Albert Honeyman: Honeymans Merchants and Traders

My name, Honeyman was fairly well known in Cannon Street.

Most Honeymans originated in Hutton Rudby, and a number of them moved into Middlesbrough in the 1860s,probably for work. My great great granddad, who was a blacksmith, was one of them. He was Richard Honeyman, married to Rebecca Mason, and in 1866 they were living in Buxton Street.

Scrap Metal Dealer
One of Richard’s sons William, who was my great grandfather, owned a scrap metal business at 4 Brunswick Street. He also had a licence granted in 1911 for a Furniture Broker and Marine Store dealership in a warehouse and stables on Marsh Road. I am fortunate to have amongst belongings handed down to me, a small ledger with dealings from 1904 to 1911 on the Brunswick Street business, also the original licence granted by Middlesbrough Borough Council for Marsh Road.

William lived in Florence Street, where also my granddad and father were born and brought up, I also lived there as a youngster before moving to Rock street. Florence street was just a short walk from Cannon Street, and was situated between the Boundary Road bridge and the Denmark Street bridge, just opposite the old Ayresome Quoit Club, of which I am a member in its present premises.

Family Schools
My father went to Denmark street school and I went to Southend on Boundary Road. It’s sad those days are gone forever. What I liked was the closeness of the community. All my relatives, including my Mam’s side, the Hetherington’s lived in the Florence Street, Hill Street area, Marsh Road and Cannon Street area. How close is that?Great times, and still living in the Boro.

Someone once wrote in a article in the Evening Gazette, that there were fourteen butchers in and around Cannon Street, and named them all. One that stood out to my wife and I, was Laurie Rowland Butchers on the corner of Kendal Street. He was my wife’s father, and like his father before him was famous for his potted meat. Unfortunately he, like a lot of other businesses, got very little compensation when they were demolished in the 60s, so most of them were lost for good. Sadly Laurie died not long after in 1967, at the young age of 57.

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