Newton Aycliffe

Newton Aycliffe - one of the original New Towns

Scott Akoz PhotographyNewton Aycliffe is one of the first ‘New Towns’ formed in 1947. Just south of the new town is the Saxon settlement of Aycliffe which actually played a key element in World War II.

The area was surrounded by marshy land which provided ideal cover against air attacks as it was almost continually shrouded in mist, so grass covered munitions factories were built and serviced by the nearby railway lines. The factories were largely staffed by local women, the famous “Aycliffe Angels” who came from the surrounding towns and villages to work at the factory filling shells and bullets and assembling detonators and fuses for the war effort.

The rail station, built in 1978 is a ‘recent’ addition to the town and has assisted Newton Aycliffe to develop into the vibrant community it is today. The town is still set in an attractive semi-rural setting, surrounded by open countryside and contains many attractive green spaces and a boating lake There are a wide range of clubs and societies in the area, with play and leisure facilities adjacent to the railway station including the Oakleaf 18 hole golf course and Sports Complex.

For more information on the facilities at Newton Aycliffe Station visit the National Rail website.