Did you know there used to be a Belgian village in Gateshead?! Elisabethville in Birtley provided temporary housing for a community of around 6000 Belgiam refugees during the First Word War. It was like a little corner of Belgium transplanted to the North East of England. Many of the residents worked at the National Projectile Factory in Birtley. When the war ended most of the inhabitants returned to Belgium and Elisabethville was occupied by people of British and other nationalities, before the temporaty housing was demolished and replaced with more permanent buildings.