Percy Main, Tyne and Wear

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Percy Main is a small village absorbed into North Shields, North East England. Historically in Northumberland, it is now part of Tyne and Wear.


St John's church.

It is named after the colliery belonging to the Percy family, which was located just south of the railway, near St. John's church. The colliery was sunk in 1799 & went to a depth of 247 meters to the renowned Main seam, which was considered the best coal for household use. The village grew up around it to serve the pit. It closed in 1895. In 1872, the population was recorded as 3,953, residing in 786 houses. The inhabitants worked mainly in the neighbouring docks and other industries.



Sport is popular in the village, with Percy Main Cricket Club playing at St John's Green in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior Cricket League, with their next door neighbours Percy Main Amateurs F.C. playing at Purvis Park in the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division.[1]


The village's main and only modern-day railway station is the Percy Main Metro station. The original footbridge from the station is preserved at the National Railway Museum, York.


The Diocese of Newcastle's main administrative office and resource centre are located at Church House in the village.[2]


Percy Main Primary School is located in the village.[3]


  1. ^ "Percy Main CC". Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Newcastle | Church House". Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  3. ^ Interactive, Enigma. "Percy Main Primary School | Percy Main | North Shields | North Tyneside". Retrieved 2017-05-14.

Coordinates: 54°59′53″N 1°28′30″W / 54.998°N 1.475°W / 54.998; -1.475


  1. ^ Lawrence, Danny. Shiels to Shields, The History of a Tyneside Town. 2016