Philadelphia, Tyne and Wear

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Philadelphia
Philadelphia is located in Tyne and Wear
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
 Philadelphia shown within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference NZ333522
Metropolitan borough City of Sunderland
Metropolitan county Tyne and Wear
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HOUGHTON LE SPRING
Postcode district DH4
Dialling code 0191
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Houghton and Washington East
List of places
UK
England
Tyne and Wear

Coordinates: 54°51′54″N 1°29′00″W / 54.865°N 1.4833°W / 54.865; -1.4833

Philadelphia is a village in Tyne and Wear, England. It lies on the A182 road between Newbottle and Shiney Row.

History[edit]

Unlike Washington, it post-dates its namesake in the United States, being named during the American Revolutionary War by a local colliery owner to commemorate the British capture of the city. The village cricket field is named "Bunker Hill", after another famous battle in that war.

Philadelphia was the place of the 1815 Philadelphia train accident, the explosion of the boiler of an early steam locomotive. The number of deaths (16, other sources state 13) was the highest in a railway accident until 1842.