New Homes in Stockton
Welcome to Stockton
As a thriving market town in County Durham, Stockton-on-Tees is a vibrant place to live and work, with a population of just under 200,000 people. The town is close to Middlesbrough and just a short drive from the North York Moors and the North Sea, so there’s lots to see and do in the local area, whether you want to go hiking, explore cultural sights or enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
A quick history
Stockton dates all the way back to Anglo-Saxon times, but the manor wasn’t built until the 12th century during the Norman era. The town’s market was first set up in 1310, taking place regularly on a Wednesday. Stockton Castle, constructed during the late 14th century, was captured in 1644 by the Scottish but destroyed at the end of the English Civil War.
Stockton Town Hall was built in 1735, and started hosting the weekly markets. It was also the place where the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which would eventually operate the first steam locomotives on a public railway, was first discussed. The first section of track was laid on Bridge Road in 1822.
In the 18th century, shipbuilding, iron making and engineering were major industries in Stockton, leading to a boom in population in the last part of the century. Today, Stockton is home to a new university college and the annual outdoor Riverside Festival.
Businesses and industry
Industry in Stockton has traditionally focussed around manufacturing and engineering, but nowadays the town is home to a range of different businesses across lots of sectors. Some of the biggest employers in the town include IT services company Onyx Group, car parts manufacturer Nifco, engineering business Darchem, and clothing manufacturer Clipper Logistics which counts George at Asda among its clients. Other successful businesses in Stockton include Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and Huntsman Pigments.
Some people who live in Stockton commute to Middlesbrough for work, either by car or train. In Stockton’s larger neighbouring town, businesses include INEOS Nitriles, The Gibson O’Neill Company, Quorn Foods and Brookfield Ports.
Things to do in the area
Stockton is home to lots of attractions, so you’ll never be short of inspiration for days out from your new home. Ropner Park is a popular place for walking and playing sports, with its own tennis courts, lake, children’s playground and bowling green.
If you have children or grandchildren, there’s plenty to keep them busy, from Butterfly World to Splash swimming pool complex, Fun City soft play and Wild Animal Adventures. Other great places to visit include Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium, Teesside White Water Centre, Billingham Forum Ice Ring and Preston Park and Museum.
For days in the great outdoors, Stockton is just a short drive from the North York Moors National Park, ideal for cycling and hiking or just enjoying the views. If you prefer exploring towns, Middlesbrough is home to the Dorman Museum, the Tees Transporter Bridge, Riverside Stadium and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
Travel and commuting
Stockton is located north of the A66 and west of the A19, with both roads leading into Middlesbrough. The journey from Stockton to the centre of Middlesbrough takes just 15 minutes by car or 5 minutes on the train from the local station, Thornaby. For rail travel further afield, the train from Middlesbrough takes 55 minutes to York, and 3 hours 15 minutes to London with one change.
When it’s time to go on holiday, Stockton is a 15 minute drive away from Durham Tees Valley International Airport, with public transport links by bus and train if you want to save on car parking. The airport serves destinations across Europe and the rest of the world, while Newcastle Airport also offers more choice.