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The Local Area Guide to living in Rowlands Gill

Tucked into the countryside between Hamsterley Mill and Winlaton Mill, Rowlands Gill is a picturesque village. Its desirable setting offers expansive views across the Gateshead greenbelt in Tyne and Wear. Rowlands Gill sits on the River Derwent’s north bank, and its rural location makes it an idyllic location for spotting red kites. The Derwent Park offers playgrounds, recreational fields, and tennis courts as well as fishing while there are winding walking and cycling paths and open spaces abound in the Derwent Valley. The Gibside Estate is also located in close proximity to Rowlands Gill. This National Trust-owned estate features grand Georgian architecture and a wildlife haven.

The A694 runs through the village, linking it with nearby towns and providing a short commute into Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne city centres. There’s also a wealth of basic amenities within this charming village, including a post office, GP surgery, and primary school.

Information about the local residents

The Derwent Valley Railway arrived in the area in 1867, helping to transform Rowlands Gill into a coal mining village. Improved transportation links made it a popular dormitory suburb within Tyneside. It was eventually incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead in the 1980s. Today, Rowlands Gill is still a dormitory suburb, with many residents commuting into Gateshead city centre or Newcastle upon Tyne.

The village is part of the Chopwell and Rowlands Gill ward in Gateshead. At the time of the 2011 census, the population of this ward as a whole was 9,395, with an average age of 42. Nearly 96% of Chopwell and Rowlands Gill residents were born in England, though there are also a handful of residents born in the rest of the UK as well as South Africa, India, and the United States. Occupations within the ward are fairly diverse, with similar percentages of residents in professional, skilled trades, leisure, sales, and technical positions.

Nearby Schools

Rowlands Gill Primary is situated in the village, serving pupils from nursery age right up through Year 6. The most recent Ofsted inspection was carried out in 2012, deeming the school to be good. Strengths highlighted in this report include high achievement levels in all years, and outstanding student behaviour.

The primary school is a feeder for Thorp Academy in Ryton, which was originally established in 1861. It was converted only recently to an academy, sponsored by the Northern Education Trust in 2014. Thorp Academy boasts a newly constructed STEM facility for the study of science and technology. According to 2015’s Key Stage 4 results, 57% of pupils who finished year 11 achieved five or more A*- C GCSEs, which is in line with the Gateshead average of 58% and higher than the national average of 53.8%.

Getting Around

Bus services connect Rowlands Gill with Newcastle City Centre, Blackhall Mill, Consett, and the MetroCentre. The Tyne and Wear Metro is accessible from Gateshead or Newcastle city centres, providing a swift link to the airport, coast, and other regional destinations. National rail services are also available in these larger town centres. Motorists can easily get to and from the town, as the A694 road passes through Rowlands Gill. It’s roughly a 15-minute drive into both Gateshead and Newcastle.

Local Shops

Though it’s small, Rowlands Gill’s high street offers basic services and a smattering of quaint shops. There’s a gym, post office, grocery store, florists, and pet shop. Barbers and hair salons are also available, as is a dentist and GP surgery. Churches, bank branches, and a library are near the town centre. In terms of dining, there are takeaways, a tea shop, and an Italian restaurant located in town to serve residents.

The nearby Gibside estate is another shopping destination. It holds a farmers’ market on the first and third Saturday of every month, featuring fresh produce from regional bakers and farmers. Locally produced cheese, baked goods, honey, and crafts are available, in a festive atmosphere complete with live music.

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