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Stockton Snapshot

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A special project to capture the history of Stockton Town Centre's buildings is now complete.

Over the last five years volunteers have braved cold and wet weather conditions to record every building in the town centre – whether it be 18th, 19th or 20th Century.

The recording has been coordinated by Tees Archaeology with support from Stockton Council's Grants for Heritage Buildings programme and has been completed by volunteers from all walks of life regardless of age, ability or experience.

Armed with clipboards and cameras, they have carefully studied more than 400 buildings so an accurate representation of the town's history can be created.

Stockton Council's cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon with volunteers and Robin Daniels from Tees ArchaeologyStockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: "Stockton Town Centre has a rich heritage and a large number of historic buildings.

"It is really important that we ensure our history and heritage is safeguarded for future generations and projects like this are helping us to achieve this so I would like to thank Tees Archaeology and all their volunteers for their dedication and hard work."

Robin Daniels, from Tees Archeology, said: "It has been surprising to discover how many 18th Century buildings survive in Stockton Town Centre. You only have to look above the shop fronts to see some fine Georgian town houses".

Alan Betteney, was one of the volunteers, he added: "This project has provided a fascinating insight into how the town has developed through its buildings. It is rewarding to know it will be available for consultation by future generations."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the recording of Stockton Town Centre buildings can contact Tees Archaeology by emailing teesarchaeology@hartlepool.gov.uk or calling (01429) 523455. A full copy of the document will also be available in Stockton Central Library in the coming months.

As well as providing an important archival resource, the building recording will also be used by Tees Archaeology to inform a summary booklet about the town of Stockton-on-Tees and its buildings.

The booklet will cost £5 and will be available from Tees Archaeology, Stockton Central Library and the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street early in 2014.

The Grants for Heritage Buildings programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockton Council. For further information on Grants for Heritage Buildings, contact suzanne.calvert@stockton.gov.uk or (01642) 526991.

 

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