Seaton Delaval shown within Northumberland
|OS grid reference||NZ3477|
|Civil parish||Seaton Valley|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||WHITLEY BAY|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
|UK Parliament||Blyth Valley|
Seaton Delaval is a village in Northumberland, England, with a population of 4,371. It is the largest of the five villages in Seaton Valley and is the site of Seaton Delaval Hall, the masterpiece completed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1727.
The place-name 'Seaton Delaval' was first attested as 'Seton de la Val' in 1270. 'Seaton' simply means 'sea town', referring to the village's nearness to the North Sea. The land was held by the Delaval family, who took their name from Laval in Maine in France. Their descendants are still major landholders in the area today, and the current Lord Hastings has the first name Delaval: he is Delaval Astley, 23rd Baron Hastings.
The folk song "Blackleg Miner" mentions the village:
- Oh, Delaval is a terrible place
- They rub wet clay in the blackleg's face.
- And around the heaps they run a foot race,
- To catch the blackleg miner!
- So dinna gan near the Seghill mine.
- Across the way they stretch a line,
- To catch the throat and break the spine
- Of the dirty blackleg miner!
From 1974 the village was part of the Blyth Valley borough, but as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England responsibility was transferred to Northumberland County Council. The village is in the NE25 post code area and the postal town of Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Unlike other parts of Northumberland, Seaton Delaval and the surrounding villages use the Tyne and Wear 0191 area code.
The village is centred on the intersection of two main roads: the A192 road running from North Shields to Morpeth and the A190 road running from the Dudley village bypass to Seaton Sluice. These main roads are lined by terraced housing from the turn of the 20th Century, but large post-war and 1970s house development is predominant. There are small pockets of more recent housing and as of August 2012, a new estate of houses is being completed.
Nearby villages include:
The village has its own independent cooperative, the Seaton Valley Co-Operative Society, which runs a small supermarket, post office and off-licence. There are also several convenience stores and public houses, such as The Keel Row pub/restaurant on Foreman's Row. The other, mainly independent stores include a regionally renowned ice cream parlour, pine furnishing store, florist and garage.
Coty has a factory in the village following a merger of between Procter and Gamble and Coty for the acquisition of their beauty business, once the independent Shultons factory. Shultons formerly manufactured Old Spice aftershave before Procter & Gamble's acquisition of the brand. The factory is now employed in the manufacture of Clairol hair dye products, including Nice 'n Easy, as well as the Hugo Boss fragrance range along with a number of other products.
The village is served by five main schools:
- Seaton Delaval Parent/Toddler Group
- Seaton Delaval Pre-school (ages 2 – school)
- Seaton Terrace Nursery (closed/demolished)
- Seaton Delaval Community First School (previously "The Station School" before being moved to the same site as Whytrig Middle as part of Northumberland County Council's switch from three to two-tier education)
- Holywell Village First School
- Whytrig County Middle School (moved on to the site of Astley High School as of September 2014)
- Astley Community High School (including Sixth Form and Adult Education)
There are a number of Christian churches in the village:
- The Church of Our Lady (Church of England)
- Elsdon Avenue United Reformed and Methodist Church
- Holy Trinity, Seghill (Church of England)
The Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, a small auditorium hosting musical and drama entertainment, often locally produced, is housed in the former Salvation Army Hall in the centre of the village.
- Ralph Delaval - Admiral
- George Delaval - Admiral and builder of Seaton Delaval Hall
- Noel Forster - Artist and teacher
- John Gardner - Thriller writer, continued James Bond books
- Ivor Gurney - Poet and composer
- Ray Kennedy - Arsenal and Liverpool footballer
- England football internationals Clem Stephenson and his brother George were both born in Seaton Delaval
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Key Statistics : Seaton Delaval Ward Retrieved 22 July 2010
- Arts centre - A building saved by the Community for the Community and now a modern Community Arts Venue
- A Seaton Delaval Website
- A Seaton Delaval History Website
- Residents Association Official Website
- Astley High School
- The Keel Row, Pub & Dining, Website
- [http://communities.northumberland.gov.uk/Seaton Delaval.htm Northumberland Communities] (Accessed: 27 November 2008)