Infobox UK place
region= North East England
map_type=Tyne and Wear
Tyne and Wear
Wideopen is a village in
North Tyneside, north of Gosforthand five miles from Newcastle upon Tynecity centre. The spelling as one word is the currently approved form, but Wide Open is still found on maps and other sources, including the signs at either end of the village. There is an inconsistency in contemporary addresses of shops and services.
It borders on the villages of
Seaton Burn, Brunswick Villageand Hazlerigg. It is bordered on the west side by the A1 bypass, and on the east by the pit heap from the former mine.
The village contains two
pubs("Traveller's Rest and Falcon's Nest"), 3 churches, a playing field and a parade of small shops.
It has two primary schools, Hazlewood Primary School and Greenfields Primary School, students in these schools will the follow on to Seaton Burn High School.
It also has a youth football team playing with teams in various age groups,the teams play at Lockey Park.
Wideopen Colliery was sunk and opened by Perkins and Thackrah in
1825. It produced its first coal in May 1827.
Locally Known as "The Pit"
There are other places named Wideopen:
East Wideopenand West Wideopen, islands on the inner Farne Islands
* Wideopen, a hamlet (or just a farm) near Kelso in the
Wideopen Plantation, a wood near Norhamin Northumberland.There is no evidence, however, that any one of these places is named after another one of them [http://www.thenortheast.fsnet.co.uk/Place%20Name%20Meanings%20T%20to%20Y.htm] .
* [http://www.dmm.org.uk/colliery/w115.htm Wideopen Colliery]
* [http://sine.ncl.ac.uk/view_image.asp?digital_doc_id=1325 Landscape view of Wideopen Colliery]
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