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Living in Washington: The Local Area Guide

Washington is a large town consisting of numerous smaller incorporated districts, with each area boasting its own unique identity. Located in Tyne and Wear, it was designated as a 'new town' in 1964, combining these various villages into one thriving area. Washington is popular with commuters, being equidistant from the larger cities of Durham, Sunderland, and Newcastle. Residents can enjoy a quiet, residential atmosphere while still being close to all the hustle and bustle of Tyne and Wear’s more cosmopolitan areas.

The first village to bear the Washington name is known for its historic ties to the first president of the United States of America, George Washington. Its leafy streets boast charming stone-clad homes and stately architecture, as well as Washington Old Hall, President Washington’s ancestral home. The combination of preserved history and modern regeneration has made Washington a highly attractive area for prospective buyers.

Demographics

When the 2011 census was held, Washington’s total population was 67,085. After it was designated a 'new town' back in the 1960s, Washington began to attract a range of new industry sectors for a prosperous economy, kick-starting a period of socio-economic change and growth.

Many residents are employed in these relatively recent sectors, including manufacturing and light engineering. An influx of new residents flocked to the area with the opening of the Nissan factory, Tyne Tunnel, and the new Galleries shopping mall. The Nissan manufacturing plant in particular is a strong source of local employment. A good number of residents also choose to commute into the nearby cities of Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham.

Education

There are dozens of schools available for families living in Washington, many of which are highly rated. At the primary level, Lambton Primary was rated as “outstanding” in its most recent Ofsted inspection. Biddick Primary includes a nursery school, and was rated as “good”, with particular highlights including the high standard of teaching and an encouraging atmosphere for students.

Washington School is a prominent secondary school in the town. Its students consistently turn in a strong performance when exam time rolls around, putting it in the top tier of Sunderland’s secondary schools. In the past year’s results, 96% of students achieved five or more GCSE qualifications, with 91% of these at the A* or A levels. A full 100% of students at Washington School achieved some form of GCSE qualification.

Transport

Linked by bus and road network to nearby cities, Washington is easy to get into and around. The A1 motorway runs parallel to the town, and the A19 is within easy reach. These both provide access to Sunderland, Newcastle, and Durham city centres. Within these larger cities, it’s possible to find national rail services as well as the Tyne and Wear Metro, linking Washington residents with the coast and both regional and national destinations. The Newcastle International Airport is also close at hand, providing direct flights to numerous destinations within the UK, Europe, and beyond.

There is a major bus station at the Galleries as well as in the northern district of Concord. Go North East operates a number of routes, making it possible to access every nook and cranny of Washington, should you desire to do so.

Amenities & Shopping

When the Galleries shopping mall opened in the 1970s, it became the prime shopping destination in Washington. It offers large supermarkets, high street brand names, and independent stalls alike. There’s also a wealth of restaurants and cafes available inside the Galleries. Additional services and amenities in town include a leisure centre and swimming pool. The revitalized district around the River Wear has become a fashionable destination for dining, shopping, and nightlife.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith

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