Gosforth is a suburb of Newcastle, and has always had an upmarket image, being considered an attractive place to live. Although it is now part of the county of Tyne and Wear, it used to be, until 1974, a town in its own right, with a council and town hall.
There are two schools of thought about where the name ‘Gosforth’ came from. Some think it may be from ‘Gese Ford’ meaning ‘the ford over the River Ouse’. It could also have come from ‘Goseford’ meaning a place where geese live, near a ford. Gosforth has two parts, North Gosforth and South Gosforth, probably referring to the areas either side of the River Ouse. The first reference to Gosforth are from historical records in 1166, and South Gosforth in 1319. The English army made their retreat after a siege on the Northumberland town of Berwick.
It is interesting to note that many of the districts of Gosforth have ‘Park’ in their name, including Brunton Park and Gosforth Park.
Restaurants and Pubs in Gosforth
Gosforth High Street is a busy place, with many shops and businesses, including restaurants with seafood, Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisine. It goes without saying that there are lots of pubs serving ‘pub grub’. Many of the pubs have been there for years, and include the Queen Victoria, the Brandling Arms and the Earl Grey. To the north end of the High Street is the Three Mile Inn on the famous Great North Road, and to the south, the County Hotel.
South Gosforth also has pubs of long standing: the Millstone, the Brandling Villa (both in Haddricksmill Road, and the Victory on Killingworth Road.
Come shopping in Gosforth
The aforementioned shops in the High Street stock a wide variety of goods. One shop definitely worth a visit is Thorpe’s, an independent hardware store of longstanding. What they don’t stock is easier to list than what they do. Of course, there are the usual high street stores, such as Boots, and in the Gosforth Shopping Centre (opened in 1979) Sainsbury’s and WH Smith can be found. If an estate agent, hairdresser’s or banking facilities are needed these can be found here too.
Recently, plans have been afoot for development of Gosforth High Street, and to make Trinity Square (the area in front of the church) the main focus of the High Street. This would enable it to be used for events like farmers’ markets and community activities.
Gosforth Park Racecourse
This, of course, is the venue for Newcastle Races. It is situated in the High Gosforth Park Estate which covers 812 acres. It is very convenient, being only two minutes drive from the A1 motorway. Hosting National Hunt and Flat racing meetings, the Racecourse also has marvellous facilities for business meetings, conferences, banquets and exhibitions. There are also sporting facilities for football, golf and minigolf.
Gosforth has a lot to offer, not least of all its proximity to Newcastle City Centre, within easy reach by bus and Metro train. Its position also makes it perfect for getting to the beautiful coast and for seeing the stunning scenery of Northumberland.