Ponteland ( pon-TEE-lənd) is a town and civil parish in Northumberland, England, 15 km (9.3 miles) north of Newcastle upon Tyne. The name means “island in the Pont”, after the River Pont which flows from west to east and joins the River Blyth further downstream, before flowing into the North Sea. Newcastle Airport is 2.5 km (1.6 miles) to the south of the village.
Ponteland was first built on marshland near St Mary’s Church and the old bridge. Most of the marshland has now been drained to make way for housing. In the industrial era, Ponteland village enlarged to include residential developments in Darras Hall. The village has grown to be a significant commuter village, although it retains a local community. Its location just outside Newcastle, in proximity to the airport but also on the edge of rural Northumberland, has resulted in parts of Ponteland containing some of North-East England’s most expensive houses, being home for many of the region’s business leaders, footballers and celebrities.
The civil parish of Ponteland includes the town of Ponteland, the Darras Hall estate, and the villages of Kirkley, Medburn, Milbourne and Prestwick.