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Street Names

West Park Garden Village

Artwork in the residential area takes the form of naming the streets and placing short verses on each street-sign. Each area has a separate theme relating to the industrial and agricultural history of Darlington and the surrounding area. You will find this division into three elements wherever you go in West Park, from the central park itself with the three Trinity Stones to the village centre with its three motifs based on the trees planted nearby. 

Street Signs

The text on each street-sign is designed to be read many times, whether glanced at in passing, or reflected upon during a stroll around the houses. So it may be read by itself, or in relation to neighbouring signs, or with regard to the overall themes of the whole area. This reflects how we gradually absorb roadsigns or historical notices – deepening our involvement when we feel receptive, passing them by when we do not.

The Peases and the Railways

The Peases were a nineteenth century Quaker dynasty of great significance to the industrial revolution. Coming from a background in the textile trade and moving into the coal industry, the wealth and vision of Edward and Joseph Pease and their family was instrumental in the development of the railways, providing funds to enable both George Stephenson and Timothy Hackworth to develop steam engines which subsequently transformed the landscape, changing how fast both goods and passengers could be transported.

​The Colling Brothers & Shorthorn Cattle

Just as the Peases helped to develop the railways, so the Colling brothers, working on farms just outside Darlington, played an important part in the accompanying agrarian revolution by developing modern breeds of cattle. In order to feed the growing populations who were living in the new industrial towns and cities, livestock needed to mature young and give a high meat yield. The shorthorn cattle bred by Charles and Robert Colling became the first clearly identifiable breed reliably to do both.

John Fowler and the Steam Plough

Fowler brought the new technology of steam to bear on the growing of crops. Funded by the generosity of the Peases, he developed a machine to plough faster and more efficiently than horses. Just as the steam train gave way to diesel, his steam plough was the forerunner of firstly the steam tractor, then the modern machinery of the farmyard. As with Stephenson, Hackworth and the Colling brothers, his ingenuity helped place Darlington at the centre of a century of such radical transformation that it still shapes our lives today.

The Peases and the Railways

George Stephenson Drive
When Darlington had need of George what marvels rocketed from his forge.

Locomotion Lane
The first train fired by skill and chance led the world on its tireless dance.

Timothy Hackworth Drive

Though history likes to simplify don’t leave this pioneer behind.

Belah Court
Here Bouch’s triumph used to stand, the highest viaduct in the land.

Paradise Way
In this staithe hundreds of passengers dined to mark the first train journey’s end

Sans Pareil Square
The first and last of Hackworth’s creations shared this name – and his innovation.

Swinbridge
This stone skew bridge across the Gaunless saw steam shift from doubt to dauntless.

Rainhill Way
At Rainhill Rocket won the trial and shrouded Hackworth’s Sans Pareil.

Chaldron Court
This coal cart's load became the measure doling out our blackest treasure.

Bleath Ghyll
One week snowed in upon this hill, a whole train dug good cheer from chill.

Catcastle Court
Left to the lichen and the lark, this quarry reopened to furnish Westpark.

Raisby Lane
That flint tool found in Raisby’s earth was the seed that led to masonry’s birth.

Edward Pease Way
Ned’s way cuts through work to wisdom, through hospital, park and school to home.

​The Colling Brothers & Shorthorn Cattle

Collingsway
Two brothers produced the finest stock to feed the cities’ dens of folk.

Bakewell Mews
Improver Bakewell first saw the need for more meat was met by the beasts you breed.

Teeswater Drive
This was the North-East’s standing breed that gave the Colling men the lead.

Skerningham Avenue
This old farm housed the choosy father of Charles and Robert, best of farmers.

Holderness Drive
These cattle had Celtic ancestors mixed with Roman and Danish steers.

Colpitts Lane
Miss Colpitts was young Charles’ catch in love and business both his match.

Hubback Square
Hubback was the humble sire upon whose back was built the future.

Old Favourite’s Walk

She was the finest heifer, called Old Favourite, and mother of them all.

Wildair Close
Her line was carried near and far like dandylion or sycamore.

Comet’s Garth
This well-shaped bull was roan as Mars and briefly shone: a breeders’ star.

Redrose Close
Her thorny blooms sway everywhere a bull breathes out in calm or care.

Shorthorn Lane
This is the breed that Teesside planned and proved the first across the land.

John Fowler and the Steam Plough

John Fowler Way
John Fowler has prophetic nous and saw that steam could drive ploughs.

Elizabeth House
He hoped his industry might please Lizzie, the daughter of Joe Pease.

Winding Way
Three Boro mayors made winding gear, John learnt their skills for two short years.

Turf Lane
He watched the Irish famine eat, so built a plough that drained the peat.

Shingle Way
He dreamt on Brighton’s shingle shore, tide’s ploughshare turned the waves and roared.

Research Close
Stephenson’s factory was the place where Pease told John his mind could race.

Jeremiah Drive
He worked with Jeremiah Head so no field felt a horse’s tread.

Tillage Green
By 1856 steam power could till an acre in an hour.

Marriage Way
In 57 John reinvented an old proposal - Liz consented.

Prize Drive
In 58 he broke new ground and tried to win five hundred pound.

Ploughman’s Crook
John’s red-hot engine cast a clout of rocks that knocked his ploughman out.

Steam-Plough Place
His horseless steam-plough won the award both fame and workload quickly soared.

Hunt Mews
His stress found an ironic balm: he rode, fell, met with final calm.

Invention Row
From plough to tractor, steam gave way, but Fowler’s genius broke the clay.

 
 
 

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