Location in the North East
Location in the U.K.
TeesSpeak:An Urban Dialect
words: alley to bleb
words : bogie to butterloggy
words:-cack-handed to clammin
words:-Clarry to dut
words:-eariewig to get
words:-Geordie to knackin'
words: lace- -mozz
words: mell- -mozz
words:nab to parmo
words: parkin to rully
words:sackless to Stee-as
words: steelie to tungie
words:village to youse
Gravel Voiced Gadgies
Nowt by Gob
East Cleveland Dialect
East Cleveland Dialect 2
Northern Dialect Societies
From both ends of the Tees
Local History Sources
On Not Being a Geordie
Then and Now
Familiar Places with Strange Sounding Names
BBC VOICES PROJECT Listen to Teessiders
On Being Canny
Middlesbrough's Language & Identity
The Iron Miners
Not Proper Words ???
Links for Lower Tees Dialect Group
|The glossary deals with the wider Tees-side area but East Cleveland, although administratively joined with Teesside, is not included. This is not from neglect but rather from respect. The dialect of East Cleveland is still distinctive from Tees-side speech' (although, I feel, 'TeesSpeak' is spreading eastwards into the area.) You can argue whether Tees-side speech is more Durham or more Yorkshire but there can be no doubt that East Cleveland is a North Yorkshire dialect.
So where is East Cleveland ?
Unfortunately since 1974 there has been some confusion about the name 'Cleveland'.
The Danes had divided the County of Yorkshire into three Ridings (from thridung = third) , North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. Each riding was further divided into wapentakes. The two north eastern wapentakes of the North Riding named East Langbaurgh andWest Langbaurgh covered the area more commonly known by the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) name of Cleveland meaning 'clif-land'.
In 1974 there was a nation wide reform of local government in England. A new county to cover the wider Tees-side was created taking over part of the North Riding and part of south east Durham. This county was named Cleveland even though a large part of the traditional area of Cleveland remained in Yorkshire outside the new County and part of Durham was in the new county.So now there were two Clevelands
The County of Cleveland was disbanded in 1996 and its constituent parts returned to their original counties North Yorkshire and County Durham for "ceremonial purposes". Although the trans-Tees use of 'Cleveland' survives in the names of the Police and Fire-Brigade, the original Cleveland i.e. the north east portion of North Yorkshire should be able to reclaim sole use of the name.
Present Local Government Authorities
(Traditional)Cleveland is now split amongst five modern local government administrative areas.
Unitary Authorities: 1.that part of Stockton lying south of the Tees, 2. Middlesbrough, 3.Redcar and Cleveland
District Authorities within North Yorkshire: 4. northern part of Hambleton 5. northern part of Scarborough
East Cleveland today, has come to mean the eastern rural part of the unitary authority, Redcar and Cleveland. East Cleveland still has a strong sense of shared identity with
the northern part of the Scarborough District (i.e. the rest of 'East Langbaurgh' )and this is reflected in the shared dialect.
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