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Stockton's architecture is captured in print

Monday, March 31, 2014

The rich architecture of Stockton-on-Tees has been captured in a new heritage booklet, available from today.

‘The Buildings of Stockton-on-Tees’ records the range of buildings and sophisticated architectural styles which have been seen in the town over the years, many of which still remain today.

Readers will be taken on a journey through time as the publication tells the story of Stockton’s history through its range of buildings. The pages have been filled with intricate architecture from the town’s medieval origins, through to the industrial styles of the 19th Century and business and retail developments of the 20th Century.

The booklet has been developed by Tees Archaeology as part of a wider heritage project in partnership with volunteers and Stockton Council.

The five-year project, which was completed last year, saw volunteers record every building in Stockton Town Centre from the 1700s through to the modern day.

The group carefully studied more than 400 buildings so an accurate representation of the town's history could be created. The project was funded by Stockton Council's ‘Grants for Heritage Buildings’ programme.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Stockton has a rich heritage and boasts a large number of buildings dating from as far back as the 18th Century, which are still standing today.

“Tees Archaeology and a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to create this important archive, capturing the history of our town and its buildings. The booklet is a great way to celebrate this heritage for many more generations to come.”

Author John Grundy, who chaired Tees Archaeology’s Stockton Day School in November 2012, said: “What a labour of love this project has been and what an exciting range of buildings it has revealed. The booklet shows that Stockton has fine examples of almost every style of English architecture from the last 300 years.”

The free booklet is available in all Stockton Borough libraries and the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street. A digital copy is available to download from www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk and, from Wednesday 2 April, from www.teesarchaeology.com

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.