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Stockton-on-Tees is an industrial town and port on the River Tees in north-eastern England. It is the major settlement in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

Major industries in Stockton include ship-repairing, steel and chemicals.

The town is most famous for its associations with the Stockton and Darlington Railway on which ran the world's first steam hauled passenger train in 1825. The town also has the world's oldest railway station building, and also contains much Georgian architecture.

It was the birthplace and early home of furniture maker Thomas Sheraton. It was also the home of John Walker, who invented the friction match in 1826.

The town's High Street is reputed by local legend to be the widest street in England.

External links

Stockton-on-Tees borough council (http://www.stockton.gov.uk)

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