History Of Ponteland
About 8000 years ago, just after the end of the Ice Age the River Pont flowed through an area of wild moorland , interspersed with lakes and wetlands. On its northward course to join the River Blyth, the River Pont passed through a chain of Lakes that later became known as Prestwick Carr. This was the area where the first early settlement of Ponteland was established , that was occupied by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons & the Normans.
The Romans & the Anglo-Saxons disagreed somewhat on the origins of the name Ponteland. The Romans claim that Ponteland meant "Bridge Over The Swamp", and the Anglo-Saxons said that it simply meant an island beside the river. Over the centuries Ponteland grew as a village and was hounded by persistent flooding.
Ponteland has changed significantly during the last century, with it's population boom of the 50's and 60's and since the construction and deconstruction of the railway.
Today Ponteland has an array of shops, businesses, schools and restaurants, replacing the buildings of old.