Quaker Burial Ground, Darlington

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The quaker burial ground can be found just off Skinnergate and contains over 1000 burials.
Quaker Burial Ground, Darlington
All the headstones are very simple in design as is traditional, despite some of them being the most powerful and influential industrialists and bankers in the area.
Edward Pease (1767-1858) – The Father of the Railways
Joseph Pease (1799-1872) – First Quaker MP
John Fowler (1826-1864) – Inventor of the steam plough
Henry Pease (1807-1881) – Founder of Saltburn
James Backhouse (1720-1798) – Founder of Backhouse Bank which eventually became Barclays.

Darlington North Road Station

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Darlington North Road station has existed in this area since 1825 although the current building dates from 1842, it stopped being the main station in Darlington when Bank Top opened in 1887
Darlington North Road Station
The building and services declined with it ending up a vandalised and unmanned halt by 1973, it was then restored as a museum which opened in 1975, which in more recent times has become known as the Head of Steam
It would appear it was building “E9” on the Stockton to Darlington Railway.
Darlington North Road Station
Amongst the exhibits inside are a restored ticket office.
Darlington North Road Station
Several Stockton to Darlington Railway boundary markers can be found in the car park and museum
Stockton and Darlington Railway Markers
Stockton and Darlington Railway Markers
Stockton and Darlington Railway Markers

Locomotion No.1 Darlington

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Locomotion No.1 which was originally called Active, was built by George and Robert Stephensons company in 1825 for use on the Stockton to Darlington Railway where it was used for the worlds first passenger service on 27 September 1825, it remained in use until 1841.
Locomotion, Darlington
In was restored in 1857 and kept as Alfred Kitchings workshop until the 1880s

Locomotion, Darlington

Between 1892 and 1975 it was on display at Darlington Bank Top railway station.

1825 Skerne Bridge, Darlington

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The Skerne Bridge was designed by Ignatius Bonomi and was one of the worlds first railway bridges.
Skerne Bridge 1825, Darlington
It now lies sadly neglected and hard to reach behind an industrial estate, although its still in use by the railway to this day.
Skerne Bridge 1825, Darlington
For most of the 1990s it featured on the back of the £5 note with Locomotion No.1 passing over it at the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway

Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington

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Joseph Pease (22 June 1799 – 8 February 1872) was heavily involved in the Stockton and Darlington Railway and local collieries, he was also the first Quaker MP in Britain in 1832
Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington
This statue was originally unveiled in 28 September 1875 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the sculptor was George Anderson Lawson and the foundry Cox and Sons.

The reliefs around the base of the represent key themes in Pease’s life.
Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington
Politics, this panel shows Pease with Lords John Russell and Palmerston on his entry into Parliament.
Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington
Abolition of slavery
Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington
Industry, a locomotive and colliery are shown
Joseph Pease Statue, Darlington
Education

In 1958 the statue was relocated as part of a development, then in 2007 the statue was restored and returned to its original location.

Bulmer Stone, Darlington

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The Bulmer Stone lies sadly stranded on a little shelf behind a fence since 1923.
Bulmer Stone, Darlington
It is a Shap granite boulder deposited at the end of the ice age and once marked the northern edge of Darlington and stood on the roadside.
Bulmer Stone, Darlington
The name is said to come from Willy Bulmer the borough crier who announced news from it. It was also known as the ‘Battling Stone’ by the towns weavers who once beat their flax upon it.
It is also associated with the ancient rhyme :-

In Darnton towne ther is a stane,
And most strange is yt to tell,
That yt turnes nine times round aboute
When yt hears ye clock strike twell.

W.T. Steads Hitching Stone, Darlington

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William Thomas Stead was the second editor of the Northern Echo and is seen as one of the founding fathers of modern investigative journalism. He used this stone opposite the Northern Echo offices to tether his dogs and pony.

W T Steads Hitching Stone, Darlington
Mr Stead was heavily involved in campaigning for world peace and defending civil liberties and was killed on the maiden voyage of the Titanic on his way peace congress at Carnegie Hall.