Stakeford

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Stakeford
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Stakeford
Location within Northumberland
Population4,672 (Ward.2011)
OS grid reference NZ265855
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHOPPINGTON
Postcode district NE62
Dialling code 01670
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Fire Northumberland
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55°09′47″N1°35′10″W / 55.163°N 1.586°W / 55.163; -1.586 Coordinates: 55°09′47″N1°35′10″W / 55.163°N 1.586°W / 55.163; -1.586

Stakeford is a large village in south east Northumberland, England.

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Its about 17 miles (27 km) north of Newcastle upon Tyne. It lies south of the River Wansbeck from Ashington, the nearest town. The village takes its name from the former river crossing to the north of the village, this was a crossing through the mudflats which was marked with stakes to give an idea of the water depth, hence the name Stakeford. The river crossing has long gone, but remains of the stakes can be seen in the river bed becoming visible whenever the dam downstream is opened. The old river crossing was replaced by a bridge in the early 20th century, which in itself was replaced by the new Stakeford Bridge in 1994. There is now no trace of the original ford due to the mudflats being used as a landfill site in the 1950s and 60s and the creation of a riverside country park in the 1970s.

It is a mainly residential village. There are three pubs and a Social Club. There is also a miners' institute although it never had a mine as this was located in the adjacent village of Bomarsund. Stakeford has several shops and a primary school. Today Stakeford forms one built-up area, with neighbouring Guide Post and Sheepwash.

Notable people

Governance

The village is in Choppington parish. It also has an electoral ward in its own name. This is mainly a ward of Choppington but includes a portion of East Bedlington. The total ward population taken at the 2011 Census was 4,672. [1]

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References

  1. "Ward population 2011". Ukcensusdata.com. Retrieved 2 July 2015.

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