Fenham


 

Fenham is an area of the west-end of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It lies to the west of the city centre, and is bounded on the north and east by a large area of open land known as the Town Moor. To the south lies Benwell, whilst West Denton lies to the west, Blakelaw and Cowgate to the north, and Arthur's Hill and Spital Tongues to the east. The area has an ethnically mixed population, and is also home to a large number of students.

The area covers two wards of Newcastle: Wingrove Ward, and Fenham Ward.

Fenham grew up as a separate township from Newcastle, lying on the western outskirts of the city. Much of the land originally belonged to religious charitable institutions, and there are covenant restrictions on the building of any licensed premises.

History

Fenham was part of the manor of Elswick in the Barony of Bolam until the lands were passed into the ownership of the Knights Templar in 1185. Following the suppression of the Templars in 1307 the manor of Fenham was transferred to the Knights Hospitaller in 1313. In the intervening years it is recorded that coal mines on the site were leased to the town's Corporation.

Fenham Hall

Fenham Hall has its origins in the 14th century. Surrendered by the Hospitallers to the Crown at the Reformation, it was granted initially to the Riddell family before being acquired (along with much of the surrounding land) by the Ords in 1695. The present building was begun by John Ord in 1744; following his death the following year it was continued by his brother William. The Hall was expanded and rebuilt over subsequent decades, and now shows various stages of architectural development; the interior was gutted by fire in 1908. (three years earlier the hall had been purchased ).

St Mary's College

In 1905 Fenham Hall was purchased by the Society of the Sacred Heart to house a secondary school and a Teacher Training College: St Mary's. The hall itself accommodated the convent and dormitories; further buildings were added for the school and lecture rooms. The Training College closed in 1984, but Sacred Heart Catholic High School remains. Since the closure of St Mary's College the Hall and associated buildings have served as student accommodation for Newcastle University.

Fenham Barracks

Fenham Barracks was built in 1804-06 by James Johnson and John Saunders (architects at the Barrack Department of the War Office) on an 11-acre portion of the Town Moor leased from the Newcastle Freemen. Some ten years earlier, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle had written to the Home Secretary expressing local fears of sedition in the wake of the French Revolution. The barracks initially housed units of cavalry and artillery (capable of being deployed locally, as well as overseas during the Napoleonic Wars). Two-storey barrack blocks accommodated the men upstairs and the horses below.

In the 1870s the site was expanded to the north, with the addition of a hospital and other amenities, in the wake of the Cardwell Reforms (which also saw Fenham designated as the regimental depot of both the Northumberland Fusilers and the Durham Light Infantry). Several of the old barracks blocks were demolished in the 1930s. There was further (almost comprehensive) demolition in the 1970s, when the northern part of the site was redeveloped by the Freemen to provide industrial units, a headquarters for the national Blood Transfusion Service and a new BBC Broadcasting Centre (for BBC Radio Newcastle and BBC Look North); proceeds of the sale help fund the maintenance of the Town Moor. Part of the site remains in military hands and it serves as headquarters for local Army Reserve units.

Modern developments

In 1895 Benwell and Fenham Urban District was created; in 1904 the area was incorporated into Newcastle upon Tyne.

Fenham did not become a residential area until the 20th Century. Housing was built on a large scale when tram lines were extended from Central Station via Barrack Road. Further expansion was facilitated by the development of trolley buses and bus links to Westerhope.

During the 1930s, a period of significant residential development and expansion, two churches opened in Fenham: the Arts & Crafts Church of St James and St Basil (architect: E. E. Lofting) was consecrated on 6 June 1931, having been funded by Sir James Knott in memory of his sons, James and Basil, killed in the First World War; the modernist Holy Cross Church (architect: Henry Hicks) was consecrated on Holy Cross Day 1936, having been funded by local landowner John Reginald Blackett-Ord.

