Fatfield


Fatfield is a village by the River Wear, which is part of Washington new town in the City of Sunderland. Fatfield's history is linked with coal mining going back to at least the early 18th century, with the former Fatfield Colliery and Hall Pit being located nearby. When Washington new town was created the boundaries of the village changed; Fatfield House and the St George's Church, formerly in Fatfield, became part of Harraton. To the south-east of Fatfield is the impressive Victoria Viaduct, a former railway bridge, over the River Wear.

Fatfield is a village in the City of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. It formed part of the Washington new town.

The housing style in Fatfield consists of centrally located attached council houses (known as white houses due to their colour) and privately owned detached houses located in quiet cul-de-sacs on the outskirts. Washington Arts Centre is also located in Fatfield.

The southern part of the village by the River Wear is popular for country walks and the three public houses and working men's club that are situated on the banks of the river. The site of the original village is just to the west of the North Biddick Club. A school was originally built on the site of the old village, but was replaced by private housing several years ago.

Mine disaster

In 1814 the Hall Pit in Fatfield exploded with the loss of 32 lives. At 12:30 on Tuesday 28 September a fall of stone from the roof drove firedamp into contact with candles used by the miners for illumination. All the men below ground were killed, as was one of the four men in the shaft at the time. Contemporary reports refer to the survivors being affected by the afterdamp. Although the colliery was claimed (by, for instance, the colliery overman) to be safe and well worked, there had been three previous explosions of firedamp which had each killed three men.

Education

Fatfield Primary School is located on Southcroft and educates around 235 pupils aged 4–11. The school has Investors in People status and Artsmark and Healthy School awards. At their inspection on 14 June 2007, Ofsted rated the school as Satisfactory, point three on a four-point scale.

The older primary school (now demolished and replaced by modern housing) was located adjacent the Harraton Community Centre.

Scouts

The First Fatfield Scouts were also located in the grounds of the old school and still exist there today, long after the school has gone. The 1st Fatfield Scouts Website give more info.

Places of Worship

The Church of England parish church of Fatfield is St George's Church in Washington, which was built in 1879 on land given by the Earl of Durham. The church building is in what is now called Harraton, one of the Washington villages, but continues with the historic name, St George's church, Fatfield. The church was massively reordered in the 1980s and inside is warm, light and contemporary, reflecting the informal and lively style of worship that takes place.

The newly formed Catholic Parish of St John XXIII also covers the area of Fatfield. The Parish was officially created at 10AM on 27 April 2014, when Pope John XXIII was canonised by Pope Francis.

Originally, the area was served by Washington Parish, founded from St Michaels Houghton in 1864, but the modern Washington cluster was established in 2002, and includes Our Lady Queen of Peace Penshaw in addition to the modern Washington Churches.

Publicity

Fatfield had national publicity in the 1990s when the village was challenged to lose weight on the Fatfield Diet as part of a BBC television programme. Apart from the TV show, Fatfield is well known for the legend of the Lambton Worm which is said to have terrorised the village.

Notable connections

  • Bobby Thompson, comedian, was brought up here.
  • Sir Harold Jeffreys, FRS, astronomer, was born here.
  • Alan Price, keyboardist for the Animals, was born here.
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Fatfield as it used to be

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Old housing in Fatfield

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Castle Street, Fatfield

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Fatfield from Penshaw Station

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General view of Fatfield

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Victoria Bridge Fatfield

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Middlefield Row

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Worm Hill Terrace Fatfield

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Fatfield Bridge from the west

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Road Bridge Over the River Wear at Fatfield

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Harraton
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