Things you didn’t know about Ponteland in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ponteland Discussed by Ashington Removals & Storage
So what do you know about Ponteland in Newcastle Upon Tyne? There are so many things to do and historical facts you really will be surprised.
Ponteland is close to the Northumberland border with Tyne and Wear and is now known as a cosmopolitan town with boutique shops, traditional pubs and great cafes and upmarket restaurants.
Its name means ‘Island in the Pont’, which is the name of the river flowing through the town and the River Pont joins the Blyth just a short splash downstream.
Ponteland was a village which was first built on the marshland near St Mary’s Church and the old bridge. Most of the marshland has now been replaced by housing and since the development of the substantial residential area of Darras Hall in 1910 and it has become the fourth largest parish in Northumberland. Although officially it is no longer a village due to its growth and residential developments it still retains a community feel and this is something the residents are proud of and are keen to retain.
In the early 21st century Ponteland and the adjoining Darras Hall grew to home around 11,000 people and it was then that it secured “town” status within Northumberland. It is located just 8 miles North West of Newcastle so many people who work in Newcastle actually live in Ponteland and commute. It is also on the edge of rural Northumberland and because of this, and its affluent Darras Hall housing estate it has some of the most expensive houses in the North East so has become home for many of business owners, professionals, footballers and celebrities including Newcastle United players and managers including Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley.
Due to its proximity to rural Northumberland, Ponteland is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has rural surroundings with lovely country walks to be had. These are around Ponteland Park and two of the best are walks from the Diamond Inn to Kirkley and from Medburn to the Highlander Inn. The rural surroundings and its proximity and easy access to Newcastle are the main draws for the rich and famous living there.
Its local population has trebled since 1971 and it is continuing to grow with Northumberland Council identifying the surrounding greenbelt for housing development. There are two major housing scheme proposals under discussion and the plans include relocating the town’s schools and library to make space for more homes. These proposals are controversial for the town’s residents and if the plans go ahead then Ponteland may then be upgraded to be classed as one of the main tows within Northumberland. Both developers are holding talks with the people of Ponteland and relevant official bodies to gauge opinion and are inviting suggestions on what the future plans should include.
Ponteland has 4 lovely pubs; The Seven Stars, The Blackbird, The Badger and The Diamond Inn.
Its closeness to Newcastle Airport, just 3 miles is also a benefit to those living there. The airport is the tenth busiest in the UK and operates flights to Heathrow, many European capitals as well as North America.
There are five state schools within the parish of Ponteland which serve the children of the town and its surrounding communities.
Ponteland United Football Club was formed in the 1900s, they are based in Ponteland and are currently members of the Northern Alliance Football League Premier Division, playing at Ponteland Leisure Centre.
Ponteland was home to Northumbria Police HQ and was sold in 2018 as it was no longer needed for operational policing as much of the resource from Ponteland headquarters had already been relocated some time ago. The former site had many uses over the last century, including a children’s home for over 300 children and a teacher training college.
Ponteland still enjoys its village traditions with its New Years Day wheelbarrow race, a late summer duck race as well as the usual balls, parties and flower shows.
Ponteland is home to one of the country’s most successful red squirrel support groups and Ponteland SOS is a volunteer group set up to maintain and actively increase the local population of red squirrels as a recent survey revealed their numbers have decreased over the years and they need protection from extinction. Their work includes the promotion of driving carefully, not cutting down trees (particularly pine), supplementary feeding and discouraging grey squirrels which carry the deadly squirrel pox virus.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have over one hundred species of animals including ring-tailed and ruff lemurs, meerkats, coatis, marmosets, capybara, kookaburra, wallaby and a wide range of domestic, exotic and avian species including our petting barn. Visitors can meet the keepers and learn about the animals and their habitats. With a rolling programme of kids’ activities and play areas, forest trails, garden walks, picnic areas and a tea room and gift shop which are open all year round, there really is something for all of the family.
St Marys Church has been next to the River Pont since Saxon times. The Normans built a tower with a lovely arch over the west door and walls thick enough to keep the Scots out. By the 14th century, the village was safer, and new aisles could be built with larger windows. At the same time, Adam and Eve were carved in the Chancel Arch – looking young and virile on one side and old and haggard once they had discovered sin. As the centuries went on, memorial tablets were added, for example to William Weallens, one of Robert Stephenson’s engineers, and to a member of the Ogle family who mapped the coast of the Americas. A thousand years after Christians first worshipped here, St Mary’s is still a place of beauty and peace which is loved and cared for by a worshipping community who welcome everybody to come and enjoy its beauty and history.
Ponteland Village Green is lovely to visit and take a walk through with its beautifully kept green and benches to take time to relax and enjoy the view.
In summary, Ponteland is a beautiful rural town which has easy commuter links and access to Newcastle and Newcastle Airport. It has a cosmopolitan feel with bars, restaurants and boutiques and it retains its community feel and focus. If you are looking to explore the North East then Ponteland is a great place to stay to explore and experience the real delights of its rural locations and busy Newcastle attractions.