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The Town of Stockton-on-Tees
The borough of Stockton-on-Tees, in the North East of England, has a population of about 175,000 and, since 1996, has been unitary authority. Prior to then, Stockton-on-Tees was a district of the now defunct metropolitan county of Cleveland, which had been formed in 1974. After the abolition of Cleveland in 1996, part of the borough of Stockton-on-Tees (including the core of the town itself and other areas that had been part of County Durham until 1974) was placed for ceremonial purposes in County Durham, although the area to the east of the river Tees, that had been part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, was placed for ceremonial purposes in North Yorkshire. From 1968 to 1974, Stockton-on-Tees was part of the county borough of Teeside, which had merged the municipal borough of Stockton-on-Tees (with different boundaries from the present borough) with the county borough of Middlesbrough. The world's first railway line, opened in 1825, ran from Stockton to Darlington.
Stockton-on-Tees Jewish Community
Jews began to settle in Stockton-on-Tees in the 1860s and Jewish community activity dates from the 1870s. A cemetery was opened in 1884 and the Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue (the only organised Jewish congregation known to have existed in the town) was built in 1906. There were never more than about 35 Jewish families in the Stockton. Numbers began to decline following World War II and the synagogue was closed in 1971.
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