Grangetown, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates: 54°34′48″N 1°08′38″W / 54.580°N 1.144°W / 54.580; -1.144

Grangetown
Grangetown is located in North Yorkshire
Grangetown
Grangetown
 Grangetown shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference NZ554209
Unitary authority Redcar and Cleveland
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MIDDLESBROUGH
Postcode district TS6
Dialling code 01642
Police Cleveland
Fire Cleveland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Redcar
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Grangetown is a township in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England.

Geography and history[edit]

Grangetown houses with industry in the background

Grangetown is situated on the eastern outskirts of Middlesbrough, beyond South Bank between the town and west of the industrial chemical complex at ICI Wilton. It is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Middlesbrough centre and 4 miles (6.4 km) from Redcar. Although outside of the Middlesbrough authority, it forms part of the Middlesbrough built-up area. It was historically part of the parish and urban district of Eston. Grangetown was brought into Teesside County Borough in 1968; from 1974 to 1996, it formed part of the County of Cleveland, and in 1996 it became part of the Unitary Authority of Redcar and Cleveland, which replaced the district of Langbaurgh-on-Tees. It has a population of approximately 8,000 residents.

The impetus for the development of Grangetown was the discovery of ironstone in the Eston Hills in 1840, and the subsequent development of the iron and steel industry along the riverbanks by Messrs. Bolckow and Vaughan. By 1914, it was community of approximately 5,500 people with the majority of the houses lying between Bolckow Road and the steel works. There was a market square, shopping centre, boarding school, three pubs, six places of worship, a police station and public bathhouse. Though the inhabitants came from many parts of the country, the community had built up a strong identity and local pride. The majority of men worked in the steel works, but a wide range of skills was represented within the town and a whole cross-section of society lived together in the town.

Grangetown underwent a period of quite rapid expansion between 1914 and 1939. Both the steel companies and the local council built estates from Bolckow Road to and across the new A1085 Trunk Road. The population in 1939 was approximately 9,000. After the war, council house building was extended and in the 1950s reached Fabian Road.

The modern town has long since moved from its original location.[when?] Victorian terraced houses, nestled against the heavy industry along the River Tees have been replaced with the warehouses and depots of lighter industry. Some new houses have been built over the years, but Grangetown has lost the popularity of its heyday of the earlier part of the 20th century. The local authority, Redcar and Cleveland Council have embarked on the regeneration project named Greater Eston.

Politics[edit]

Grangetown is part of Redcar constituency and is represented by Liberal Democrat Ian Swales in the House of Commons. It is part of the North East England European Parliament constituency, where it is represented by a Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative MEP.

2011 local elections results[edit]

Borough Council[edit]

In the 2011 local elections, the following members were returned to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council:[1]

Ward Councillor Party
Grangetown Peter Dunlop Labour Party
Grangetown Lynn Pallister Labour Party

Notable people[edit]

Location[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Redcar & Cleveland". May 2011. 

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