Local Amenities

Fenham possesses a public library on Fenham Hall Drive. The library is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen as a partnership venture between the City Council and Your Homes Newcastle in March 2014. Fenham has an active residents group called Fenham Association of Residents that launched the FAR Community Centre in 2001. The FAR Community Centre offers activities for all age groups offering activities aimed at helping residents improve their self-esteem and skills. There is also a public swimming pool, since August 2005 run as a community organisation. The pool was shut in 2003, but in 2004 the Liberal Democrats took control of Newcastle City Council from Labour; one of their pledges was to re-open Fenham pool, which was achieved with substantial financial backing from residents of the local community.

The main local schools include Westgate Community College on West Road, Saint Cuthberts RC High School on Gretna Road and Sacred Heart RC High School. There are also some private schools situated in Fenham, one is Dame Allan's on Fowberry Crescent.

Ethnic minority

Today Fenham is most well known in the local area for its large Asian community with many of the businesses in the area being Asian-owned and including many specialty stores such as a halal butchers and Asian jewellery and clothing stores. There are many ethnic minority groups living side by side in Fenham with a significant number of people being of either Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.

Councillors

There are three councillors for the Fenham electoral ward: Helen McStravick, Matthew Myers and Marion Talbot, who all represent the Labour Party. Marion Talbot won election in May 2012 securing 1735 votes beating her nearest rival PJ Morrissey in second on 643 votes. Talbot has since been elected to an Executive post of Performance and Resources Portfolio.

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030143:Plaza cinema Westgate Road/Gowland Ave Fenham 1935

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015181:West End Congregational Church Ovington Grove Fenham Unknown 1965

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064217:Westgate Community College West Road Fenham Maybury Malcolm 1997

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062541:Westgate Hill Primary School Westgate Road Fenham City Engineers 1986

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051243:St. Mary's Teacher Training College Practising School Fenham Unknown c.1908

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051838:Holy Cross Fenham Unknown 1957/8

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046929:Derby Street Fenham Unknown 1897

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045877:Moorside Primary School Beaconsfield Street Fenham City Engineers 1983

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042758:Two Ball Lonnen Fenham City Engineers c.1968

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044345:Nuns Moor Park, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, c.1950

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038594:Westgate Hill Primary School Westgate Road Fenham City Engineers c.1975

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037273:Barrington Street Fenham Unknown 1978

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037184:Arthur's Hill Library Fenham Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers 1978

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037173:Nuns Moor Park Fenham Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1960

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025495:Library Room Newcastle General Hospital Westgate Road Fenham Philipson 1962

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025282:Cowgate School Cypress Avenue Fenham City Engineers 1976

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016880:Moorside Court (Cowgate) Fenham Unknown 1967

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015109:St. Augustine's Church Brighton Grove Fenham Unknown 1965

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050020:Two Ball Lonnen Fenham Unknown c.1905

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041426:B class tram car no.251 Stanhope Street Fenham Unknown 1924

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054122:Regal cinema Two Ball Lonnen Fenham Unknown 1935

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051839:St. Robert's Church Cedar Road Fenham Unknown 1957/8

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036968:Mary Street Fenham Dept of Environmental Health 1964

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036962:Mary Street/Liddle Road Fenham Dept of Environmental Health 1964

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Fenham Barracks
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Fenham Barracks
- Overview About Fenham Barracks Map Street View   Fenham Barracks is a military installation in Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. History The site was acquired by the War Office from ...
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033929:Palm Avenue, Fenham, 1977

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051203:Barrack Road/Hindhaugh Street Fenham Unknown 1911

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035422:Leazes Court New Mills Fenham Unknown 1977

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041057:Children's playground Nuns Moor Park Fenham Newcastle upon Tyne City Engineers 1980

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Moorside North, Fenham, NE4 (2)

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Edward VII postbox, Moorside North, Fenham, NE4 - royal cipher

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Edward VII postbox, Moorside North, Fenham, NE4

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English Martyrs RC Church, Fenham

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King George's Field, Fenham

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