Kingston Park is a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, about 4 miles (6 km) north west of the city centre.

Kingston Park,
Tesco Kingston Park (2007)
Kingston Park, is located in Tyne and Wear
Kingston Park,
Kingston Park,
Location within Tyne and Wear
OS grid referenceNZ214686
• London242 miles (389 km)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE3
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
Tyne and Wear
55°00′43″N 1°39′58″W / 55.012°N 1.666°W / 55.012; -1.666

It is home to several large retailers, the largest being one of Tesco's flagship stores—at 11,055 square metres (119,000 sq ft) which was also the largest supermarket in the United Kingdom for one period of time.[2] Kingston Park is served by Kingston Park station on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

History edit

The area was largely built between the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s. Its Metro station was not part of the original system, the area not having the required population density when the network was first planned.[3] In the 2010s, the Newcastle Great Park development began to extend north from Kingston Park, with the Greenside Estate being located immediately north of Kingston Park Road.

The residential areas were originally named Kingston Park, Kenton Bank Foot, Tudor Grange and Ouseburn Park, although over time all of these have come to be known collectively as Kingston Park. Most of the housing to the south of Kingston Park Metro station was built by developers such as Leech and originally sold on a leasehold basis.

Some of the housing to the north of the station was built as council owned rented properties, although many were bought by tenants under the Government's right-to-buy scheme. Further housing development is planned on the fringes of Kingston Park at Kenton Bank Foot and Callerton, in areas once part of the Green Belt.[4][5]

Shopping and business edit

Kingston Retail Park has a number of shops and the area has a Tesco store.[6][7] The Airport Industrial Estate is also located in Kingston Park.[8]

Kingston Park stadium edit

The area houses the Kingston Park Stadium, which is home to the Newcastle Falcons rugby union team, and also hosts the home football fixtures of Newcastle United's reserve team. The Falcons, then known as Newcastle Gosforth, moved into Kingston Park Stadium in 1990; prior to this, the site had been the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal Sports Ground.

Transport edit

Kingston Park also has a Tyne and Wear Metro station, with direct services to Newcastle Airport, Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead and Sunderland. It was opened on 15 September 1985, four years after the Metro line had begun service.

Schools edit

Kingston Park Primary School is based in Kingston Park. There are about 350 pupils from Nursery to Year 6.[9] The majority of Year 6 pupils go up to Kenton School.

Youth groups edit

There are several youth groups in and around the area of Kingston Park. One such group is 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC).

Health care edit

Kingston Park has medical practices, including The Park Medical Group, and dentists, including Kingston Park Advanced Dentistry.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Election Maps".
  2. ^ Dangerfield, Andrew (16 January 2007). "The continued rise of Tesco non-food". BBC News. Retrieved 27 January 2007. Staff roller blade in the UK's largest Tesco in Newcastle.
  3. ^ "Kingston Park News - Latest updates - ChronicleLive".
  4. ^ "Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan". Newcastle City Council planning policy. Newcastle City Council. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Kenton Bank Foot Masterplan". Newcastle City Council planning policy. Newcastle City Council. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Annual Review 2000" (PDF). Tesco plc. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Overview". Kingston Court Retail Park, Kingston Park. Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Airport Industrial Estate". Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Awards". Kingston Park Primary School. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.

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