Heddon of Yesterday


Maps of Heddon, Northumberland and the UK

Heddon on the Wall is situated about 9 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne in the beautiful, unspoiled and historical county of Northumberland, in the United Kingdom. The village is built on a hill, on the line of Hadrian's Roman Wall and has an exposed piece of the wall on the edge of the village.

Over the years the village has survived on a variety of industries including salmon fishing in the river Tyne, coal mining, the quarrying of sandstone and limestone, brick making, and of course, agriculture.

Apart from one or two small businesses, and a few farms, the village is now a popular dormitory village, with excellent access to Tyneside and Northumberland. Heddon is also popular as a retirement place.

The village underwent a relatively large expansion around 1960, with the building of two private housing estates and a council housing estate. Two other small housing estates have been added since. In 1971 the village was by-passed, when the A69 road from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carlisle was made into a dual carriageway.

The village now boasts two public houses, the Three Tuns and the Swan, a small block of shops, a library, a filling station and a primary school for children aged 5 - 9. State Secondary schooling is available in Ponteland, about five miles away.

The village has a rich and interesting history and today has a thriving community spirit with many active groups and organisations.

In February 2001 Heddon on the Wall came to the attention of the world as the place where a major outbreak in Foot and Mouth started.