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  1. the shop in the distance to the left in 1900 was run by my great grandmother Elizabeth Curr Coyne with her 12 children while her husband Peter Coyne worked as a boatman. I wonder if any of the children shown were hers?

  2. The Lord Byron was owned by my great grandfather, and Middlesbrough footballer Donald McLeod from about 1909 til 1917, when he was killed at Passchendaele

  3. I’ve just discovered my maternal grandparents marriage certificate. My Grandfather, Bernard McKenna, is shown as residing at The Lord Byron Hotel in Middlesbrough at the time. The year was 1919.
    He was an Irish immigrant looking for work in the Steel works, so I presume this hotel was a lodging house at this time?
    He later won £100 and bought a small Kiosk on Nut Lane selling sweets and tobacco. He later bought the newsagents business on the Longlands and kept it solvent until his death in 1959.

  4. My Grandad & Grandma used to run the Cromwell Hotel – in the background. Their names were Arthur and Elsie Monaghan (Nee Wedgwood).

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