Men survive pit cage plunge

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is July 1979 and the end of the school year and Bobby Hutchinson, aged 73, is retiring from his job driving children to Gunnerside school from their remote farmsteads in Swaledale. The children are not identified on our picture. Who w

2:48pm Friday 12th September 2014

An accident of a serious and alarming nature took place at Sunnybrow, High Pit, on Tuesday morning. The news spread with wonderful rapidity that a number of men had been killed, owing to the rope breaking while they were being down in the cage.

Estate gala is enjoyed by all

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3:42pm Friday 29th August 2014

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Advocate for the Negro race

4:27pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Negro Emancipation. On Monday evening a meeting was held in the Friends’ meeting-house, Skinnergate, Darlington, for the purpose of hearing a statement from Mr Levi Coffin, who has been sent to this country by the “Western Freemen’s Aid Association,” in America, to advocate the cause of the Negro race, with more especial reference to that portion who, during the war, have made their escape from bondage and got into the Federal lines, and who are in a state of destitution and want. The meeting was well attended.

Stepping up for war effort

3:39pm Friday 15th August 2014

Co-operation in the North. – The co-operative movement has assumed proportions in Northumberland and Durham, of which, probably, many of your readers have only an inadequate idea.

Dispute over a racing payout

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:50pm Friday 8th August 2014

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How war hit linen factories

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:20pm Friday 1st August 2014

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‘Murder’ in the Red Lion

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

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Good times for the iron trade

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

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Invest in land to turn a profit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:55pm Friday 4th July 2014

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Firm foundations for chapel

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is July 25, 1966, and this picture of the slow-flowing River Tees at Croft Bridge, just south of Darlington, was taken by our photographer on the eve of a public inquiry into the plans of the Tees Valley and Cleveland Water Board to b

2:18pm Friday 27th June 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – The New Wesleyan Chapel, Northallerton. - On Thursday the foundation stone of the above place of worship was laid by Thos. Sadler, Esq., of Bedale.

Evenings of al fresco music

4:16pm Friday 20th June 2014

Open-air entertainments. – Darlington and its vicinity, there can be no question, possess considerable advantages for the proper enjoyment of the al fresco element of recreation, which is an necessary as food to pentup dwellers in towns.

Hard labour for parcel theft

3:48pm Friday 13th June 2014

Richmond. At the town hall, on Wednesday, before A Young, Esq (Mayor) and Leonard Cook, Esq. – Mary Hoggett, a person of intemperate habits, was charged with having on Saturday, stolen a parcel from a cart near the Unicorn Inn, containing a calico shirt, a flannel shirt, and a pair of worsted stockings, the property of John Hetherington.

How did old wheel turn out?

Darlington and Stockton Times: An advert from the D&S 50 years ago

1:43pm Friday 6th June 2014

Middleton-One-Row. Midnight Disturbance. – We understood that there is not a police-officer stationed within three miles of this village, and the fact that the preservers of the public peace make themselves scarce here was fully proved between the night of Wednesday and Thursday morning, when the village was paraded by a number of drunken fellows, who disturbed the slumber of the inhabitants by throwing missiles at their doors and otherwise conducted themselves in an uproarious manner.

When miners took to the fell

5:01pm Friday 30th May 2014

On Saturday last, a meeting of miners took place on Cockfield Fell, a large tract of uncultivated land in the Auckland district. Shortly after two o’clock (about an hour after the appointed time of meeting) the miners, who had previously been parading the neighbourhood in a body, marched to the ground, preceded by a brass band.

Memories of seaside trips

Darlington and Stockton Times: Memories of seaside trips

3:43pm Friday 23rd May 2014

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Borough area lines drawn up

3:46pm Friday 16th May 2014

Darlington and County Borough Powers. The Darlington Town Council, at a special meeting on Wednesday, decided by twelve votes to one to proceed with its application for county borough powers on the terms laid down in the letter of the Local Government Board of last week.

