Shiremoor (originally called Tynemouthshire Moor) is a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside. It is located approximately inland of Whitley Bay and approximately north of The Tyne Tunnel. A mile or so north of Shiremoor, the extensive built-up areas of North Tyneside change abruptly into green belt stretching north into south east Northumberland. It has a population of 4,782.
Shiremoor is not historically a centre of population but many housing estates were built there in the 20th and 21st centuries. Shiremoor was first built as a colliery village to accommodate the miners of the local pits.
Shiremoor comprises numerous estates. They include the oldest two estates of Bertram Grange and Old Shiremoor. As well as Park Estate, Leeches Estate, and Shiremoor. In the early 2000s a new area was built, known as Northumberland Park. Although built as a separate village, estate agents refer to it as being a part of Shiremoor. Earsdon View is the newest estate to be built to the north of Shiremoor.
The original name, Tynemouthshire Moor, refers to the common of the manor of Tynemouth. The area grew as a result of the coal industry, developed to house miners from the local pits. As the coal industry in the area declined, Shiremoor became a commuter area and more recently serves as a commercial centre. Shiremoor colliery was linked to the North Eastern Railway by the Blyth and Tyne Railway.
Shiremoor & District Children's Treat
Every year the local people hold a "treat" for the children of Shiremoor and surrounding villages. This tradition dates back to 1907 and has been held every year since. It was started by a group of men from the local pit and today is run by a committee of local people.
The "treat field" was originally located along Algenon Drive. However, due to new developments being built it was relocated in the early 21st century to Earsdon road, near the Grey Horse pub.
The Treat itself comprises many events that the local schools take part in. There is an art competition, a dance display, many sports competitions, including football, netball and hockey. There is always a tea tent ran by the locals. Today there is a fun fair held alongside the Treat.
Each year the children of the local schools receive a free "Treat Ticket". The ticket gets them an ice cream and a souvenir.
The local schools meet outside their school and "march" to the treat. This is usually led by a band, and the school banner. Many local people join in the march as it is seen as very much a local tradition.
There is a Primary School located in Shiremoor, described by Ofsted as an outstanding school. It provides for children aged 4–11, including a nursery for 3+. It is a large school with 350+ students and 52 places in the nursery.
In 2011 it was designated as a teaching school.
North Tyneside Council's Pupil Referral Unit is located in Shiremoor. It is called Moorbridge and was opened in 2010. It caters for KS3 and KS4 children with Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties with up to 60 places.
There is a Resource Centre in on Earsdon Road which comprises a Doctors Surgery, Pharmacy and a Library. The doctors houses 3 practises.
There is also a One to One Centre located in the old Doctors building, on Brenkley Avenue. They offer Sexual Health services to the local community.
There is one dentist in Shiremoor, located on Lesbury Avenue, near the Metro station.
There is a St. Johns day centre in Shiremoor.
The Church of England parish church of Shiremoor is located on Brenkley Avenue.
There is a Salvation Army church located on Lesbury Avenue.
The Catholic Parish for the area is Our Lady Star of the Sea.
In recent years Shiremoor has been subjected to substantial residential development alongside the A19 corridor. The new Northumberland Park Metro Station is the centre of a new residential area between Shiremoor, Backworth and West Allotment.
Currently there is extensive work being carried out on a new residential area, Earsdon View, alongside the A19 corridor. Between Shiremoor and Earsdon.
An adventure playground is located on Brenkley Avenue, nearby to St Mark's Church and Shiremoor Primary School.
Two major retail outlets employ local residents; Sainsbury's and Boundary Mill. There are also a number of smaller 'local shops these include a chip shop, Chinese takeaway, Post Office, a Spar and numerous family owned corner shops. Other businesses include a regional car sales outlet and a national car hire company. Small businesses include cafe, private nursery, florists, pharmacies and hairdressers.
Cobalt Business Park, the largest office park in the UK, is located between Shiremoor and West Allotment. Within the business park there are numerous different businesses including the North Tyneside Council headquarters, an Orange Call Centre, Santander customer Services, Job Centre Plus, NHS, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Just Learning Nursery, Village Hotel and many more.
Patrick King was the first person to be awarded the George Medal, for rescuing a blind woman during an air raid in World War II.
Evening Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder went to school in the small coastal village at Shiremoor First School and Shiremoor Middle School.
Bryan Hewison was born and spent his formative years in Shiremoor. Bryan gained a scholarship to the Royal Ballet (just as depicted in the film Billy Elliott) where he achieved the position of soloist. He then had a long and successful career at La Scala, Milan dancing as Soloist for the Theatre Ballet Company.
Jackie Robinson, professional footballer, was born and died in Shiremoor. He played for Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland. Played for England 1937–1939, until the second world war. Scored twice against the German national team in 1938, in front of Hitler, when the English team were ordered to do the Nazi salute.