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Middlesbrough Heritage Trail

Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ

Discover the history of 'Ironopolis'.

Explore St. Hilda’s (the original heart of the town), modern day Middlehaven, and a number of nationally listed buildings and structures.

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Begin your digital treasure trail at Middlesbrough's Central Library in the picturesque Central Square.

Developed by Heritage Unlocked in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and Public Health South Tees.
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A Former Mayor
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Look around Central Square for a statue of the gentleman who discovered ironstone in the Cleveland Hills.

Walk closer to this point to reveal a question.

What is the name of this former mayor of Middlesbrough? (two words)
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Historically known as Victoria Square, Centre Square has undergone extensive change in recent decades. It features statues of two of Middlesbrough's leading industrialists and is surrounded by Middlesbrough's Central Library, opened in 1912 and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).

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Middlesbrough Libraries

Many of the historic documents and photographs featured are from the My Town My Future project that has digitised thousands of documents from the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries'.

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Town Hall
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Face the Town Hall and walk around the left-side of the building along Albert Road. Look on the corner of the building near the road junction for information about the Ball Finial stone.
In which year did councillor Thomas Sanderson fix the Ball Finial stone onto the Town Hall spire? (two words)
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Middlesbrough Town Hall has been at the heart of civic life in the town for over 125 years. Officially opened by the Prince of Wales in January 1889, the venue has played host to stars including David Bowie and Oasis.

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Building Society
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Carefully cross twice at the junction traffic lights until you reach the pictured building diagonally opposite from where you're standing. Search the building on the corner for a circular green plaque
Local architects Moore and Archibald Ltd designed this building for Freeman, Hardy, and Willis. The building was originally a shop that sold which item of clothing? (one word)
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Teesside Archives

Teesside Archives

Many of the plans and photographs featured in this Huntee are from the collections of Teesside Archives.

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A Former Hotel
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Continue along Albert Road keeping the road on your right. Search high on the red brick building at the next junction for a carved stone sign.
What was the former name of this ornate red-brick building? (two words)
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The area contains a number of Listed buildings including the former Lloyds Bank Chambers (now a nightclub) and has undergone extensive improvements in recent years as part of the Albert North regeneration project.

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1 Albert Road
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Cross at the lights and continue follow Albert road under a road bridge. Shortly beyond the bridge look for a circular blue marker on an ornate sandstone building that dates from the 1870s.
Prior to being Spencley's Emporium the building was occupied by which bank?
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Webb House
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Turn left onto Zetland Road and continue approximately halfway along. Look out for the Webb House blue plaque.
Which famous Middlesbrough bridge builders occupied the offices as well as Bell Brothers? (two words)
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Grade II* Listed Webb House was designed by leading Arts & Crafts architect Philip Webb as offices for Bell Brothers ironworks company.

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Middlesbrough Station
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Return to the main road (Albert Road) and turn left, heading north. Look out for a blue plaque.
During which war was Middlesbrough Station heavily bombed resulting in a number of fatalities and extensive damage to the station's roof? (three words)
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Middlesbrough’s gothic Railway Station was designed by celebrated North Eastern Railway architect William Peachey and completed in 1877.

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Port Authority
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Continue under the railway bridge, crossing at the lights, to the spectacular terracotta building on the left. Look for a carved stone marker behind a large anchor.
This stone was laid on the 2nd of June by Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease Bart in which year?
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Queen's Terrace
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Continue along Albert Road and look for a blue plaque at the end of the terrace.
This building was the former Head Office of which organisation? (five words)
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This terrace was built as homes for Middlesbrough's early well-off residents. Queen's Square is also home of PD Ports who occupy the former headquarters of the Tees Conservancy Commissioners.

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Gibson House
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Cross the road to Gibson House, the former National Provincial Bank of England, and look for another blue plaque.
What was the name of the Club that regularly held their meetings in the building? (two words)
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This building was designed in the French Baroque style by John Gibson for the National Provincial Bank. The premises was also home to the area's premier businessman's club.

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Old Town Hall
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Continue north until you reach a road turning left to the Old Town Hall (with clock tower).
How many clock faces can be seen on the former town hall clock tower?
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Opened in 1846 the Grade II Listed Building was constructed in an Italianate Style with a prominent clock tower to a design by the architect W.L. Moffat The artist L.S. Lowry famously painted the former town hall, you can find the original artwork in the MIMA gallery.

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Custom House
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Walk round to the right of the Old Town Hall. Turn right and follow a brick road to a renovated building with a large glass foyer straight ahead. Walk to the right of the building and look for a blue plaque on an old sandstone building.
Before becoming a hotel, offices, and then Custom House what did this building (that was opened in 1837) originally serve as? (two words)
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Dating from the 1830s, Custom House is one of the oldest buildings in Middlesbrough. The building was venue for the new town's first Royal Visit when the Duke of Sussex visited in 1838.

