Welcome to the website for Walkergate ward.
This site contains a wide variety of information about the ward including what's on, local facilities and services, useful contacts, community groups, local meetings and events and how to have your say. It also provides facts and figures about Walkergate and links to key local websites. The links on the right hand side of the page will help you to find what you need.
The site is a work in progress and we welcome your comments and ideas. Please get in touch with the Communities Officer if you have any suggestions about what else could be added.
Looking for the opportunity to earn while you learn?
Why not consider an apprenticeship with Newcastle City Council? For more information, click here.
Gritting and Snow Clearance
Paying too much for your energy?
Are you, or someone you know, worried about your fuel bills? Do you want to check if you can get a better deal with another fuel supplier? If so, it is easier than ever to choose the best energy deal, especially as free help to find this information is now available from our Customer Service Centres and Libraries. Newcastle Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has worked with staff so that they can show you how to get help, as part of a national campaign supported by the energy regulator Ofgem.
Simply take your current energy bill into any of the Customer Service Centres or specified libraries and ask for help to find your 'Energy Best Deal'. For information about when and where this is available, click here
50+? Don’t delay – screen today
1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer within their lifetime. For more information about the screening programme at the RVI, please click here.
Funding for community buildings
A small amount of funding is now available to support community organisations managing community buildings. This funding must be used towards the core costs of community buildings in 2014/15. For more information, click here.
Volunteers needed at St Martin's Centre
St Martin's Centre on Roman Avenue is currently looking for volunteers. Please see the flyer for more details.
Newcastle City Council and other organisations are working together to offer an enterprise and business support programme, which runs from December 2011 until September 2013.
Enterprising Newcastle supports new business start ups and works with local businesses and voluntary organisations to help them grow and to expand their networks. We also work with secondary schools to help their students develop real businesses. Please click on link below for more information.
Let’s talk digital
We need your support to get faster, reliable and stable internet in Newcastle. We are currently bidding for funding and as part of this process, we need to show there is demand for these services in our city, so please pledge your support now on the let’s talk digital website.
Your pledge will mean that we can show funders why they need to invest in better broadband for Newcastle’s residents and businesses.
For more information please contact Cliff Jessett, 0191 278 2854.
Decent Neighbourhood Standards
‘Decent Neighbourhood Standards are our guarantee that we will play our part in making sure everyone lives in a clean, green and safe place, with decent access to services where local needs are met. Decent Neighbourhood Standards are about identifying areas of our city where there is greatest need for investment and support. We need to be clear that providing decent neighbourhoods will not solely depend on the work of the Council.
We’ve done an assessment for every ward in the city based on seven standards. These are based on statistical data and local people’s views taken from the resident’s survey. For the baseline assessment for your ward, please click here (PDF 40.48KB)
If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, please contact your local Communities Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or email Paul Marshall, Communities Team Manager at email@example.com
Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ‘
Walkergate Highways Maintenance
Click here for a ward report for Walkergate outlining highways schemes from 2010 onwards (opens pdf 2.7 MB). There is a separate report for a range of works across the whole of the city. Click here for more details (opens pdf 243.43KB)
Crime and Community Safety
Walkergate ward is covered by the Byker and Walker police teams who work with partners such as Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle and Tyne & Wear Fire Service to tackle crime and community safety in your area.
You should always phone 999 in an emergency. For a non emergency report or enquiry phone 03456 043 043.
Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Walker Communities Credit Union
For information about the Walker Communities Credit Union, please see the attached flyer (pdf, 40.32kb)
Use our online map to find your nearest libraries and schools. You can also find out where your nearest recycling site is and find leisure services, such as swimming pools, and heritage information, such as listed buildings and ancient monuments.
Friends of Newcastle Trees (FoNT)
The newly constituted Friends of Newcastle Trees takes over the work of the Newcastle Tree Wardens as set up by the Newcastle City Council Tree Strategy. Friends of Newcastle Trees Information Sheet (101kb)
Tree Wardens from Friends of Newcastle Trees act as a 'neighbourhood watch' over the trees where they live, looking out for problems like vandalism, storm damage, disease, dead trees and reporting protected trees being damaged or under threat. You could also help find places to plant more trees in your area and join in with tree, hedgerow and woodland projects. To find out more please contact Edwina Symmons pn 0191 2778950 email: email@example.com
Local Heritage Information
Walkergate history Picture - Stotts Road
The history of Walkergate Ward is, of course, linked closely to the history of neighbouring Walker Ward. The historic origins of Walker are, however, largely to be found within Walkergate Ward, which is home to the older settlements of Walker Gate, Old Walker and Low Walker. Walkergate Ward today is predominantly early-mid 20th century housing, open green space for recreation, and the remnants of the once thriving shipbuilding yards (and other associated 19th century industries) on the River Tyne.
Human activity in the area, however, dates back much earlier than the 19th and 20th centuries. There is some archaeological evidence of a prehistoric presence in the area, as it is thought that there was once a burial mound at Stott’s House Farm (which was located at what is now the corner of Foss Way and Waverdale Avenue).
The next clear evidence of early human activity is the Roman Wall, which follows the line of today’s Foss Way. Milecastles, remains of the Military Way, foundations of the wall and evidence of the defensive ditch have all been identified in Walkergate. A fragment of a Roman inscription was found built into the end of a stable at Stott’s House Farm, and several other Roman finds, such as bone and coins, have been recorded.
The first reference to “Walker” appears to be the small medieval village of Walker (now known as Old Walker) in the 12th century, which was a manor held by the barony of Morpeth. By the mid-19th century Walker was just a farm and some cottages, and could have been close to becoming one of many “lost” medieval settlements. The site of the old village lies immediately to the south of Foss Way and to the east of Scrogg Road.
Large scale coal mining began in the area in the early 1700s, with up to ten collieries in operation in the Walker area, including Delight Pit on what is now the site of Sir Charles Parsons and St. Alban’s RC primary schools. A waggonway ran through the heart of Walkergate, taking coal to the staiths on the riverside.
Newcastle Corporation purchased the manor of Walker in the 18th century and with it acquired the river shore for ballast dumping. The riverside became increasingly industrialised during the 19th century, with various shipyards, brickfields, brick and tile works, copperas (dyers) and raff (timber) yards. Shipbuilding became a key industry in the area. In the mid-19th century Miller, Ravenhall and Co. began building iron steamers for the P&O line at Low Walker; this was one of several smaller yards that were subsumed into the Neptune Yard and later became part of the world-famous Swan Hunter yard.
The growth of industry also brought a massive growth in population and residential development in the area, along with improved transport infrastructure. In the 19th century the NER Newcastle and Tynemouth Riverside Branch railway was built, which connected Low Walker to the East Coast Mainline at Byker; the branch line is now a public footpath.
Are you part of a group or organisation with an interest in the local history of Walkergate? If you have information about the area, please contact the Communities Officer and we will look to create a Local Heritage section on this page.