The Borough Buildings, comprising Public Offices, Police Station and a covered market, opened in 1866. They were built on land known as 'Johnnny's Close', in Middlegate, on Hartlepool Headland. The Borough Hall currently hosts a wide range of entertainments and has rooms that can be hired for meetings and functions.
A view of Hartlepool Headland taken from the tower of St. Hilda's church, circa 1955. The building on the left is Harrison's Chemist where I bought my first camera at 12 years old.
In the background is the CMEW Crane, Swan Neck Crane and the Sheer Legs plus of course the old Coal Staithes.
In the dock are the two tug boats Hart and Stranton and the old dredger Robert de Bruce (red) . One of the two black funnels is the trawler Friarage which at the time was skippered by Matty Waugh and every time he returned to port he would blow his whistle/horn to the tune of "cock a doodle do"
On the extreme right, the building with the two green doors, is the Ice House where they used to make slabs of ice and crush it for the fishing fleet fed to the boats by the shute which is the black line above the green doors. The black chimney top right is possibly the old rope works.
Difficult to read the incription on the reverse but it possibly says HMS Waspite Luncheon and the date is 1933. The ship apparently earned the most battle honours of any Royal Navy ship serving in both First and Second World Wars before being scrapped in 1950.
It is assumed that perhaps in 1933, the ship docked in Hartlepool and it appears that there was some type of civic reception in the Borough Hall.
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Taken in the early 1900s, the image looks down Middlegate looking west towards the Victoria Dock.
The two houses with bay windows on the right are still in existence and now beautifully renovated. The Borough Hall is very much the same from outside . However all the buildings on the left have long since been demolished. Interestingly, although the intrically patterened lamp post on the right is no longer there, there is one exactly the same on the opposite side of the road.
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Visit of HRH Princess Mary August 10th 1926, showing a large number of people at a formal dinner in the Borough Hall Hartlepool, however it is difficult to identify the Princess in the image.More detail »