20 Facts About Darlington


Darlington is a market town in the Borough of Darlington, County Durham, England.

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The oldest church in Darlington is St Andrew's Church, built around 1100 in Haughton-le-Skerne.

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So-called "Durham Ox" came from Darlington was born on in the early 19th century, this steer became renowned for its excellent proportions, which came to inform the standard for Shorthorn cattle.

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Stockton and Darlington Railway ran steam locomotives designed for passengers and goods, built to a standard gauge, on a permanent main line with branches.

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In 1939, Darlington had the most cinema seats per capita in the United Kingdom.

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Darlington's heroism was honoured by renaming Lingfield Lane "McMullen Road" and erecting a memorial monument.

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Darlington was the first town in England to allow same-sex civil ceremonies in 2001.

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On 1 April 1997, the Borough of Darlington became a unitary authority area with the formation of Darlington Borough Council, which separated it from the non-metropolitan county of Durham for administrative purposes only, as the town is still within County Durham for ceremonial purposes.

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Darlington is located in the south of County Durham close to the River Tees, which acts as the border between Durham and Yorkshire.

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Darlington was un-industrial throughout the 20th century, with finance and manufacturing as the main elements of its economy.

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Darlington took over its operations from one of its predecessors, Orange Mobile.

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Morton Park area of Darlington is currently undergoing a partial redevelopment, with areas of unused waste land being redeveloped into modern industrial and office space.

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Darlington has a rich engineering heritage and several notable engineering firms established locally.

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Darlington has access to the Tees Valley Line connecting all the main settlements along the River Tees, running from Bishop Auckland to Saltburn via Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough.

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Darlington is well connected to the North East's major trunk route, the A1, which bypasses the town to the west.

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Darlington is close to other major trunk routes, including the A66 trans-Pennine route connecting Darlington to Stockton-on-Tees and the A19.

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Darlington was chosen by the Department for Transport as one of three national Sustainable Travel Demonstration Towns in 2004 and delivering a three-year research and marketing programme to promote sustainable travel choices under the brand name 'Local Motion'.

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Darlington is the only place to win both sustainable travel and cycling demonstration town status.

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Darlington FC is known as The Quakers because of the contributions made to the town by men such as Edward and Joseph Pease, members of the Religious Society of Friends.

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Darlington's leading athletics club, the Darlington Harriers, was formed in 1891 and has had a number of successful athletes wearing the club colours as well as GB vests.

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