Willington Quay

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Willington Quay is an area in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear in northern England. It is on the north bank of the River Tyne, facing Jarrow, and between Wallsend and North Shields. It is served by the Howdon Metro station in Howdon. The area from 2006 onwards has been an area of new housing built on brownfield sites. The house building continues into 2013 and is changing the social and economic balance in the area. The area has also had a make over of the bowling green off Howdon Lane and further warehousing next to the bowling green has been demolished to make way for further new housing. The changes made recently at Willington Quay are now making it an attractive place to live within North Tyneside.

Local government[edit]

The area, originally in the parish of Wallsend, became an urban sanitary district in the late 19th century. The Local Government Act 1894 brought together the Howdon and Willington Quay USDs as an urban district of Northumberland. In 1910, the urban district became part of the borough of Wallsend.



The Tyne Iron Shipyard was founded in 1876 in the village.[1] It suffered a major fire in 1920, which resulted in several workshops being destroyed and ships being damaged.[2] The yard was acquired by Armstrong Whitworth in 1928 after the original company went into liquidation.[3] The following year, it completed construction of the cargo ship Kitty Taylor.[4] The company sold the yard in 1933.[5]

Eltringham's ship yard, the site of which was bought in 1912, was formerly on the banks of the River Tyne in the village.[6] The yard was later the site of a plywood factory.[7] Cookson's lead works was another company once operating in the village.[8]

Addison, Potter and Son, a cement-making company, was acquired by the British Portland Cement Manufacturing Company in 1912.[9]

The steel wire and rope manufacturers Messrs. R. Hood Haggie and Son, founded in 1789, was also situated in Willington Quay.[10] As of 2016, the site is still used for rope manufacture, by Bridon.[11]


In 1936, Irene Ward MP wrote to The Times to ask if readers would consider donating musical instruments to the unemployed of the village. One member of the community had apparently made his own violin.[12] The same year, a Daily Mail article recorded that young people were having to leave the area in order to find work.[13]


The village's railway station closed in 1973.[14]


Willington Quay Maternity Hospital was a 14-bed facility built in 1926, the first to be built by Northumberland County Council. It was closed in the 1970s and demolished by 1995.[15]


A United Presbyterian church was built in 1867, with a 92 foot spire.[16]

St Paul's, a Church of England chapel, in the benefice of the Willington Team Parish, the deanery of Tynemouth and the Diocese of Newcastle, was reordered to provide a base for St Paul's Community Partnership in the late 2000s.[17]

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ "News". Daily Mail. 18 January 1928 – via Gale NewsVault.
  2. ^ "Fire at Tyne Shipbuilding Co.'s Yard". The Western Times. 1 October 1920 – via Gale NewsVault.
  3. ^ "Armstrong Whitworth". The Times. 22 Mar 1928 – via Gale NewsVault.
  4. ^ "New Cargo Vessel". The Financial Times. 11 November 1929 – via Gale NewsVault.
  5. ^ "News". Daily Mail. 23 Mar 1933 – via Gale NewsVault.
  6. ^ "Far and near". Daily Mail. 11 July 1912 – via Gale NewsVault.
  7. ^ "News". Daily Mail. 24 August 1936 – via Gale NewsVault.
  8. ^ "News". Daily Mail. 30 May 1932 – via Gale NewsVault.
  9. ^ "Amalgamation of Cement Making Businesses". The Western Times. 26 March 1912 – via Gale NewsVault.
  10. ^ "Messrs R. H. Haggie and Son". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 29 November 1900 – via Gale NewsVault.
  11. ^ "Bridon Neptune Quay | Bridon". www.bridon.com. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  12. ^ Ward, Irene (15 April 1936). "Musical Instruments For The Unemployed". The Times – via Gale NewsVault.
  13. ^ "Must Leave Home!". Daily Mail. 28 February 1936 – via Gale NewsVault.
  14. ^ "Disused Stations: Willington Quay Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  15. ^ "Pastscape - Detailed Result: WILLINGTON QUAY MATERNITY HOSPITAL". www.pastscape.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  16. ^ a b "History of Willington Quay, in North Tyneside and Northumberland | Map and description". www.visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  17. ^ You, A Church Near. "St Paul, Willington Quay". A Church Near You. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  18. ^ Morton-JOU, David (2013-10-17). "Remember When: Happy Birthday to Look North legend Mike Neville". nechronicle. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  • Youngs, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol 2

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