An Inland Port?

This is the busy market town of Yarm, which sits on the banks of the River Tees, in NE England.

Although it is 20 kilometres (12½ miles) from the sea as the crow flies, and considerable further via the meandering river, Yarm was once a thriving port.

Local farmers used the port to export wool.  It was sent to Scotland, France and Belgium.  Other farm products were also exported, along with paper and later coal.  Ships returning to Yarm brought wine and cloth.

Wharves for docking ships and warehouses for storing goods were built beside the river, and there was also a ship building industry.

Today the wharves have been replaced by houses.

Busy industry has given way to peace and tranquillity.

So, what happened to the port and why have a port so far inland in the first place?  Find out next Tuesday.

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