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The Local Area Guide to living in Low Fell

A desirable suburb of Gateshead, Low Fell offers the friendly atmosphere of a small village combined with the amenities of a bigger city. It was established by tinkers and miners in the 18th Century before attracting the attention of notable new residents. Wealthy Newcastle merchants escaped to Low Fell in the 19th Century to build their stately homes, and there are still a number of well-preserved Grade-II listed buildings to admire. Positioned within walking distance of Gateshead town centre, Low Fell residents enjoy close proximity to a wealth of bars, restaurants, and shops. Saltwell Park is a popular leisure attraction, boasting a tranquil 55 acres of ornamental gardens and woodland to explore.

Positioned near the Gateshead Leisure Centre, Central Library, and Angel of the North, Low Fell is also adjacent to many commercial centres including the Team Valley Trading Estates. It’s well served by public transportation, providing residents with a direct link to Newcastle and Gateshead centres.

Information about the local residents

The population of Low Fell was 8,636 in 2011. This includes 3,836 households for a population density of 48.7 people per hectare. Low Fell is a relatively affluent area, and unemployment levels are low in comparison to Gateshead and Tyne and Wear as a whole.

Low Fell was once inhabited primarily by tinkers, but grew increasingly popular with wealthy individuals in the 1800s and remains economically strong today. The largest sector of employment for residents in Low Fell is manufacturing, particularly in the managerial capacity. According to the 2011 Census, 96.1% of the residents identify as White British.

Sources: 2011 Census, Department of Work and Pensions

Nearby Schools

Kells Lane Primary School is the oldest educational institution in town, today providing coeducational learning for pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. It’s a large, popular school that focuses on subjects across Key Stages 1 and 2 of the curriculum. Another option is St Peter’s RC Primary on Dryden Road. Both have been rated as outstanding schools in their most recent Ofsted inspections. The Joseph Swan Academy is located in nearby South Gateshead, and caters for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.

Specialty schools are also located in Low Fell, including Dryden School and Cedars School. Both offer a high level of education for children with special educational needs.

Getting Around

Low Fell is well-linked to both Gateshead and Newcastle town centres. The suburb is located just off the A167 Durham Road, near the A1 motorway. By car, it’s a mere seven minutes into Gateshead and 12 minutes into Newcastle upon Tyne. The closest major railway station is Newcastle Central Station, which is under three miles away. From here, residents can enjoy links to all regional and national destinations. Although Low Fell isn’t on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, there is a very close metro station in Gateshead. Buses are plentiful, with numerous bus services passing through the suburb. Most are operated under the Nexus group. Newcastle International Airport is within easy reach for onward travels.

Local Shops

Low Fell’s high street is well stocked with conveniences. Many of these are independently-owned. Art galleries, florists, and chemists sit next to charity shops and cafes. There’s a Co-operative supermarket on the high street, along with a bakery and a greengrocer for fresh produce. A larger Sainsbury’s and Asda superstore are located close at hand in Gateshead, as are a number of brand name fashion retailers.

The UK’s largest indoor shopping centre is a stone’s throw away in the Dunston area of Gateshead, providing a big day out for Low Fell residents. In addition to the usual high street names like Zara and Marks & Spencer, there’s a massive Antiques Village and a bevy of eateries. An Odeon cinema and indoor amusement arcade are also on hand. And naturally, all of the independent shops of Newcastle’s city centre are within easy reach.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

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

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