The Aisbitt (Donkin) Family
Taken in Mildred Street where she lived and the North Cemetery wall is in the background. The car probably belonged to Mason's who had a garage where their wedding and funeral cars were kept at the end of the street.More detail »
The photograph was taken in Belmont Gardens in September 1961. Elizabeth Aisbitt (left) and Carole Forster (right) were about to start West Hartlepool High School for the first time. However instead of just walking round the corner, they had to travel to Jesmond Road School as in 1961 the High School was being extended and renovated and 1st years used empty rooms at the primary school.
Uniform was very strict, the dark blue gaberdine mac and all skirts a regulation length, grey knee length socks, black lace up shoes with at least 6 lace holes, satchel on both shoulders please and of course the 'pork pie' hat to be worn at all times in the street !More detail »
The RAOB Harry Hutton Ryan Lodge Christmas Party 26th December in the Travellers Rest. Small girl at front is Elizabeth Aisbitt and man kneeling on right her uncle Dave Aisbitt for many years a Hartlepool councillor.More detail »
The donor of this image found it on her door mat recently with a covering note that she may be interested. It shows her house and is dated 1935. The house was new , is close to Stratford Road in Caledonian Road and at that time, voters' lists show that the houses were not numbered but named. It seems by deduction that Hubert Heslop and his wife lived in the property in the mid 1930s.
The reverse says 'To Nancy with love from Audrey and Pat August 1935' and it seems that when clearing her mother's house, whoever put the photo though the door, found it amongst her mother's possessions. Apparently 'Nancy' took care of the children when she was 16 and was very fond of them.
We think, after a bit of research, that the children could be Audrey and Patricia Heslop the children of Hubert Heslop and his wife Dorothy, nee Brough. The current owner of the house and donor of the image says that she was told that a partner of Heslop and Hall glaziers put special and more expensive leaded windows in her property when it was built, so this all adds up !More detail »