Map of the Redcar and Cleveland Area

Map of Redcar and Cleveland

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The geographic area of Cleveland covers a diverse region south of the River Tees. The Tees estuary is one of Britain's most industrial and urban centres, although much of the region is covered by farmland. The east features a chain of cliffs along the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast, while the south is very hilly. Distinctive geographic features include the Roseberry Topping overlooking Newton under Roseberry. The area is home various landmarks, including the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Captain Cook Museum in Marton, and Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough F.C.

Situated in the north east of England, Cleveland is a historic region and former non-metropolitan county. The county was created in 1974 from areas of the North Riding of Yorkshire and County Durham, and covered an area of 583 square kilometres. The administrative area of the newly formed county did not include some historic areas of Cleveland, including much of the Cleveland Hills. The county was abolished in 1996 with the creation of the unitary authorities of Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, and Redcar and Cleveland. According to the 2011 Census, Stockton-on-Tee boosts a population of 191,800, Middlesbrough has a population of 138,400, Redcar and Cleveland is home to 135,200 people Hartlepool is home to 92,100.

Cleveland's industrial development helped define the region during the 19th century and into the 20th century. The Cleveland Hills in the south were a major source of ironstone, which were used for blast furnaces that drove development along the River Tees. Cleveland's iron boom transformed Middlesbrough from a hamlet to a major industrial centre in a matter of decades. The region remains an important industrial centre with heavy industry continuing to drive local economies from Middlesbrough to Redcar, while Teesport in Middlesbrough remains one of the United Kingdom's major ports.


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