William Fallows, J. P.
FALLOWS, the Middlesbrough Patriarch, is dead,—
Not of disease, but gradual decay;
And “Father of the Tees” full well we may
Assign to him the title. His the head
That for so many years has ever led 5
All schemes for its improvement, until now,
At more than ninety years, we see him bow
In peace to travel, where all we must tread,
Through Death’s dark valley; brighten’d up to him
By a long life of usefulness: for he 10
Knew the best hopes of an eternity
Of happiness, is not a vision dim
If we whilst here exert all faculties
To make us worthy up to Heaven to rise.
George Markham Tweddell
William Fallows lived in Commercial Street, Middlesbrough which is where George Markham Tweddel set up as a printer in the 1860's before moving back to Stokelsey.