Glimpse history through old images of Killingworth, in North Tyneside, North East England.
During the Victorian era, settlement in the immediate area centred around the West Moor Colliery, and the beautiful stone homes in Killingworth Village.
Coal Mining at Killingworth
Coal mining was one of the major industries of North East England for about 150 years, and the region powered much of the Industrial Revolution.
George Stephenson’s Cottage
There is a National Trust property at Wylam called George Stephenson’s Cottage, but not many realise that not too far away is a home near Killingworth where the world famous inventor and engineer lived at a different stage in his life.
George Stephenson had designed the Locomotive Number 2 for the waggonway between Killingworth High Colliery and the Tyne, where the black coal would be loaded onto ships at the staithes, ready for export to other parts of the UK and beyond.
The 1960s New Town
When the site of Killingworth Village was greatly expanded as a Planned Town, or New Town, it was originally called Killingworth Township.
One mile south east of the Northumberland border, the town has easy access to the countryside, Newcastle City Centre, and the office and industrial estates of North Tyneside.
The town’s lake was created in 1964, during the reclamation of the derelict site of Killingworth Colliery. It’s a popular location for fishing, sailing, or just a pleasant walk.
Killingworth’s award winning brutal architecture was less well received, and later developments stuck to more traditional styles.
Goodby Killingworth Towers
Unfortunately we couldn’t find any vintage films about Killingworth. However, enjoy listening to the comedy song – ‘Goodbye Killingworth Towers’.
It’s written about the Towers, which you can see being built in the August 1969 photo further up this page.