The Cannon Street area of Middlesbrough was built between 1865 and 1882. Despite being built to accommodate workers from the Ironmasters’ District, the houses became family homes and a tight-knit community developed. The success of this community is obvious because although this part of town was demolished in the late 1960s and early 1970s due to poor living conditions, people who lived there still feel a sense of loss for the community and a way of life.
Cannon Street is well known for having over 60 independent businesses on one street. To be from Cannon Street meant to live or work on the street itself, one of the streets off it, to be connected to the community through family members or attending the places of worship and schools. Despite being poor, most people worked together, supported each other and built the foundations of a strong and successful community, of which they were proud to belong.
Cannon Street Revisited is a Heritage Lottery funded project run by Hands on Middlesbrough in partnership with Ageing Better, Middlesbrough. It is an ongoing project, working with ex-residents, community groups, care homes and local historians to create a digital archive, ensuring that the streets and their residents are not consigned to a historical footnote and eventually forgotten.
The Cannon Street Revisited Facebook page has proved very popular, with over 2,000 members who regularly share stories, memories and photographs. The Cannon Street Digital Archive will enable members of the public to contribute to the ongoing historical research which starts with the families listed in the 1911 census.
If you would like to get involved in this project, share your photographs or memories with us, or you would be happy to be interviewed on camera please contact us using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org