Who remembers the mouse man and the grey lady at Carlton Camp

Carlton Camp.
Carlton Camp.

What an impression Carlton Camp made on Hartlepool Mail readers.

We shared a 1950s photograph of the place and asked for your memories of it. You didn’t disappoint and you came up with some great reminiscences.

Boys on a walk at Carlton Camp in 1951.

Boys on a walk at Carlton Camp in 1951.

Some remembered the tales of the grey lady and others the long walks.

Others recalled the food and some remembered the mouseman who carved drawings of mice in the local church.

An impressive 14,000 of you showed an interest in our social media post and many of you took time to leave your comments. Here are some of them.

Gillian Fleming said: “Walking up Carlton Bank, singing in the church on Sunday morning, porridge that stuck to the plate. Playing on the see saw.”

Loved it, remember going to the church and seeing the mice carved by the mouseman, can’t remember his name, and also sugar was banned, none for your cereal or in a cup of tea, didn’t have it any more after that!

Lynne Smithson

Many of you recalled the tales of the grey lady ghost including Kirsty Hall, Scott Montgomery (who commented ‘Hahaha omg flashback’) and Ian Saunders who posted: “Flash back grey lady.”

Scott Montgomery “went with my Kingsley Primary School. Amazing memories. Loved the tuck shop and the last night camp disco.”

Thereze Wright commented: “Aww I loved it me” and said she “scared my self with the shadows on the wall too.”

Lynne Smithson said: “Loved it, remember going to the church and seeing the mice carved by the mouseman, can’t remember his name, and also sugar was banned, none for your cereal or in a cup of tea, didn’t have it any more after that!”

Brian Hart said he had a “great time” while Ian Coverdale posted: “Went twice. Really good.”

Carole Leonard Mckenna said: “I was lucky enough to go three times, I loved it.”

She remembered having pea soup, cocoa and jam and bread for supper as well as “walking to Pin Point and Fossil Creek.”

She also remembered “being scared of the grey lady lol.”

Marty Threlfall said: “Great memories. The church with the wooden mice, swings,sea saws, pond dipping, walks, disco at end of week. Also the bonfire sing song.”

Kay Metcalf went twice with Owton Manor Junior School and Jack Hamilton “went with Lynnfield School when I was in year 6.”

Les Lord Wallis said: “I went twice with Lister Street Juniors and twice with the Tech, loved it. Fossil hunting, cross country runs around the motorcross track (in wellies), walks to church.”

David Martin said they were “the best best memories ever.”

Loraine Sutcliffe said: “The Grey Lady is always at the top of the list when I remember Calton Camp!”

Thanks to everyone who responded and watch out for more comments and photos in the days to come.