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A brief History and some of it's people

A small glimpse into the village development


Dormanstown Village was built to house the influx of labour in the Steel Works because of the manufacture of munitions during the First World War.

Dorman Longís history goes back to1870 when the company was founded by Arthur Dorman who came from Ashford in Kent and Albert de Lande Long to manufacture iron. Steel was not manufactured at all on the North East coast although by 1875 Teesside produced one third of Britainís pig iron.

By the time of the building of Dormanstown the work force had expanded to such an extent , houses had to be built as fast as possible to house them. But by 1917 the foundation of the Garden City Movement by Ebenezer Howard and interest arising from Raymond Unwinís work at New Earswick, Letchworth and Hampstead Garden Suburb as well as the influence of George Cadbury ( Bournville) and W.H. Lever (Port Sunlight) had had a profound effect upon the design and layout of working class housing.

Dormanstown however was laid out as a Garden Village designed by the partnership of Professors Stanley Adshead and Stanley Ramsey architects and Professor Patrick Abercrombie of London and Liverpool

Dormanstown was to be designed as a Garden City Note the name and Date.

Sir A. J. Dorman and 12th January 1918.

The first houses built are no longer with us, as we all know they were built with a steel frame structure and as time passed by the structures were beginning to corrode to excess so a major demolition job had to be undertaken. The West side of the Fleet and Cleveland place were the first built.

This plan dated 1917 shows The Fleet and Cleveland Place with Britannia place to the right


These houses were on The Broadway

This shows the steel structure.

This shows the houses with chimney stacks added.

The steel to build these Dorlonco Houses came straight from Warrenby Steel Works by railway. The railway ran down what is now Ennis Road. Looking at the above picture the railway line is clearly visible running across the centre of the picture

this plan dated1919shows the plans to build 25 houses,2 Broadway East,6 on

 Adshead Road, 6 on Fawcus Road and 11 on Ramsey Road.

This plan is dated 1918 , it shows plans for 62 houses.

44 on Westfield Way, 10 on Ramsey Road and8 on South Avenue.

As you can see the architects for Dormanstown were Adshead, Ramsey and

Patrick Abercrombie ,hence the names of the roads,

The two houses above look like they belong on South Avenue.

Could this be Broadway West.

These were purpose built managers houses in Maxwell Place

West Field Way now demolished?????

This is jus a reminder of how the houses were built.

This shows just how  Highly technical the Building Trade was .Would you like to have to work of scaffolding fabricated out of what looks like   Telegraph poles.

These two plans show the upstairs and downstairs plans of Type A2 houses


These two plans show the upstairs and downstairs of a Type B1 house.

This plan is of the upstairs of a Type B2 house.

This is a type B2 house but can any body remember where they were?