Our Local Area

Fifty Places, Buildings, Events and People

As part of our celebrations to mark the 50th year of the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society, we are publishing, throughout the Jubilee year, information of fifty places, buildings, events and people of significance in our local history.

Each month on our web site we will add information about these places, buildings, events and people – five in January 2018, four a month from February to November 2018, and five in December 2018.

The selection of places, buildings, events and people will be to some extent subjective. Most have been chosen by members of the Committee. However, all members of the Society were invited to vote on the events that became our List of 50 Events.

Some significant events that were on the List of 100 Events put to the vote with members failed to make the 50 List. These included the building of the railway viaduct at Yarm, the first shipment of coal from Port Clarence, the occasions when Stockton and Middlesbrough football clubs won the FA Amateur Cup, the opening of Teesside Polytechnic, the last trolley bus run, and even the first broadcast on local radio.

Some selections may be well-known.

Others may be hidden gems.

However, even where you are aware of one of something mentioned on the lists, we hope that you might still learn something new about it.

Of course, you might not agree with the places, buildings, events and people selected.

If that is the case, why not make your own suggestions?

We anticipate that the lists will continue beyond our Golden Jubilee year, with more information added in future years, thus providing a valuable resource about the local history of Cleveland and Teesside.