Chopwell

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Chopwell
Chopwell.jpg
The main street of Chopwell
Chopwell is located in Tyne and Wear
Chopwell
Chopwell
Chopwell shown within Tyne and Wear
Population 3,096 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NZ119582
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Postcode district NE17
Dialling code 01207
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Tyne and Wear
54°55′08″N 1°48′54″W / 54.919°N 1.815°W / 54.919; -1.815Coordinates: 54°55′08″N 1°48′54″W / 54.919°N 1.815°W / 54.919; -1.815

Chopwell is a village in Tyne and Wear, located approximately three miles west of Rowlands Gill and one mile north of Hamsterley. The Gateshead MBC ward (called Chopwell and Rowlands Gill) had a population at the Census 2011 of 9,395.[2]

It dates back to at least 1150, evidenced by a written document in which Bishop Pudsey granted the Manor of Chopwell to the first Abbot of Newminster. Newminster Abbey retained possession of the Manor until the dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.[3]

Traditionally an area of coal mining, Chopwell was nicknamed "Little Moscow" because of the strong support for the Communist Party. Chopwell counts "Marx Terrace" and "Lenin Terrace" among its street names, and during the 1926 General Strike the Union Flag at the council offices was taken down and replaced with the Soviet flag. Another street within the village gained notoriety for other reasons "Fannybush Lane" was renamed "Whittonstall Road" by the local authority in the 1990s because its street sign kept being stolen so many times.

In 1974, Chopwell became part of the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear and the metropolitan borough of Gateshead, after previously being part of the administrative county of Durham.

Chopwell is currently home to over 3,000 people.

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