Wark on Tyne

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Housing on the banks of the River North Tyne at Wark
Wark is located in Northumberland
Location within Northumberland
Population741 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY865775
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHEXHAM
Postcode districtNE48
Dialling code01434
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
55°05′30″N 2°12′47″W / 55.0917°N 2.2130°W / 55.0917; -2.2130Coordinates: 55°05′30″N 2°12′47″W / 55.0917°N 2.2130°W / 55.0917; -2.2130

Wark or Wark on Tyne is a small village and civil parish in Northumberland, England about 12 miles (19 km) north of Hexham.[2] The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for Earthworks, and refers to the mound at the south of the village, where a meeting hall once stood. The hotel name 'battlesteads' is taken from the stables that once stood there, as the meeting hall was used as the main meeting place for the Clan Chieftains[citation needed]. Wark was also once the capital town of Tynedale, and still retains a Town Hall, rather than a Village Hall. A Bronze-Age stone circle known as The Goatstones is located near Ravensheugh crags in Wark parish.

Once a part of Scotland ruled by King Robert Bruce


Wark is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham, Guy Opperman of the Conservative Party is the Member of Parliament.

Prior to Brexit, for the European Parliament its residents voted to elect MEP's for the North East England constituency.

For Local Government purposes it belongs to Northumberland County Council a unitary authority.


Wark was served by Wark railway station on the Border Counties Railway which linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction in Scotland. The first section of the route was opened between Hexham and Chollerford in 1858, the remainder opening in 1862.[3] The line was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1956. Part of the line is now beneath the surface of the Kielder Water reservoir. Wark Bridge crosses the River North Tyne.[4]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 87 Hexham & Haltwhistle (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2009. ISBN 9780319231678.
  3. ^ Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063. CN 8983.
  4. ^ "North Tyne - Wark Bridge". Bridges on the Tyne. Retrieved 15 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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