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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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The Borough’s known history stretches from the Bronze Age settlement at Ingleby Barwick to the new town of Billingham and from the historic ports of Yarm and Stockton to the oil and chemical industry based at Seal Sands.

The legacy of this history can be seen in the landscape, buildings, photographs and documents we have today.

Local famous pioneers include the inventor of the friction match, John Walker, and the furniture designer Thomas Sheraton, who have helped to form the heritage of Stockton-on-Tees. The birth of modern-day railways in Stockton heralded an era of economic prosperity and focused the attention of the world on the town.

Stockton Borough Council is pleased to have developed it's first Heritage Strategy, which will support the promotion and development of our heritage assets through its many services: working with communities to ensure heritage remains an acknowledged asset in these economically challenging times.