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Billingham is a town in the Stockton-on-Tees (borough) in North East England with a population of 35,765 (2006). It was founded circa 650 by a group of Saxons known as Billa's people, This is Billingham which is where the name Billingham is thought to have originated. In modern history, the chemical industry and in particular the company Imperial Chemical Industries played an important role in the growth of Billingham. Today ICI no longer operates in Billingham, although other chemical companies are working in the area.