Photographer's Note

For English people, who know the history of the area, this title may feel like a contradiction because Middlesbrough is not a very old town. I will use some citations from Wikipedia: “In 1801, Middlesbrough was a small farm with a population of just 25. Until the early 1800s, the area was rural farming land, but by 1830 had begun to develop as a new town and port, driven by the coal industry and later ironworks. With the first house being built on West Street in April 1830, the town of Middlesbrough was born.” Interestingly, “In the latter half of the 19th century, Old Middlesbrough was starting to decline and was overshadowed by developments built around the new town hall, south of the original town hall.”
So, what I mean by the Middlesbrough Old Town is the town centre which existed only in the second quarter of the 19th century. It looks charming on very few old photographs which I found in the internet.
I am not very proud of this composition here, but I thought it may be interesting to share more photos from this little known “old town”. This photo was taken at the same Exchange Square, as the previous photo:
just few steps away. At the left edge of the photo, you can see a dark diagonal shadow. It is a A66 motorway passing above the roofs of the town centre. On the right side, the balcony you see and the building behind marks a stylish train station. I decided to cut the lamppost, even though it looks strange without the top, but when I included it, it sort of dominated the scene and the interesting buildings were not noticeable at all.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6676 W: 105 N: 17456] (67680)
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