Hartlepool is one of the many towns around Middlesbrough, collectively known as Teeside in the northeast
of England. It's one of the most industrial places in the UK, with steelworks, chemical plants,
nuclear power and oil terminals all adding to the local scenic beauty. Middlesbrough itself is where
the so-called toxic "ghost ships" from the
were laid up. Hartlepool is also well known for
putting a monkey on trial during the Napoleonic wars, on suspicion of being a
spy. The monkey must have
been guilty, as it was executed by hanging. Hence the nickname for the locals, "monkey hangers".
I worked for a summer in Hartlepool, travelling up and down to
each weekend, which fairly wore
me down. It was quite a fun place to be for a short time, although nights out could be a bit rough.
It's the cheapest place I've ever been in the UK, you could get a full pub lunch for £3, and a
pint for half that.
The Headland in Hartlepool is the older, nicer part of town. It was a really hot summer that year and
it was quite a pleasant place to work.
Borough Hall, as seen across Middlegate Town Square. I think this used to be the town hall, but it's
now leasable office space and a sort of community centre.
St Hilda's Church, in the centre of the Hartlepool Headland.
Much of Hartlepool and down to Seaton Carew is very much classical Victorian seaside architecture, such
as these houses on Radcliffe Terrace.
Hartlepool Marina was given a big facelift in the 2000s, with a raft of fancy new bars and restaurants
springing up. Its centrepiece is the restored HMS Trincomalee, a British navy frigate named after the
city, built in
in 1817, and now a museum.
Hartlepool still has some large fabrication yards, which produce oil platforms for the
amongst other things.
This one overshadows the surrounding housing.
My favourite place in Hartlepool, Verrills fish and chip shop. Every lunch time it was queued out the
door, such was the quality of their grub, including "scraps" where they sprinkle some crispy bits
of batter over your chips. There was another chip shop around the corner which was always empty.
I never went there.