Bill Quay

Coordinates: 54°57′N 1°32′W / 54.95°N 1.53°W / 54.95; -1.53
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Bill Quay
Bill Quay is located in Tyne and Wear
Bill Quay
Bill Quay
Location within Tyne and Wear
Population9,100 (2011 Census data for Pelaw and Heworth ward)
OS grid referenceNZ 2964 6265
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE10
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
Tyne and Wear
54°57′N 1°32′W / 54.95°N 1.53°W / 54.95; -1.53

Bill Quay is a residential area in Gateshead, located around 4 miles (6.4 km) from Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 miles (19 km) from Sunderland, and 17 miles (27 km) from Durham. In 2011, Census data for the Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council ward of Heworth and Pelaw recorded a total population of 9,100.[1]

Bill Quay is situated between Hebburn to the east, and Pelaw to the southwest. It lies on the south bank of the River Tyne, facing Walker. The area is home to Bill Quay Albion Cricket Club, competitors in the Durham Cricket League.


During the nineteenth century, Bill Quay was an industrial area catering for chemical works,[2] bottle works, Robson's Paint, and shipbuilding. The area saw an economic upturn at the end of the nineteenth century, when the Co-Operative Wholesale Society (CWS) opened its vast and extensive string of factories along Shields Road. Boutlands,[3] Harrisons[4] and Wood-Skinner[5] were shipbuilders at Bill Quay, with Harrisons being the final shipbuilder on the south bank of the River Tyne to close.


According to the 2011 Census, the Pelaw and Heworth ward has a population of 9,100. The ward is split into three distinct districts:

52.2% of the population are female, slightly above the national average, while 47.8% are male. Only 2.7% of the population were from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) group, as opposed to 14.6% of the national population.[6]

Data from the 2011 Census found that the average life expectancy in Pelaw and Heworth is 79.1 years for men, and 81.1 years for women. These statistics compare fairly favourably, when compared to the average life expectancy in the North East of England, of 77.4 and 81.4 years, respectively.[7]

Car ownership is lower than the average in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead (63.5%), but lower than the national average of 74.2% – with 61.1% of households in the Pelaw and Heworth ward owning at least one car.[6]

Demography (data from 2011 Census)
Demographic % of population
Bill Quay[6]
% of population
% of population
Total population 9,100 200,214 53,012,456
Male 47.8% 48.9% 49.2%
Female 52.2% 51.1% 50.8%
BAME 2.7% 3.7% 14.6%
Age 65+ 17.8% 17.6% 16.4%


Bill Quay is served by one primary school, Bill Quay Primary School.[10] In November 2011, the school was rated "good" by Ofsted. Nearby primary schools include St. Alban's Catholic Primary School in Pelaw, and Wardley Primary School and White Mere Community Primary School in Wardley.

In terms of secondary education, Bill Quay is located within the catchment area for Heworth Grange School in Leam Lane.[11] An inspection carried out by Ofsted in January 2017 deemed the school to be "inadequate".[12][13][14] St. Alban's Catholic Primary School in Pelaw also acts as a feeder school for Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Wrekenton, rated "outstanding" by Ofsted in January 2014,[15] as well as the nearby St. Joseph's Catholic Academy in Hebburn, which was rated "requires improvement" by Ofsted in January 2019.[16][17]


Pelaw and Heworth is a local council ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. This ward covers an area of around 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), and has a population of 9,100.[18] As of April 2020, the ward is served by three councillors: Ian Patterson, John Paul Dilston and Rosy Oxberry.[19] Bill Quay is located within the parliamentary constituency of Jarrow. As of April 2020, the constituency is served by Kate Osborne.[20]

Gateshead Council Local Elections 2019:
Pelaw and Heworth[21]
Candidate Political party No. of
% of
John Paul Dilston  Liberal Democrats  1,222 51.5%
Jill Green  Labour  726 30.6%
Jordan Oliver  UKIP  238 10.0%
Nicholas Boldrini  Green  127 5.3%
Paul Sterling  Conservative  61 2.6%



The nearest airport to Bill Quay is Newcastle International Airport, which is located around 11 miles (18 km) away by road. Teesside International Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport are located around 36 and 58 miles (58 and 93 km) away by road, respectively.


