Stockton-on-Tees photos: street market scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, Dec 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton Town Hall was built in 1735, and extended in 1744.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Christmas lights.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

The stainless steel Aeolian Motion kinetic sculpture by the river stands 11 metres tall.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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).

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

River Tees.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

The Georgian Theatre can be accessed via a warren of small passageways.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Row of historic buildings in Finkle Street.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton’s market can trace its history back to 1310, and despite the rain, it was fairly busy on Saturday morning.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton’s Christmas tree.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

I’ve no idea what this was all about.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Band playing ska-based hits and Christmas classics.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Alfords antiques.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

No-frills Ramsgate pub (formerly Green Tree).

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

The patriotic Don War Memorial Bar on Silver Street.

Stockton-on-Tees photos - street scenes, rain, walking barrels and bargain hunters, December 2018

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