Heritage on the High Street

Heritage on the High Street

While visitors to the new look Stockton High Street will be struck by the sense of vibrancy around the place, the council have ensured that we retain our links to the past.

Six cast bronze plaques have been installed across the town to commemorate people, places and events important to the history of the town.

These plaques feature information about Dodshon’s fountain, the Almshouses that once stood on Knowles Street, the Trams that once rattled up and down the High Street, the Hirings Fair, which saw servants and labourers hiring out their services to would-be employers in the 1900s and the Cherry Fairs which were held every Spring until the early 1900s.

We also commemorate the more recent events of the Stockton International Riverside Festival.

The plaque locations identified in the diagram above are as follows:

1 – The Hirings, 2 – The Cherry Fair, 3 – Dodshon’s Fountain, 4 – SIRF, 5 – The Almshouses and

6 – The Trams.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “Stockton Town Centre has a rich, varied and interesting history and heritage. Although the town has transformed into a bustling, vibrant, welcoming and enticing town fit for the 21st Century, it is important that the town’s past – our successes and the plight of our poor – are not forgotten.

“The heritage plaques are a fantastic way of commemorating and sharing key parts of the town’s history and heritage with visitors and future generations.”