A market town in County Durham, Stockton-on-Tees is famous for its associations with the friction match and the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which operated the world’s first steam-hauled passenger train in 1825.
I was in the area over a damp weekend, and grabbed a few photos around town:
Stockton Town Hall was built in 1735, and extended in 1744.
Created in the early 18th century, the Green Dragon Yard contains former warehouses opened up in response to the expansion of commerce in the town.
The stainless steel Aeolian Motion kinetic sculpture by the river stands 11 metres tall.
The Shambles market hall in the High Street, built in 1825 on the site of a 1699 structure.
The name ‘shambles’ is an obsolete term for an open-air place where meat was butchered and sold, but is more commonly now used to describe a place of market stalls.
Opened in Dec 2000, the Teesquay Millennium pedestrian footbridge has a 40-metre (131 ft) ‘A’ frame pylon/mast with fanned cables and a total span of 153 m (502 ft).
I was on town with my band The Monochrome Set who were playing the lovely Georgian Theatre. Edinburgh-based band, The Cathode Ray, were the support act.
The Georgian Theatre can be accessed via a warren of small passageways.
Row of historic buildings in Finkle Street.
Stockton’s market can trace its history back to 1310, and despite the rain, it was fairly busy on Saturday morning.
Stockton’s Christmas tree.
I’ve no idea what this was all about.
Band playing ska-based hits and Christmas classics.
No-frills Ramsgate pub (formerly Green Tree).
The patriotic Don War Memorial Bar on Silver Street.