First street from Church Street running east from Lynn Street to George St. It was one of the first streets built in the new town of West Hartlepool around 1850.
Taken outside the John Street workshops, the photo was probably taken in the 1920s. The tall man in the centre is probably Edgar Phillips himself with his wife Mary next to him in the black dress. The young boy may well be a son possibly Ambrose or Ken who later took over the business.
The building in John Street ,which was one of the first West Hartlepool streets off Lynn St and behind Church Street, looks as if it could have been built from limestone from the docks as Christ Church and the Athenaeum had been.More detail »
Thomas Watson born in 1848 in Gateshead, was a baker as was his son William. They had a bakery business in John Street where this photo was taken and also a cafe called Cafe Watson. The 1901 census tells us that they had bakery and confectionery premises lower Church St, which backed on to John St. This is possibly Harold Lumsden Watson, grandson of Thomas born in 1901.
By 1911, Thomas Watson had moved to Barton Villa 30 Clifton Ave and had a house servant indicating that his business was a profitable one.More detail »