Stockton On Tees, England

Stockton-on-Tees is a market town on the border between County Durham and North Yorkshire, England. It has a population of 84,000 people (2012 estimate) within a borough of some 191,000 people.

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Stockton-on-Tees, as its name suggested, was established by the bank of the River Tees. Its history goes back to Anglo-Saxon times. It received a charter to be a market town in 1310, enabling it to operate a market every Wednesday.

Stockton-on-Tees has a shipbuilding tradition going back to the 15th century, although it was only in the 17th and 18th centuries that the industry experienced rapid growth. In the beginning, it carried out small-scale industries such as rope making. This developed into more ambitious heavy industries such as iron making and engineering in the 18th century.

The first Big Ben, the bell at the Palace of Westminster, London, was cast in Stockton-on-Tees in 1856. Weighing 16.3 tonnes, it was named in honor of Sir Benjamin Hall.

Visiting Stockton-on-Tees

You can reach Stockton-on-Tees from London by following the route towards

Middlesbrough, and turning off just outside the town. Take the A1(M) and continue on the A66(M) to Darlington. Then continue on the A66 in the direction of Middlesbrough. Watch for signage to turn off the road towards Stockton-on-Tees.

Places of Interest to visit in Stockton-on-Tees

  1. Infinity Bridge
    Pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees, completed in 2008.

  2. Tees Barrage
    Barrage across the River Tees, built to control the water and prevent flood.

  3. Teesquay Millennium Footbridge
    Footbridge across the River Tees in Stockton-on-Tees. It was built in 2000.

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