Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Kenton
Ward
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Kenton highlighted within Newcastle upon Tyne
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Kenton
Location within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference NZ225676
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newcastle upon Tyne
Postcode district NE3
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
UK Parliament
CouncillorsGed Bell (Labour)
Anya Durrant (Labour)
Stephen Lambert (Labour)
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UK
England
Tyne and Wear
55°00′11″N1°38′56″W / 55.003°N 1.649°W / 55.003; -1.649 Coordinates: 55°00′11″N1°38′56″W / 55.003°N 1.649°W / 55.003; -1.649

Kenton is a suburb and electoral ward in the north west of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Birth place of Billy Buck.It borders the Town Moor and Gosforth. Kenton also has close road links to Newcastle Airport. The ward population at the 2011 Census was 11,605. [1]

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The area borders Kingston Park, notable for the Kingston Park shopping centre, as well as Kenton School, one of the largest schools in the UK with approximately 2000 students.

The nearest Tyne and Wear Metro station is Fawdon, with stations at Kingston Park and Bank Foot the other side of the A1 Western bypass. Nearby places include Fawdon and Cowgate.

Residential

Kenton contains a wide range of residential areas and developments. These residential areas range from Council housing estates to modern middle class new-builds and privately owned residential estates. In North Kenton and Kenton Bar, the housing is predominantly council owned. Kenton Lane, which runs through the heart of Kenton, contains traditional 1930s housing on both sides of the road, with more affluent households lining the streets behind.

Places of interest

One of the numerous shopping areas in Kenton, the Kenton Park Shops Kenton Park Shops, Newcastle upon Tyne (geograph 6474367).jpg
One of the numerous shopping areas in Kenton, the Kenton Park Shops

Kenton contains a wide range of amenities and services for the local community, although some of these amenities are considered to be in Kingston Park and/or bordering Gosforth.

Kenton borders Kingston Park, home to the flagship, (largest in the UK), Tesco Extra store, and has a smaller Tesco Express on Kenton Lane.

North Kenton hosts a shoppings centre locally known as Kenton Retail. The Shopping Centre dates back to 1950's as it was built with the grown demand of houses. The center is part of an ongoing renovation project that started late 2014, where it has been transformed into a refreshed centre. The centre includes a number of Stores such as Spar, Boots, Premier Local, Post Office, Greggs and Subway. It also includes a Male Barber Shops and Female Salon and a number of different takeaways.

The shopping centre shares a car park with the Kenton Centre. The Kenton Centre is located on Hillsview Avenue also includes a GP surgery, library, housing office and a social services team.

Kenton Dene is a large green space between Kenton, Montague and Cowgate that exists to the side of Kenton Lane. It has been host to many local events and festivals and is a popular area for dog walkers and walkers alike. Kenton Riding School is situated next to Kenton Dene. The dene also leads onto part of the Newcastle Moor.

Popular pubs in Kenton include the Duke of Wellington and Kenton Social Club

History

Possibly the first Kenton streets, Shiney Row & Low Row, [2] were built for Kenton Colliery which was situated in what is now Montagu Estate. [3] [4] The colliery was the supply point for Kitty's Drift, a 3-mile underground railway tunnel used for transporting coal to the Bells Close staiths on the Tyne near Scotswood. [5]

Local representation

Kenton is currently represented locally by 3 Labour City Councillors, including Ged Bell, Stephen Lambert and Anya Durrant. Nationally, Kenton is incorporated into the Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency which is represented by Chi Onwurah.

Schools

Kenton has four primary schools, as follows.

Secondary education and Sixth Form is provided by Kenton School.

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References

  1. "Ward population 2011" . Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  2. "OS Map 1894-98".
  3. "Kenton Colliery - Sitelines".
  4. "Kenton Colliery-DMM.org".
  5. "Kitty's Drift - Sitelines".