The unknown house history

Jeanette Henderson outside the Gus Robinson headquarters at Stranton 'House, which was formerly St Mary's RC Primary School.
Jeanette Henderson outside the Gus Robinson headquarters at Stranton 'House, which was formerly St Mary's RC Primary School.
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ONE of Hartlepool’s best known businesses is appealing to residents to help mark an anniversary milestone for its headquarters.

Although Gus Robinson Developments (GRD) is only 38 years old, its base at the town’s Stranton House celebrates its centenary this year.

The property, on Hartlepool’s West View Road, used to be the site of the former St Mary’s RC Primary School.

But when the school closed in 1961, the building remained empty for many years before being converted into offices by Burton Hankey and then eventually a home for Gus Robinson Developments.

Now bosses are anyone associated with the building in its previous guises to help provide information on the its history.

Jeanette Henderson, the firm’s financial director, said: “For many years, people have just known Stranton House as the base for Gus Robinson Developments, but there’s a whole generation of Hartlepool people who will have attended St Mary’s.

“A lot of people from the Headland and West View will have gone to school here – I imagine they will be in their 60s now.

“With it being the centenary, we wanted to find out more about the history of Stranton House and perhaps get together some archive pictures and documents.”

As well as the school on the site, it is believed St Barnabas Church may have once stood on the Stranton House site, with children attending Sunday School services there.

Jeanette also said she believed Jack Walsh was head teacher of St Mary’s at the time the school closed in 1961.

She added: “As a business, we feel very much part of Hartlepool and are proud of our roots here.

“But we want to know more about the history of Stranton House, so if any former pupils or residents can help, we would love to hear from them.”

If anyone has more history to share about Stranton House, they should email jeanette.h@gusrobinson.com