Peterlee is a small new town, which was founded in 1948. The town originally mostly housed coal miners and their families, and was named after the celebrated Durham miners' leader Peter Lee. Today the new town boasts a strong sense of community and is noted for its large open green spaces and in recent year many of the town's public buildings have been replaced to accommodate the £24 million redevelopment of the town centre.
Being situated close to the North East coast, Peterlee is within easy access of nearby beaches and Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve, which is the largest area of natural woodland in the North East, both excellent for keen dog walkers and those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.
Peterlee has its own bus station and is served by Arriva North East and Go North East, who provide services to the local area and nearby towns and cities, including: Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, South Shields, Houghton-le-Spring, Stockton and Middlesbrough. There is also a bus to the Metro Centre which is the largest shopping and leisure centre in the European Union.
Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee is the main retail area in the town and to surrounding villages. It provides a variety of well-known shops and restaurant. A popular market is held in the shopping centre each bank holiday. Peterlee also benefits from having a state of the art Leisure Centre, Bingo Hall, Hotel, local Golf Course, an annual show and Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite, which is very popular for weddings.
As Peterlee's centrepiece, architectural designer Victor Passmore created the abstract Apollo Pavillion which was completed in 1970 and is named after the Apollo moon missions. In 2011 English Heritage gave the pavillion a Grade II listing.
Peterlee offers a wide range of education, having seven primary schools, three secondary schools, two sixth forms and a recently redeveloped college. The college provides education for all ages has its own gym and is home to the training ground of Hartlepool Football club.
Our Peterlee branch looks after a wide area of properties from south Co. Durham to north Teeside including Hartlepool, Blackhall, Horden, Elswick, Shotton Colliery and Easington to name just a small selection.