Prudhoe ( PRUD-ə ) is a town in south Northumberland, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and just south of the River Tyne. The town is sited on a steep, north-facing hill in the Tyne Valley. As you near the bottom of the hill towards Low Prudhoe and Tyne Riverside Country Park, you can look back and see the image of a badger on the hillside.
Prudhoe has a population of over 11,500, measured at 11,675 in the 2011 Census.
The name derives from the hoe or haugh, a spur of land, of the Anglo-Saxon personal name Prud (from prūd(proud)).
There has been a castle at Prudhoe since ancient times, when England was at war with Scotland. The area now known as Castlefields was a fruit orchard, and the Scots were rumoured to have burnt this orchard while attempting to capture Prudhoe Castle. The castle, originally owned by the D’Umfravilles, then the Percys and now English Heritage, is considered to be the only medieval fortification in Northumberland never to have been captured by the Scots.
Prudhoe Town Council is the 3rd tier of Local Government and is served by 15 Town Councillors, a full-time Clerk and a full-time Administrative Officer.
The Town Council office is situated in The Spetchells Centre, in the centre of town on Front Street.