Welcome to the Parish of Heddon on the Wall
The parish of Heddon on the Wall comprises the settlements of Heddon Village, East Heddon, West Heddon & Close House, Rudchester and Whitchester. The attractive village is situated 9 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne in the beautiful, unspoiled and historic county of Northumberland. Heddon is on the line of Hadrian's Wall and, according to visitor guides, ‘has the best stretch of Roman Wall in a village setting’. Heddon attracts many thousands of visitors, either those walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path or those passing through on organised tours.
The village is popular, both as a retirement location and also for commuting to Newcastle and other parts of the region. It has a rich and interesting history and today has a thriving community spirit with many active groups and organisations. St Andrew’s Church is of Anglo Saxon origin, consecrated in 630AD. In addition to St Andrew's, there is also a Methodist Chapel. There are a small number of shops, a library, two public houses (The Three Tuns and The Swan) a petrol station and a primary school. It boasts the oldest Women’s Institute in Northumberland.
Over the years the village has hosted a variety of industries including salmon fishing in the river Tyne, coal mining, limestone quarrying, brick making and agriculture.
The village benefits from its proximity to the A69, which runs from Newcastle to Carlisle. The market town of Hexham is 14 miles to the west. Heddon is an ideal place from which to explore the attractions of Northumberland – the Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders are within easy travelling distance. Northumberland has many pretty towns and villages, most of which have a diverse (and often violent) history.
In February 2001 Heddon on the Wall came to the attention of the world as the place where a major outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease started.