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Rowlands Gill shown within Tyne and Wear
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Rowlands Gill is a village situated along the A694, between Winlaton Mill and Hamsterley Mill, on the north bank of the River Derwent, Tyne and Wear, England. Within Gateshead's greenbelt, the village has a picturesque setting with much open space and views across the valley to Gibside Estate, now owned by the National Trust.
With the coming of the Derwent Valley Railway in 1867, Rowlands Gill became an economically viable coal mining village, and later a semi-rural dormitory suburb of commercial & industrial Tyneside. An independent village within Blaydon Urban District Council, in County Durham, it became incorporated into Tyne and Wear in 1974 and then the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead in 1986.
In local government Rowlands Gill is located mainly within the ward of 'Chopwell and Rowlands Gill'. It is served by three councillors, all of whom are Labour councillors, except for the north end at Lockhaugh, which falls within the ward of Winlaton and High Spen, which is served by 2 Liberal Democrat councillors. Gateshead Council is Labour controlled.
Retail and facilities
The village has no licensed premises, other than the Vale of Derwent Working Mens Club, – when the Church of England sold its land for house-building at the end of the 19th century it stipulated that no ale houses were to be built. The Towneley Arms Public House pre-dated the village, being built in 1835 to serve travellers and their horses on the turnpike road through the valley. It was rebuilt in 1961 and due to lack of business, demolished in 2002 and replaced with dwellings. Persons requiring alcoholic refreshment would need to visit any of the numerous licensed establishments in any of the nearby villages. The village has a four doctor GP surgery and a dentist surgery. There are two barbers, two hairdressers, two art shops, a gym, a post office, a grocer, a florist, a pet shop, a garage, and an appliance shop. Also, a bank, two estate agents, an accountant, a bookmaker and a mortician.
There is an Italian restaurant, a Chinese restaurant/take-away, a tea-shop, and a fish and chip shop.
A library is near the village centre. Strathmore Road Methodist Church and St. Barnabas Church of England Church are near the centre.
Recreation and education
There is a small summer season Caravan Park located on the municipal Derwent Park site.
The Derwent Park provides access to the river where permit holders can fish; also there are tennis courts, putting, recreational fields and playground facilities. The Derwent Country Walk runs through the village along the route of the dis-used railway line.
The A694 runs through the town. There are frequent bus services to Newcastle City Centre, the MetroCentre and, in the other direction, Blackhall Mill and Consett. Other minor bus routes such as UCall bus service operate.
Rowlands Gill has a Primary School which was rebuilt in 2007 after the amalgamation of the previously separate infant and junior schools. The school is a feeder to Thorp Academy.
Rowlands Gill, and the surrounding Derwent Valley, was chosen by the Northern Kites Project as the location for the re-introduction of red kites in semi-rural areas. This scheme has proven to be a big success, with birds being spotted across the west of the borough, from Crawcrook through Rowlands Gill, to Burnopfield and Whickham.
The following notable people were either born in Rowlands Gill or lived there for a significant period:
- Kirsty Wade..athlete, is a former resident of the old station-masters house.
- Chris Ryan..famous SAS soldier and author
- Frank Clark... European Cup-winning football player and manager (retired)
- Si King.. TV Personality and Hairy Biker, resides in Rowlands Gill
- Ben Satterly..wrestler currently under contract to the WWE. Was once billed as being from Rowlands Gill when wrestling in the North East.
- Richard Cobbing..athlete, Olympian, former World Games Trampoline champion and World Championship Silver Medallist at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships
- "Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England". Retrieved January 2015.
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