Throckley

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Throckley
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St Mary the Virgin Church, Throckley
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Throckley
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OS grid reference NZ158668
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Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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54°59′46″N1°45′14″W / 54.996°N 1.754°W / 54.996; -1.754 Coordinates: 54°59′46″N1°45′14″W / 54.996°N 1.754°W / 54.996; -1.754

Throckley is a village located in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England, approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of Newcastle city centre. Hadrian's Wall passed through the village, its course traced by the village's main road, Hexham Road. Throckley lies within the historic county of Northumberland.

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Throckley was a colliery village, being adjacent to Throckley Colliery; although with the decline in the coal-mining industry the village is becoming urbanised, like many of its kind.

One of Throckley's more notable residents was William Brown, who was a consulting engineer in the 18th century, and part owner of Throckley Colliery at the time, responsible for the construction of many colliery waggonways throughout the North East of England. As a youngster, George Stephenson worked on Dewley farm which lies to the north of the A69.

Throckley has neighbouring villages like Newburn, Walbottle, Blucher, and across the border in Northumberland, Heddon-on-the-Wall. The village is expanding with many new housing estates popping up since the mid 2000s

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Westway Industrial Park

Throckley also offers a supermarket, car shop, a range of hair salons, social clubs, three care homes for the elderly, two churches, a solarium, funeral parlour, working men's club, an optometrist, medical surgery, a range of newsagents, a chemist, a Masonic hall, [1] and one school (Throckley Primary School). Throckley's economy is also boosted by the presence of an industrial estate which is home to Throckley Brickworks and Warmseal Windows, two of its many businesses.

Sightseeing and scenery

Throckley itself, especially the Bank Top area, offers some views over the Tyne Valley, and looking west, to the distant Pennines. The Guardian featured Throckley in the top fifty walks guide for 2007.

Throckley Dene is a stretch of semi-natural ancient woodland in a steep-sided valley with Dewley Burn running through.

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References

  1. "Throckley Masonic Hall". Northumberlandmasons.org. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

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