Springwell Village

Springwell Village is a village in the City of Sunderland, located approximately 9 miles from the city centre. Formerly part of County Durham, the postal address is Gateshead. It has close ties to Washington, Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne. There is one church, three shops and two local pubs, 'The Guidepost' in the centre of the village, and 'The Ship' on the outskirts. The surrounding areas are mainly farmland with some equestrian centres.

Location within Tyne and Wear
OS grid referenceNZ284583
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE9
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament

The first residences in the area were constructed in 1821 to house workers of the nearby colliery.[1] The village has retained much character and is generally a sought after and affluent address within the local area. It has a mix of small private estates situated in the centre and south alongside a large proportion of individual properties and stone terrace cottages, a style typical within the village; there is one council estate to the North of the Village.

The village is served by three buses, primarily an express bus to Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne and Washington and another main service between Sunderland and Newcastle. The village is located a few minutes from the A1(M) and is within easy reach of both Newcastle railway station and Durham railway station.

The Bowes Railway museum is located on the outskirts of the village. Professional footballers Herbert Watson and Paul Thirlwell hailed from the village.[2][3]


  1. "Our History – Springwell Village Methodist Church". www.springwellmethodistchurch.org.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  2. Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. p. 166. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  3. Chronicle, Evening (15 December 2001). "Paul Dressed To Thrill On And Off The Pitch". nechronicle. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
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