Ponteland is a historic village in southern Northumberland, 9 miles, 15km north of Newcastle. The name means "island in the Pont" from the name of the river which the village is built around. One of the most distinctive historic features is the Pele house which survives from a 14th century vicarage.
There has been a thousand years of Christian worship in Ponteland centred mainly on the Church of England St Mary's the Virgin church. In the fourteenth century Ponteland Castle was destroyed by invading Scottish forces, a pub called the Blackbird stands on that site and that building incorporates parts of the original castle.