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Houses at Hartlepool

Hartlepool is still a picturesque old town, though less is to be seen of its medieval origins than when Samuel Grimm visited over two centuries ago. This derelict 13th- or 14th-century building attracted the artist’s attention, but he did not label his drawing. It may have been the house of a prosperous merchant, or perhaps a part of the friary.

The house is now lost, probably swept away by 19th-century redevelopment and replaced by the Victorian buildings that have become of historic interest in their own right. The history of Hartlepool stretches back over many centuries. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon "heret eu" meaning "stag island". This could refer to the shape of the headland the town is situated upon, or possibly the fact that the surrounding forest areas were greatly populated by deer.

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