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Town of Darlington
The town of Darlington, in the North East of England, has a population of about 100,000 and is in the county borough of Darlington, a unitary authority since 1997. Prior to then, Darlington was a district of County Durham. The present boundaries were formed in 1974 by the merger of the old borough of Darlington and the rural district of Darlington. It lies on the river Skerne near the confluence with the river Tees. The world's first railway line, opened in 1825, ran from Darlington to Stockton.
Darlington Jewish Community
The town had a Jewish congregation as far back as 1865. It dwindled as several families saw no prospect of there being a larger Jewish population and making a congregation, so they left. In 1894, the Board of Deputies cancelled the congregation's right to maintain a Marriage Register "owing to the decay of the congregation". The Jewish community began to increase again at the end of the nineteenth century and the present congregation, the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, dates back to 1904.
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