Mrs Pattisons Tea Rooms
If you fancy something typically English then why not pop into this delightful tea shop, serves the usual English tea and scones. Not to mention cakes, biscuits and coffees.
A nice change from the Starbucks and Costa Coffee world!
Located just off Stockton High Street on the Town Hall Side.
Stockton on Tees - Home of the Locomotive Train
"My visit to Stockton"
Well, I must say Stockton is quite a small town. However the surrounding towns and the borough itself are much larger and quite interesting.
Stockton doesnt seem to have much in the way of things to do, at least not in the town centre it self. A few small shopping areas, quite a lot of gambling areas (too many for such a small place in my opinion) and many pubs in the town centre!
The people here seemed nice enough and certainly those I worked with were accomodating and friendly. People in Stockton also seem to drink more tea than the usual Brit.
"A brief history of Stockton."
Stockton began as an Anglo-Saxon settlement on high ground close to the northern bank of the River Tees. The manor of Stockton was created in around 1138. Stockton Castle is first referred to in 1376. It was captured by the Scottish in 1644 and was occupied by them until 1646, but was destroyed on the orders of Oliver Cromwell at the end of the Civil War. There is now a shopping centre, called the Castle Gate Centre, where the original castle stood. The highstreet is also thought to be the widest in the country.
"Famous little Stockton"
The town is famous for its associations with the Stockton and Darlington Railway on which ran the world's first steam hauled passenger train in 1825. The town also has the world's oldest railway station building, and also contains much Georgian architecture, one notable example being the world's oldest Georgian theatre, constructed in 1766.
Stockton was the birthplace and early home of furniture designer Thomas Sheraton. It was also the home of John Walker, who invented the friction match in 1826.