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Remembering Stockton's history and heritage

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

dodgsons fountain

Stockton Town Centre may have a new look but that doesn’t mean its past has been forgotten.

Stockton Council is preparing to install heritage plaques to celebrate people, places and events important to the history of the town.

Six sample plaques have been designed and are on display in the Rediscover Stockton shop on Stockton High Street so that anyone visiting the town can share their views about what they look like.

Each plaque will be 300mm in diameter and made from cast bronze which will be set into the High Street’s granite paving.

At the moment the  plaques feature the Hirings Fair which saw servants and labourers sell their services in the 1900s, Cherry Fairs which took place every spring until the early 1900’s, Dodshon’s Fountain, Trams, Stockton International Riverside Festival, and Almshouses which once stood in Ropery Street.

Head of Culture, Leisure & Adult Learning, Reuben Kench, said: “We really want to hear from anyone who has an interest in Stockton’s fascinating past so we can make sure we capture the most relevant parts of its history and heritage.

“We are eager to hear people’s views about what the plaques should feature as well as what they look like.

“Stockton may be quickly transforming into a bustling and vibrant 21st century Town Centre but it is important that its rich history and heritage are highlighted for future generations and visitors to understand and appreciate.”

The example plaque designs will be on display in the Rediscover Stockton shop until the end of April.