Sunniside, Gateshead

Sunniside is a small village in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, England just south of Whickham, and is the northern terminus of the Tanfield Railway. Prior to the creation of the county of Tyne & Wear in 1974, it was part of Whickham Urban District, which itself formed part of County Durham. It has a busy Front Street with a collection of pubs, shops, and amenities, and is well served by public transport, with eight buses an hour to Newcastle on weekdays courtesy of Go North East's "Northern 6[1]" (via the Metrocentre) and "Toon Link X30/X31[2] / Northern X70/X71[3]" (via Gateshead) services. The village is surrounded mainly by farmland, with plantations of trees to the east, and neighbours the villages of Marley Hill and Byermoor, as well as the large village of Whickham on the border with County Durham. The village is mostly housing, with older terraced properties mainly situated near the shops, and large housing estates built from the 1960s onward radiating from this area. It has a large park to the north, adjacent to Burnthouse Lane, although the play apparatus was taken down in the late 1990s due health and safety restrictions, as was the play equipment situated in the area between the rear of Neill Drive and Laburnum Grove, which was known as "the little park". The nearest parks with play equipment are now Marley Hill Park and Chase Park in Whickham. The village has no school, with children mainly attending Clover Hill Primary School, Fellside Primary School and secondary schools in Whickham and Lobley Hill. The nearest Catholic schools are the Sacred Heart primary school in Byermoor, and St. Thomas More secondary in Blaydon.

Sunniside, Gateshead
Sunniside, Gateshead is located in Tyne and Wear
Sunniside, Gateshead
Sunniside, Gateshead
Location in Tyne and Wear
Coordinates: 54°55′34″N 1°40′55″W / 54.926°N 1.682°WCoordinates: 54°55′34″N 1°40′55″W / 54.926°N 1.682°W
OS grid referenceNZ204590
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
DistrictTyne and Wear


  1. ^ "Northern". Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  2. ^ "ToonLink". Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  3. ^ "Northern". Retrieved 2015-11-16.

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B roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain numbering scheme

B roads are numbered routes in Great Britain of lesser importance than A roads. See the article Great Britain road numbering scheme for the rationale behind the numbers allocated.

Marley Hill

Marley Hill is a former colliery village about six miles to the south west of Gateshead, near the border between Tyne and Wear and County Durham. It has been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead since 1974. Prior to this it was part of Whickham Urban District. It lies within the Whickham South & Sunniside electoral ward of the Blaydon parliamentary constituency. Neighbouring towns and villages include Burnopfield (2 miles away); Sunniside, Gateshead (about half a mile away); Byermoor (just under a mile away). Marley Hill, Sunniside, Burnopfield and Byermoor all share Whickham's "NE16" postcode prefix, despite Burnopfield sitting just over the border in County Durham. The actual area considered to be Marley Hill for postal purposes etc. is actually much larger than it would first appear, as there were originally more houses to the south and south east, nearer the colliery. Birkheads Cottages and Hedley Hall Farm are the farthest properties away from the village itself, these being about a mile to the south-east. Hedley Hall Farm's address is anomalously listed as "Hedley Lane, Sunniside", despite actually being further away from Sunniside than Birkheads Cottages, whose addresses read "Birkheads Lane, Marley Hill".


Sunniside is a common name for villages in historic County Durham:

Sunniside, Gateshead

Sunniside, Sunderland

Sunniside, Weardale

Tanfield Railway

The Tanfield Railway is a 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge heritage railway in Gateshead and County Durham, England. Running on part of a former colliery wooden waggonway, later a steam railway, it operates preserved industrial steam locomotives. The railway operates a passenger service every Sunday, plus other days, as well as occasional demonstration coal, goods & mixed trains. The line runs 3 miles (4.8 km) between a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to a northern terminus at Sunniside, Gateshead. Another station, Andrews House, is situated near the Marley Hill engine shed. A halt also serves the historic site of the Causey Arch. The railway claims to be "the world's oldest railway".

Places in Tyne and Wear
Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead
City of Newcastle upon Tyne
Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside
Metropolitan Borough of South Tyneside
City of Sunderland

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