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The history of the town of Hartlepool and its nineteenth century rival West Hartlepool.

Find out how the sleepy fishing village of Hartlepool and an area of unused land which became West Hartlepool, developed into a major industrial area. In the space of just a few decades, enterprising people followed the money to the two towns and made their own fortunes.

  Ralph Ward Jackson biography

The life story of the man who built West Hartlepool. 2006 was the bicentennial of Ward Jackson's birth.
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William Gray and Company, shipbuilding firm 1874-1963

The story of the largest and most successful Hartlepool shipbuilding firm.
 
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  Ships' registers

Details of ships registered in the Port of Hartlepool from 1845 to 1855.
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Men at War

Local men remember life in the armed forces, the Civil Defence and reserved occupations.
 
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  Sir William Gray 1823-1898 biography

The founder of the most successful of the Hartlepool shipbuilding firms.
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Browse the collections
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Quick Quiz
When was West Hartlepool founded?
over 150 years ago
over 400 years ago
over 1200 years ago
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WHAT'S NEW
Hartlepool shipbuilders

A list of firms which built ships in the Hartlepools from 1836.
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The Robert Wood collection

How the country's second largest collection of Victorian posters and other papers came to Hartlepool Museums Service.
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