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Rowlands Gill is a town situated along the A694, between Winlaton Mill and Hamsterley Mill, on the north bank of the River Derwent, Tyne and Wear, England. With the coming of the Derwent Valley Railway in 1867, Rowlands Gill became an economically viable coal mining village, and later a semi-rural dormitory suburb of commercial & industrial Tyneside. An independent village within Blaydon Urban District Council, in County Durham, it became incorporated into Tyne and Wear in 1974 and then the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead in 1986. Due to a sizeable expansion in both geography and population numbers, Rowlands Gill has not been deemed a village for some years. Many locals, particularly the older generation, persist on referring to it as "the village", partly due to its status decades ago and partly due to out of date materials referring to it as such.
In local government Rowlands Gill is located mainly within the ward of 'Chopwell and Rowlands Gill'. It is served by three councillors, all of whom are Labour councillors, except for the north end at Lockhaugh, which falls within the ward of Winlaton and High Spen, which is served by 2 Liberal Democrat councillors. Gateshead council is Labour controlled.
Retail and facilities
The town has no licensed premises – when the Church of England sold its land for house-building at the end of the 19th century it stipulated that no public houses were to be built there. The Towneley Arms Public House pre-dated the town, being built in 1835 to serve travellers and their horses on the turnpike road through the valley. It was rebuilt in 1961 and demolished in 2002.
The town has a 4 doctor GP surgery and a dentist surgery.
There is a Tesco Metro supermarket, a Bank and a post office along with several other smaller retail concerns.
There is an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant/take-away, a tea-shop, and a fish and chip shop.
A Library is near the town centre.
Strathmore Road Methodist Church and St. Barnabas Church of England are near the town centre.
Recreation and education
There is a small summer season Caravan Park located on the municipal Derwent Park site.
The Derwent Park provides access to the river where permit holders can fish as well as tennis courts, putting, recreational fields and playground facilities. The Derwent Country Walk runs through the town along the route of the old rail tracks.
The town has entered the Britain in Bloom competition over the past 3 or 4 years[which?] in the 'Large Village' category. The participation is noted on road-signs. This is however subject to occasional[when?] dispute due to Rowlands Gill's town status.
The A694 runs through the town. There are frequent bus services to Newcastle City Centre, the MetroCentre and, in the other direction, Blackhall Mill and Consett. Other minor bus routes such as UCall bus service operate.
Rowlands Gill has a Primary School which was rebuilt in 2007 after the amalgamation of the previously separate infant and junior schools. The school is a feeder to Thorp Academy.
Rowlands Gill, and the surrounding Derwent Valley, was chosen by the Northern Kites Project as the location for the re-introduction of red kites in semi-rural areas. This scheme has proven to be a big success, with birds being spotted across the west of the borough, from Crawcrook through Rowlands Gill, to Burnopfield and Whickham.
The following notable people were either born in Rowlands Gill or lived there for a significant period:
- Kirsty Wade..athlete, is a former resident of the old station-masters house.
- Chris Ryan..famous SAS soldier and author
- Frank Clark... European Cup-winning football player and manager (retired)
- Si King.. TV Personality and Hairy Biker, resides in Rowlands Gill
- Ben Satterly..wrestler currently under contract to the WWE. Was once billed as being from Rowlands Gill when wrestling in the North East.
- Richard Cobbing..athlete, Olympian, former World Games Trampoline champion and World Championship Silver Medallist at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships
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- Who was Rowland? 
- "Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England". Retrieved January 2015.