Portrack Lane Shopping Area in Stockton on Tees
Just outside of the town centre is a large shopping area consisting of some major retailers in large retail units designed for ease of use to the modern day car commuter .
This is Portrack Lane (A1046)
It is easy accessible from the A19 flyover , Jct A1046 - Portrack / Stockton
Sat Nav Code TS18 2QX will take you to the start of Portrack Lane
*There is no Official website for Portrack Lane retailers *
The History of Portrack Lane
Portrack Lane was a cricket ground in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1839, when Stockton played an All-England Eleven. The ground also hosted 2 first-class matches, the first of which was in 1858 when a combined Yorkshire and Durham team played Nottinghamshire. The second and final first-class match to be played on the ground came in 1861, when Yorkshire with Stockton-on-Tees played Cambridgeshire.
The final recorded match on the ground 1870 saw Stockton play a United South of England Eleven. Shortly after this the ground ceased to be used for cricket matches. The ground was located at the far western end of Portrack Lane. By 1899, an iron works had been built on the ground, with the site today is occupied by an industrial estate and a gas holder. Portrack Lane is now primarily used as a major shopping area / complex in Stockton on Tees [wiki]
Origin of the name ` Portrack `
1830 - SECOND SHORT CUT ON TEES (Stockton-on-Tees)
A second cut of 1,100 yards has been made across a loop in the River Tees. This canal has been made at Portrack near Stockton and stretches from Blue House Point to Newport. Portrack is situated on a hazardous meander on the Tees where large ships had to be tugged by men or horses towards the port of Stockton. This is called 'racking' and is the reason Port-rack acquired its name.