At the beginning of the 11th Century the name had evolved into Herterpol, and post Norman Conquest the name of the village sited there evolved in Middle English as: Hart-le-pool ("The Pool of the Stags").
Nearby towns and cities include: Billingham (8 mi or 13 km): Darlington (25 mi or 40 km); Durham (17 mi or 27 km); Middlesbrough (12 mi or 19 km); Peterlee (8 mi or 13 km); Seaham (17 mi or 27 km); Sedgefield (13 mi or 21 km); Stockton-on-Tees (10 mi or 16 km) and Sunderland (21 mi or 34 km).
The village grew in the Middle Ages and its harbour served as the official port of the County Palatine of Durham.
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In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland, and became the last Lord of Hartness.
Angered, King Edward I confiscated the title to Hartlepool, and began to improve the town's military defences in expectation of war.
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A severe decline in heavy industries and shipbuilding following the Second World War caused periods of high unemployment until the 1990s when major investment projects and the redevelopment of the docks area into a marina saw a rise in the town's prospects.