Parts of the current tower are thought to date from around 1000 AD, a very through description of the buildings can be found here
An Anglo-Saxon settlement existed in Billingham as far back as the 7th century, inhabited by early followers of Cuthbert
Outside the church stands an attractive Lych Gate
Despite its theatre/cinema looks this building was built asÂ a department store for the Stockton Co-operative Society.
The building is currently used as carpet shop, although the Billigham PlayersÂ use the “Theatre Upstairs”
The building outline appears in its current form between the 1938 and 1939 editions of the OS map, although it could date from slightly earlier if the 1938 was already out of date.
I’ve found a reference to the nearby Heslops Brewey being sold to the Billingham Picture House Company in 1936 and demolished shortly afterwards, so suspect this whole area dates from around that time.
Externally the building is pretty much unchanged since this 1935 photo.
The building was recently an Indian restaurant but is currently being redeveloped by Fracture Theatre who also hope to show films there again.
This Shap Granite cross was erected at aÂ cost of Â£44 in 1893, the idea of Rev Phillip Rudd. It was made by Bowrons of Stockton.
The Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII was supposed to unveil the cross, but his carriage passed without stopping.
UnfortunatelyÂ little remains of the original buildings around the green which has since been redeveloped.