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The local area guide to living in Byker

Byker is an inner city electoral ward within the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. Situated in the east of the city, in the south of Heaton and north of St Peter’s, Byker is nationally recognised as the setting of the BBC series of Byker Grove. According to archaeological evidence, the earliest form of development in Byker was by Hadrian, the infamous Roman Emperor who was responsible for Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall itself provided a barrier against Pict clans and tribes. It lies south of Shield’s Road and is worth a visit. Byker first appeared in historical documentation in 1198 ‘as the most important Serjeantry in Northumberland.’

Untill the 1960s, the area was a working class area of densely built Victorian terraces. The housing, until then, was deemed unfit for human inhabitation and needed extensive repair. The Newcastle City Corporation took the decision to redevelop the Byker area in 1966 and to keep the community vibe. The eventual development took the form of, what is commonly known as, The Byker Wall; a block of 620 maisonettes that are still there today along with other similar dwellings. Today Byker is a thriving inner city community with a lot to offer its residents in terms of activities and high standards of living. Being extremely close to Newcastle upon Tyne and other thriving areas, there will never be an excuse to be bored.

Information about the local residents

The population of Byker and the surrounding areas is 12,206 according to the 2011 census. 47.8% rate their health as ‘very good’ compared to the English national average of 47.17%. This data confirms that the area has high standards of health and contented residents.

27.2% have a level 4 qualification compared to the national average of 27.4%. While the local average is slightly less than the national average, the data still proves that the residents are well educated with opportunities available to all.

Nearby schools

Byker offers substantial educational resources for its residents. With primary education, there is plenty of choice on offer. One notable example is the Byker Primary School. The school advocates and demonstrates a caring and supportive environment for children with high aspirations. It recently was awarded a ‘good’ status by Oftsed.

Secondary schools are within close proximity to Byker and are easily accessible by bus and metro. Similar to primary schools, there is plenty of choice on offer. A notable choice is the Heaton Manor School. This school was awarded a ‘good’ status by Ofsted in its recent inspection. It offers a 21st century learning experience which allows students huge choice in their academic subjects.

Getting around

Being in the inner city, residents of Byker are never short of ways to travel around. Those that travel by train will find Heworth Railway Station 1-mile away, with ready access to national rail links to wherever you need to get to. The fast and reliable metro service offers substantial links around the city of Newcastle as well as the areas surrounding Byker.

There are also regular buses that go through Byker to take passengers to the city centre of Newcastle and to the Asda superstore. The number 40 and number 39 are the most notable buses for this service.

Local shops

Byker provides exemplary access to all of your shopping needs due to its location. Residents will be able to find an Asda superstore, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx and more. You will be able to relax with a nice coffee at the selection of coffee stores that are located nearby. The locals also highly favour The Bake, a prestigious Lebanese restaurant that has exquisite cuisine on offer.

If you would rather have a different adventure then try out the many activities on offer. These include the Victoria Tunnel, Discovery Museum, Battlezone Laser Quest and the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.