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Titanic memorials

Darlington, County Durham

Titanic Memorials

Darlington is a town in the English county of County Durham. Lying to the south of Durham and to the west of Middlesborough. Darlington is famous for its railway history as home to the Stockton and Darlington Railway.  Darlington was just one of many towns across the country that were touched by the Titanic disaster. For bereaved friends and relatives there was the loss of loved ones to cope with and lives to rebuild in new circumstances without their loved ones. The disaster touched the lives of people so many people and today that loss is told through memorials in Darlington; these memorials are part of the Titanic's story.

In 1912 the population of the parish of Darlington, which today lies in County Durham, was just short of 60,000 people, but today that figure increased nearly ten fold. Amongst the town's former residents was world renowned journalist William Stead. He died in the sinking of the Titanic and is commemorated, along with his fellow bandsmen by many memorial around the world, including those in Colne.

William Stead was travelling in first-class aboard the Titanic, heading to New York to give a speech. He was part of the complement of more than 2,200 people aboard the Titanic. They came from towns and cities across the world, joining the ship first at Southampton, England on 10 April and Cherbourg, France later the same day, and on 11 April at Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland.

Her passengers were split into three-classes. Her first-class passengers included some of the most influential people in society; bankers, millionaire businessmen, politicians, sportsmen, journalists and writers. Second-class passengers included carpenters, engineers, ministers of faith, merchantmen and teachers. Third-class included agricultural workers, bakers, general labourers, printers, servants and tailors.

Her crew were drawn from across Britain and Ireland, but also from further afield. A number of senior crew came from Liverpool, the White Star Line's home port. Some joined her at Belfast, where she had undertaken her trials after her construction by the Harland and Wolff shipyard, while the majority of her crew signed on in Southampton.

Today, in towns and villages across the country there are memorials to victims like William Stead, torn from their community by the sinking of the Titanic and commemorated to this day.

List of memorials

Use the map controls to locate and view all the memorials listed in Darlington, County Durham.

  1. Mr W T Stead memorial stone
    Outside Darlington Library, Crown Street, Darlington

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