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Billingham is a busy town. The older part of the town is where the Anglo Saxon Tower at St Cuthbert's church rises impressively. It has an interesting history from its salt production which reached its height in the 15th and 16th Centuries, and later when it was decided that a large ammonia plant would be built to assist in the 1st world war, this led to an increase in the population when workers moved here. Today's visitors can enjoy a vast array of shops in the town centre, a theatre, ice rink and leisure complex, or there is always the delights on offer at Billingham Beck Valley Country Park.

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I was pleasently surprised, especially with the new MIMA art gallery. Stewart park with the Captain cook museum was excellent, so too was the grand Ormesby hall - Peter

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Yarm is a small town in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England. Two rivers - the River Tees to the north and the River Leven, a tributary of the Tees, to the east, border Yarm which in its past, was the highest port on the Tees, with merchant vessels travelling up the tidal river from the North Sea to unload their cargo The name is thought to be derived from the old Norse word ‘yarum’ meaning ‘an enclosure to catch fish’. Yarm was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 described originally as a chapelry in the Kirklevington parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It later became a parish in its own right. A stone bridge built across the Tees in 1270 by Bishop Skerlaw of Durham, still stands. An iron replacement was built in 1805 but it fell down in 1806. For many years Yarm was the head of the tide and of navigation on the Tees. It was at the George & Dragon Inn, on 12 February 1821 the meeting was held that pressed for the third, and successful, attempt for a Bill to give permission to build the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first public railway - Denise

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