Ashington

Ashington is a town in the North-East of England, with a population of approximately 28,000, which grew from a few farms in the early 19th Century to a large Coal mining village once coal was discovered. A large percentage of the streets are terraced dwellings in long 'Colliery' Rows and it was once known as "The largest mining village in the world". Despite this historic claim, Ashington Colliery which opened in 1867 was closed in 1988. Its proud history is remembered at the nearby Woodhorn Colliery Museum.

The town has a comprehensive range of shops in the pedestrianised shopping area; Station Road was pedestrianised in 1993. Market Day in the town is Tuesday. There are also a lot of leisure services and two country parks, Wansbeck Riverside Country Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park at Woodhorn. Ashington is only a couple of miles from the beach and the sea side town on Newbiggin by the Sea.

A new state of the art Wansbeck General Hospital has been built on the outskirts of the town and is already in the process of being extended.

Ashington has excellent road links onto the A189 and A1 which makes commuting easy and Newcastle City centre is only 20 minutes’ drive away.

There are two secondary schools in Ashington, Hirst Academy and Ashington Community Sports Academy. There are also a few first schools, also a catholic first school and high school.