- Rowlands Gill
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Rowlands Gill
Tyne and Wear
region= North East England
Rowlands Gill is a former
coal mining villageon the north side of the River Derwent, Tyne and Wear, England. Originally an independent village in County Durhamit became incorporated into Tyne and Wear in 1974 and then the Metropolitan Borough of Gatesheadin 1986.
It is located in the
greenbeltof Gateshead. The village has a picturesque setting with much open space and views across the valley to Gibside, the estate now owned by the National Trust. During the latter part of the twentieth century, Rowlands Gill became suburbanised and is increasingly used as a commuter village. One of the borough's wealthiest areas, such expansion was largely due to the development of detached houses of Dominies Close in the late 1980s.
local governmentRowlands Gill is located within the ward of ' Chopwelland Rowlands Gill. It is served by three councillors, all of whom are Labour councillors. Gateshead council is Labour controlled.
Retail and facilities
It has two florists but no pub, after 'The Towneley Arms' was demolished in 2002 to make way for apartments. There is a social club, however. The village is served by a Tesco Metro supermarket, a Lloyds TSB Bank, a surgery, and three estate agents (Halifax Estate Agents, Rook Matthews Sayer, and JD Estates). Other shops include a Newsagent, Post Office, Boots Chemist, Off Licence and a group of smaller shops heading out of the village centre.
The Library is situated near the village centre, while the two local churches are both situated on the main road.
There is an Italian Restaurant and Oriental Restaurant near the Tesco store, while upstairs of these restaurants a is the local gym. An award winning Fish and Chip shop, Maguires, is located next to
Derwent parkand the social club.
Recreation and education
The Derwent Park provides access to the river as well as tennis courts, sanity putting, recreational fields and playground facilities. The park also has a caravan park. The village has access to the Derwent Country Walk.
The village's 'In Bloom Committee' is very active and has entered the Britain in Bloom competition over the past 3 or 4 years in the 'Large Village' category. The participation is boasted by signs marking the village.
Formerly connected to the railway, the village is still busy with transport with a heavily used road running through. There are frequent bus services (Services 45/46/46A and 47) to Newcastle City Centre, the
MetroCentreand, in the other direction, Blackhall Mill or Consett (via Medomsley or Shotley Bridge). Other minor bus routes also operate, such as Service 10 to and from Newcastle via Crawcrook, the local circle buses serving areas such as Sherburn Towers, and the UCall bus service.
Rowlands Gill has a very successful primary school. The Infant and Junior schools have now amalgamated but were originally based on two sites. This primary school is the feeder school for Hookergate School, just over 2 miles away, near High Spen.
Rowlands Gill, and the surrounding Derwent Valley, was chosen by the Northern Kites Project as the location for the re-introduction of
Red Kitesin semi-rural areas. This scheme has proven to be a big success, with birds being spotted across the west of the borough, from Crawcrookto Rowlands Gill itself. [cite web| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/5084800.stm |publisher= BBC News| title = Delight as red kite chicks hatch | date = 16 June 2006| accessdate = 2008-01-23] [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/5222580.stm | title = Young Red Kite Takes First Flight | accessdate = 2008-01-23]
* [http://www.hookergate.gateshead.sch.uk Hookergate School]
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