Old crime, council and OAPs

Darlington and Stockton Times: Old crime, council and OAPs

3:49pm Friday 9th May 2014

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Defective rope causes train deaths

4:26pm Friday 2nd May 2014

Accidents on the North Eastern Railway. – The official reports upon certain accidents which have occurred on railways during the months of January and February, this year, have been published and presented to parliament.

Runaway wife’s 44 pawn tickets

3:30pm Friday 25th April 2014

Elopement of a Sunderland lady with a militiaman. Considerable excitement has been created in Hartlepool and Sunderland by a singular case of elopement.

Debate on drink – a food or poison?

Darlington and Stockton Times: Details below...

4:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Middlesbrough Athenaeum – The adjourned discussion upon “Alcohol-food or poison?” by the members of this institution was resumed on Wednesday last, in the New Room of the Oddfellows’ Hall.

Clubs offer much more than the pub

Darlington and Stockton Times: Clubs offer much more than the pub

2:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

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Dealer lands a £1 fine for cruel cuts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dealer lands a £1 fine for cruel cuts

3:45pm Friday 4th April 2014

Above picture: The January 1979 student nurse intake at North Tees Hospital, Stockton. Jane Gregson is trying to locate as many as she can to celebrate the 35-year anniversary of the event. Jane writes: “We have a Facebook group ‘35 years and counting’ where we can be contacted or I can be e-mailed at janestannett”

Local iron trade booms as prices fall

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: At Thirsk School in February 1987, Diana Clarke is taking a class in home economics. Are you a former pupil pictured here who can let us know why the D&S photographer had called in. Contact From Our Archive at

3:06pm Friday 28th March 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – In the Cleveland Iron Trade, which is rapidly becoming the staple trade of this important district, we have to report a slight change for the worse – but this is only a slight change.

New drains can halt high death rate

Darlington and Stockton Times: New drains can halt high death rate

4:25pm Friday 21st March 2014

ABOVE PICTURE: In July 1962 the cobbles were being relaid in Richmond Market Place. Here a workman can be seen repositioning and cementing the cobbles back into place. Last year, North Yorkshire County Council was criticised for repairs to the same area carried out by contractors on its behalf which involved replacement of a cobbled area with tarmacadam.

Pupils dance until the break of day

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pupils dance until the break of day

4:07pm Friday 14th March 2014

During the last three months Mr Thomas Taylor, of Barnard Castle, has been giving lessons in dancing at the house of Mr Joseph Raine, Cross Keys Inn, and has met with very good patronage from the young ladies and gentlemen of the town and neighbourhood.

Parishioners in praise of her Ladyship

Darlington and Stockton Times: Parishioners in praise of her Ladyship

11:29am Friday 7th March 2014

ABOVE PICTURE: Richmond Market Place in June 1964 after what was deemed experimental changes to the layout which had seen the stalls moved to their current position and the bus station moved to the old Toll Booth site. Part of the Market Place had been made one-way and motorists, according to our Richmond reporter, were not best pleased

Girl died in railwaywagon collision

Darlington and Stockton Times: A busy Richmond Station shortly before its closure in 1963. Many of the features can still be seen in The Station, the community arts and business venue that now occupies the building

4:31pm Friday 21st February 2014

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Twelve guineas a month was the rent

Darlington and Stockton Times: JANUARY 1937: The moment when the bells of St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington, were taken down to be recast. The largest, the tenor bell, weighed almost 17cwt. The oldest bell was the one on the extreme right, dated 1755

3:43pm Friday 14th February 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – An extraordinary meeting of the Darlington Board of Health was held in the Board of Guardians’ room, on Thursday, to accept (or refuse) an offer made by Messrs J Backhouse and Co., to occupy the offices erected in connection with the New Market. There were present: Messrs Jos Pease (chairman), Jon Pease, Kay, Harris, Russell, Wrightson, Benson, Stephenson, Backhouse and Buckton.

