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The Local Area Guide to living in Washington

Positioned at an equal distance from Newcastle, Sunderland, and Durham, Washington is a town that enjoys the best of all worlds. Residents benefit from the close proximity of these larger cities, while taking advantage of the slower pace of life in this historic town. Today’s Washington is located in the Tyne and Wear government district and experienced a series of expansions in the past century. In 1964 it was deemed a “new town” and experienced massive growth transforming it from a quaint, small village to the large, thriving town it is today.

There are a number of separate small villages or districts within Washington’s boundaries, each with its own character. The original village of Washington is quiet, leafy, and residential, home to landmarks such as the Washington Old Hall, which is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first US president. Washington also boasts a range of restaurants, bars, and leisure facilities, a well-connected road network and public transportation options, making it a popular location for commuters.

Information about the local residents

Washington has experienced major socio-economic growth in the past 50 years due to its designation as a “new town” in the 1960s. Redevelopment has attracted new industry sectors including light engineering and manufacturing, which employ many local residents. With the opening of the Tyne Tunnel, Nissan manufacturing facility, and Galleries shopping centre, new residents have been attracted to the area due to its fantastic employment prospects.

The population is over 67,000, with many working in these local sectors or commuting into the larger towns of Newcastle, Sunderland, and Durham. There’s a nearly equal mix of male and female residents, and age and employment figures fall in line with the larger area of Sunderland.

Nearby Schools

Washington is a fairly large town, and thus there are numerous schools serving each of its districts. Washington School is one of the most notable, consistently achieving some of the most impressive exam results in Sunderland. In 2016, 100% of Washington School students achieved GCSE qualifications, with 91% achieving the highest A* and A level grades, and 96% achieving at least 5 GCSE qualifications. This places the school in the top third of all secondary schools throughout Sunderland, making it one of the most desirable in Washington for families with school-aged children.

Biddick Primary and Nursery School was rated “good” by Ofsted in their latest report, with strengths including a welcoming atmosphere and consistently strong teaching quality, and Lambton Primary is another “outstanding” school in Washington for younger pupils.

Getting Around

At present, there’s no railway within Washington. However, there’s an extensive network of bus routes in Washington, connecting to all of its various areas. There’s a large bus station conveniently located by the Galleries shopping centre.

Motorists will find the A1/M1 motorway very conveniently located alongside the town. The A19 is another major route, and between these two roads it’s a swift journey to Newcastle, Durham, or Sunderland city centres. The Tyne and Wear Metro can be accessed in Newcastle or Sunderland, linking residents with Newcastle International Airport, the coast, or various towns in the region.

Local Shops

The heart of Washington’s shopping facilities is the Galleries shopping centre. It’s home to over one hundred shops, including high street chains like Boots and H&M as well as supermarkets and independent stalls. The Galleries also offers a range of chain restaurants and pop-up eateries for dining out.

The area around the River Wear is another dining and shopping hotspot in Washington, which is known for its lively riverside bar and restaurant scene. The town’s leisure centre is a hub of sporting activity, and there are several golf courses as well as a swimming pool in town.

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