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Tyne and Wear


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Place Type
political; county
Description
Metropolitan county created in 1974 in northeastern England; the county council was abolished in 1986 and administrative powers passed to the unitary authorities of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, and Sunderland; it is bounded by Northumberland to the north and west, Durham to the south, and the North Sea to the east; named for two bisecting rivers; noted for Hadrian's Wall (122 CE) and Norman fort (1080); coalfields exploited since the 13th century.
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Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)
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