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The local area guide to living in Newcastle under Lyme

Newcastle under Lyme is a market town in the north of Staffordshire, in the valley of the Lyme Brook. It is directly beside Stoke-on-Trent - a city artificially created by combining several local towns in the early 20th century. Newcastle under Lyme resisted joining and remains its own distinct settlement.

In industrial times the town's economy relied heavily on fabrics - silk, cotton and the hatting trades were the biggest employers. However, as is typical in the north of England, iron casting, coal mining, brick manufacture and engineering all had a significant part to play.

Following the collapse of most of this industry the town was forced to re-shape itself and found some luck in the service sector. This history has led to the town developing a wide range of interesting architecture, with historical buildings mixing with contemporary designs and former mines dotting the landscape.

Today, there are major programs aimed at improving the economic development of the area and there has been plenty of investment in recent years improving the physical and economic status of the Newcastle Under Lyme as well as the wider area. The economy is recovering slowly after the shock of losing major industries, and additional improvements have come about as a result of the proximity of Keele University.

Information about the local residents

A little over 120,000 people live in Newcastle under Lyme, and this figure is currently not significantly changing. In terms of employment, a large number of these people work in the logistics, services, transport and communication industries. The average salary is below the national average at £18,000 (although the cost of living is also comparatively low).

Despite the hardships the town suffered in decades gone by, unemployment is currently fairly low. The regeneration projects have helped greatly with this.

Nearby schools

There are plenty of options for parents looking to educate their children in the area. These include over 40 primary schools of varying faiths and approaches.

There are also several secondary schools. Foremost of these is Clayton Hall Business and Language College and NCHS Science College. These two institutions form the South Newcastle Federation and share resources in order to provide the best possible education to their pupils who range in age from 11 to 16.

Children with special needs are also well catered for in the area - Blackfriars School, Coppice School and Merryfields School are all options.

There are also private schools in the area including Newcastle under Lyme School which takes children all the way from age 3 to 18. For further education and vocational courses, Newcastle under Lyme College is a popular choice and nearby Keel University has a growing reputation, especially in the field of bio-medical science.

Getting around

There is no railway station serving Newcastle under Lyme, although Stoke on Trent has excellent connections to cities all over the country. Major airports are fairly close by in Manchester Airport and Birmingham International Airport however. Motoring links directly from Newcastle under Lyme are good. The town is very close to the M6, which takes drivers south and west quickly, and the A500 reaches the north and east. The town has good bus services, running from the town centre, that take travellers around town easily and out to the wider region at minimal cost.

Local shops

Historically a market town, Newcastle under Lyme still offers a fantastic outdoor market six days a week, and another general market four days per week. The town is vibrant and bustling with activity - there are regular antique fairs, flea markets and a farmers market once a month.

The centre of the town has an excellent array of pubs, restaurants, bars, cafes, tearooms and shops. Cobbled streets weave around the town, each replete with independent stores and quirky boutiques.

The town also has an indoor shopping centre - the Roebuck Centre - which has a good selection of high street brands. Also nearby is the Potteries Shopping Centre with over 200 stores and stalls.

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