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Forest Hall is an area in the borough of North Tyneside in the United Kingdom. Named after a long gone palatial residence, it is a north eastern suburb of Newcastle and lies six kilometres from the city centre. Until the 1960s it was a sleepy village with a railway station on the main line from London to Edinburgh.While relatively affluent compared to some surrounding areas, its proximity to Killingworth has led to an increase in antisocial behaviour in recent years. For local government, most of the area is in Benton ward, while some residential streets towards the north and the east are in Killingworth ward. In the 1890s the area was home to the Clousden Hill Free Communist and Co-operative Colony.
The area is centred around Station Road, a compact shopping street with a variety of shops, takeaway food outlets and restaurants, two small supermarkets, a pharmacy and an optician. Scattered around are pubs and social clubs such as Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute and the Clousden Hill. Additionally, Springfield Park, a somewhat sizeable public park, is located near Station Road; it has sports grounds, a playground and a community centre.
There are no non-Christian places of worship in the area; the nearest synagogue is in Gosforthand the nearest mosque is in Heaton.
Several bus routes pass through Forest Hall, linking it to both Newcastle city centre and other surrounding areas. The number 55 bus takes twenty minutes to travel to the Haymarket,while the 63 takes thirty to the Monument. Although the East Coast Main Line runs directly through the village centre there are no rail links, nor have there been since September 1958; however, Benton station on the Tyne & Wear Metro is located less than a kilometre away. The former site of Forest Hall railway station is now occupied by the Flying Scotsman pub, named after the famous railway service.
There are no secondary schools within Forest Hall, but George Stephenson High Schoolin Killingworth and Longbenton High School are both nearby. The nearest sixth forms and universities are in Newcastle city centre.
Dial Cottage, grade II listed buildingand home from 1804 to 1823 of railway pioneer George Stephenson, is located on Great Lime Road in Forest Hall. It was while he was living there that Stephenson developed one of the world's earliest locomotives, called the Blücher, as well as several others which ran on the Killingworth Colliery from 1814. The trackbed is now a public footpath which can be accessed from Great Lime Road a kilometre east of the cottage.
The cottage is privately owned, though tours occasionally take place. At the cottage there is a sundial, which Stephenson built himself and which gives the cottage its name, and a plaque which reads:
“George Stephenson. Engineer, inventor of the Locomotive Engine. Lived in this cottage from 1805 to 1823; his first locomotive (Blücher) was built at the adjacent colliery wagon shops, and on July 25, 1814 was placed on the wagonway which crosses the road at the east end of this cottage."
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