David Tonks tells us that:
“As Patterson makes clear in his Northern Primitive Methodism (1909) p. 51, ‘Stranton was a tiny village in the near neighbourhood of Hartlepool when the vicinity was first missioned by the Primitive Methodists. It is now swallowed up by the new town’ [i.e. West Hartlepool].”
The 1851 Census Return was signed by Samuel Russell, Leader, a 34 year old Master Joiner, who employed ten men and lived in Pilot Street in Stranton with his wife Ann, three sons, three daughters, a servant and two joiners who were lodgers.
You can read about a later chapel in West Hartlepool here