To Stockton next, whose fair neat streets proclaim

Clocina there does not presume to reign.

By thee enrich’d, fair Teisa, merchants here

Like princes, all magnificent appear;

With Pallas’ spirit, shipwrights are inspir’d,

Of her noble art they have acquir’d.

Smooth Teisa gently glides away from hence

To Portrack, ships of burden now advance

To take the loading that the keels have brought;

Around we see the little barges float;

Some busy, take away their foreign store,

Others, of our own produce, are bringing more.

From Anne Wilson’s 1600-line poem Teisa: A Descriptive Poem of the River Teese, Its Towns and Antiquities  published in 1778

Billingham & The Atom Age

During WWII Billingham was one of the sites chosen for the world’s first atomic weapons project codenamed Tube Alloys. Development work for the top secret project took place at Billingham and a number of shadow factories in the Teesside area. Due to high costs, and the fact that Britain was within bombing range of its enemies, Tube Alloys was absorbed into the USA’s Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the world’s first atomic weapons.

In the 1970’s ICI purchased and installed a TRIGA Mk1 nuclear reactor at Billingham. The reactor produced radioisotopes for industrial use until it was decommissioned in 1988.

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