Hartburn, County Durham
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Hartburn is a suburb of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham, England, situated to the south west of the town centre. It is made up of a number of estates situated around Hartburn Village. The area was originally called East Hartburn, with West Hartburn being located close to Middleton St George.
The village was founded centuries ago and the surrounding area has been developed extensively, mostly with semi-detached housing, from the 1930s onwards. It is situated just off the A66 road to Darlington. The village is a reasonably desirable area of housing in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. It has four public houses "The Masham", "The Stockton Arms", "The Eaglescliffe Hotel" and the "Parkwood". In the early 2010s Hartburn has expanded through new housing built on the site of the former Bowesfield Works in Low Hartburn.
In 1183, William de Hertburne (later changed to William de Hertbourne) exchanged his land in what is now Hartburn for some land in Washington, County Durham (then known as the County Palatine of Durham), thereby adopting a new title: William de Wessyngton. This occasion is commemorated by a plaque outside the church of All Saints in the village, which was erected at the 800th anniversary (2 April 1983). A later descendant of William de Wessyngton was George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.
The name of Hartburn and its ancient connections were not unknown to the later Washington family living in the United States, as a subsequent descendant of Pres. George Washington's brother Samuel, Perrin Washington named his son William de Hartburn Washington (1833-1870). William became an artist and his pictures and portraiture work are still highly collectable, particularly in the USA where they are displayed in many notable galleries .(see Wikipedia William D. Washington)
In June 1897, a large stone was erected outside All Saints' church to commemorate the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.
All Saints' church had originally been the village school, and was eventually altered to include pews and chancel steps etc., although these no longer exist. The church is still in regular use for several services a week and a number of local organisations use it as their meeting place.
Three bus services run through Hartburn: the 588/589 run by Compass Royston and the 87 by Tees Valley Stagecarriage. Services through the village ceased with the removal of the 98/99 service, and subsequent re-routing of the 588 past Harper Parade. However, they have restarted with the start of Tees Valley's 87, which loops the estate.
There is a large green belt section stretching from Birkdale Road, parallel with Marrick Road and Grinton Road, towards Ropner Park. Ropner Park has recently undergone a large improvement plan resulting in a new café and playground
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