Middlesbrough has always been somewhat of a grey area here in Yorkshire – and not just because of its industrial nature.
Awkwardly sandwiched between North Yorkshire and Teesside, the town has become the subject of an argument almost on par with the ‘bread roll or bread cake’ debate – and we’re here to settle it once and for all.
Found between both Redcar (North Yorkshire) and Stockton-on-Tees (County Durham) in a confusingly horizontal manner, it’s easy to see why Middlesbrough often gets lost between the regions, with many mistaking its North-Eastern, almost Geordie-like accent as one that calls County Durham home.
Formerly part of Teesside – which confusingly only existed as a proper county between 1968 and 1974 – Middlesbrough is now officially a part of North Yorkshire (again).
Over the years, Middlesbrough has been dragged from county to county like the country’s ragdoll, not only existing in both Teeside and North Yorkshire, but Cleveland, too, which was dissolved as a county back in 1996. Where did this leave Middlesbrough, then? Back in sunny North Yorkshire – the town’s original county.
Oddly, nearby villages such as Thornaby and Yarm sit under Stockton-on-Tees, however, are also considered to be parts of North Yorkshire – despite Stockton-on-Tees itself residing in County Durham.
Today, despite much debate, Middlesbrough remains a welcome part of God’s Own Country, home of the bloody good chicken parmo and a town that should be enjoyed as so. I mean, let’s face it – they have some bloody good bars, and if there’s one thing we Yorkshire folk can agree on, it’s a good pint.
Luckily for the Teesside area, it seems we’re finally done messing about with the counties. Or, at least, we are for now.
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