8 places in North East England with American names

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Stuart Forster looks at 8 places in North East England with American names.

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The COVID-19 pandemic means that transatlantic leisure travel is not currently permitted. Yet the easing of the United Kingdom’s lockdown means people in North East England will be able to visit places such as New York, Philadelphia and Washington without boarding an aircraft.

Will those near and dear to you smile and roll their eyes if you take them to these spots after bigging up a special day out? There’s only one way to find out.

North East England is dotted with places that share names with towns and cities in North America. Here’s a look at eight of them.



New York in North Tyneside

Dreaming of a romantic weekend in New York City? Hopefully activities such as cycling in Central Park, shopping at Macey’s and riding the Staten Island Ferry will all be possible to international visitors before too long.

New York City's Flatiron Building on a sunny blue sky day, New York is one of 8 places in North East England with American names.
Feel like there was too much ironing during lockdown and not enough time spent viewing architecture such as New York City’s Flatiron Building?

England’s New York is about 85 miles north of the original city of York. That’s more than 3,300 miles eastwards of New York City.

The Statue of Liberty on a sunny summer's day. The landmark is in 8 places in New York which shares it's name with one of the places in North East England with North American names.
The Statue of Liberty on a sunny summer’s day.

The South Tyneside village was named New York after the North American city was captured by the British in the American Revolutionary War.



Philadelphia in Tyne and Wear

The former pit village of Philadelphia in North East England was also named after an American city. The name was chosen after British forces captured the city in Pennsylvania during the conflict alternatively known as the American War of Independence.

Iron cast of a steam engine. Philadelphia in North East England was the site of a major deadly rail steam engine accident in 1815.
The Philadelphia in North East England was the site of a fatal steam engine accident in 1815.

Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia is a cracking place for a short break and home to the world’s most famous cracked bell. The Liberty Bell is displayed in the Liberty Bell Center. (Did you know that John Philip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March is used as the theme tune in the Monty Python’s Flying Circus television show?)

The United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were both debated in Philly’s Independence Hall, a short walk from the Liberty Bell Center.

Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was the place where the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were debated.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was the place where the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were debated.

Pack your running shoes to jog up the ‘Rocky Steps’ leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where art aficionados will easily be able to spend a day. The steps offer impressive views of the Philadelphia skyline.

Philadelphia's skyline beyond the statue of George Washington on the Washington Monument fountain, seen from the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Philadelphia’s skyline beyond the statue of George Washington on the Washington Monument fountain, seen from the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Head to Philly’s Reading Terminal Market for moderately priced food and drink, including Philadelphia cheesesteaks and a broad selection of craft beer at Molly Malloys.

Neon sign for pizza and cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Neon sign for pizza and cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The former county of Cleveland

Head to Cleveland, Ohio, and you can step inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The city in the USA the home to franchises playing in the National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association. The city’s basketball team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the NBA Championship in 2016.

Book a flight to Cleveland Hopkings International Airport if you want to visit Ohio’s most populous city. Teesside International Airport would be a better bet to reach its English namesake.

From 1974 until 1996 the county of Cleveland straddled the River Tees. Cleveland included areas traditionally part of County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Surfboards by the beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Cleveland, one of several North East places with North American names.
Surfboards by the beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North East England.

Enjoy hill walking? Roseberry Topping is the best known of the Cleveland Hills. Its summit offers impressive views of the surrounding countryside.

If you appreciate history, pop to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough and visit the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. The attraction opened to commemorate the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s birth. Between 1768 and 1779 Cook famously led three voyages of discovery.

A skilled cartographer and surveyor, in the 1750s Cook mapped the channel of the Saint Lawrence River known as The Traverse. His work helped the British win the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759 and take Quebec City from the French.

The Saltburn Cliff Lift funicular at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Cleveland.
The Saltburn Cliff Lift funicular at Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Quebec in County Durham

The village of Quebec in County Durham was named after its larger Canadian counterpart in honour of that military victory.

If you’re in the vicinity, stop by Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens. Established as a seminary to train Roman Catholic priests, Ushaw has expansive grounds and hosts art exhibitions.


Richmond in North Yorkshire

Virginia’s state capital straddles the James River. The Richmond in North Yorkshire overlooks the River Swale and is well situated as a base for exploring Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The town’s website proudly states that Yorkshire’s is ‘the first of all Richmonds in the world’. Bearing that in mind, it’s fair to say that the other Richmonds bear an English name rather than this one a North American name.



If you enjoy seeing sites associated with medieval history, plan a visit to the English Heritage operated ruins of Richmond Castle and Easby Abbey.

The town’s Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond’s opened back in 1788 and is Britain’s most complete operating playhouse from the Georgian era.


Toronto in County Durham

The Toronto on the edge of Bishop Auckland is named after the city in Ontario, Canada.

County Durham’s Toronto is near the entrance of the site of Kynren, the outdoor show whose plot is based on England’s history. Auckland Castle and other attractions forming the Auckland Project make Bishop Auckland worth visiting on a day out.

Fireworks during the finale of Kynren - The Epic Tale of England performed at Bishop Auckland in County Durham.
Fireworks during the finale of Kynren – The Epic Tale of England performed at Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

If you appreciate ancient history visit Binchester Roman Fort. The Roman bathhouses are among the best-preserved in the country.

Sign at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
Sign at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

Boat tours represent one of the best ways of viewing the Canadian city’s skyline. For an overview of Toronto, the CN Tower’s LookOut observation deck is tough to beat. The SkyPod, further up the tower at an altitude of 1,465 feet (447 metres) is one contender.

The CN Tower rises over the skyline of Toronto (the one in Ontario not County Durham), one of several places in North East England with American place names.
The CN Tower rises over the skyline of Toronto (the one in Ontario, not County Durham).

Washington in Sunderland

Washington Old Hall, a National Trust property, dates from the 13th century. The historic house once belonged to ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington Village is a pleasant place for a stroll.

Pack comfortable shoes for a trip to Washington DC. Thanks to its many monuments and museums, its easy to spend long hours on your feet exploring the USA’s capital city.

Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington DC, one of the American cities that shares its name with places in north-east England.
Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington DC.

The top of the Washington Monument, a ticketed but free-to-visit obelisk honouring the memory of George Washington, offers fine views of the city and its surroundings.

Meanwhile, back in North East England, one of Washington’s districts shares its name with a town in Massachusetts. On 19 April 1775 some of the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired in Concord. The story of the first battle of that war is told at Minute Man National Historic Park.

The United States Capitol in Washington DC.
The United States Capitol in Washington DC.

places in North East England with North American names

The Google Map below shows places in North East England that share their name with North American cities:

Google Map showing places in North East England with North American names.
 



Hotels in North East England

Planning to visit County Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumberland or elsewhere in the region? You can search for hotels in North East England via Booking.com:

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Further information

Stuart Forster, the author of this post, is based in North East England. An award-winning travel writer, his work has been published by national newspapers, travel magazines and leading travel websites.

Thank you for visiting Go Eat Do and reading about places in North East England that share their names with North American cities. Interested in spending time in North East England? You may enjoy this post about things to do in Sunderland. Want to stay in a castle? Take a look at this post about Lumley Castle Hotel in County Durham.

Photos illustrating this post are by Stuart Forster.

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