Tyne and Wear

Map of the Tyne and Wear Area

Map of Tyne and Wear

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Tyne and Wear

Situated along the coast of the North Sea, Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan and ceremony county in the North East of England. Several iconic sites are also found in Tyne and Wear, including the Angel of the North in Gateshead, Hadrian's Wall, and Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. The county is also home to St. James' Park and the Premier League club Newcastle United F.C., as well as Sunderland A.F.C. and the Stadium of Light. Tyne and Wear covers an area of 538 square kilometres or 208 square miles. According to the 2011 Census, more than 1.1 million people live in the metropolitan county. With a population density of 2,044 people per square kilometre (5,290 per square mile), Tyne and Wear is one of the most urban counties in England.

Nestled between Northumberland and County Durham, Tyne and Wear was established as a metropolitan county in 1974. The county includes five metropolitan boroughs: Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. Newcastle and North Tyneside were formerly located within the county of Northumberland, while Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside were found within County Durham. In 1986, the Tyne and Wear County Council was abolished and each metropolitan borough now governs as a unitary authority. Home to 879,996 people according to the 2011 Census, Newcastle is the county's largest city followed by Sunderland with 275,300 and Gateshead with 200,300.

Much of Tyne and Wear has traditionally depended on heavy industry, including steel making in Gateshead's Derwent Valley, coal mining and manufacturing in Newcastle, and shipbuilding on the Tyne. Coal mining was also a major economic driver in South Tyneside North Tyneside, which have suffered some of the UK's highest unemployment rates in recent years. With the decline of industry, communities throughout the county are reinventing themselves to attract new investment. Service sectors are now major employers, as well as secondary industries such as engineering in Gateshead. Retail is also a major employer in Sunderland and Gateshead, and Newcastle is one of the UK's most important retail and shopping centres. Newcastle is also the commercial and educational centre for the North East, as well as a centre for the region's cultural industries along with neighbouring Gateshead.


Banks and Building Societies

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