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Whickham is a town in North East England, four miles south west of Newcastle upon Tynemarker and four and a half miles west of Gatesheadmarker. Whickham is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. Its postal address is Whickham, Newcastle upon Tynemarker. Whickham is situated on high ground overlooking the River Tyne and the MetroCentremarker. It has a population of 16,263.

Whickham is a living town, with many social, cultural and business activities. This has always been the case. From the Romans to early English settlementmarker to the Norman Conquest, agriculture, the Anglo-Scottish wars, the rise and fall of the coal and iron industries, the Reformation, the dawn of railway transportation, electoral reform, twentieth century war to suburbia, these great historical themes have influenced life in Whickham.

The parish, which contains the ancient townships or quarters of Swalwell and Whickham, and part of Fellside, is bounded on the north by the Tyne, on the west by the parishes of Winlatonmarker and Stellamarker, on the south-west and south by Lamesleymarker and Marley Hill and on the east by Dunstonmarker. The ancient parish also included Lowside or Dunston, which was formed into a distinct parish in 1872, and that part of Fellside which includes the villages of Marley Hill and Sunniside, which now form part of the township of Marley Hill. The parish priest is Fr. Michael Humble.

The village underwent some expansion in the 50s when the so called Lake District Estate was built just off Whickham Highway then later in the decade the Oakfield Estate just off Whaggs Lane was built. However house building in the early 60s truly transformed the village into a small town. Grange Estate began the seemingly unending development by Bell the builder which went on into Clavering Park, Clavering Grange, the Cedars and then Fellside Park. Schools followed but there is some debate that the real spirit of the village was lost when the main street of Whickham was demolished.

References

  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 2009-08-26


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