Black plaque № 9073 in Stockton-on-Tees

Within this Town Hall in 1810 Leonard Raisbeck, Recorder of Stockton-on-Tees, formally proposed the construction of a railway from the South Durham coalfield to Stockton. Thus the world's first passenger carrying railway locomotive made its inaugural journey from Darlington to Stockton on 27th September, 1825. On that evening a celebration dinner to commemmorate this historic event was held here. This plaque was unveiled by the Worshipful the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Pete Andrew, as part of the town's celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the Railway's first journey.
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