Catcote Road, Hartlepool, is a long road which cuts across the West side of Hartlepool. It contains a mixture of shops, housing and educationsl establishments.
For many years Catcote Farm had stood in what became Catcote Road. However, in the early 1960s it became disused and a target for vandals. In 1966 demolition began and a sports' pavilion for the Girls' High School was built. This later became part of Brinkburn Comprehensive and then West Hartlepool Rugby Club.More detail »
Tom McAndrew, a well known local artist, painted this view of Catcote Farm looking towards the east. He would have been standing where Catcote Road is now near the road up to Summerhill and looking towards the sea.
The farm was where part of the Family Wood is now, in between the path from Elwick Road to Catcote Road and the older of the West Rugby Club buildings.
Tom's son Russell donated the slide of the painting to hhtandn.More detail »
Houses in Rift House area facing Catcote Road. When built, the road stopped just to the right of the houses and where English Martyrs School is now . These homes and those in the roads behind, were virtually 'in the country'. Catcote Road was extended to meet Elwick Road around 1960.More detail »
In April 1962, the plan for the Fens Shopping Centre were featured in The Northern Daily Mail. They were planned by Yuill's and were built some time later. The plans were pretty much carried out with shops, a car park and a pub to the left.
The gardens and rather Alpine view behind the shops is somewhat fanciful!More detail »
Junction of Brierton Lane & Catcote Rd. looking north-east. Brierton Lane runs from top right to bottom left. Catcote Rd. runs to lower right. Brierton Lane allotments at centre left. Houses in Teesbrooke & Southbrooke Avenues in backgroundMore detail »
At a cost of £74,326, Rift House Shopping Centre opened in Catcote Road close to the junction with Oxford Road. There was a range of shops, VG and Thompson supermarkets, Hughes fish and chip shop, Gillen's newsagents, Sparks bakers and Edna Jones wools,women's and baby clothes. Today there are more takeaway shops, but Edna Jones' shop remains.
The shopping parade was extended when the nearby CalciPte, later Shakespeare, public house was demolished.More detail »
The Catcote, previously known as the Catcote Hotel, stood on Catcote Road, Hartlepool, opposite the junction with Oxford Road and opened in 1956. In 1998 it becameThe Shakespeare before being demolished in 2008 to make way for shops.More detail »