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Blackfell shown within Tyne and Wear
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Construction of the village began in the 1960s, and was completed over several years. The original prefabricated maisonettes in the east side of the village have now been replaced with new-build homes. The village was built near the site of Blackfell Army Camp (no longer in existence) also covering Blackfell Caravan and Camping Club, and the old coal pit in Albany (now a small museum).
When Washington New Town was constructed, each village was given its own industrial estate to employ the local workforce. A recently constructed B&Q (which was built around a Dickens DIY store, which was itself built on the RCA Record factory ground) dominates the Armstrong Industrial Estate closest to Blackfell.
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