Bill Quay

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Bill Quay
Bill Quay is located in Tyne and Wear
Bill Quay
Bill Quay
Bill Quay shown within Tyne and Wear
OS grid referenceNZ297626
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE10
Dialling code0191
FireTyne and Wear
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
Tyne and Wear
54°57′25″N 1°32′13″W / 54.957°N 1.537°W / 54.957; -1.537Coordinates: 54°57′25″N 1°32′13″W / 54.957°N 1.537°W / 54.957; -1.537

Bill Quay is a suburb in the northeast of Gateshead in North East England, situated between Hebburn to the east and Pelaw to the southwest. It lies on the south bank of the River Tyne, facing Walker-on-Tyne.

The River Tyne at Bill Quay


During the 19th century it was an industrial area catering for chemical works, bottle works, Robson's Paint and shipbuilding. The area saw an economic upturn at the end of the 19th century when the CWS (Co-Operative Wholesale Society) opened its vast and extensive string of factories along its main thoroughfare, Shields Road. Boutlands, Harrisons and Wood-Skinner were shipbuilders at Bill Quay with Harrisons remaining the last shipbuilders on the Tyne's south bank until its closure recently.

Notable establishments[edit]

Bill Quay Community Farm
An important urban farm and one of only 16 farm parks nationally recognised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK. Breeds include Tamworth pigs, Jacob sheep, Hebridean sheep, Scots Grey hens and Bagot goats. It used to play host to Chickenstock, an annual showcase festival for local Gateshead based bands.
Bill Quay Albion Cricket Club
Bill Quay Albion Cricket Club compete in the Durham Cricket League.
Bill Quay Methodist Church

Bill Quay in fiction[edit]

The novel Schoolfrenz by Ray Crowther (ISBN 0-9541110-3-6) is set mainly on Tyneside. Bill Quay is mentioned several times and is the location for a murder scene in the book. The author's website (Ray Crowther) contains an extract from Schoolfrenz about Bill Quay, and has photographs of Bill Quay and the surrounding area.

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