Shieldfield shown within Tyne and Wear
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Shieldfield is a small area of Newcastle upon Tyne located just to the east of the City Centre, from which it is separated by the A167(M) Central Motorway. The Sandyford, Heaton, Byker and Manors areas of the city border Shieldfield to the North, East, South East and South.
The name of the district is considered to be a reference to a shelter in the forest clearing, derived from Anglo-Saxon sources.
The area was increasingly urbanised during the 19th Century and by 1881 contained many houses for the employees of nearby factories. The population at this time was 12,826, living in 2,253 units of accommodation (mostly flats). There were also 16 pubs and 19 'beer shops' which permitted patrons to drink on the premises.
The district largely consists of a council estate, with a few streets of Victorian terraced houses. The former Christ Church, Shieldfield now hosts the youth circus family La Bonche. The former Methodist Church for Shieldfield remains consecrated but is a gallery called The Holy Biscuit.
Over the last decade, developments have seen a number of Halls of Residence constructed to accommodate students from the nearby Northumbria University, and in 2007 Northumbria University opened its new state of the art 'City Campus East' on the site of the former Warner Brothers cinema.
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