Tessy’s great memories of Hartlepool’s market

Teresa Casey re-creates the scene at Hartlepool Indoor Market which she  first featured in decades ago.
Teresa Casey re-creates the scene at Hartlepool Indoor Market which she first featured in decades ago.

Reader memories are often the best reminders of days gone by.

But Hartlepool woman Teresa Casey went one step further and even recreated a photograph the Hartlepool Mail first took of her in the early 1970s.

The original photograph in full.

The original photograph in full.

It was a great chance to view the same scene in different decades and our thanks go to Teresa for a wonderful contrast.

We have also got Jade Johnson to thank who told us her ‘Great Aunty Tessy’ was now in her 80s and was in our original photograph.

Jade added: “We popped down to the indoor market and tried to recreate the photograph in exactly the same spot!”

And Jade also told us more about Tessy’s memories of the market in days gone by.

Her favourite thing was toffee apples from Billy Brett’s Sweet Shop and Aunty Tessy’s sister and niece and great niece all worked at Billy Brett’s at different points in time. She used to go for veg and the butchers, and still gets veggies from there now

Jade Johnson

“The old market moved from Lynn Street to the new indoor market which was really modern.

“It was a novelty and Tessy was curious to see the difference. She was a bit disappointed because she expected it to be exactly the same as Lynn Street.

“Lots of stalls that had been in Lynn Street had gone. She believes they retired and didn’t move to the new market.

“For example, Lynn Street had a restaurant which was subsidised by the council and cheap meals were available, but it didn’t move to the new indoor market. It was quite different to what they were used to, but all the stalls were full and it was busy.”

But the move to a new venue did have its plus points for Great Aunt Tessy.

“Her favourite thing was toffee apples from Billy Brett’s Sweet Shop and Aunty Tessy’s sister and niece and great niece all worked at Billy Brett’s at different points in time.

“She used to go for veg and the butchers, and still gets veggies from there now.”

Teresa listed the stalls she can remember from the good old days and they included;

l Mrs Jones who sold corsets and brassieres and underwear.

l The Steeles toy stall.

l Rogers sweet stall.

l The tripe stall.

There were others that Teresa remembers but can not recall the name, and they included stalls selling fruit, woollens, meat, dresses, cards and second hand books.

Teresa’s memories add to a rich collection of reader reminiscences.

Previously, Mail followers have reflected on shops such as Eastman’s the butchers, Daddy Evans the barber shop, and Pearson’s shellfish shop.

And in the Market Yard at Lynn Street, there were coconut shies which cost a penny-a-ball, and an Aunt Sally where it was three balls a penny to have a go.

What are your memories of the markets from times gone by?

Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk