High Street, Hartlepool Headland
This heavy bronze plaque was for many years on the house which was the birthplace of Sir Cuthbert Sharp at 113 High Street Hartlepool.
After a period of at least 12 years during which time a number of local people campaigned that the historic Georgian house should be saved, it was demolished by the old Hartlepool council around 1959.
It seems one of the engineers working on the demolition gave the plaque to Hartlepool Council for safekeeping and it was placed somewhere in the Borough Buildings. What happened next is a bit more unclear.
In 1967 Hartlepool and West Hartlepool amalgamated and an effort was made to recover all artefacts and documents from both towns and the then Borough Engineer brought the plaque to Hartlepool Museum in 1972. It is catalogued and in safe keeping although for a number of years it was on display at Hartlepool Maritime Museum when it was in the Carnegie Building. It is hoped that in the near future it can be once again displayed.More detail »
The little sign on the wall of the house is for St Mary Street. Note the women beside the drinking fountain in the centre of the street.More detail »
Taken in 1966 the image shows the premises of F.W. Mason which was originally Proctor's Printing works in Southgate, old Hartlepool. On the left is the Fisherman's Arms which is the only building on the block which is still there and still in business. It is surrounded by modern housing. In between the two buildings was Hartlepool Working Men's Club.
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Looking in a pretty sorry state with the house adjoining it demolished, this is the birthplace and childhood home of Sir Cuthbert Sharp.Located in the High Street, old Hartlepool next to St Hilda's Church, it was the subject of a long lasting conservation campaign in the 1940s and 50s which was eventually lost when the old Hartlepool Council demolished the building.
There were plans to extend Brougham St,now Durham St, towards the sea and the site was apparently needed. According to news reports at the time, Sharp's house was in the way and despite an independent surveyor saying that the house was sound, the council disagreed and thought it too expensive to maintain.The plans to extend Durham St never came to fruition and today the site of the house is still vacant.
The birthplace plaque can be seen in situ under the left hand window.More detail »
Taken in early 1967, the reverse of the photo says that this was the premises of West Hartlepool Drug Co. Ltd. in Southgate old Hartlepool. It also says that prior to this it was Gray Peverill store and in WW2 and just after was a British Restaurant.
The building was demolished in 1981.
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