PETERLEE HISTORY

Peterlee was founded in 1948 as a new town to house local coal miners and their families.

It was named after celebrated Durham miners’ leader Peter Lee and is unique among the new towns which came into being after the Second World War in that it was the only one requested by the people through their MP.

Located on the East Coast in County Durham, Peterlee now has a popualation of over 30,000 and, in addition to its vast business base, is home to:

  • The multi-million pound East Durham College facility
  • Castle Dene Shopping Centre
  • Shotton Hall conference and banqueting suite
  • The Grade II Apollo Pavilion
  • Four secondary schools and two sixth forms
  • Castle Eden Dene, a national nature reserve

During the late 1990s/early 2000s property boom, Peterlee became a sought after location for workers employed in nearby Durham City, Sunderland and Newcastle because of its prime location and the availability of high quality housing at more affordable prices.

Peterlee is nestled off the A19 between, to the north, Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle, and to the south Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Darlington. It is also within an hour’s commute of the North East’s main transport hubs: Newcastle International Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, as well as the region’s vast rail network.