Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What's in a Name?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What's in a Name?

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Byline: MIEKA SMILES @MiekaSmiles

I MEAN how confusing.

Is it one area? Or two? Or one area with two different names? It seems - at some point in history at least - there was a united front on the Eaglescliffe/Egglescliffe issue.

Here we take a closer look at why the area has two spellings...

THE HISTORY Egglescliffe has existed for more than 1,000 years. Eaglescliffe has not.

So, originally, the village of Egglescliffe it was.

BUT a new settlement called Eaglescliffe did spring up around the railway station of the same name.

And there is a theory as to how and why such a similar name was chosen for the railway station so near to Egglescliffe.

EAGLESCLIFFE STATION Eaglescliffe Station was the second station to be built along Yarm Road and deviates from the original course of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

Initially the line ran on the other side of the road - through what is now Preston Park.

It is believed that Lord Preston wasn't happy with the disruption the line was causing to his cattle - and insisted that it be moved to the other side of the road.

The railway station that served the parishes of Preston-on-Tees and Egglescliffe was called Preston.

However, due to the cost of moving the railway, the railway owners weren't then happy to name it after Preston - and chose to call it after Egglescliffe instead.

It was opened on January 25 1853. But the new station became known as Eaglescliffe NOT Egglescliffe.

There are two main stories as to how the station got the name Eaglescliffe instead of Egglescliffe as intended.

THE SIGN WRITER The generally accepted theory is that it's all the fault of a sign writer.

Version one: A sign writer was sent a telegram to paint the sign "Eaglescliffe" due to a spelling error. …

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