Ashington is a town in the North-East of England, with a population of approximately 28,000, which grew from a few farms in the early 19th Century to a large Coal mining village once coal was discovered. A large percentage of the streets are terraced dwellings in long ‘Colliery’ Rows. It was once known as “The largest mining village in the world” but despite this historic claim, Ashington has no remaining deep mines. Ashington Colliery opened in 1867 and closed in 1988. Its proud history is remembered at the nearby Woodhorn Colliery Museum.
To cope with the loss of the mine a new hi-tech Business Park has been built on the site of the old colliery hoping to bring new business to the town.
The town has a comprehensive range of shops in the pedestrianised shopping area, Station Road was pedestrianised in 1993. This has had an effect on businesses in the town, it has made it easier for customers to access the shops but some found they lost trade with the main traffic not passing by. Market Day in the town is Tuesday. There are also a lot of leisure services and two country parks, Wansbeck Riverside Country Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park at Woodhorn. The latter is enhanced by the QE II Country Park Railway.
A new state of the art Wansbeck General Hospital has been built on the outskirts of the town and is now in the process of being added to with all hospital facilities being available on one new site as the old Ashington Hospital has now been demolished.
Ashington has also been known to produce some outstanding sportsmen, including footballers Jack Charlton, Sir Bobby Charlton and Jackie Milburn, cricketers Steve Harmison and his brother Ben and golfer Kenneth Ferrie to name but a few.