- Norton, County Durham
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Norton is a suburb of Stockton-on-Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It still retains a village area, with a high street and village green with mostly Georgian houses; the original village dates back to at least the Anglo-Saxon period.
St. Mary the Virgin, The Ancient Parish church that stands on the village green, is the only cruciform Anglo-Saxon church in Northern England. Its crossing tower with eight triangular head windows has a battlemented top of later date and there is a well known 14th century effigy of a knight in chainmail. Residing under the church floor is an escape tunnel used by the Saxons and priests when in danger. The tunnel leads under the church floor and Norton Green to the Albany housing estate. The church floor was recently renovated and Saxon remains and artifacts were discovered in the tunnel entrance. The grave of John Walker, the inventor of friction matches, is located in the churchyard.
Red House School
Adjacent to St. Mary's Church is Red House Nursery & Infant School, which combines state of the art modern buildings with classrooms in the former Old Vicarage. On the opposite side of the village green resides Red House Preparatory and Main School. Red House School is an independent school located in the village.
One of the first railway stations was built in Norton, Stockton on Tees and the first steam locomotive/steam engine named the Rocket invented by the late Robert Stevenson. A replica can be seen at a roundabout junction in Stockton on tees and in York Museum south of Stockton on Tees but the original rail way has since been demolished, and now only a crossing exists in Norton.
Pubs and restaurants
Norton is home to 13 pubs: Norton Tavern, Norton Sports and Social Club, The Centenary, The Unicorn (known as The Top House by locals), George and Dragon, Highland Lad, The White Swan, Connections, Red Lion, Norton Working Men's Club, Perrys, and the Grange Tapas Bar. The village also now has a number of restaurants: Jolsha (Indian), Happy Valley (Chinese), Cafe Lilli (continental), Paraphernalia (Victorian tea rooms), Kings Coffee and Cafe Maison (contemporary coffee houses).
Norton is also home to the Norton and Stockton Ancients football club which currently plays in the 'skilltrainingltd Northern League Division 1'
Dragon's Den favorite Duncan Bannatyne was married on 11 November 2006 at St Mary’s Church in Norton. Celebrities at the ceremony included Anna Ryder Richardson, Cherie Lunghi, Gary McCausland, Dragons’ Den presenter Evan Davis and fellow Dragons Theo Paphitis, Richard Farleigh, Simon Woodroffe and Deborah Meaden
Notable people from Norton
- Franc Roddam - film director
- Gary Pallister - professional footballer with Middlesbrough, Manchester United and England
- Stevie Lynn - professional wrestler
- David Townsend - Test cricketer
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