The Parish of Ponteland


Ponteland is a town in the south east of Northumberland, not far from the Newcastle Airport. The name means Island in the Pont, and St Mary's would have stood on that island. There was a castle where the Blackbird Inn now stands - and there are legends of tunnels through to St Mary's. (These were not found when the church floor was relaid a few years ago, and - if they did exist - would surely have collapsed under the weight of the traffic using North Road). For many centuries Ponteland was a small, impoverished rural community.

The village grew after the First World War when the Darras Hall Estate was built, and this estate remains a very popular place to live. The village itself has seen much residential growth, and more new housing planned. There are five schools, a leisure centre, Sainsburys, Waitrose and two shopping centres, and a lovely park. Northumbria Police have their headquarters in the village, we regularly pray for them and the work they do.

Milbourne is a small hamlet north of Ponteland, and our parish stretches north into the beautiful Northumberland countryside. It also stretches south, out of the civil parish of Ponteland and Northumberland itself, to take in much of Newcastle Airport and the village of Woolsington.

On Remembrance Sunday the community meets at the War Memorial outside the Memorial Hall, and every May the Town Council organise a Civic Service and invite all the village organisations to St Mary's. The service is ecumenical, led by all the village clergy - and is a wonderful coming together.

The Main Street in Ponteland, 1920.

Photograph supplied by Ponteland Local History Society

Ponteland Town Council

Ponteland On line

Local newspapers:

The Journal

Hexham Courant

Morpeth Herald

Northumbria Police

Newcastle Airport

Northumbrian Industrial Mission


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