Philadelphia, Tyne and Wear

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Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Spiritualist Church, Chapel Row
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Philadelphia
Location within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference NZ333522
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Historic county
  • County Durham
Post town HOUGHTON LE SPRING
Postcode district DH4
Dialling code 0191
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Tyne and Wear
54°51′54″N1°29′00″W / 54.865°N 1.4833°W / 54.865; -1.4833 Coordinates: 54°51′54″N1°29′00″W / 54.865°N 1.4833°W / 54.865; -1.4833

Philadelphia is a village in Tyne and Wear, England. It lies on the A182 road between Newbottle and Shiney Row.

History

Unlike nearby Washington, it post-dates its namesake in the United States, being named during the American Revolutionary War by a local colliery owner to commemorate the British capture of the city. The village cricket field is named "Bunker Hill", after another famous battle in that war.

Philadelphia was the place of the 1815 Philadelphia train accident, the explosion of the boiler of an early steam locomotive. The number of deaths (16, other sources state 13) was the highest in a railway accident until 1842.


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