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Living in Crawcrook: The Local Area Guide
Crawcrook is an attractive semi-rural village set on the western border of the county of Tyne and Wear. The village lies just ten miles from the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, making it the perfect location for commuters working in the city who enjoy living in a more rural location. It is also very close to the beautiful landscapes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Kielder Forest Park, as well as being less than a mile away from Farmland and Woodland areas for more rural scenery.
At the beginning of the 20th century Crawcrook was a major coal mining centre, with two major pits and several smaller ones. The coal industry collapsed in the middle of the century, but its heritage is still very apparent in the town, with a number of picturesque old mining towns still existing around the village. Nowadays, the village is still a lively place, with several shops and a number of pubs and restaurants. It is also very close to the beautiful landscapes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Kielder Forest Park.
At the last census in 2011 the town had 5,407 residents, who were an average of 42 years old. Just under a quarter of the population is aged 0-19. 95.9% of people living in the village were born in England, with 1.5% migrating from Scotland and a scattering of people from Europe and further afield. Christianity is the most common religion practiced in Crawcrook, with 69% of people being of that faith.
The top occupations listed in the area are Professional (16.6%), Associate Professional and Technical (13.5%) and Administrative and Secretarial (12.4%). Crawcrook’s residents mostly believe that they are in good health, with only 9% claiming to have not very good health.
Crawcrook has two primary schools: Emmaville Primary School and St Agnes RC School, both of which were described as ‘outstanding’ in their last Ofsted reports and perform well above the average compared to other schools nationally.
Nearby secondary schools include St Thomas More Catholic School, which was rated as ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted’s most recent assessment, and the newly built Thorp Academy, which opened its doors in 2014.
Crawcrook sits close to many A-roads, putting it within easy reach of many larger towns and cities including Gateshead, Newcastle and Chester-le-Street. The nearest train station lies 1 mile away at Wylam, which has direct services to Newcastle, a journey of just 20 minutes. The drive into Newcastle will take just over 20 minutes, which makes Crawcrook a popular town for commuters.
Crawcrook has excellent bus links, with regular services to Hexham, Gateshead, the MetroCentre and Newcastle Upon Tyne, as well as to nearby towns and villages such as Prudhoe, Ryton, High Spen, Clara Vale and Chopwell. The nearest airport is Newcastle International which has daily domestic flights and many services to European and international destinations.
Amenities and Shopping
Crawcrook is a rare example of a semi-rural village that still has plenty of amenities. The attractive main street has a Co-op food store, a Local Nisa store and two petrol stations for the essentials, as well as a library, two butchers, two greengrocers, a pharmacy, a doctor’s surgery and a selection of hairdressers and barbers.
The village has two pubs, The Lambs Arms Inn and The Rising Sun, two Indian restaurants and a bakery that serves light meals. Crawcrook is the perfect place for golfing fans, with an impressive five courses in extremely close proximity to the area. There are also loads of other sports on offer nearby, including an excellent rowing club, a sailing club, and the more typical association football, rugby union, cricket and tennis clubs all situated in the immediate and surrounding areas.
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