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The First Station
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Carefully cross the road and look nearby for a blue plaque that details Middlesbrough's first railway station.
Opened in 1837, this station provided a passenger service between Middlesbrough and which nearby town?
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Tees Transporter Bridge
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Facing the blue plaque turn right and carefully cross North Street. Turn left at the next junction and you'll see the impressive Tees Transporter Bridge. Search the car park on Vulcan Street for an information board.
How many months did it take to build the bridge superstructure?
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The Tees Transporter Bridge was opened on 17th October 1911 by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. The Bridge is one of the north east's most famous landmarks.

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Viewing Area
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Carefully cross the road and walk to the viewing area left of the Tees Transporter bridge. Look for another information board.
On the Tees Transporter Bridge diagram what is located at point number 19? (two words)
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The Transporter Bridge connects Middlesbrough to Port Clarence. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling 'car' (or 'gondola') suspended from the bridge across the river in 90 seconds.

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Bridge Master's Cottage
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Walk towards the entrance to the bridge and search the brick buildings nearby to find an information board about the Bridge Master's Cottage.
Who was appointed as Superintendent of the Transporter Bridge in September 1911? (two words).
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Vulcan Street Wall
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Walk back in the direction of the car park and follow the footpath on the left. Turn left when you reach the road and look for a blue plaque on the distinctive remains of an old brick wall.
This section of wall is all that remains of what former works? (three words)
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This was the southern boundary wall of the Cleveland Salt Works which operated from 1887 to 1937. The company produced 879,972 tonnes of salt over 59 years by evaporating brine pumped from the salt bed which underlies the Tees estuary.

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Dock Clock Tower
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Continue along Vulcan Street and head towards the distinctive red brick clock tower.
How many clock faces does the tower have?
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One of the stories behind the Dock Clock Tower having only three clock relates to a claim that owners of nearby businesses were not willing to pay for the costs of a north clock face due to concerns that workmen along the banks of the Tees would 'clock watch'.

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A Narrow Building
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Facing the door of the clock tower turn around and walk along the road signposted as the English Coast Path, keeping the football stadium on your left and the college to your right. Turn right onto the multi-tone grey footpath and look for a building that comes to a narrow edge.
Which name can be found on the narrowest edge of the building (two words)
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The original Lord Byron pub opened in 1864 and closed in 1939. The building was then used as a Seaman's Mission, a warehouse and also a factory.

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Cleveland Buildings
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Take the path to the right of the Lord Byron. When you reach the junction you'll recognise Queen's Terrace and Gibson House from earlier in the trail. Turn right and look for a blue plaque on the building that stands on the corner.
Besides Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan, which Civic Leader and Tug Owner once occupied the building? Hint: Look for the knight on one of the plaques! (three words)
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The Cleveland Buildings were once home to Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan, Middlesbrough's leading founding ironmasters. They lived close to their works on the banks of the Tees before moving to Marton Hall and Gunnergate Hall, mansions on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

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Midland Bank Chambers
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Face the blue plaque and turn right, following the path back under the railway bridge. At the crossroads turn left into Exchange Square and look for a plaque underneath the Midland Bank Chambers.
This building was originally constructed for the York City and County Banking Company in which year?
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The Historic Quarter was once the financial heart of Middlesbrough and contained the town's leading business and financial institutions, most notably the Royal Exchange. A number of Victorian banking buildings remain, a number of which are marked out by blue plaques.

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Teesside Archives
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Continue past the spectacular terrace and cross Zetland Place. Look for a blue plaque on the Teesside Archives building.
The Teesside Archives, located in the heart of Middlesbrough's commercial and financial district, were originally constructed as which buildings? (two words)
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Henry Bolckow
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Return to Exchange Square and find the statue of Henry Bolckow. Look nearby for a blue plaque.
Henry Bolckow laid the foundation stone of which area nearby that formally opened in 1868? (two words)
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The Foundation Stone
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Continue walking back along your route, under the road bridge, and return to Middlesbrough current Town Hall. Turn left and look for a stone plaque on the far corner, near a set of red telephone boxes.
In which year did Isaac Fidler lay the building's foundation stone?
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The Empire
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Cross Dunning Street to The Empire.
How many arched windows are directly above the main entrance?
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The Palace of Varieties was built as a music hall in 1896/99. The venue hosted a number of top performers covering a span of sixty years, including Charlie Chaplin and Morecambe & Wise. After its life as a music hall the venue has served as a bingo hall.

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Bottle of Notes
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Walk beyond The Empire and turn right on Elm Street. Look for a large sculpture known as the Bottle of Notes and find a plaque nearby.
In which year was the Bottle of Notes made by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen?
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The outer text of the Bottle of Notes is from the 1768 ships log of Captain James Cook. “We had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole of the passage of the planet Venus over the Sun’s disc”

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Central Library
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Return to Centre Square where you began this trail. Look on the Central Library for a blue circular plaque.
Who formally opened the Middlesbrough Public Library on 8th May 1912? (two words)
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john vaughan 1887 shoe Wellington Hotel yorkshire bank Dorman Long Second World War 1899 Owners of the Middlesbrough Estate Cleveland Club four coal exchange stockton 14 anchor cables John Gettins Cleveland Salt Works 3 Lord Byron Sir William Crosthwaite 1872 post office Royal Exchange 1883 five 1993 amos hinton

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