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Middlesbrough history

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About Middlesbrough

We are happy to welcome you to Middlesbrough.

We believe that right now, our town is home to around 140,000 people. We have a growing population thanks to migration, something that we have always been very proud of.

Our town is a new town (less than 200 years old).

In 1801, Middlesbrough was a farm with only around 25 people living there. In 1829, Joseph Pease, a Quaker man from Darlington, bought the farm and created the 'Port of Darlington'.

Workers were needed for the port, so Pease started to think about building a town. His father was Edward Pease ('father of the railways'), which gave Joseph the connections to have the Stockton and Darlington railway line extended into the town in 1830.

20 years later, iron was discovered in the hills just outside Middlesbrough. The population of Middlesbrough rose from 150 in 1831 to nearly 90,000 in the late 1880s, as the growth of the coal and iron industries attracted people to the town.

Asylum and migration

Middlesbrough has a long and proud history of welcoming migrants and asylum seekers into the town. In fact, Middlesbrough was built on migration, something that we take great pride in. Asylum seekers cannot choose where they live when the Home Office places them, but we are very proud of the fact that so many choose to stay here once they get a positive decision.

In Middlesbrough, we are committed to making sure everybody is welcomed and is given a chance to rebuild their lives. Our values are to be passionate, to act with integrity, to be creative, to be collaborative, and to be focussed, and that extends to all the people that we work with.


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