Photo Archive: 10 pictures of Darlington in the 1960s

AERIAL VIEW: Darlington town centre on March 10, 1965

AERIAL VIEW: Darlington town centre on March 10, 1965

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HERE, we delve into The Northern Echo’s photo archive to see what images of yesteryear in Darlington it contains.

Perhaps the most eye-catching is the aerial view from March 1965, pictured above, with the Great North Road running past the King’s Head Hotel, in the centre of the picture. To the left is Bondgate – no Queens Street Arcade – and towards the top is the Union Street Congregational Church, which is surrounded by scratty bits of land that have been cleared in preparation for the inner ring road.

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SHOP AT BINNS: So says the double decker turning on to High Row on April 7, 1966. Just above its roof, by the palisade is a line of deck of chairs looking down onto the Great North Road

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OLD CONUNDRUM: An undated picture of North Road, Darlington – presumably that sign on the left is at the entrance to St Paul’s Church. This picture provides the answer to the old conundrum about the number of men required to install a pole. Three to install it and one, who looks like Dr Who’s David Tennant, to stand and watch

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BUSY IN BONDGATE: Taken on September 18, 1964, before the ring road blasted away the buildings on the left. On the far right is the Art Shop

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TRAFFIC JAM: In Northgate, outside Edward “the Father of the Railways” Pease’s house in 1964. Although a large load – on what looks like a Siddle & Cook wagon – is not helping matters, the jam appears to have been caused by the two police officers who have parked their Jaguar, with the door open, in the middle of the road, and are having a conversation

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MOSEY OVER TO MOSES: Fred Moses and Son had their furniture shop on the corner of Bondgate and Commercial Street on May 19, 1965, when this picture was taken. Next to the left of the Tap and Spile is a Wimpy Bar

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CURIOUS VEHICLE: It was a misty day in Northgate, Darlington, when the Echo photographer took this picture. The Angel of the Nativity can just be seen in the distance on top of Westbrook Buildings, but we include the picture because of the curious-shaped lorry on the left. What was it?

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FUN IN THE SUN: Roller skating at South Park, Darlington, in the 1960s

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PECULIAR TOWER: Looking north out of Darlington along North Road on April 30, 1962, with the peculiar-shaped tower of the old Harrowgate Hill reservoir

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TRAFFIC TEST: An experimental roundabout was installed in Darlington at the junction of Grange Road, West Street and Victoria Road in April 1964

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10:08am Wed 13 Aug 14

annier00nie says...

Oh my, how the town has changed!!
Oh my, how the town has changed!! annier00nie
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1:41pm Sat 16 Aug 14

jonwix says...

The cars featured on page 64 og your memories page dated Aug 9th are as you said AUSTIN CAMBRIDGE, MORRIS OXFORD, AUSTIN SHEERLINE and
JAGUAR POLICE CAR exactly the same as the one in the bottom right hand corner of the same page. To say it's a Ford V8 Pilot is ridiculous. ITS A JAGUAR and THE SAME ONE as in the top left hand corner check the reg. same digits 641!!
The cars featured on page 64 og your memories page dated Aug 9th are as you said AUSTIN CAMBRIDGE, MORRIS OXFORD, AUSTIN SHEERLINE and JAGUAR POLICE CAR exactly the same as the one in the bottom right hand corner of the same page. To say it's a Ford V8 Pilot is ridiculous. ITS A JAGUAR and THE SAME ONE as in the top left hand corner check the reg. same digits 641!! jonwix
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