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This website is dedicated to the town of Killingworth on North Tyneside. There has been a settlement in Killingworth for centuries that is today known as Killingworth village a semi rural setting. The actual town of Killingworth was started back in the late 1960's as a new town to ease the population growth of Newcastle. It started with the building of a huge man made lake to provide drainage to the land the town was to be built on. Work also started in 1969 on the building of a concrete shopping centre costing £1m to build which at the time was a lot of money incorporating the famous Woolco store and the building of a high rise office block. At the same time the West Bailey was getting built with the unforgiving Killingworth Towers shaping the landscape, local authority housing and in the early seventies the private Highfields, Longmeadows and Lake Shore housing estates. Later in the seventies, the East Bailey was developed with a further mixture of local authority and private housing estates.

The Towers that blotted the landscape gained a undesirable reputation and were demolished in the mid 1980's to make way for a new private housing estate. The neighbouring Shopping Centre also suffered when Woolco pulled out in 1986 and quickly fell into decay. Fortunately, Morrisons Supermarket opened up in a purpose built store to help fill the void and the old shopping centre was finally demolished in the mid 1990's much to the cheer of local residents. Further house building took place in the late 1980's and early 1990's on the promise of a new shopping centre. Despite many promises from organisations nothing happened. After negotiations, supermarket giant Morrisons bought the town centre and in 2000, a new shopping centre was opened with units finally being filled with national retailers such as Wilkinson and Matalan. Renovation of the near by office block, building of a new health centre and sports centre promise a great future for the town.

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  • England
  • Jun 21, 2005
  • English

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