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The castle on this site was destroyed in 1388 during the Scottish retreat from Newcastle."

In 1867 an Anglican sister church to St Mary’s opened in Milbourne, one of the Ponteland’s wards.[6] In 1884 a Catholic church was established at St Matthews, now part of the Hexham and Newcastle Catholic diocese.[7][8] During the twentieth century a United Reformed Church opened in Darras Hall.[9]

In the thirteenth century, Ponteland narrowly escaped conflict when the Treaty of Newcastle (1244) ensured a last minute peace between Scottish and English forces. The treaty bears the name of Ponteland's nearest city but was actually signed in the village.

Lovely lunch with the family this being my first visit , lovely , friendly and attentive service . We were a party of 10 and can honestly say that everyone really enjoyed the lunch and we would all return. Thankyou all at the Blackbird hopefully we will return soon

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On the outskirts of Ponteland is another public house with vintage links to Scotland. This marks an occasion during the Jacobite rising of 1745, where Scottish armies advanced into England to further claims to the English throne. During this incursion, Charles Edward Stuart, popularly Bonnie Prince Charlie, bathed at a Ponteland public house. Marking this occasion, the house is still called "The Highlander"[17]

St Mary's churchyard includes the Grade II listed 18th-century tombstones of Matthew Forster and William Turnbull.[15]

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Reflecting Ponteland’s proximity to Scotland it has suffered, sometimes enjoyed, several effects from Anglo-Scots conflict and the unclear Anglo-Scottish border. Owing to the asymmetric north-south line of the border, Ponteland lies north of important Scottish towns such as Gretna Green, Stranraer, and Kirkcudbright. Much of Dumfries & Galloway, one of Scotland's border counties, lies south of Ponteland.

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Ponteland's retail and commercial amenities concentrate around the village Main Street, the nearby Industrial Estate, and Broadway, the small commercial zone serving Darras Hall. Two major supermarket chains have stores in the village. Several banks also operate on Main Street. The Northumbria Police force headquarters is just north of Ponteland.

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One fortunate outcome continues to the current era. While Ponteland Castle was never rebuilt as a military stronghold, it transformed into a public house. Known as "The Blackbird" this still serves the Ponteland community, nearly seven hundred years after the destruction of its original purpose.[11]

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Ponteland is notable for a ruined pele tower, its bridge, and its four churches: St Mary's (Church of England), St Matthew's (Roman Catholic), Ponteland Methodist Church and Ponteland United Reformed Church.

Ponteland /pɒntˈiːlnd/ is a parish in Northumberland, situated 61 km (38 miles) south of the nearest Scottish Border crossing with Scotland and 15 km (9 miles) north of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The name means 'island in the Pont', named for the river that flows through the village.

I have reviewed this restaurant in the past and once again we had another fantastic meal to celebrate my wife’s surprised late lunch time birthday. Stuart &Susan looked after our party of 12 exceptionally well, and their staff are so polite and well trained in a very competitive service industry.The food was excellent an once again our party was not disappointed. See you guys soon and keep up the good work.

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Ponteland parish is home to 10,921 people or 3% of the Northumberland population of 316,000.[19][20] Of particular note, significantly more Ponteland residents live in detached housing versus Northumberland county overall; 65% of Ponteland parish residents are detached home residents versus 25% of Northumbrians.[21] Ponteland also has significantly more ethnic minorities than Northumberland on average, probably because it is situated next to Newcastle Airport.

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Popped in for lunch the other day and was very very pleased! Staff are excellent, food excellent and it’s a beautiful bar / restaurant. Great atmosphere etc. Great all round! Will have no problem to visit again and again.

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Christian worship in Ponteland has expanded to other denominations in recent centuries. The Ponteland Methodist Church opened in 1841. An 1848 review appreciated Ponteland also hosted places of worship for Scottish Presbyterians and a Wesleyan Chapel.[5]

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One of the oldest houses, or farms at the time, in the Darras Hall area is Little Callerton House. The Old Mill, the house where Alan Shearer used to live, and various other dwellings in the area belonged to Little Callerton House, which is approximately 450 years old. On the edge of the estate at High Callerton, Rebellion House is a 16th-century bastle, altered and extended in the 17th century.[18]

During the fourteenth century, Ponteland was less fortunate. Scottish forces destroyed part of Ponteland Castle, as prelude to the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. Otterburn is 20 miles to the west of Ponteland.[10] Taking advantage of English distractions in the Hundred Years War with France, 1337–1453, this battle saw a decisive defeat for English forces and the expansion of Scottish influence in Ponteland's Middle Ages experience.

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