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'Mydilsburgh' is the earliest recorded form of Middlesbrough's name and dates back to Saxon times. 'Burgh' refers to an ancient settlement or fort of pre-Saxon origin and 'Mydil' was either the name of an Anglo-Saxon or a reference to Middlesbrough's middle location, half way between the Christian centres of Durham and Whitby. However, even during Anglo-Saxon times, Middlesbrough was still only a small farm of twenty five people, as late as 1801.

In 1829 a group of Quaker businessmen headed by Joseph Pease of Darlington purchased the Middlesbrough farmstead and its estate and set about the development of what they termed 'Port Darlington' on the banks of the Tees nearby. A town was planned on the site of the farm to supply labour to the new coal port and Middlesbrough was born. Thus the town was 'created' rather than growing out of an existing town or village.

By 1830, the Stockton and Darlington Railway was extended to Middlesbrough, making way for the rapid expansion of the town and port, with it came wealth and growth. Soon the town saw an explosion of workshops, labourers, merchants, and craftsmen. The wharves were built to help the growing iron and steel industry in the 1860s and 1870s and soon, Middlesbrough saw a doubling in its population - explosive growth. In English history, nothing compares to Middlesbrough's rapid growth and the town has been described as the 'oldest new town' in England.

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