Modern life in the streets which suffered during the Bombardment of Hartlepool

Victoria Place then and now which was the home of Salvation Army adjutant William G Avery (inset who was among the first civilians to be killed when the house was hit by a shell.
Victoria Place then and now which was the home of Salvation Army adjutant William G Avery (inset who was among the first civilians to be killed when the house was hit by a shell.

RESIDENTS in a street that was targeted during the bombardment have spoken of the attack.

A number of buildings on the Headland that suffered major destruction have featured in a project to mark the 100th anniversary to bring the two milestones together.

Cliff Terrace resident Darren James

Cliff Terrace resident Darren James

Photos of buildings as they were then and now have been reproduced from Hartlepool’s archives by the BBC as part of a Then and Now feature for today’s momentous occasion.

One shows the devastating damage suffered in Victoria Place which was then the home of Salvation Army adjutant William Avery.

Another reveals a huge hole in a house in nearby Moor Terrace beside a picture showing how the street looks today.

And another well publicised photo shows number 19 Cliff Terrace with a chunk of masonry missing from its wall.

It was demolished and was never replaced.

Residents living in Cliff Terrace today spoke about what it is like to live in such a historic place.

Foster carer Darren James, 39, said: “I knew a little bit about the history of the place when we moved in a couple of years ago.

“But since moving here we have learned a lot more especially with the battery being just round the corner. I know a neighbour’s house had its windows blown out and I believe someone died next door during the bombardment.”

Nurse Susan Armstrong, 56, who lives in Cliff Terrace, with husband Stuart, said: “I do think quite often what it would have been like 100 years ago.

“I used to look after a lady who lived in Beaconsfield Street and was eight when the bombardment happened.

“Her mum sent her out during it to collect her brother who was at the Borough Hall.” Stuart, a retired teacher, added: “It’s a significant event and should be remembered.”

Archive photos courtesy of Hartlepool Culture and Information and the modern photos BBC.

BBC Tees Local Live will carry short updates throughout the day telling the story of the bombardment as it happened at www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/tees.