Dunston, Tyne and Wear

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Dunston Staiths and river front, 2018 Staithes Dunston.jpg
Dunston Staiths and river front, 2018

Dunston is a western area of the town of Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne, in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, North East England (into which it was absorbed in 1974). Dunston had a population of 18,326 at the 2011 Census.


It has been speculated that Dunston started its existence as a farm or estate of a man named Dunn. [1] Historically part of County Durham, Dunston was first mentioned in 1328. Salmon fishing and farming were important industries in Dunston from at least the 14th century. Coal mining on a small-scale was also important but by the 17th century, the proximity of the river aided the development of large-scale coal mining in the village. During the Great Tyne Flood of 1771 villagers had to be rescued by boat from the roofs and upper stories of their houses. [2]


Dunston is served by Dunston railway station on the Tyne Valley Line. [3]

Dunston is split into two areas separated by the A1 dual carriageway. Much of the area south of the A1 is known as Dunston Hill. For electoral purposes, the northern section is grouped along with the Teams area to form Dunston and Teams ward, while the southern section is combined with parts of Whickham, forming Dunston Hill and Whickham East.

To the west of Dunston is the site of Dunston Power Station, now demolished. The site is now home to Costco, with the MetroCentre (at this time the largest shopping and leisure complex in Europe), occupying the former site of the station's ash ponds. [4] The Gateshead-based Go-Ahead Group has constructed a new bus depot to replace its Sunderland Road and Winlaton depots on the eastern part of the power station site. Another Dunston landmark was the Derwent Tower (commonly known as the "Dunston Rocket"), a tower block that was once the highest building in Gateshead. It was designed by the Owen Luder Partnership and completed in 1973. [5] A well-known structure that had appeared in two films, it was demolished in 2012. It had always proved unpopular with residents, and fallen into a poor condition: Gateshead Council decided that the renovation costs would be prohibitive. [6] As of 2016, the remainder of the late 1960s Tower Court development was being gradually replaced by new housing and shops. Luder also designed the similarly maligned Trinity Centre Multi-Storey Car Park, (known for its appearance in the 1971 gangster thriller Get Carter , and now demolished), in Gateshead town centre.

On 6 June 1993 the IRA attacked a gas holder in the nearby area of Low Team. The damage was limited, and no one was injured. [7]


Dunston has one sports team which is association football club called Dunston UTS who currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One North West.

Dunston Staiths and the 1990 Garden Festival

Notable people

Footballers Paul Gascoigne [8] and Ray Hudson, [9] and the lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson [10] all spent their formative years in Dunston. Champion rower and boat-builder Harry Clasper [11] was born in Dunston, and Victoria Hopper, the celebrated Canadian-born British stage and film actress and singer, was raised in Dunston. British cyclo-cross and road cyclist Thomas Mein was also born in Dunston.

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