Results in Middlesbrough, North-East England
BORN in 1830 on riverside farmland and remains of medieval priory cell, its history is all Victorian and most of that almost without trace today. Described by Gladstone as an infant Hercules, Middlesbrough was the fastest growing town in Victorian England and became the largest town in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Later became part of the now defunct County of Cleveland and today a borough in its own right with unitary status. Middlesbrough's growth was based originally on coal, but soon diversified into Iron and Steel and later the chemical industry which dominated the mouth of the Tees. Middlesbrough is now the 'capital' of Teesside and the Tees valley and has a sphere of influence that stretches far into North Yorkshire.