A family, originally from Sweden, who played an important role in timber importing in the town in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Hartlepool Museum Service holds quite a vast collection of photographs of various family members, family gatherings, holidays in Scotland, The Lake District, Yorkshire and in Sweden. Unfortunately none are named, so if anyone interested in the family wishes to see them or can name anybody, then please contact us!
This is POSSIBLY a wedding at the Forslind home in Stanhope Avenue. Amongst the subjects are perhaps William and Augusta Forslind and children Karin and Erik and it could be that Charles Forslind and family are also on the picture. It was taken by Braybrook of Church Square Hartlepool in late Victorian times.More detail »
Taken in 1962 in Kopstad, Sweden the image shows: RIGHT to LEFT, Kerstin, Ann Kristin, 'myself', a young Swede, young Oswald, Kirsten's husband and dog.
Unclear who 'myself' is , but possibly a Forslind family member who lived in Sweden and corresponded with a member of the family in Hartlepool. It could be a Hartlepool Forslind visiting Swedish relatives.More detail »
Probably in the 1920s in the garden of Greystones ? Broomhill? Stanhope Avenue ?, family members enjoy a picnic. The tennis balls and the man on the left in 'whites' suggest a game of tennis has been played. Greystones did have a tennis court.More detail »
The Forslind Family
Charles Albert Forslind was born in 1849 in Argboga Sweden but in the late 1860s, he came to Hartlepool and from very humble beginnings, built up a large timber merchant business and became a local shipowner. He served for 5 years in the British Navy and became a naturalised subject.
In 1872, he married Harriet Humphries and in 1881, the family were living in Archer Street with a son Thomas. His wife died aged 40 in 1890 and Charles Albert married Jane. The family were living at Westoe House Grange Road at the birth of daughter Adla In 1895.
Charles Albert then lived in Greystones Elwick Road until his death in 1932. He had three sons Thomas, W.H. and C.V. Forsland and two daughters.
In 1901, William Forslind also from Sweden and a timber merchant and his children Nils, Karin, William, Erik and Eva were living with them and by 1911, this branch of the family were living in Stanhope Ave.
Thomas Forslind, son of Charles Albert, in 1892 built Broomhill on the corner of Elwick Road and Queensberry Ave and his daughter lived in this house until she sold it and it was demolished in 1970. A smaller house, called Broomhill too was built on the land along with a number of detached properties.
The Hartlepool Museum holds a massive archive of Forslind photographs taken in Hartlepool and Sweden. After this family played such a large part in the industrial history of Hartlepool, it is possible that the name has now disappeared from the town.More detail »
The two large houses in the foreground looking over the Burn Valley Gardens, are Ambleside on the left and Rosebank on the right and these formed Rosebank School. The large white house on the top left on the Elwick Road/ Queensberry Ave corner is Hartdale which is still there today although it is divided into two homes. The large white house top centre was Broomhill home of the Forslind family. This house was demolished in 1970 and a number of bungalows occupy the site.
Newlands Ave is the road in the centre running vertically and Westlands, Northlands, Eastlands, Southlands Avenues can be seen having been built after WW2. Claremont Drive can be seen but is very incomplete and only the first few houses built for RAF (Army ?) personnel are apparent on the top right.More detail »