Low Fell is a suburb of Gateshead, just to the East of the Team Valley Trading Estate. It is home to several conservation areas and is a distinctive residential area known in the North East as a good place to live, work, study and shop. The A167, a main link between the A1 and central Gateshead / Newcastle runs through the area.
Until the nineteenth century, Low Fell was a series of small settlements to the South of Gateshead, with open fields between them. The Great North Road ran along the high ground over Sheriff Hill, through High Fell. In the early nineteenth century a new road was built through Low Fell that avoided the high ground. Following this, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the settlements merged and eventually became part of Gateshead.
The area of Low Fell does not have exact boundaries. The name is generally used to describe an area which includes both the Low Fell andChowdene wards of Gateshead Council, and parts of several other wards, including Deckham and Saltwell.
Low Fell itself is densely built up, but Saltwell Park is just to the North, also nearby are the band of green belt around the south of Gateshead, and a green corridor faces Low Fell on the opposite side of the Team Valley.
Low Fell has a healthy local shopping centre on Durham Road with a variety of shops, restaurants and other facilities. There are several smaller sets of shops in other parts of Low Fell. It is served by a number of local primary schools – Kells Lane, St. Peter’s, Oakfield, Glynwood and Harlow Green. Most secondary school pupils in the area attend either Joseph Swan or Lord Lawson of Beamish schools.