So, you’re a bit of a history fan and wondered to yourself “what do these fantastic student accommodation block names mean? Is there some sort of significance to them?? Are they linked to some form of iconic historical figures? Well, if you’ve found yourself having sleepless nights over any of these questions or you’re just a bit keen to just know what the different block names you’ll get used to seeing at Stephenson College, then you’re definitely at the right page. Each block is named after a different historical figure directly linked to either the University, the College, or even the local communities (Stockton On Tees and Middlesbrough). For example, both people who Walker and Crosby block are named after are from Stockton, where Mezzino is located, while the figure who Hollis has been named after, is from Middlesbrough, hence the block name for Livers Out.

Keep reading on for more information about each block and its historical figures!


Bellamy Block

David James Bellamy OBE (born 18 January 1933) is an English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist. In 1960 he became a lecturer in the Botany department of Durham University.  Awarded Honorary MSc in 1995.  

Cooper Block

Angela Cooper MBE(1918 – 2010) was a local environmentalist, and a founder member of the Teesmouth Field Centre, often involved in cleaning up oiled birds at her home before releasing them back into the wild.  Awarded Honorary MSc in 1995.

Cowey Block

Alan Cowey FMedSciFRS (28 April 1935 – 20 December 2012) was a British scientist and academic.  He was  elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1988, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. Awarded Honorary DSc in 2000. 

Griffiths Block

Richard GriffithsOBE (31 July 1947 – 28 March 2013) was an English actor of stage, film and television, born in Thornaby, Stockton on Tees. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in 2005. Awarded Honorary Degree in 2006 and awarded an OBE in 2008.

James Block

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland ParkOBEFRSAFRSL (born 3 August 1920), commonly known as P. D. James, is an English crime writer and a life peer in the House of LordsAwarded Honorary DLitt in 1998.

Laming Block

William Herbert Laming, Baron LamingKt. CBE (born 19 July 1936) is a   British social worker and Crossbench Peer in theHouse of Lords.  Awarded   Hon DSc in 1999.

Barker Block

Pat Barker CBEFRSL (born 8 May 1943) is a writer and novelist, born in Thornaby, Stockton on Tees.  She has won many awards for her fiction, which centers around themes of memory, trauma, survival and recovery.  Awarded Honorary DLitt in 1998. 

Walker Block (Mezzino)

John Walker (born 29 May 1781) was an English chemist who invented the friction match, born in Stockton on Tees.

Crosby Block (Mezzino)

Brass Crosby (born 8 May 1725) was born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1725. He qualified in law and came to London to practise his chosen profession. In 1758 he was elected to the City Council and elected ‘lay’ Sheriff in 1764. In 1765 Crosby was elected an Alderman and in 1768 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Honiton. In 1770 he was elected Lord Mayor of London.

Hollis Block (Livers Out)

Stanley Elton Hollis VC (21 September 1912 – 8 February 1972) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He had the distinction of receiving the only Victoria Cross awarded on D-Day (6 June 1944). He was born in MiddlesbroughNorth Riding of YorkshireEngland, where he lived and attended the local school until 1926

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