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Elswick is a ward of the city of Newcastle upon Tynemarker, Englandmarker, in the western part of the borough, bordering the river Tyne. One of the earliest references to the coal mining industry of the north east occurs in 1330, when it was recorded that the Prior of Tynemouth let a colliery, called Heygrove, at "Elstewyke" for a rent of £5 per year. The name is well known in connection with the great ordnance and naval works of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. Elswick Park, attached to the old mansion of the same name, is now a public recreation ground. The population of the ward is 11,325, 4.4% of the total population of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Car ownership in the area is 33%: this is much lower than the city average of 54.7%.


Elswick ward has two primary schools, St Michael’s RC and Canning Street, and one nursery school. Also within the ward is Newcastle Collegemarker.

Recreation and leisure

The Elswick ward has Cruddas Park Library located within it. Elswick Park Elswick Pool also are within the ward and have facilities including tennis courts and all weather 5-a-side pitches.

Ward boundary

The Elswick ward boundary begins at the junction of Westgate Road and Elswick Road, heading west along Westgate Road and West Road to Pendower Hall School. The boundary then heads south along the rear of the properties on Denhill Park to Westholme Gardens. It carries along Oakfield Gardens and along the allotment gardens to Benwell Lane. From Benwell Lane the boundary continues east onto Adelaide Terrace then south along St John’s Road to the Buddle Road roundabout. It then continues to the west of St Johns Walk and Joseph Close. It follows Scotswood Road west to William Armstrong Drive and continues down to the River Tyne and along to the Redheugh Bridge. It follows the bridge north onto St James’ Boulevard and the junction with Westmorland Road where it heads west to Elswick Park. The boundary heads north on Elswick Road and then back to the start at Westgate Road.

Charts and tables

Age group Number
Under 16 2,419
16-24 1,808
25-44 3,246
45-64 2,277
65-74 846
75+ 734

Ethnicity Number %
White 9,055 80
Afro-Caribbean 68 0.6
South Asian 1,850 16.3
Chinese 61 0.5
Other 283 2.5

The ward has 5,886 housing spaces of which 12.9% are vacant; this is over double the city average of 5.3%. Owner occupied property stands at 28.6%, much lower than the city average of 53.3%. The properties are as follows.

Property type Number %
Detached 217 3.7
Semi-detached 1,177 20
Terraced 1,639 27.9
Flats 2,846 48.4
Other 5 0.1


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