Ingleby Barwick

Ingleby Barwick

Ingleby Barwick [bA.ɹɪk] is a large private residential estate built on what was the southern perimeter of Thornaby airfield within the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The estate is enclosed by water to the west, north and east. It was officially opened in 1981 by the mayor of Langbaurgh.


Ingleby Barwick has six borough councillors representing two wards (Ingleby Barwick East and Ingleby Barwick West). Both wards are represented by councillors all from the Ingleby Barwick Independent Society (IBIS).

Ingleby Barwick has also a Parish Council, now restyled Town Council, with 12 Town Councillors elected on 3 May 2007.

Ingleby Barwick is represented in the House of Commons by Dari Taylor (Labour)


Ingleby Barwick consists largely of owner-occupied properties, along with a small number of recently constructed, purpose built rental properties.

The estate is divided into six "villages". These are not villages in the true sense of the word, but rather six geographic areas. The villages are:

  • Lowfields
  • Beckfields
  • Sober Hall
  • Round Hill
  • Broom Hill
  • The Rings

Ingleby Barwick, said to be Europe's largest private housing estate, had a population of about 19,600 in 2006. When complete around 2016 the population will be about 25,000. The building of the estate commenced in 1980.

Latitude N 54:31:26 Longitude W 01:21:30


Ingleby Barwick is almost entirely surrounded by small rivers or streams. It is bordered by the Leven to the West, the Tees to the North, and Bassleton Beck to the East.


Although the development of Ingleby Barwick as a housing estate did not start until the late 1970s there are traces of human occupation from as far back as the Bronze Age. In the course of construction a Bronze Age burial site was uncovered in the Windmills Fields area. Traces of Iron Age field patterns were discovered. The site, near the junction of The Rings and Queen Elizabeth Way, of a Roman villa, perhaps the most northerly in UK, was excavated in part. This has been preserved as a grassed area in The Forum area of Ingleby Barwick.


Ingleby Barwick has numerous local amenities:

  • A community centre
  • Anglican Church, St Francis of Assisi, and associated centre
  • Shops (including a 24hr Tesco)
  • Six primary schools
  • A secondary school
  • A public library
  • Three GP surgeries and two dental practices
  • Three Public houses
  • A 9 hole golf course (which includes a golf driving range)
  • A health club (Bannatynes, built 1997).

In November 2007 Stockton on Tees Borough Council approved the plans to build St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic parish church next to the primary school of the same name.

Romano Park

Plans for a new public park are well under way. The park is to be situated on the land between Tesco, and Barley Field primary school.


Ingleby Barwick has three GP surgeries.

  • Thornaby and Barwick Medical Centre
  • Barley Fields Medical Centre
  • Woodbridge Medical Centre

It also has 2 dental surgeries.

  • Ingleby Medow Dental Surgery
  • Myton Park Dental Centre


Primary Schools

Ingleby Barwick has six Primary Schools -

  • Whinstone Primary School
  • St Francis of Assisi CofE Primary School
  • St Therese of Lisieux RC Primary School
  • Myton Park Primary School
  • Ingleby Mill Primary School
  • Barley Fields Primary School

Barley Fields Primary School, which occupies the former site of the old Ingleby Mill School, opened in September 2006. At the moment, the catchment area for the school covers the whole of Ingleby Barwick, but the LEA will define the boundaries of the school for the 2008/9 academic year.

To read the reports of HMI inspections of schools visit the OFSTED site.

Secondary Schools

There is one secondary school within Ingleby Barwick, accommodating around 600 children. All Saints Secondary School, a Church of England secondary school, is located in the centre of the estate. The school was built through PFI funding. The original PFI Provider (Robertsons) have recently sold the investment on to another company making a reported £1m profit. This school provides places for less than half of the children of secondary school age currently living in Ingleby Barwick, with most of the remainder, some 900, being schooled at Conyers School in Yarm, Egglescliffe School in Eaglescliffe and St Patrick's R C Comprehensive School in Thornaby.

Some children from Ingleby Barwick still attend Thornaby Community School, although this ceased to be a catchment school for Ingleby Barwick in September 2003 when All Saints School opened.

The All Saints School complex also contains a community library which is open to the public during specified times, seven days a week. Library facilities include computer access, CD/DVD hire, photocopying, reference section, a children's and an adult library.

Shops and Retailers

There are collections of local shops and take-aways in the Lowfields and the Beckfields areas, and also at Myton Park on Myton Road. A Tesco supermarket is also present at the Myton Park site.


Road. The A19 dual carriageway, one of the two main north -south roads of the north-east of England, is about 1.5 miles away.

Bus. Arriva operate buses in Ingleby Barwick, with regular services to Stockton, Middlesbrough and Yarm during the daytime.

Rail. The nearest stations, Eaglescliffe railway station, Thornaby railway station & Yarm Station are each about 4 miles away. Connections thence to the main line service at Darlington or York.

Air. Durham Tees Valley Airport (MME)is about 8 miles away.

Traffic and Social Problems

Ingleby Barwick faces a number of problems, including traffic congestion at peak times.

Social problems have long been an issue in Ingleby Barwick, and were mentioned in the 1986 Domesday project. Anti-social behaviour is currently one of the main problems in the estate particularly around the local supermarket Tesco and other shopping areas. There have been muggings and assaults on the estate. In October 2006 Ingleby Barwick councillor Lee Narroway was assaulted after confronting a gang on the estate.. The estate's problems often draw the attention of the council's Enforcement team who attempt to disperse gangs causing trouble at local shops, and confiscating alcohol.. It was reported in 2008 that 10% of all police call outs to Ingleby Barwick come from the estate's Tesco store, with both staff and customers being intimidated by gangs of youths.


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