Fair trade is the verdict on horse sales

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFFER: An advertisement from this newspaper 100, 150 and 50 years ago

2:20pm Friday 7th February 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – Darlington Horse Fair.

Crowds turn out for Duke’s funeral

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY FEET: From this newspaper 100 years ago

3:51pm Friday 31st January 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – The funeral of the late Duke of Cleveland took place on Tuesday, and, notwithstanding it was ostensibly private in its character – a desire to that effect having, shortly before his death, been expressed by the deceased nobleman – an immense concourse of persons were present to witness the obsequies pertaining to the occasion.

Neighbour chased after clothes thief

4:27pm Friday 24th January 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago: Impudent theft. Mary Brannan was charged at Darlington Police Court with stealing a pair of trousers and a vest, the property of Jno Potts.

Rates fear as Act adoption considered

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rates fear as Act adoption considered

3:44pm Friday 17th January 2014

Picture above: The wheelchair-bound Lady Masham performs the opening honours at Northallerton’s new tourist information centre in October 1990. The specially-designed octagonal building is still open and run by volunteers. Back then it was operated by Hambleton District Council but tourism services was one of the first services to suffer when the council began trimming its budgets in 2009

Potter drowned after falling in river

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is the turn of the year in 1984 and the Hurworth Hunt has broughts its hounds to the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, for the children to see. Who was the huntsman, the nursing and staff and the children?

4:41pm Friday 10th January 2014

Man drowned in the Tees. A man named William Swales, 40 years of age, and a potter by trade, was drowned on Friday night in the Tees.

High noon as gas explosion alarmed the neighbourhood

Darlington and Stockton Times: Description below

4:13pm Friday 3rd January 2014

On Wednesday, at noon, the gentlemen in Messrs Backhouse and Co’s Bank, as well as the inhabitants of the immediate neighbourhood, were greatly alarmed by an explosion of gas which proceeded from a cellar beneath the Messrs Backouse’s private office.

Prime roast beef and plum pudding for Workhouse inmates

Darlington and Stockton Times: The choir of St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington, assemble for the Christmas Eve carol concert in 1973. Forty Christmases later where are the members now, particularly the mischievous looking cherubs in the front few rows?

12:36pm Monday 6th January 2014

Christmas Day at Darlington wore the aspect of an unusual quiet. Almost every place of business in the town was closed, and master and man alike enjoyed the luxury of a real holiday.

Bring Saturday into the festivities

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: In December 2001, the pupils of Ingleby Arncliffe School posed for the D&S photographer. These children will now be in their late teens and early 20s. Where are they now? Let From Our Archive know at

11:49am Friday 20th December 2013

Christmas Day – as every good Churchman, careful housewife, happy schoolboy, and weary worker has long ago discovered – falls in the present year of grace upon a Friday. At first sight there is nothing very suggestive in the fact; and our readers will ask why we mention it.

14 fought for their lives in the Tees

Darlington and Stockton Times: 14 fought for their lives in the Tees

1:08pm Friday 13th December 2013

Boat accident on the Tees at Stockton and narrow escape. Soon after six o’clock on Monday evening, an accident occurred on the Tees which might easily have resulted in the loss of the lives of no less than fourteen persons.

Charity imposter given hard labour

Darlington and Stockton Times: Charity imposter given hard labour

2:36pm Friday 29th November 2013

A young man, who gave his name as Charles Nield, and said he came from Blackburn, Lancashire, was charged by PC Garbutt with endeavouring to obtain charitable contributions under false pretenses.

‘Industrial classes’ look before they leap

Darlington and Stockton Times: ‘Industrial classes’ look before they leap

3:44pm Friday 22nd November 2013

The success of this and similar institutions in the town may be taken as indicating the general state of prosperity amongst our working population.

Second colliery joins on-going strike

Darlington and Stockton Times: Second colliery joins on-going strike

12:14pm Friday 15th November 2013

PICTURE: It is not clear from our files why the D&S Times photographer took this picture of children at All Saints RC School at Thirsk in February 1964, but it is a reminder when it was deb rigeur for schoolchildren to wear garberdineb macs, duffle coats,b balaclavas, caps and shorts to school. How many children can be identified? 

