TS5 (Middlesbrough) area guide
The TS5 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Acklam, Ayresome, Brookfield, Clairville, Gresham, Kader, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Park, Whinney Banks.
The history of Middlesbrough dates back to the 7th century when a monastery was consecrated by St. Cuthbert. The monastery would remain until the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1537. Viking settlers controlled the region for a significant period of time. The area remained a small hamlet until the 1800s when the Industrial Revolution led to a period of unparalleled growth. A group of Quaker businessmen, headed by Joseph Pease, purchased the Middlesbrough farmstead in 1829 and set the groundwork for the town’s foundation. Their intent was for it to become a coal port. The opening of the Clarence Railway in 1833 stimulated the growth of the town as well as the growth of Port Clarence on the opposite side of the river.
By 1851, Middlesbrough’s population had grown from 40 people in 1829 to 7,500 and had replaced Stockton as the main port on the River Tees. The discovery of Ironstone in the 1850s led to further population growth and in 1853, the town was granted its Royal Charter of Incorporation. The production of steel took off in the latter half of the 19th century and for many years the region set the price for iron and steel. The town’s motto is “Erimus” which is Latin for “We shall be” and represents the town’s will to grow and become great from its foundation in 1830. The expanding iron and steel industry of Middlesbrough in the 1860s and 1870s spurred on the growth of the town, which had a population of nearly 40,000 at by the 1880s. The most notable Teesside Bride is the Transporter Bridge that opened in 1911.
Middlesbrough is the capital of Teesside and the Tees Valley and is famed for its industry, football club, and the Transporter Bridge, the undisputed symbol of Teesside. The current population of Middlesbrough is close to 150,000—37,000 of whom reside in postcode district TS5. The average house price in Middlesbrough is well below the national average. The most common type of housing in this area is semi-detached homes, which make up over half of the housing stock.
One of the most expensive streets to live on is Orchard Road, where semi-detached homes sell for around £340,000. It is handy for those with children, as it is near five schools. Multi-bedroom detached homes on Sandy Flatts Lane are located near a local supermarket and are valued for an average price of £300,000.
Less expensive property can be found on Dawson Square. The average price for semi-detached homes on this street is around £35,000. Other affordable property in the form of terraced and semi-detached houses can be found on Central Avenue. The average price for property on this street is £42,000.
Middlesbrough is at the intersection of the A19 and A66, and is within an hour’s drive of York and Newcastle. The town offers several reliable and reasonably priced bus services as well as railway services that run to the majority of nearby cities.
One of the local parks in Middlesbrough is Albert Park off of Linthorpe Road, which is a classic Victorian landscape that is split into four quadrants and is a popular place for walks and relaxation.
Entertainment options in Middlesbrough include the theatres or cinema. The Forum Theatre, Darlington Civic Theatre, and Cineworld Cinema are a few of the entertainment venues in the area.
The Middlesbrough Mela is a music festival that attracts over 25,000 visitors every year and is held in Albert Park. Other concerts and cultural events are held throughout the year at the Middlesbrough Town Hall.
In 1992, Middlesbrough became a university town when Teesside University was established. There are over 20,000 students enrolled at the university, which is not the only institute of higher learning in the town. There are a number of modern schools and colleges, highlighted by Middlesbrough College.
When the university is in session, the nightlife in Middlesbrough becomes very lively and busy. One of the most popular venues is The Empire, located in the town centre. The Crown, Cornerhouse, and Basement are all other popular clubs.