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Living in Winlaton: The Local Area Guide

Winlaton is an attractive village positioned directly neighbouring Blaydon. It’s part of the Gateshead borough, with well-planned modern housing estates linking it to the boundaries of Blaydon. Winlaton is positioned 450 feet above the River Tyne, and residents enjoy panoramic views of the neighbouring towns and verdant valleys below. This small town played a large role in the history of the steel industry, being the location of the Ambrose Crowley steel works. The Crowley works were responsible for manufacturing nails and other iron goods, including the Buckingham Palace gates. The forge remains in town today, being one of the oldest in the world, dating back to the 17th Century.

Modern Winlaton is better known for its suburban charm than its steel works. It offers residents a selection of churches, community spaces, and parks. The Super Dene Wood is located in the area, with its walking trails and wildlife. It’s part of the larger Gibside Estate. The Winlaton Centre is another community highlight in town. It hosts community events, including youth clubs and fitness classes. The high street is fully lined with shops, takeaways, and public houses.


Winlaton is an affluent town. Along with High Spen, Winlaton Mill, and Barlow it makes up the Winlaton and High Spen ward. It is also considered to be part of the Borough of Gateshead and is positioned in Tyne and Wear County. Within the Winlaton and High Spen ward, the total population was 8,342 in 2011.

Residents enjoy low unemployment and crime levels in comparison to the Gateshead average. Income levels are also higher than the average. Life expectancies are higher than average, and a high percentage of Winlaton residents report being in good or very good health.


There’s a wealth of highly rated schools for Winlaton families to benefit from. St. Thomas More School is a secondary school in the area, serving pupils from ages 11 to 18. It draws its student body from Winlaton as well as neighbouring towns, and is a Catholic Academy. The waiting list is considerable, as the school enjoys a very good reputation and “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted. There’s a broad range of academic courses to choose from, and the school frequently does well on exams.

Good primary schools are also located in Winlaton. Parkhead Community Primary is one example, along with Winlaton West Lane Primary. Winlaton West Lane’s strengths include particularly good provisions for early years’ education, according to Ofsted.


Winlaton is ideally situated for travelling into nearby Gateshead or Newcastle. The Blaydon Metro Station is mere moments away, offering access to the Tyne and Wear Metro network. This connects Blaydon and Winlaton with destinations throughout the region, from the beaches to the airport. Blaydon Rail Station is railway station 5-minutes’ drive from Winlaton high street, positioned on the Scotrail and Northern lines, offering regular services to Newcastle, Edinburgh, and London.

There’s a well-tended network of highways in the area. This includes both the Blaydon Highway and A695, which connect Winlaton with the major A1 motorway. A 15-minute drive takes residents to Newcastle International Airport, where they can access flights to destinations throughout the UK and abroad.

Amenities & Shopping

Front Street is the main street in Winlaton, and it’s the address of choice for a variety of services and shops. These include a Boots pharmacy, a pizzeria, a Co-operative supermarket, and a hardware store. Several takeaway options are located in the town centre. The Winlaton community centre and public library are maintained by the local council.

For additional amenities and shopping, Blaydon is a short drive away. This larger town is home to the Blaydon Shopping Centre, which houses numerous brand names, charity shops, and services. A Morrison’s supermarket is also located in Blaydon, and the massive Metro Centre shopping complex is found nearby in Gateshead.

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