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Bicentenary of the laying of the first rail on the Stockton & Darlington Railway on the 23 May



To commemorate the bicentenary of the laying of the first rail on the Stockton & Darlington Railway on the 23 May 1822, we are walking from Eaglescliffe Station to the Town Hall on Stockton High Street on the 23rd May 2022, then on to St. John’s Crossing.

For anyone interested in doing the walk please meet at Eaglescliffe Station at 11.00 am for the start at 11.15 am.

Some people will be coming by train which arrives in Eaglescliffe at 11.10 am. The route which will follow as near as possible to the original route with a few stops and minor detours is about 4 miles.

We should arrive at the Town Hall in Stockton around 2.00 pm so for anyone who does not wish to do the walk they are welcome to meet there, but the next part of the event is only open to members as numbers need to be limited.

Together we will walk down the High Street, continue along Bridge Road to St. John’s Crossing where the First Rail was laid by Thomas Meynell 200 years ago at 3.00 pm.

After Mr Meynell’s “speech” we will head back up Bridge Road and for anyone who would like refreshments we are calling into the Thomas Sheraton – Thomas & Thomas.

For anyone who is interested please contact Peter Bainbridge – membership.sdr1825@virginmedia.com

Please note that there are a limited number of places on the walk from the High Street to St. John’s Crossing as there is only a small space around the interpretation board and sculptures outside the buildings at St. John’s Crossing.  Stockton Borough Council do not want large groups of visitors in this area due to it’s proximity at a very busy road junction having 2 busy 4 lane roads. Therefore this part of the event is only open to members.



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