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Derwent Street (the main street through Chopwell)
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Chopwell is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, 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.
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.
Traditionally an area of coal mining, Chopwell was nicknamed "Little Moscow" because of the strong support for the Communist Party. Chopwell counts "Marx Terrace" (after Karl Marx) and "Lenin Terrace" (after Vladimir Lenin) 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.
As with many pit villages from the old Durham coal field the area is a hotbed of fervent football support. Chopwell is predominately an area of Sunderland AFC support with a significant minority supporting the larger Newcastle United.
Chopwell is currently home to over 3,000 people.
- "Gateshead ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2014-09-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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