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Willington Quay is an area in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear in northern England. It is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne, facing Jarrow, and between Wallsend and North Shields. It is served by the Howdon Metro station in Howdon. The area from 2006 onwards has been an area of new housing built on brownfield sites. The house building continues into 2013 and is changing the social and economic balance in the area. The area has also had a make over of the bowling green off Howdon Lane and further warehousing next to the bowling green has been demolished to make way for further new housing. The changes made recently at Willington Quay are now making it an attractive place to live within North Tyneside.

North Tyneside Metropolitan borough in England

The Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside is a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England, and is part of the Tyneside conurbation. The borough council's main office is at Cobalt Business Park in Wallsend. The local authority is North Tyneside Council.

Tyne and Wear County of England

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Local government

The area, originally in the parish of Wallsend, became an urban sanitary district in the late 19th century. The Local Government Act 1894 brought together the Howdon and Willington Quay USDs as an urban district of Northumberland. In 1910, the urban district became part of the borough of Wallsend.

Local Government Act 1894

The Local Government Act 1894 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales outside the County of London. The Act followed the reforms carried out at county level under the Local Government Act 1888. The 1894 legislation introduced elected councils at district and parish level.

Howdon Place in England

Howdon is a largely residential area in the eastern part of Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, much of the High Howdon area of which was formerly called Willington prior to post-World War II urbanisation. The North Tyneside ward population at the 2011 Census was 11,129.

In England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, an urban district was a type of local government district that covered an urbanised area. Urban districts had an elected urban district council (UDC), which shared local government responsibilities with a county council.



The Tyne Iron Shipyard was founded in 1876 in the village. [1] It suffered a major fire in 1920, which resulted in several workshops being destroyed and ships being damaged. [2] The yard was acquired by Armstrong Whitworth in 1928 after the original company went into liquidation. [3] The following year, it completed construction of the cargo ship Kitty Taylor. [4] The company sold the yard in 1933. [5]

Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd was a major British manufacturing company of the early years of the 20th century. With headquarters in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Armstrong Whitworth built armaments, ships, locomotives, automobiles and aircraft.

Eltringham's ship yard, the site of which was bought in 1912, was formerly on the banks of the River Tyne in the village. [6] The yard was later the site of a plywood factory. [7] Cookson's lead works was another company once operating in the village. [8]

Addison, Potter and Son, a cement-making company, was acquired by the British Portland Cement Manufacturing Company in 1912. [9]

The steel wire and rope manufacturers Messrs. R. Hood Haggie and Son, founded in 1789, was also situated in Willington Quay. [10] As of 2016, the site is still used for rope manufacture, by Bridon. [11]


In 1936, Irene Ward MP wrote to The Times to ask if readers would consider donating musical instruments to the unemployed of the village. One member of the community had apparently made his own violin. [12] The same year, a Daily Mail article recorded that young people were having to leave the area in order to find work. [13]


The village's railway station closed in 1973. [14]


Willington Quay Maternity Hospital was a 14 bed facility constructed in 1926, the first to be built by Northumberland County Council. It closed during the 1970s and was demolished by 1995. [15]


A United Presbyterian church was built in 1867, with a 92 foot spire. [16]

St Paul's, a Church of England chapel, in the benefice of the Willington Team Parish, the deanery of Tynemouth and the Diocese of Newcastle, was reordered to provide a base for St Paul's Community Partnership in the late 2000s. [17]

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