Springwell Village

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Springwell Village
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Stone cottages on the main road
Springwell Village is located in Tyne and Wear
Springwell Village
Springwell Village
Location within Tyne and Wear
Population11,833 (2011 Census data for Washington West ward)
OS grid referenceNZ 2882 5836
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE9
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
Tyne and Wear
54°55′N 1°33′W / 54.91°N 1.55°W / 54.91; -1.55Coordinates: 54°55′N 1°33′W / 54.91°N 1.55°W / 54.91; -1.55

Springwell Village is a village in the Borough of Gateshead, located approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 miles (14 km) from Sunderland, and 13 miles (21 km) from Durham. In 2011, Census data for the Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council ward of Washington West recorded a total population of 11,833.[1]

The village is home to one church, Springwell Village Methodist Church, as well as three shops and two local pubs – The Guidepost in the centre of the village, and The Ship on the outskirts. The area surrounding the village consists mainly of farmland, as well as land used for equestrian activities.


Bowes Railway Museum

The first residences in the area were constructed in 1821 to house workers of the nearby colliery.[2] The village has retained much character, and is generally a sought after and affluent address within the local area. It has a mix of small private estates situated in the centre, and south alongside a large proportion of individual properties and stone terrace cottages, a style typical within the village.

The Bowes Railway Museum is located on the outskirts of the village. The railway served the colliery at Springwell Village from 1826 until 1974, with a short part of the route now operating as a heritage passenger railway.

Formerly a part of County Durham, the postal address is Gateshead, with the village now situated in the City of Sunderland. The village has close ties to Washington, Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne.


According to the 2011 Census, the Washington West ward has a population of 11,833.[1] 51.4% of the population are female, slightly above the national average, while 48.6% are male. Only 2.1% of the population were from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) group, as opposed to 14.6% of the national population.

Data from the 2011 Census found that the average life expectancy in Washington West is 78.0 years for men, and 79.5 years for women. These statics compare favourably for men, but less so for women, when compared to the average life expectancy in the North East of England, of 77.4 and 81.4 years, respectively.[3]

Car ownership is significantly higher than the average in the City of Sunderland (64.9%), as well as being higher the national average of 74.2% – with 75.0% of households in the Washington West ward owning at least one car.[1]

Demography (data from 2011 Census)
Demographic % of population
% of population
% of population
Total population 8,327 275,506 53,012,456
Male 48.6% 48.6% 49.2%
Female 51.4% 51.4% 50.8%
BAME 2.1% 4.1% 14.6%
Age 65+ 15.5% 17.0% 16.4%


Mount Community Centre

Springwell Village is served by Springwell Village Primary School,[6] which was rated "good" by Ofsted in July 2015. Nearby primary schools include Roman Road Primary School and St. Augustine's Catholic Primary School in Leam Lane, Fell Dyke Community Primary School in Wrekenton, and George Washington Primary School in Usworth.

In terms of secondary education, students attend the nearby Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Wrekenton, rated "outstanding" by Ofsted in January 2014,[7] as well as Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley, and St. Robert of Newminster Catholic School in Fatfield.


Washington West is a local council ward in the City of Sunderland, and has a population of 11,833.[1] As of April 2020, the ward is served by three councillors: Bernard Scaplehorn, Dorothy Trueman and Henry Trueman.[8] Springwell Village is located within the parliamentary constituency of Washington and Sunderland West. As of April 2020, the constituency is served by MP Sharon Hodgson.[9]

Sunderland City Council Local Elections 2019:
Washington West[10]
Candidate Political party No. of
% of
Harry Trueman  Labour  1,235 42.6%
Kevin John Sheppard  UKIP  674 23.3%
Olwyn Bird  Conservative  440 15.2%
Paul Andrew Leonard  Green  405 14.0%
Odet Mark Aszkenasy  Liberal Democrats  144 5.0%



The nearest airport to Springwell Village is Newcastle International Airport, which is located around 15 miles (24 km) away by road. Teesside International Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport are located around 32.5 and 60 miles (52.3 and 96.6 km) away by road, respectively.


Springwell Village is served by Go North East's local bus services, with frequent routes serving Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and Washington.


The nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station is located at Heworth. The Tyne and Wear Metro provides a regular service to Newcastle, with trains running up to every 6 minutes (7–8 minutes during the evening and Sunday) between Pelaw and South Gosforth, increasing to up to every 3 minutes at peak times.[11] Heworth is also the nearest rail station, with Northern Trains providing an hourly service along the Durham Coast Line.[12]


Springwell Village is well served by road links, located a short distance from the A1 and A1231. By road, Newcastle can be reached in around 15 minutes, Sunderland in 20 minutes, and Newcastle International Airport in 25 minutes.

People from Springwell Village[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Washington West Ward (as of 2011): Local Area Report (E05001177)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Our History". Springwell Village Methodist Church. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Health state life expectancy by 2011 Census wards, England and Wales: 2009 to 2013". Office for National Statistics. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Sunderland Local Authority (E08000024)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  5. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – England Country (E92000001)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Springwell Village Primary School". Ofsted. 14–15 July 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  7. ^ "School report: Cardinal Hume Catholic School". Ofsted. 14–15 January 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Elected Members". Sunderland City Council. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  9. ^ "MPS representing Washington and Sunderland West (Constituency)". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Declaration of Result of Poll: Election of a City Councillor for Washington West Ward on Thursday, 2 May 2019" (PDF). Sunderland City Council. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Timetables and stations: Heworth". Nexus. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Train times: Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough to Newcastle and Metrocentre" (PDF). Northern Trains. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  13. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. p. 166. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  14. ^ Chronicle, Evening (15 December 2001). "Paul Dressed To Thrill On And Off The Pitch". nechronicle. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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