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Young Pearson built himself a fine reputation

CONSTRUCT ... stylish Pearson Armstrong here went on to become a builder.
CONSTRUCT ... stylish Pearson Armstrong here went on to become a builder.

HE cut a fine figure in his photograph but it seems he also had an eye for a stylish house.

You’ll remember Pearson here.

He was very much the young Edwardian man about town when he sent this card, accepting an invitation to a post-New Year gathering, in 1906, at the home of friends Tom and Lizzie in Stanhope Road in Shields.

But who was he, I wondered?

Well, he was Pearson Armstrong and within 20 years or so of this picture being taken, he seems to have established himself as a builder in the town.

A reader, now 87, recognised him as her father’s friend.

He lived with his family, she believes, in what is now Lismore Avenue, and, in adulthood, built the villas in Ashley Road, off Stanhope Road, in the early 1920s.

His father had also been a master builder, responsible for the construction of a lot of properties in the town, among them some of the flats in Birchington Avenue.

One other note. I was intrigued to know if the belt, tie and cap he was wearing were in the colours of the Boys’ High School in the town, but my reader believes Pearson was educated at Barnard Castle.

There is, I think, more to be told about him, but to be able to just put a name to him is a start.