Seaton Delaval

Coordinates: 55°04′22″N 1°31′31″W / 55.072876°N 1.525206°W / 55.072876; -1.525206
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Seaton Delaval
Seaton Delaval
Seaton Delaval is located in Northumberland
Seaton Delaval
Seaton Delaval
Location within Northumberland
Population4,371 (2001)
OS grid referenceNZ305755
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE25
Dialling code0191
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
55°04′22″N 1°31′31″W / 55.072876°N 1.525206°W / 55.072876; -1.525206

Seaton Delaval is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Seaton Valley, in Northumberland, England, with a population of 4,371.[1] The largest of the five villages in Seaton Valley, it is the site of Seaton Delaval Hall, completed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1727.

In 2010 the armed robbery of Jimmy's Fish Bar featured in news coverage of Raoul Moat's crime rampage.


The name 'Seaton Delaval' was first attested as 'Seton de la Val' in 1270. 'Seaton' simply means 'sea town', referring to the village's nearness to the North Sea. The land was held by the Delaval family, who took their name from Laval in Maine in France. Their descendants are still major landholders in the area today and the current Lord Hastings is Delaval Astley, 23rd Baron Hastings.

The folk song ‘Blackleg Miner’ mentions the village:

Oh, Delaval is a terrible place
They rub wet clay in the blackleg's face.
And around the heaps they run a foot race,
To catch the blackleg miner!
So divint gan near the Seghill mine.
Across the way they stretch a line,
To catch the throat and break the spine
Of the dirty blackleg miner!


From 1974 the village was part of the Blyth Valley borough, but as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England responsibility was transferred to Northumberland County Council. The village is in the NE25 post code area and the coastal town of Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Unlike other parts of Northumberland, Seaton Delaval and the surrounding villages use the Tyne and Wear 0191 area code.

Seaton Delaval was formerly a township and chapelry in the parish of Earsdon,[2] from 1866 Seaton Delaval was a civil parish in its own right, on 1 April 1935 the parish was abolished to form Seaton Valley, parts also went to Blyth and Whitley and Monkseaton.[3] In 1931 the parish had a population of 7377.[4]


The village is centred on the intersection of two main roads: the A192 road running from North Shields to Morpeth and the A190 road running from the Dudley village bypass to Seaton Sluice. These main roads are lined by terraced housing from the turn of the 20th century but large post-war and 1970s house development is predominant. There are small pockets of more recent housing and a new estate of houses was completed in 2012.

Nearby villages include:


The village has its own independent cooperative, the Seaton Valley Co-Operative Society, which runs a small supermarket, post office and off-licence. There are also several convenience stores and public houses, such as The Keel Row pub/restaurant on Foreman's Row, Hastings Arms on Wheatridge Row and the Victoria and Albert Inn on Seaton Terrace. The other, mainly independent, stores include a regionally renowned ice cream parlour (Arrighi's, often incorrectly pronounced "Riggy's"), a pine furnishing store, a florist and a garage.

The Victoria and Albert Inn was formerly two separate inns, the Victoria dating back to 1839. They were merged to form The Victoria and Albert Inn. In 2012 local residents put up a brave fight and took on Tesco and prevented them from changing their pub to a Tesco Express store. In 2019/2020 the Victoria and Albert underwent a major refurbishment.

The Seaton Terrace is now the premier social club in the Village after the demise of the "Top Club". The club has over 850 members and has recently because solvent again, paying off over £250,000 worth of debt and was due to celebrate its "Independence Day" on 4 July after getting its deeds back. The club has been known for its nightlife over the years and has hosted some top local acts like the Sleaze Sisters, Digits, Queen's of Noise, Jason Isaacs and the Fontains as well as world-renowned Bay City Roller, Eric Faulkner.

Coty had a factory in the village following a merger between Procter and Gamble and Coty for the acquisition of their beauty business, once the independent Shultons factory. Shultons formerly manufactured Old Spice aftershave before Procter & Gamble's acquisition of the brand. The factory closed in 2018.[5] Heather Mills bought the 55-acre site in 2019 and said that it would offer vegan businesses manufacturing, storage and office space.[6] According to The Guardian, "Mills said it would make the region a 'world centre for the creation of planet-rescuing ideas' and the 'northern powerhouse for the brightest vegan minds'."[6]


Seaton Delaval Hall, taken into the care of the National Trust in 2009, is around 12 mile (800 metres) east of the village off the A190.


A railway line, currently used only for freight, runs to the north of the village. A railway station was opened in 1841 but was closed to passengers in 1964.[7] A new station is currently under construction as part of the Northumberland Line project, due for completion in the summer of 2024. There are bus links to nearby Whitley Bay, Cramlington and Blyth as well as to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


The village is served by five main schools:

  • Seaton Delaval Parent/Toddler Group
  • Seaton Delaval Pre-school (ages 2 – school)
  • Seaton Terrace Nursery (closed/demolished)
  • Seaton Delaval Community First School (previously "The Station School" before being moved to the same site as Whytrig Middle as part of Northumberland County Council's switch from three to two-tier education)
  • Holywell Village First School
  • Whytrig County Middle School (moved on to the site of Astley High School as of September 2014)
  • Astley Community High School (including Sixth Form and Adult Education)

Religious sites[edit]

There are a number of Christian churches in the village:


The Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, a small auditorium hosting musical and drama entertainment, often locally produced, is housed in the former Salvation Army Hall in the centre of the village.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Key Statistics : Seaton Delaval Ward Retrieved 22 July 2010
  2. ^ "History of Seaton Delaval, in Blyth Valley and Northumberland". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Relationships and changes Seaton Delaval Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Population statistics Seaton Delaval Tn/CP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 8 April 2023.
  5. ^ KellyR, Mike (14 March 2017). "Northumberland community devastated as factory to close with 450 job losses". Chronicle Live.
  6. ^ a b Sandiford, Josh (13 September 2019). "Heather Mills launches UK 'vegan northern powerhouse'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  7. ^ "Disused Stations:Seaton Delaval Station".
  8. ^ Benson, Raymond (2012). "The James Bond Bedside Companion".
  9. ^ Wearmouth, Rachel (30 August 2017). "17 from '17: Labour Firebrand Laura Pidcock Admires Mhairi Black But Says Mum Is Her True Hero". Huffington Post UK.

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