, a one legged man used to do pastel drawings on the road opposite the Dun Cow and people put money in his cap. I have a water colour of the street looking towards the town clock, painted in the 1960s. A very evocative street for me.

Darlington Circus

Does anyone remember the annual circus that took place in South Park? We used to live in Clifton Road, and I well remember the animal procession going past our house as it made its way to the park, preceded by people playing trumpets etc . I remember particularly the elephants walking past our front door!

Cafe on Victoria Road

A friend is racking her brains trying to remember name of Cafe/Coffee bar frequented by bikers on Victoria Road in a cellar? Possibly Boulevarde ???? Anyone help this girl?

Regent Fish And Chip Shop

I was born above the Regent Fish and Chip shop in ParkGate, next to what was once the Hippodrome Theatre. It was my Grandad Moody's business, part of a fish and chip empire the Moodys had, with one up in Park Lane and another in North Road. During the war my mum used to put me to bed in the bottom one of a chest of drawers, while Grandad was on top of the theatre manning the searchlights.

Does Anyone Remember?

My Mom and my aunt were placed in care in St. Joseph's. My mother never spoke of it and my aunt only started telling us (my sisters and me) shortly before she died. We believe their mother and grandmother were financially unable to care for them. Their names were Agnes and Eleanor. They were probably placed in care around 1929.

My Nan Agnes Conor.

I am trying to trace anyone who might have any history about the Conor family who lived at 14 Queen Street, Darlington in 1909. That year my nan was born to Sarah Jane Conor. She also had a daughter Elizabeth who was probably 2 years older than my nan Agnes. Around 1915 their mother Sarah Jane died in childbirth and the 2 sisters were sent to an orphanage run by the Catholic nuns as their father was unknown. We have no idea why and the family didn't keep in contact with the sisters. My nan died aged 99 and never knew her history. I would love to hear from anyone from Darlington with the surname Conor who might know anything. Thank you x

My Dad

My name is Mike Pearson and my father used to work at the Skating Rink in South Park, more or less full time at one stage in his life. His name was Ernest, or Erne, Pearson. He gave out and took back in the skates and did the music I think. Maybe someone will remember him.

Portrac Camp Early 1950s

My sister and I lived for a short while at a place called Portrac Camp between 1949-1953/54. We think we were living with our father, Richard Denis Stephenson and our mother Winifred, (formerly Mansell) (both deseased in 1970s). We never knew them as we were placed after this at St Joseph's Orphanage, Carmel Road, Darlington.
Does anyone have any photos of Portrac Camp or any idea what it was. I've been told people used to squat there as it was an ex army barracks?

Does anyone know anything about Richard Denis Stephenson or his family or any Stephenson living relatives. Richard Stephenson's father was William Sharp Stephenson and his mother was Emily Cooper.

I now have no connection whatever with the North East of England and would dearly love to know anything about my Stephenson relatives and what Darlington and environs was like in the 1940s and 1950s.

Scots Greys Buses

I grew up in Darlington, we left in 1968 to come to Canada, I remember very well the Scots Greys buses On the back they had their slogan, "Glorious Runs and Safe Returns". My mother used to organise street trips to Redcar and Seaton Carew, and we always hired those buses. I lived in Hewitson Road and Park lane, went to St. Johns School and the Grammar School

Roller Skating at South Park

Christine, I also used to skate at South Park. I was a member of a roller skating club, along with Tim Tong, the Chinese man you mention in your post. A lovely man, who I bet is STILL skating. I still have my skating boots but haven't skated for years. Very happy memories of South Park.

It's very sad that the roller skating rink was allowed to deteriorate, eventually closing, though I believe it's reopened as a skate park. Completely different unfortunately. Happy memories. Linda


My name is Christine Galloway (nee Blenkinsopp). The stall in the indoor market still sells hot sausage and onion in a bread bun (savouries bun), the family who owned it in the 1960s only left the business about fourteen years ago but they passed the secret recipe on to the the next owners. There are now tables so you can eat in. I have fond memories of the old baths in Gladstone Street with the turnstiles you had to go through to go in and out. There was the chocolate and hot soup machine in the lobby for on the way home, if you were lucky enough to have enough money for some. I also remember the skating rink in the south park, there was this Chinese man that I was mesmerized by as he was one of the few really good skaters that used to go there, we would be all holding on to the railings and falling over. They were the good old days.

Childhood Memories 'South Park', 1960s Approx.

I like to remember my childhood in Darlington where I grew up until I moved to Whitley Bay. We used to spend lots of time in the South Park, on the swings, around the rose garden and of course the roller skating rink. I noticed on a nostalgic trip back there recently the only remaining feature of my skating days is the bandstand, lovingly restored. I could hear the peacock crying out from my house and of course that seemed to be the call for us to go see it. I spent lots of time with Janet Dixon, we went to Dodmire School and were great friends until I moved away in 1979. Darlington town centre is still lovely, I worked for Scott's Greys coaches in the small ticket office near the town clock for a while and sold many people tickets for mystery tours where the driver even didn't know where he was going. It was a lot of fun. On my last visit I also called into Blackwell Grange Hotel for coffee. This... Read more


I live in Hull but often went to stay at my grandparents (Bartlett) at 111 Corporation Road, Darlington as a child in the early 1950s and next door lived a lovely family and I used to play with their daughter Catherine. They had sons as well and I have got photos (slides) of our trips to South Park at Darlington with them, taken by their father. I believe they left that address and their father became a butcher and I lost track of them after that and then my grandparents died in the late 1960s. Iwould love to hear if anyone remembers anyone living in Corporation Road near 111 during that time.


I was brought up in a girls' Catholic orphanage, ran by nuns, St Joseph's Home, Carmel Road, Darlington. I was six years old. My father had died so we all got sent to homes. It was ok, I suppose, lookingback. I had a good friend (not in the Home), Gloria McGann/McCann? I often think of her and would love to get in touch with her. God willing, she's still there - I'm 60 at Christmas, so it's a shot in the darkm but if anyone out there who knows here or the family could help in any way, it would make an old lady very happy.
Cally Chambers (nickname at the time ...)

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