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The fellside village of Hallbankgate is at the northern end of the Pennines. At the centre of several small hamlets, it was once a thriving community with coal mines, quarries, brick yards, railways and farms.
In the 1950s the mines closed and many of the cottages became derelict. In the 1960’s and 1970’s people moved back into the area. A railway once run through the village. George Stephenson’s famous rocket ended its working life here, before it and was presented to the Kensington Science Museum, London.
Lead and coal were mined here, bringing with their activity a number of related industries that included foundries, blacksmiths, and gas works. During this busy time a three-storey village shop existed. Now there are farms and collections of houses in the area alongside the busy highway.
The Belted Will is a 17th century pub named after Lord William Howard of Naworth castle. The pub was at one time a temperance hotel, and now serves real ales and provides accommodation. A former church is now a private residence.
There is a primary school, post office, and village hall at Hallbankgate.
Nearby is Tindale and Tindale Tarn.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham
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