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Ponteland

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Ponteland is a village situated in Northumberland near Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The name means island in the Pont (the river which flows through the village), as the area previously consisted of a small piece of solid ground around St. Mary's church and the old bridge, surrounded by marshland. This marshland is now drained, with housing built on top of it. The Pont river joins the Blyth river further downstream. The old village has been greatly enlarged by the development of the residential area of Darras Hall. It is home to many of the region's footballers and CEOs, and is part of the North Easts's only safe Conservative parliamentary seat.LandmarksPonteland is notable for a ruined pele tower, its bridge, and two churches: St. Mary's and St. Matthew's. St. Mary's churchyard includes the Grade II listed 18th-century tombstones of Matthew Forster and William Turnbull.Ponteland previously boasted a small castle or tower house, which was largely destroyed by the Scottish army under the Earl of Douglas, the day before the Battle of Otterburn. The remains were incorporated into the building now occupied by the Blackbird Inn, which is rumoured to contain an old tunnel connecting it to St. Mary's church. The tunnel is supposedly bricked up behind the fireplace in The Tunnel Room.TransportPonteland was once served by a branch line of the North Eastern Railway (later part of the LNER) from Newcastle upon Tyne, with a short spur to Darras Hall, but this line was an early casualty, losing its passenger services in 1929 after passenger numbers failed to meet expectations. There were initially plans to electrify the line, these being abandoned in 1907. However, a substantial part of the branch has since been resurrected as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, to serve Newcastle Airport.
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