‘Great credit’ to society as festival held

Darlington and Stockton Times: ‘Great credit’ to society as festival held

1:25pm Friday 8th November 2013

The annual festival of the Middlesbrough Temperance Society was held on Monday evening in the Oddfellows Hall.

Mystery of the railway booking office break-ins

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mystery of the railway booking office break-ins

12:13pm Friday 1st November 2013

The Stationeryoffice has just issued the “Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 1862, by Robert Hunt, FRS, Keeper of Mining Records.”

Plans afoot for estate and town

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM THE ARCHIVE: Mr Tom Jones

3:07pm Friday 27th September 2013

Harrowgate Hill Estate – Such is the name that has been given by the society which was started a few months ago for the mutual purchase and allotment of land, to the estate which the Messrs Thompson sold them on the North Road, Darlington.

Captain’s wife launches screw steamer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Captain’s wife launches screw steamer

12:38pm Friday 20th September 2013

Ship launches. On Thursday week, an iron screw steamer was launched from the shipyard of Messrs Richardson, Duck and Co at South Stockton.

Sunday golfer hit with a summons

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: In 1988 these strapping lads at Barnard Castle School were selected to go on a rugby tour of Zimbabwe. How many are still playing? Can you identify them? Let From Our Archive know at

3:01pm Friday 5th July 2013

Borough Police. Before E Gilkes and J Richardson, Esqs. Vagrancy. – Wm. Williams, an incorrigble old man, was charged by PC Horne with being without any visible means of subsistence. The officer found the defendant on Messrs Bolckow and Vaughan’s works about 5 o’clock on Sunday morning.

The day a mini-tornado sucked cars into the air

Darlington and Stockton Times: Looking glum are these pupils of Constable Burton School, near Leyburn, on hearing in June 1986 it was threatened with closure. Despite protests, the school did close. The school’s head, Joy Beardsmore, is pictured. But who were the pupils?

4:41pm Tuesday 2nd July 2013

A freak whirlwind whipped through Thirsk at tea-time on Tuesday. It lasted only a few minutes but left a huge trail of damage, with at least one man injured.

Chairman disappointed by lack of show interest

4:47pm Friday 21st June 2013

From this newspaper 150 years ago – Yorkshire Agricultural Show at South Stockton. Public meeting. On Thursday evening, a public meeting of the inhabitants of Stockton and convened by the Deputy Mayor, in compliance with a numerously signed requisition, was held at the Borough Hall, for the purpose of considering what steps should be taken to promote the success of the Yorkshire Agricultural Show, to be held at South Stockton in August next. The attendance was very meagre. J Laing, Esq (Mayor) presided.

Evils of slavery and rights of the oppressed are under discussion

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM THE ARCHIVE: It is May 1984 and these schoolchildren pouring out of The Wensleydale School, Leyburn, are looking rather pleased. Because of a teachers' strike, they are being forced to spend their lunchtime off school premises. Were you among them?

3:53pm Friday 14th June 2013

From this newspaper 150 year ago – Great Ayton.

Tenants in rent strike after recent increase

Darlington and Stockton Times: Friarage Hospital nurses from 1959. See below.

5:29pm Friday 31st May 2013

Picture: Joan Foster of Norton, Stockton-on- Tees, sent this picture after seeing last month’s archive picture of the Friarage Hospital nurses from 1986 which featured her daughter, Helen Bate, who now works at Scarborough Hospital.

Rail company merger bill is passed

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM THE ARCHIVE: Serious men on serious business.

3:08pm Friday 24th May 2013

On Friday week, a special meeting of this company was held at the Board Room, York. G H Seymour Esq was in the chair. The chairman stated that the bill for the amalgamation of the Stockton and Darlington Company with his company, had been passed with very little opposition.


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