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

Throckley
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St Mary the Virgin Church, Throckley
Throckley is located in Tyne and Wear
Throckley
Throckley
Location within Tyne and Wear
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Post townNEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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54°59′46″N 1°45′14″W / 54.996°N 1.754°W / 54.996; -1.754Coordinates: 54°59′46″N 1°45′14″W / 54.996°N 1.754°W / 54.996; -1.754

Throckley was a colliery village, being adjacent to Throckley Colliery; although with the decline in the coal-mining industry the village is becoming urbanized, 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 and Heddon-on-the-Wall. There are quite a few farms around the area, and new buildings are coming at the bottom of the village on Newburn Road (A6085). The village has an old street with terraced houses from 1901.

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 sceneryEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Throckley Masonic Hall". Northumberlandmasons.org. Retrieved 2015-03-08.

BibliographyEdit

  • Dunham, A. C. & V. E. H. Strasser-King (1981) Petrology of the Great Whin Sill in the Throckley Borehole, Northumberland, Inst. Geol. Sci. Rep. 81-4; 32 pp.
  • "Throckley Colliery". Durham Mining Museum. Retrieved February 4, 2005.

Further readingEdit

  • Walton, George Bygone Throckley. [Newcastle upon Tyne]: Newcastle City Libraries & Arts, 1994.