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Living in East Boldon: The local area guide
The Boldons are a trio of villages just east of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North of England. They are East Boldon, West Boldon and Boldon Colliery, each with their own distinct character and personality.
The site of the three villages has seen some action over the years. In 1644 it was the site of a large-scale English Civil War battle between the Parliamentarian Scots that were allied with Sunderland, and Royalist Newcastle. The Battle of Boldon Hill was won by the defending Royalists, and sparked a fierce rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland that continues to this day, albeit in the form of fiery football matches rather than bloody warfare.
Despite these events, the Boldons remained a quiet, remote place with a population that was barely topping 1,000 at the turn of the 19th century. By that time, it had a reputation as a peaceful country retreat with clean air, which encouraged the nobles and well-to-do from nearby towns to build country retreats in the area.
However, all that soon changed as the Industrial Revolution swept through the North. Stone-quarrying, brick-making, tanning and brewing all drew more people to the area, but it was coal that really transformed the Boldons. The Harton Coal Company arrived and sunk a coal mine shaft, before building many houses for their workers to use. This settlement became what is now known as Boldon Colliery.
The coal industry shaped the area for a long time before it finally disappeared in 1982, and the mine was closed. The Boldons are now small in size, but retain their working class roots and culture. The history of the place has left its mark, with East and West Boldon having a large number of beautiful listed buildings from a wide range of eras and architectural styles.
East Boldon has around 5,000 residents, the vast majority of whom were born and raised in the United Kingdom. East Boldon and Cleadon has an average age of 46 and a median age of 48, slightly over the national average at 39.
After the end of the coal industry, things looked bleak in the Boldons for a while. However, the derelict land was planted with 2,500 trees at the turn of the millennium and the new Colliery Wood is highly popular with local walkers, and local wildlife.
The locals are a relatively active and sociable lot, with fishing, football, art, golf and historic societies all seeing a high take-up. There is even a belly dancing club. The Boldons have had several residents go on to have professional sporting careers, including Wes Saunders, who played for Newcastle United FC.
East Boldon has a large number of good pubs and restaurants, despite its size, and is nearby to attractions that include the Hylton Castle. New developments have only improved the social community aspect of the place, including a superstore, cinema complex, business park and skate park.
In 2006, the Boldon School was set up and serves local boys and girls from age 11 up. It has recently earned Sports College status due to its outstanding facilities, in particular, the 25-meter swimming pool and 5-a-side football pitch.
East Boldon has within its limits a good nursery and primary school, making educating children easy and convenient for those that live there.
The Metro station in East Boldon makes transport very easy. The regular trains link it to Newcastle, Sunderland and all the towns in-between. What's more, the bus service is excellent, so public transport makes it very easy to reach destinations nearby.
For drivers, the A184 cuts straight through the town and links easily to the main artery roads - the A19 and A1019. This makes East Boldon a very convenient town to commute from.
Amenities and shopping
East Boldon has all the local conveniences you'd expect and more. A large Asda, a butcher, bakery, DIY store, pet store, pharmacy, florists, and more are within walking distance of most residential areas.
In addition, Newcastle and Sunderland, being within easy reach by train or bus, provide everything you might need, including all the large high street retailers.
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