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Coordinates: 54°57′40″N 1°50′56″W / 54.961°N 1.849°W / 54.961; -1.849

Prudhoe
Prudhoe is located in Northumberland
Prudhoe

 Prudhoe shown within Northumberland
Population 11,500 
OS grid reference NZ096629
Unitary authority Northumberland
Ceremonial county Northumberland
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRUDHOE
Postcode district NE42
Dialling code 01661
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Hexham
List of places: UK • England • Northumberland

Prudhoe (pronounced /'prʊdə/)[1] is a small town just south of the River Tyne, in the southern part of the county of Northumberland, England. Prudhoe has a population of over 11,500. The town is sited on a steep, north-facing hill in the Tyne valley and nearby settlements include Ovingham, Ovington, Wylam, Stocksfield, Crawcrook (in Tyne and Wear), Hedley on the Hill, and Mickley.

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Governance

Local government services for Prudhoe are provided by Northumberland County Council. The town is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

Industry

Prudhoe was once a coal mining town.

The town has an industrial estate, which lies alongside the A695 road which now bypasses the town to the north.

Prudhoe has two large factories:

  • SCA Hygiene, originally built by Kimberly-Clark, the mill was bought by SCA after the Monopolies Commission forced Kimberly-Clark to sell. The company makes paper products such as tissues at their Prudhoe Mill factory. The factory consists of the mill, housing the paper machines, converting lines, warehousing and Unifibres. Recently SCA allowed the local Explorer Scout group and Ranger unit to use the warehouses 40m high internal steps to climb the equivalent of the height of Everest, the participants began at 7:30 on Wednesday the 27th of June climbing the stairs about 16 times each to obtain a total ascent greater than that of Everest. The site where SCA stands was first used by ICI for producing agricultural fertiliser (sulphate and ammonium sulfate). In 1963 this plant closed leaving behind the "Spetchells" chalk hills - heaps of waste product which were subsequently turfed over. After ICI closed the site was owned by Cleveland Engineering which produced automobile parts, and following its closure in 1969 Kimberly-Clark opened.
  • Hammerite Products (an Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) owned factory) producing paints and thinning products for Cuprinol, Hammerite and other brands.

Thompsons of Prudhoe, a large construction/demolition company, is based on the Prudhoe Industrial Estate.

Landmarks

Prudhoe Castle is a Norman castle which was for a long time involved in the border wars between England and Scotland. It was built by the de Umfraville family - the Norman Sir Robert de Umfraville was granted the freedom of Redesdale by William the Conqueror. For much of its history the castle was owned by the Percy family. It is now run by English Heritage.

The majority of the surviving building work dates from the 12th century, although the site of Prudhoe Castle has strong Norman origins. In the 14/15th century the tower was extended to provide an extra level with turrets. Only the southwest turret survives to this day.

Transport

Road

Prudhoe is linked to Newcastle and the A1 by the A695 which used to pass through the centre of the town along Front Street. The A695 road now bypasses the town to the north through the industrial estate at Low Prudhoe. The better transport links of the new bypass have allowed the industrial estate to expand alongside the new road to the east.

Northumberland County Council sought a significant landmark feature adjacent to the new bypass, and commissioned the Prudhoe Badger under their 'percent for art' policy. The sculpture is 30m long, and was constructed with the help of drystone wallers in stone and marble. It was designed to integrate with the rural environment, create awareness about ecology and provide a link with the nearby Countryside Centre.[2] The badger is sited adjacent to the roundabout on the A695 road at Low Prudhoe.

Railway
Prudhoe railway station

The town is served by Prudhoe railway station on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, also known as the Tyne Valley Line. The line was opened in 1838, and links the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in Tyne and Wear with Carlisle in Cumbria. The line follows the course of the River Tyne through Northumberland. Passenger services on the Tyne Valley Line are operated by Northern Rail and First ScotRail. The line is also heavily used for freight.

Bus

The town has direct bus links to Newcastle, Hexham and the MetroCentre.

Education

The schools in Prudhoe are:

Recreation

Tyne Riverside Country Park in Low Prudhoe lies on the southern bank of the River Tyne. The park includes the artificial chalk hills known as the "Spetchells" which have attracted some natural chalk-loving flora and fauna not normally found in the region. It has been proposed that they be made 'sites of scientific interest'. A public bridleway runs from the country park to Hagg Bank, over the Points Bridge to Wylam. Now forming a traffic-free part of National Cycle Network Route 72, it runs on the bed of a disused railway line to Newburn, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne, and on to the coast at Tynemouth.

Prudhoe Town Football Club play in the Second Division of the Arngrove Northern League. The future of the club has recently been in doubt following the loss of its ground.

Prudhoe Waterworld provides swimming and other fitness activities and is the home of Prudhoe Millennium Tapestry.

Prudhoe Golf Club is an 18-hole golf club to the east of the town.

The town has a skatepark, called Highfield Park, which is located at the top of Prudhoe.

See also

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