AboutDarlington.co.uk is a collection of Darlington local history and heritage information, suggestions of things to do in and around Darlington, details of local history events and guides to help visitors and locals alike find places of interest in and around the town.

We highlight hidden gems with a local history or heritage theme around the town. You can follow guides to two of the town’s most attractive cemeteries – the magnificent West Cemetery and the simple, peaceful Quaker Friends Burial Ground, and we look into the stories of some of Darlington’s most intriguing residents of the past.

For those interested in getting more involved with local history and heritage in the area we list details of local history events around the town. For the latest updates on these please follow AboutDarlington on Twitter.

Keep the loco in Darlo

Locomotion No. 1, built by Robert and George Stephenson has been an icon of Darlington since making its inaugural journey in between Stockton and Darlington in 1825. Generations of people who have lived or travelled through the town will have memories of it either at Bank Top station or in more recent years, as the jewel in the crown of the Head of Steam railway museum at North Road station.

Keep the loco in DarloAs a national asset, Locomotion No. 1 is part of the National Collection and is therefore under the control of the National Railway Museum. Just as we approach the 200th anniversary of the world-famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 2025 the National Railway Museum has announced that it intends to take the loco away from Darlington.

Darlington Borough Council, with support from rail heritage experts and a cross-party group of politicians, has launched a campaign to Keep the Loco in Darlo, while an independent group of enthusiasts have set up the N1AG group on Facebook to oppose the decision through social media. 

To add your voice to the campaign please sign the petition and help Keep the Loco in Darlo.

Darlington local history mystery

Mother and child outside a houseWe would like your help in adding extra information to the site. For example, are you able to help to identify this location in Darlington? The photograph showing a mother an child standing outside a house has recently come to light and is thought to have been taken somewhere in Darlington. Are you able to identify the house? The dormer window is particularly distinctive.

Any information that you have to help identify this photograph would be greatly appreciated. Leave a comment below or use the Contact page to get in touch if you are able to help.

Any contributions of information to add to the web site would be very welcome. If you would like to suggest a local place to visit or an event with a broadly local history or heritage theme, if you spot something on the site which is inaccurate, or if you can add some extra details to any section of the site then please add a comment below.



Darlington local history and heritage — 1 Comment

  1. My grandfather was a farmer in Brafferton, he was also local Councillor and Scout leader. He worked at Darlington Forge in the Chemical Lab before farming and I have a couple of images.

    He was a keen local photographer and I have numerous boxes of lantern slides from the 1920’s and 30’s of the area. Does anyone know how I can copy these images please?

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