Bill Quay is served by Go North East's frequent Crusader 27 service, which runs up to every 10 minutes from Newcastle, Gateshead and Heworth to Hebburn, Jarrow and South Shields.

It is also served by the Gateshead Central Taxis bus services 568, which runs hourly between Heworth and Bill Quay, and 515, which runs hourly between Heworth and Hebburn.


The nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station is located at Pelaw. The Tyne and Wear Metro provides a regular service to Newcastle, with trains running up to every 6 minutes (7–8 minutes during the evening and Sunday) between Pelaw and South Gosforth, increasing to up to every 3 minutes at peak times.[22] Heworth is the nearest rail station, with Northern Trains providing an hourly service along the Durham Coast Line.[23]


Bill Quay is served by the A185 – a route linking the area with Heworth, Hebburn and Jarrow. By road, Gateshead can be reached in around 10 minutes, Newcastle in 15 minutes, and Newcastle International Airport in 30 minutes.

Bill Quay Community Farm[edit]

Bill Quay Community Farm is an important urban farm, and one of only 16 farm parks nationally recognised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK. Breeds included Tamworth pigs, Jacob sheep, Hebridean sheep, Scots Grey hens and Bagot goats.[24] It used to play host to Chickenstock, an annual showcase festival for local Gateshead based bands. Bill Quay Community Farm opened in 1986[25] and closed in September 2019, but later reopened.[24] It is managed by a registered charity.[26]

In fiction[edit]

The novel Schoolfrenz by Ray Crowther (ISBN 0-9541110-3-6) is set mainly on Tyneside. Bill Quay is mentioned several times and is the location for a murder scene in the book. The author's website (Ray Crowther) contains an extract from Schoolfrenz about Bill Quay, and has photographs of Bill Quay, and the surrounding area.


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  2. ^ "Trade and manufactures | British History Online".
  3. ^ "Boutland Bill Quay Shipbuilder".
  4. ^ "Harrison Bill Quay Shipbuilder".
  5. ^ "Wood Skinner Bill Quay Shipbuilder".
  6. ^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Pelaw and Heworth Ward (as of 2011) (E05001081)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Health state life expectancy by 2011 Census wards, England and Wales: 2009 to 2013". Office for National Statistics. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  8. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gateshead Local Authority (E08000037)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  9. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – England Country (E92000001)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  10. ^ "School report: Bill Quay Primary School". Ofsted. 23–24 November 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  11. ^ O'Neill, Caroline (July 2019). "Gateshead Local Authority Admission to Secondary School (2020)" (PDF). Gateshead Council. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  12. ^ "School report: Heworth Grange Comprehensive School". Ofsted. 11–12 January 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  13. ^ Graham, Hannah (15 March 2017). "What went wrong at Heworth Grange school as inspectors brand it 'inadequate'?". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  14. ^ Graham, Hannah (16 February 2018). "Heworth Grange Ofsted: Head teacher hits out as Gateshead school is rated 'inadequate'". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  15. ^ "School report: Cardinal Hume Catholic School". Ofsted. 14–15 January 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  16. ^ "School report: St Joseph's Catholic Academy". Ofsted. 30–31 January 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  17. ^ Harrison, James (18 March 2019). "St Joseph's Catholic Academy in Hebburn told to 'improve the quality of teaching' in Ofsted report". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Pelaw and Heworth Ward Factsheet" (PDF). Gateshead Council. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Councillors by Ward". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  20. ^ "MPs representing Jarrow (Constituency)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Local election results 2019: Pelaw and Heworth". Gateshead Council. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Timetables and stations: Pelaw". Nexus. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Train times: Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle and Metrocentre" (PDF). Northern Trains. 15 December 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  24. ^ a b "Bill Quay Community Farm devastated after rare goats were stolen - Chronicle Live". 13 October 2020.
  25. ^ "Cash crisis at community farm could force closure | Tyne Tees - ITV News".

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