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For the BBC television comedy series, see Hebburn (TV series).

Coordinates: 54°58′18″N 1°30′46″W / 54.9718°N 1.5128°W / 54.9718; -1.5128

Tyne and Wear
Population 18,808 (2001)
OS grid reference NZ318645
Metropolitan borough South Tyneside
Metropolitan county Tyne and Wear
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEBBURN
Postcode district NE31
Dialling code 0191
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Jarrow
List of places
Tyne and Wear

Hebburn is a small town situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in North East England, sandwiched between the towns of Jarrow and Bill Quay. The population of Hebburn is 18,808.[1]


It is thought that the name Hebburn may be derived from the Old English terms, heah meaning "high", and byrgen meaning a "burial mound", though it could also mean the high place beside the water. The first record of Hebburn mentions a settlement of fishermen's huts in the 8th century, which were burned by the Vikings.

Local legend claims that, until recently, a preserved longship lay embedded on the south bank of the Tyne at Hebburn. The object, visible at low tide, was however the remains of an old wooden "coal lighter". A genuine longship would likely have been salvaged by a historical society, or have had a protection order placed upon it.

In the 14th century the landscape was dominated by a peel tower. A 4'6" (140 cm) tall wall, a portion of which still remains at St. John's Church, could also be seen. The Lordship of the Manor of Hebburn passed through the hands of a number of families during the Middle Ages, including the Hodgsons of Hebburn (James 1974, Hodgson).

Coal was mined at Hebburn as early as the 17th century. Hebburn Colliery opened in 1792 and eventually operated 3 pits. It closed in 1931. 200 miners were killed during the life of the colliery. The youngest were 10 years old.[2]

Hebburn today

Hebburn Town F.C. and Hebburn Reyrolle F.C. are the town's local non-league football teams. Hebburn Argyle, which existed in the early 1900s, is now defunct.

David Sharpe are famous past runners.

detachment based in Hebburn.

Hebburn has an ecology centre powered by wind turbines.

It is the location of a shipyard, operated by A&P Group.

In 2012, BBC commissioned a brand new television series Hebburn set in the town. It was created and co-written by Jason Cook, who was raised in the town.[3] The first episode was broadcast on 18 October 2012.[4][5]


It has a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro called Hebburn Metro station.

Notable citizens



James, Mervyn (1974) Family, Lineage, and Civil Society: A Study of Society, Politics, and Mentality in the Durham Region, 1500-1640 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

External links

  • South Tyneside Council & Community website - Local council website
  • Hebburn Colliery - Information about Hebburn Colliery
  • - Site detailing history of the town
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