Throckley is a village, located approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne, in North East England. Hadrian's Wall passed through the village, its course traced by the village's main road, Hexham Road.

Throckley was a colliery village, being adjacent to Throckley Colliery; although with the decline in the coal-mining industry the village is becoming urbanized, like many of its kind.

One of Throckley's more notable residents was William Brown, who was a consulting engineer in the 18th century, and part owner of Throckley Colliery at the time, responsible for the construction of many colliery waggonways throughout the North East of England. As a youngster, George Stephenson worked on Dewley farm which lies to the north of the A69.

Throckley has neighbouring villages like Newburn and Heddon-on-the-Wall. There are quite a few farms around the area, and new buildings are coming at the bottom of the village on Newburn Road (A6085). The village has an old street with terraced houses from 1901.

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Westway Industrial Park

Throckley also offers a supermarket, car shop, a range of hair salons, social clubs, three care homes for the elderly, two churches, a solarium, funeral parlour, working men's club, an optometrist, medical surgery, a range of newsagents, a chemist, a Masonic hall,[1] and one school (Throckley Primary School). Throckley's economy is also boosted by the presence of an industrial estate which is home to Throckley Brickworks and Warmseal Windows, two of its many businesses.

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Throckley
Throckley is located in Tyne and Wear
Location within Tyne and Wear
OS grid referenceNZ158668
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE15
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament

Sightseeing and scenery

Throckley itself, especially the Bank Top area, offers some views over the Tyne Valley, and looking west, to the distant Pennines. The Guardian featured Throckley in the top fifty walks guide for 2007.

Throckley Dene is a stretch of semi-natural ancient woodland in a steep-sided valley with Dewley Burn running through.


  1. ^ "Throckley Masonic Hall". Retrieved 2015-03-08.


  • Dunham, A. C. & V. E. H. Strasser-King (1981) Petrology of the Great Whin Sill in the Throckley Borehole, Northumberland, Inst. Geol. Sci. Rep. 81-4; 32 pp.
  • "Throckley Colliery". Durham Mining Museum. Retrieved February 4, 2005.

Further reading

  • Walton, George Bygone Throckley. [Newcastle upon Tyne]: Newcastle City Libraries & Arts, 1994.
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Sadly for Spence, he failed to win any major honours and it was not until he left United in 1933 that he lifted any silverware – the Third Division North Championship with Chesterfield, in 1936.

It was his misfortune to be at Old Trafford during some of the most difficult years of the club's history, but in a period when United teams often failed to produce the goods, his entertaining presence was a true highlight.

He remains among the top 10 appearance-makers for the club and his 481 league games was a record that stood for 40 years until surpassed by Bill Foulkes.

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When the Second World War ended in 1945, new manager Matt Busby brought Spence back to United in a coaching and scouting role.

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His son, also named Joe, was on the books of Chesterfield, but didn't make an appearance for them before joining York City in 1950. In four years at York, he made 110 appearances before dropping into non-league football with Gainsborough Trinity.

He died on New Year's Eve 1966, at the age of 68.

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