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Forest Hall

Forest Hall
Forest Hall is located in Tyne and Wear
Forest Hall
Forest Hall
 Forest Hall shown within Tyne and Wear
Population Approx. 2,500-5,000
OS grid reference
Metropolitan borough North Tyneside
Metropolitan county Tyne and Wear
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Postcode district NE12
Dialling code 0191
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament North Tyneside
List of places
UK
England
Tyne and Wear

Forest Hall is a village east of Benton in North Tyneside in the north of England. Forest Hall, called after a long gone palatial residence, is a north eastern suburb of Newcastle, adjacent to but fiercely separate from Killingworth. Until the mid 1960s it was a sleepy village with a railway station on the main line to Edinburgh.

Contents

  • Facilities 1
  • Schools 2
  • Churches 3
  • Places of Interest 4

Facilities

There are pubs, social clubs and a shopping centre with a variety of shops, take away food outlets, restaurants, two supermarkets and a Health Centre. Forest Hall has frequent buses through the village centre; Newcastle upon Tyne City centre is approximately 15–20 minutes travel by bus. Benton Metro station is about a half mile from the centre of Forest Hall.

The East Coast Main Line runs through Forest Hall. The old Forest Hall station was closed down and a public house, "The Flying Scotsman," was opened on the site of the old railway station in May 1969, named after the Flying Scotsman rail service that uses the route.

At the heart of Forest Hall lies the well frequented Springfield Park which benefits from open spaces, a large play area as well as a Bowling Green and Forest Hall Community Tennis Club.

Schools

Not to be confused with Forest Hall School in Essex, England

Primary schools in the area include Forest Hall Primary School, Ivy Road Primary School, and St Mary's Primary School.

For further education there is Killingworth and St Marys Catholic School to the south west close to South Gosforth.

Churches

Forest Hall has several churches of different denominations: St Bartholomew's Church, Long Benton (C of E), St Andrews Methodist United Reformed Church, St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, and Bethesda Gospel Hall.

Places of Interest

George Stephenson's Dial Cottage.

George Stephenson became an assistant to his father and later followed in his footsteps to become the engine man at Killingworth colliery. It was there that Stephenson developed one of the earliest locomotives, called the Blücher, which ran on the Killingworth colliery railway in 1814. It was capable of pulling 30 tons up a grade at 4 miles per hour. He also persuaded the mine manager to experiment with steam locomotion, and over the next several years Stephenson had built a further 16 engines at Killingworth.

While developing the Blücher, Stephenson lived in "Dial Cottage," which still stands on the Great Lime Road in Forest Hall, south of Killingworth. When George moved in the cottage consisted of one room and a garret reached by a ladder. By the time he left he had extended and converted the premises to become a comfortable four-roomed house.[1] The cottage has a sundial, made by Stephenson himself, and a plaque

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