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Time capsule buried in newly improved Tennant Square in Stockton

06 December 2023
The Mayor of Stockton buries a time capsule in Stockton

The Mayor of Stockton buries a time capsule in Stockton

Young people and the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees have marked an exciting heritage milestone in the Town Centre's transformation by burying a time capsule at the newly completed Tennant Square.

The time capsule was presented to the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Jim Beall at a ceremony on Tuesday (5 DEC) at the north end of the High Street, which is part of the Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage Project.

Children from Mill Lane Primary School and Tilery Primary School created drawings with their memories of the High Street and what they think life will be like there in fifty years' time when the capsule is re-opened.

The Mayor penned a letter to the Borough's future residents, which was placed into the time capsule. Local businesses and volunteers were also invited to contribute their memories to give an insight into life in Stockton-on-Tees in the year 2023.

The project, which is joint funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, included the redevelopment of Tennant Square and Norton Road to create a more inviting public space and complements the historic improvements previously made on Stockton High Street.

The improvements create a larger square with a more open appearance.  The existing boundary wall and railings were removed, and new paving and soft landscaping have created a high quality, attractive, safe and social space. 

Tennant Square is the site of the former Norton Road Congregational Church, which opened its doors in 1845 and stood on the site for more than 125 years. Fragments of glass from an archaeological dig which took place on the site in 2021 were also placed inside the capsule.

Footpaths at the northern end of the High Street, along Norton Road and King Street were also improved as part of the scheme.

Councillor Jim Beall, Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, said: "Public spaces like Tennant Square are integral to the community and it's great that so many generations will be able to enjoy it.

"The time capsule is a way for families to learn about the history of the town and the Borough. It's brilliant that these children can be involved in such an exciting opportunity.

"This project will ensure a lasting and memorable record of the variety and experience of life within our community at this time."

The Townscape Heritage Project also focuses on a series of restoration projects of historic buildings in the area and complements the wider transformation of Stockton High Street, led by the Council.

Helen Featherstone, Director. England - North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: "Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we are proud to support the Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage Project that is putting heritage at the heart of the regeneration and future of the town. It is wonderful to see this element completed, ensuring Tennant Square can be enjoyed by local people and visitors from further afield for years to come."

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: "The Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage Project allows us to improve spaces and bring buildings back into use so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

"The project also complements the regeneration work we are undertaking to transform our town centres to ensure they are fit for the future."

Find out more about the Stockton Northern Gateway Townscape Heritage Project