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Fawdon is a suburb and electoral ward of Newcastle. There was a village here during the Middle Ages, first documented in 1242.[1] However, it was during the 19th century when Fawdon grew rapidly after Fawdon Colliery was established in 1810. The population of Fawdon Township was just 26 in 1801, but by 1848 it had grown to 544. Three pit villages (High Fawdon, Fawdon Square and Low Fawdon) grew up in association with the Colliery, now subsumed into today's Fawdon.

Fawdon is an electoral ward of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is also close to the A1 western bypass. The population of the ward is 10,890, reducing to 10,090 at the 2011 Census, 5.7% of the total population of Newcastle upon Tyne. Car ownership in the area is 53.6% this is lower than the city average of 54.7%.

It is situated about north-by-west from Newcastle City Centre and is at the site of three colliery villages which were known as High Fawdon, Fawdon Square and Low Fawdon. Fawdon Square was the birthplace of 19th-century poet and songwriter Marshall Cresswell.

Transport and shopping

Fawdon is served by Fawdon Metro station. Fawdon Metro station stands on the site of the former Coxlodge station that was part of the Ponteland Railway. This is situated just behind the Fawdon Park Centre, a shopping centre that was built in 1967; it houses Fawdon Post Office and various shops.

In March 2008 the City Council took the decision to demolish Fawdon Park House whilst retaining the shops on the ground level. Fawdon Park House was originally built in the 1960s as part of the Fawdon Park Centre development. Tenants left in September 2009 and demolition of the building finally commenced in late 2012 following asbestos removal.


It is the site of a Nestlé Rowntree factory on Rowan Drive, which opened in 1958, employs 600 workers and produces 40,000 tonnes of chocolate a year. It is Nestlé's second largest UK factory after York. The site makes Blue Riband, Breakaway (since 1970), Caramac (since 1959), Fruit pastilles, Rolo, and Yorkie biscuits. The Munchies brand moved there in 2006, from York. The site used to extensively use the rail sidings and track now used by the Metro.

The pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis has premises in Fawdon.

Education and recreation

The Fawdon ward has two schools, Regent Farm First School and North Fawdon Primary School these are both for children under the ages of 11.

Fawdon also has a combined library and community centre located on Fawdon Park Road. The local football team is based there, Fawdon FC. Fawdon FC play in the NABC leagues in different age groups.

Fawdon Library has computers with free internet access as well as books and newspapers. North Kenton park, the home of Kenton sports centre, is in this ward and covers 42,500 square metres. Fawdon Park is also in the ward.

Ward boundaries

The boundary of Fawdon ward begins at the footbridge over the Ouseburn and it continues along the Ouseburn to the A1. The boundary heads southwest to Hazeldene Avenue where it turns and carries on east into Quentin Avenue. At the bowling green the boundary heads south to Kirkwood Drive and turns south at the east of Mountfield Primary School. It turns eastward between Kirkwood Drive and Mountfield Gardens and runs along the southern edge of the allotment gardens. At Kenton Road the boundary runs north and then east onto Souter Road. It then continues to the south of Lambert Square and on to the back of Wall Close onto Wall Street. From Wall Street it heads northwest along Jubilee Road to the Wansbeck Road roundabout. It runs north of Wansbeck Road South past Regent Farm First School and Wansbeck Park Metro onto Wansbeck Road North to the Kingston Park Road roundabout. Then the boundary runs

north along the properties to Kingston Park Road.


The ward has 4,908 housing spaces of which 4.8% are vacant this is lower than the city average of 5.3%. Owner occupied property stands at 49.2% slightly lower than the city average of 53.3%. 

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Newcastle upon Tyne Map and Aerial View Fawdon Colliery Fawdon Community Library Fawdon Metro Station Fawdon Township, 1848 Fawdon Wagonway Map and Aerial View
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044560:Brunton Lane Fawdon City Engineers 1971

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