Weigh House on Stockton to Darlington Line
Behind Halfords in Stockton-on-Tees, I risked life and limb crossing several busy dual carriageways and came upon the Weigh House. This is probably the oldest surviving building in Stockton that survives from the 1825 Stockton to Darlington Railway. The building appears on John Wood’s Map of Stockton 1826. The bay windows were designed to help S&DR staff see along the railway line in both directions (on the route of the 1825 Way). Coal and mineral traffic was required to pay a toll based on the weight carried. This was set out in the Acts of Parliament authorising the line in 1821 and 1823.