This is Old Hartlepool. The name dates back to around 647 and means the place where hart come to drink. An ancient fishing village which reached its peak as a port around the year 1900 and went into decline after the Second World War, it give rise to West Hartlepool which eventually became bigger and the two amalgamated in 1967 to be simply called Hartlepool. Some of the Headlanders, known colloquially as codheads, were unhappy at the threat to their independence and refused to use the new bus service linking them to West Hartlepool’s town centre.
Other claims to fame for the Headland include St. Hilda’s – a 12th century church, a statue of Andy Capp and the Heugh battery which protected Hartlepool when the German navy bombarded the port during the First World War. The less said about the monkey, the better.