Life Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in Hartlepool

Easter weekend was sunny and warm. I drove up to see my aged parents and enjoyed the sea air.Hartlepool used to be a grim town, chemical plants, gasworks, steel industry nearby. But it has been spruced up recently.These doors are all from the old town at the edge of the harbour. Some houses have been gentrified, others are in need of tlc.Hartlepool was bombed by a zeppelin raid during the first World War in 1916. It was shot down and all the crew died. My grandmother lived ten miles up the coast and can remember seeing the zeppelin crash in flames into the sea. The airship captain had a famous daughter. Anyone hazard a guess? Clue Lili. Answer next week.Also, this part of Hartlepool was bombarded by German battleships in December 1914 during WW1 killing 130 civilians and a serviceman, the first to die in action on British soil during the conflict.But during the Napoleonic war, a monkey was washed ashore clinging to driftwood. The monkey was obviously not British and couldn’t speak English, so the locals assumed it was a French spy and hanged it.If you ever want to sample NHS care at the local Accident and Emergency department, go into a pub or bar on a Saturday night and shout out, “Who hung the monkey, then?”