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The Local Area Guide to living in Consett

The pleasant little town of Consett is perfectly placed between the gorgeous scenery of the North Pennines and the thriving urban city of Newcastle, making it the perfect location for those who prefer closeness to the bright lights of the city as well as the quiet countryside. Until the 1850s, Consett was a tiny village, with a population of under 150 people, but things changed rapidly when it was discovered that the village was built on big reserves of coking coal and iron ore, and near to plenty of limestone: the three things needed to make iron and steel. Several huge ironworks were swiftly constructed around Consett, leading the once sleepy little village to become a centre of industry that grew very quickly in size and stature.

However, what goes up must come down, and Consett was delivered a big blow by the decline on the British steel industry in the 70s and 80s. But latterly, the town has been seen plenty of regeneration, and now boasts a thriving town centre with plenty of shops and busy pubs. Since its deindustrialisation, Consett has become popular for its beautiful views across the Derwent Valley, and has become popular with commuters to nearby towns like Durham and Newcastle.

Information about the local residents

At the census in 2011, Consett had 24,828 residents. The town has a fairly old population compared to the national average, with 21.1% of residents being aged between 45 and 59 years old. The older population means that more people own their own homes, making the area relatively affluent. It is a healthy place to live, with 42.35% of the population describing their health as ‘very good’.



Nearby schools

Consett is a pretty big place, and the number of schools in the area reflects this. Ebchester C of E Primary School, Castleside Primary School and The Grove Primary School were all classed as being ‘good’ in their most recent Ofsted reports. The two nearest secondary schools in the area are Consett Academy (‘good’, according to Ofsted) and St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, which is a little way out of town, on the way towards Durham.

Getting around

Consett has excellent links to the A1(M) trunk road, making it quick and easy to get to destinations in the north and south, and is also within easy reach of the A68. Though it doesn’t have its own railway station - the closest is at Stocksfield, which is 9 miles away – it does have excellent bus links, with regular services around the town and to bigger towns like Durham and Newcastle Upon Tyne. If you fancy going further afield, Newcastle International Airport has many domestic, European and worldwide flights every day.

Local shops

Consett might no longer be the bustling steel town that it was, but it is still a fantastic place to live. For those who love the wildness of the countryside, it is very close to both the North Pennines AONB and the beautiful wilderness of the Northumberland National Park. Within the town, there are plenty of shops, ranging from recognisable high-street brands like Argos and Morrisons, as well as many traditional local shops, and the very popular Knitsley Farm Shop, which boasts a butchers, a bakers and a deli.

The town has recently refurbished The Empire Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in County Durham. It has a regular programme of theatre and comedy, and often shows the latest films to a packed audience. The town has a thriving pub culture, with many establishments named to reflect the town’s proud industrial heritage, such as The Company and The Works. Consett has a pair of fine Indian restaurants and a few welcoming cafes.

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