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Levenbank c1955, Stokesley
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As a youngster of about 7 years I moved into this house (called The Lodge, Levenside) shown on the photo with my parents Cid and Rene Swales, we lived here for 9 years. The house was the coach and stable block of the adjacent Levenside house (now split into 2 ) and dad was employed as the gardener. Happy memories of days in the river, fishing, playing with Brian Borthwicks boat (he lived just along the riverside). Much of my time was spent playing just over the river at Brian Hugills dad's farm, Manor Farm, cricket and football in the riverside field which was the site of the old Stokesley Tennis Courts. Dad planted many of the flowering cherry trees in front of the house where in 1978 my son had his wedding photographs taken. In memory of my parents and the happy days of living here I placed, in 2004, a seat on the riverbank opposite this house.

Stokesleys 2nd. Fire Station

High Street c1955, Stokesley
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For the information of readers, it may be of interest to note that the building just past the Town Hall Block, left side, was known as the Shambles and in the 1800s and early 1900s was open fronted and used as a market area for the sale of dairy produce and vegetables etc. My great grandfather, Solomon Swales traded butter here from about 1860 until 1918, he gained enough money to build Bridge House, (now the Panda restaurant). At the East end of the Shambles was built Stokesleys 2nd Fire Station to house the manual Fire Engine given to the town by Colonel Hillyard in 1848, the 1st Fire Station store in the base of the church tower being then too small. This 2nd Fire station was used until 1914 when a larger steam fire engine was purchased.

My Childhood Memories

High Street c1965, Great Ayton
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The first house in Waterfall Terrace is where my grandparents lived for many decades. John and Ann Scott. I love that place.


High Street c1965, Great Ayton
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My Great Aunt stayed in Holly Garth and we visited her frequently as children during the 1970's early 80's, I have many, many happy memories of times spent in the beck, herding ducks and Suggit's ice cream, the best on the planet. We spent many hours walking up High Street to the High Green, walking up to Captain Cook's Monument and up Roseberry. My Gran (Laura Armstrong as was) and Grampa used to take us down, they are now 90 and 89 respectively but I believe still have relatives in the village. I would love to bring my son down but we haven't managed it yet, hopefully soon. Ann Harrison, Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland

Gribdale Terrace

High Street c1965, Great Ayton
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My memories of Ayton are through Gribdale, I had many relations who lived there, like the Bailey family. If anyone can give me information on any of them, it would be welcome. Thank you.

Parents Live3d Here From About 1914 Till 1933

Christ Church c1955, Great Ayton
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Tracing my family history and led to Great Ayton. My G/mother..Anne Eliza Stabler and my G/father Frederick Henry Stabler lived in Church St...... now Guisbro Road???

Found her unmarked grave recently in graveyard. Died March 1933. Frederick Henry was born in Canada in about 1885, but I cant find out much about him. My father Frederick John married my Mother..Ethel Noble in 1942 in Stockton, moving to Darwen, Lancs where I was born in 1946.

So far, I cant get any further on, he, my father may have lived in 3 Station Road.

Rainbow Trout

The Valley c1960, Kildale
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Now a resident of Australia, I still have fond memories of catching a train to Kildale as a 13 year old and walking over the moors, and later, cycling from Thornaby through Commondale and back home. I remember laying down near a stream that passed under the road and trying to catch a couple of trout that stayed almost motionless as my bait bounced off their mouths. I also remember that there was a Saint Bernard dog in the front garden of one of the houses that always came up to see who was passing by. I have been trying to identify some places on 'google earth' but it seems a bit different  to what I remember. I hope to revisit in 2009 for the first trip home since 1964.
John Mansell

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