Middleton St George is mainly a product of the 19th Century although its origins date back much earlier. It is located approximately five miles to the east of Darlington Town Centre and 10 miles to the west of the Teesside conurbations of Stockton and Middlesbrough. Middleton One Row a sub settlement of Middleton St George is situated on the banks of the River Tees. To the north of Middleton St George lies the A67 road, which links Darlington with Yarm.The village developed following the opening of the Stockton-Darlington railway. To the northern side of the village is the route of the original Stockton & Darlington Railway, the first public steam railway in the world, which opened in 1825. This is now a public footpath.
The village maintains its railway link with a station (Dinsdale) on the branch line from Darlington, via Middlesborough, to Saltburn.
Various phases of development followed including the creation of RAF Middleton St George built to the east of the village during the Second World War. The RAF continued to use the base after the war but withdrew in 1964. It was reopened as Teesside International Airport in 1966. The airport still operates and provides limited services to Aberdeen and Amsterdam as well as the home for local flying clubs and aviation companies.
Middleton St George has historical interest. The village has an industrial past with a substantial foundry and several other factories having been situated in the village. Over time, these have disappeared and those employed in Darlington and Teesside primarily inhabit the area. Middleton St George is now predominantly residential.
Part of Middleton St George and Middleton One Row is a Conservation Area, the character is provided by large gardens and open spaces which run down from The Front at Middleton One Row to the banks of the River Tees.
Until the mid 1990’s, Middleton St George was relatively small with a population of approximately 1,800. However, following the demise of industry and the availability of brownfield sites, the population grew rapidly to the current level of approximately 4,600.
Schooling is provided for 4 to 11 year old children at the St George’s Church of England Academy, which is a voluntary aided school. The school is relatively modern having been constructed on the site of the previous school, which was destroyed by fire in 2003.
Secondary education is available for 11 to 16 year old children at Hurworth School which is located approximately 4.6 miles from the village and to which children from the village are transported by bus. Secondary education for 11 to 16 year old children is also available at St Aidan’s Church of England Academy in Darlington, which is located approximately four miles from the village.
Middleton St George and Middleton One Row currently has a medical practice at the Felix House Surgery on Middleton Lane. The practice is seeking relocation. There is also a dental practice on Middleton Lane.
Middleton St George has a number of shops. The primary one is a small Londis convenience store, which also houses a post office. There is also a second small convenience store, the Country Harvest. Other shops include a small pet shop, a picture framer, a barber, two hairdressers and a betting shop. There is also a veterinary surgery.
There are three public houses in the main village and a hotel, The Devonport, in Middleton One Row. The Havelock Arms is located in the centre of the village and is a traditional pub. Platform 1 is on the western periphery of the village and serves both food and drink. The Oak Tree, which is located on the eastern periphery of the village, also serves both food and drink.
The village has a range of leisure and amenity facilities. There is a recreation ground, which incorporates a children’s play area and football pitch. There is also a well-established cricket club and a Community Centre, which offers a range of leisure pursuits.
The Community Centre is close to the Water Park. The Water Park consists of three former reservoirs, which have been decommissioned and are now used for pursuits such as fishing and model boating and a multi-use games area.
The village has a number of public footpaths, including one which follows the route of the original railway line (National Cycle Route 14) and runs through the Whinnies Local Nature Reserve. The Teesdale Way long distance footpath also follows the river close to Middleton One Row.
Spatially, Middleton St George is a predominantly a linear settlement following the road pattern of the village, although the small cluster of shops are located around The Square.
The sub-settlements and their retention are considered as important to retaining the village character. The principle sub settlements are:
Middleton St George
Middleton One Row
Oak Tree Estate