Request for help with Cannon Street project

NEWPORT CHILDREN PLAYING ON CARPhotograph by Derek Smith, 1973

This May, Hands on Middlesbrough are organising an event for Local History Month to celebrate Cannon Street and to launch a digital archive, which will document the residents who lived on the infamous street.

The digital archive is an ongoing project which will be ran by local historians Ian Stubbs & Alison Brown, and will only be possible with the help and support from people who have photographs, stories and information we can use. It will be an interactive site and accessible to everyone.

In the future, we would also like to add the surrounding streets, which were a significant part of the Cannon Street community, but this is all dependent on raising the money to develop the project.

We are appealing for people to share information with us on the day and by email or facebook and give permission to scan their old photographs or to bring Cannon Street memorabilia to the event. There will also be the opportunity for ex-residents and their families to be interviewed to be part of a short film. Please contact us, if you would like to share your memories.

The event is due to take place at the Dorman Museum on Saturday 14th May 10.30am-4pm. There will be a screening of a short film and, thanks to BBC North East and Cumbria and North East Film Archive, we will also be screening recently digitised interviews with residents filmed during the demolition of Cannon Street (during the 1960s and 1970s).

A programme of the day’s events will be available at the end of March.

To get involved:

Please send feedback via this website


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  1. My memories as a 15 year old from bishop Auckland, working on gjers mills ironworks as a cabin lad with my father and brothers,demolishing the site for Tw wards of albion works Sheffield.
    Fred and his brother George Hall from cannon street worked for Hargreaves on site recovering all the firebrick on site, fantastic people.
    I would prepare the tea and bike up to Newport Road for pies from Newbolds,a bloody hard life the lads gave me on site.
    Working with Tom Cronin from cannon street a wery well known and hard family on the street, I think Toms son was called John,a really hard lad.
    Went on with the demolition of britannia works,, cargo fleet cinter plant and the big cranes on the foresaw,two of them.
    Demolished the cargo fleet ovens and the large steel sheds.
    Removed the middle blast furnace on bessemer, from top to bottom including the bridge across to the ovens, (by hand)they thought it couldn’t be done.
    Remember well a big man named CHARLIE, big nose also,what a lovely fellow to be in charge of the bessemer plant.
    All this demolition done by Golightly developments, then Rail plant.
    Fantastic times in Middlesbrough.
    The Robin Hood, the grand,ect ect.

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