1949 Industrial Adverts, Middlesbrough / Darlington

First batch that I posted on Facebook this week, thought it a good idea to post them here too as not everyone uses Facebook and if it didn’t just happen you’ll never find it.

Gjers Mills & Co, Ayresome Ironworks, Middlesbrough
Gjers Mills & Co, Ayresome Ironworks 1949

Darlington Railway Plant & Foundry, Bank Top
Darlington Railway Plant & Foundary 1949

Davy and United, Roll Foundry, Billingham
Davy and United, Roll Foundry, Billingham / Middlesbrough 1949

River Tees Conservancy Commissioners
River Tees Conservancy Comission 1949

Stockton Co-operative Society, Billingham

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Despite its theatre/cinema looks this building was built as a department store for the Stockton Co-operative Society.
Stockton Co-operative Society, Billingham Stockton Co-operative Society, Billingham
The building is currently used as carpet shop, although the Billigham Players use the “Theatre Upstairs”
The building outline appears in its current form between the 1938 and 1939 editions of the OS map, although it could date from slightly earlier if the 1938 was already out of date.






I’ve found a reference to the nearby Heslops Brewey being sold to the Billingham Picture House Company in 1936 and demolished shortly afterwards, so suspect this whole area dates from around that time.

Granite Cross – Billingham Green

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This Shap Granite cross was erected at a cost of £44 in 1893, the idea of Rev Phillip Rudd. It was made by Bowrons of Stockton.
Cross Bilingham Green
The Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII was supposed to unveil the cross, but his carriage passed without stopping.
Cross Bilingham Green
Unfortunately little remains of the original buildings around the green which has since been redeveloped.

Billingham War / Nuclear Test Memorials

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The main war memorial in Billingham covers World Wars 1 and 2
Billingham WW1 & WW2 War Memorial Billingham War Memorial
Theres an additional small plaque on one wall for a single casualty of the Korean war, Sgt R Liddle.
Billingham Korean War Memorial
Nearby is a new memorial for casulties since 1945 that was erected by Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association around 2009.
Billingham modern War Memorial
A slightly more unusual monument is the one for ICI employees, this previously stood on Chilton Avenue, outside Chilton House
Billingham ICI War Memorial
Most unusual is a plaque erected by the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association for those who died as a result of the tests at Monte Bello, Emufield, Maralinga, Malden Island and Christmas Island.
Billingham Nuclear Test Memorial