Port Clarence


Port ClarencePort Clarence, formerly known as Samphire Batts, is a small village within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. It is situated on the north banks of the River Tees, and is the location of the north end of the Tees Transporter Bridge. A port was built here in the 19th century to give local colliery owners better access to the North Sea for shipping coal; the Clarence Railway was built by 1833 to connect Stockton to the newly developed port. "The area has a strong history of immigration from Ireland, with many travellers settling in the village between 1900 to 1920, particularly from counties Tyrone, Monaghan and Wicklow. They arrived to work in the local steel and chemical industries..." (Wikipedia)

Port Clarence is a small village now within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It is situated on the north bank of the River Tees, and hosts the northern end of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

History

Formerly known as Samphire Batts, it is situated on the River Tees. As the Industrial Revolution took shape and ships got bigger, access to Stockton became harder, and so colliery owners needed better access to the North Sea.

19th century

Investors created the Clarence Railway which connected Stockton to the newly developed port at Samphire Batts, and also Haverton Hill, a upstream. The village was hence renamed after the port. Meanwhile, its great rival the Stockton and Darlington Railway extended to Middlesbrough, on the opposite side of the river. The S&DR extension was completed by 1830, while the CR was completed by 1833. The opening of the railways provided the stimulus for the growth of both Middlesbrough and Port Clarence. Prior to the opening of the railway, ship access to Port Clarence was very slow and difficult, often taking as long to carry the coal to the port, as it had to sail from the port to London.

However, the CR shared rail track owned by the S&DR near to the County Durham coal mines and never made a profit due to the restrictions and fees imposed by the owners of the S&DR and eventually the PCR was taken over by the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway, a subsidiary of the Hartlepool Docks and Railway Company, to allow quicker onward shipment via new docks at Hartlepool.

20th century

The area has a strong history of immigration from Ireland, with many travellers settling in the village between 1900 to 1920, particularly from counties Tyrone, Monaghan and Wicklow. They arrived to work in the local steel and chemical industries, as well as the local Furness Shipyards.

Present

It is served by the Stagecoach service 1 between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. The A1046 links the village to Stockton and Middlesbrough (via the Newport Bridge) in the west and the A178 links to Hartlepool and Middlesbrough (via the Transporter Bridge) in the east.

Three hundred homes in Port Clarence were evacuated in December 2013 after the Tees burst its bank.

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Port Clarence Road

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The Haverton Hill and Port Clarence War Memorial

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Houses alongside the railway, Port Clarence

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Station Hotel, Port Clarence

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Railway cottages, Port Clarence Road

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Port Clarence Fabrication Facility

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Clarence Distillation Works

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Tees Transporter Bridge
- Overview History Facts & Figures Map Street View The Tees Transporter Bridge was opened on the 17th October 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught. The bridge over the River Tees connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, ...
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- Overview Bridges Further Information The Tees is one of the major rivers in the North of England. It rises on Cross Fell in the North Pennines, and flows 137 km ...
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James O'Brien - Port Clarence (Killed)

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