A couple of years ago I came across a collection of negatives at my Mum’s house in Hartlepool. I scanned them recently using an Epson V370 flatbed / negative scanner, and some of the resulting images are shown here.
My Dad at West Hartlepool Railway Station, October 1949.
My grandfather William Leonard, with my brother Bill and cousin Kay in the back. I never knew him. He died a few years before I was born.
My Mum at the wheel of the same car, possibly on the same day
My Mum leaves hospital with the first of her three sons, April 1950. She was 22.
Taken from the west end of West Hartlepool Railway Station, looking toward the docks, in 1949. The prominent structures are shipbuilding cranes. The last ship to be built here left 12 years later in 1961.
My Mum and my Aunty Alwyn. Sadly Alwyn died in 1970, about twenty years after this photo was taken.
Bill and Aunty Kay at the Fish Sands, Hartlepool. The pier on the left had been damaged in heavy storms that year, but had been repaired by the time this photo was taken.
Bill at the beach with my cousin Katie and my Mum’s cousin, David Craig. Same day, I think.
The drawing office at Richardsons Westgarth, a marine engineering business where my Dad worked in the early ’50s
Bill and cousin Katie at the fair on the Town Moor
My grandfather managed a furniture shop in Bishop Auckland
Southwark Bridge, with Cannon Street Station in the background. I think those are trams on the bridge, so this must have been taken before 1952. The station looks very different today; the train shed roof was removed in 1958, but the distinctive towers to each side remain.
A view of St Paul’s from the river. All of the buildings in the foreground at the water’s edge have gone now. The tall building to the left is the Faraday Building, on Queen Victoria St.
From the same boat trip as the previous two photographs, a view of the Tower of London. It looks much the same today, except that the prominent trees directly in front of the Tower are no longer to be seen.