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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.


Lloyds Bank

33 Newbottle St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4AP, UK – 0345 300 0000

I have always found all staff very helpful and polite, they helped me with my savings accounts and credit card, I have been a customer of Lloyds for over 30years and have always found staff friendly courteous and efficient, Well Done.

Barclays Bank

Houghton Rd, Houghton le Spring DH4 4AE, UK – 0345 734 5345

Building Societies

Your Move Chris Stonock Houghton-le-Spring

2-3 Imperial Buildings, Houghton le Spring DH4 4DJ, UK – 0191 584 4159

Five star service My husband and I used the services provided by Rachel and David in the Houghton Le Spring office to gain a sales valuation. We have recently had extensive work carried out on our property and were debating whether now was the time to sell it or stay for a while longer. The service that we experienced was far superior to other agents we have used in the past. Rachel has a lovely friendly manner and is very easy to talk to and has a thorough knowledge of her job. When David came to give us the valuation he was very smart and punctual which is a plus point in my book. He talked us through all the pros and cons, he had an extensive knowledge of the local area and of the estate agent business. I would not hesitate to use this company again I would definitely recommend to friends and family. Five star service, thanks again.

What a joy for two elderly people searching for a home to come across an estate agent of the quality of this one.Without exception this branch has staff who really care about the service they give you and that reflects in the atmosphere of the office and its combined approach to potential customers. In particular we must mention Rachel Smiles who received the short straw with us ,but handled it with patience , an ever listening ear and an always prepared to go to go the extra mile attitude. Thank you sincerely for all that you did for us both.

Local Chambers of Commerce for DH4 6NN. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!

We could not find any Councils around your location. Please click below to see full results from Google.

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for DH4. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the West Rainton area
Find local dentists and dental practices around West Rainton and DH4 6NN with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Church St Dental Practice

6 Church St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4DN, UK – 0191 584 2160

My wife Gloria had treatment at church Street and could not praise them highly enough. I've had bad experiences at dentists before so tend to put off going, but I will register with Church At, thanks for looking after my missus

Absolutely brilliant! Hadn't been before but phoned for appointment as severe tooth ache. Got seen and treatment the same day. Joined the health plan to help save on the pennies too. Thank you ladies will definitely recommend.

Fence Houses Dental Practice

68 Station Ave N, Houghton le Spring DH4 6HT, UK – 0191 385 2622

After being put off going to the dentist many years ago by another dentist, Beatriz at fence houses was recommended to me when I had an abscess. So glad I went. From the friendly girls on reception to the way Beatriz explained everything she was going to do as I needed fillings and extractions has given me the confidence to continue going to the dentist. Felt nothing as I had the work done apart from the needle which was expected. Wish I'd known about her sooner. Would definitely recommend.

My wife and I had our routine check-ups today with dentist Beatriz V Serrano who we see for every dental appointment and treatment. As always Beatriz puts us at ease and carries out all procedures with the utmost professionalism, care and expertise, both of us would like it to go on record just how grateful and happy we are to have such a fabulous dental surgeon look after our teeth. Thank you Beatriz.

Dairy Lane Dental Surgery

The Old Rectory, Dairy Ln, Houghton le Spring DH4 5BH, UK – 0191 512 1345

Excellent care


Westbourne Medical Group

Kelso Grove, Houghton le Spring DH4 4RW, UK – 0191 385 2512

Lovely staff throughout the practice. Make you feel at ease soon as you walk through the door

Very helpful. I rarely go to the doctor, but they were brilliant. They've been very supportive of my other half.

Dr J G Watters - Houghton Medical Group

6A Church St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4DN, UK – 0191 584 2154

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

British Gas - Breakdown & Repairs 0845 9 60 50 40

Fire - Ambulance - Police 999

Brook House

Hetton Road, Houghton le Spring DH5 8NB, UK – 0191 584 2717

Absolutely brilliant staff, I couldn't thank them enough for what they have done to support my son

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for DH4 6NN.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for DH4 6NN
This Parliamentary website will find MPs - just type in your postcode. It also gives details of how to contact your MP

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

St Michaels & All Angels Parish Church

Church St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4DN, UK – 0191 512 1769

Has some really good helpful volunteers here helps all whatever religion won't see anyone struggling if they can help from a food parcel r just a chat really r good with the local community

Lived. In the. White. Lion. During. The war. Place. Has. Been. Rebuilt. .but. remember. Old. Places. Pottery. Yard. Airaid. Shelter. And. American s down. Dairy. Lane. Always. Good. For. Pack. Of. Biscuits. W. Blclough a. 1

Philadelphia Spiritualist Church

Chapel Row, Houghton le Spring DH4 4JD, UK

Lovely atmosphere

Bethany Christian Centre

Hetton Rd, Houghton le Spring DH5 8PF, UK – 0191 512 1234

As a first time visitor to the church I was amazed at the building and the amount of activities available. It was clean and warm with a lovely atmosphere created by staff and visitors alike. I was there for the Cameo Club on a Tuesday and cannot praise the club or the place enough. Definitely be visiting it again.

After visiting the Christmas spectacular, I was most impressed with their presentation. At the door I was made most welcome, followed by free coffee and mince pies. The fayre was impressive. The 'jewel in the crown' was their interpretation of the birth of Jesus. The costumes, lighting, performance and no small cost of expense resulted in a very pleasant experience. The 'star' of the show was the real live baby who performed admirably.

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around West Rainton. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

T T Curry & Son

Blind Ln, Houghton le Spring DH4 6NJ, UK – 0191 584 3382

Have used other skip companies, but this company are excellent. The vehicle turned up dead on time, it was washed and clean and looked like a well presented company. The skip I got was clean inside and out, the doors opened easily, unlike some companies that send trashy skips. I would highly recommend their service from the polite lady who answered the phone, to the polite driver, to the quality of the skips, it maybe just a skip, but excellent service.....

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around West Rainton


67 Newbottle St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4AR, UK – 0191 584 3888

Always lovely food, partnered with fantastic service. The best around!

Food AMAZING yet again. One of our favourite places to eat. 💕🍷

Mama's Italian Kitchen

1 Houghton Rd, Newbottle, Houghton le Spring DH4 4EF, UK – 0191 584 0088

Popped in for a quick meal. Service excellent. Food fantastic. Both pizza and pasta dishes we had were delicious. Could not recommend enough.

Caters for all types of parties. Very accommodating with requests. Great food and friendly staff

Penshaw Tandoori

13 Chester Rd, Houghton le Spring DH4 7EL, UK – 0191 512 0015

Fantastic food great service in my opinion the best Indian restaurant in tyne and wear

A lovely Indian restaurant. I have never ever had a bad meal here. Food is delicious, remember it is cooked to order, so you may have a little wait. However, I personally would rather wait for freshly prepared food, than something prior cooked, frozen..... then quickly put in the Microwave

Nursery and Preschools

Barnwell Academy

Barnwell Academy Trust, Whitefield Estate, Houghton le Spring DH4 7RT, UK – 0191 553 6578

Brilliant school and very good OfSTED

Good facilities.

Nesham Private Nursery

Nesham Place, Houghton le Spring DH5 8AE, UK – 0191 584 8004

Baby Sensory Sunderland

Trinity Methodist Church, 4RB, Chester Rd, Houghton le Spring DH4 4RB, UK – 07456 382645

Primary and Secondary Schools

Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Ln, Houghton le Spring DH5 8DA, UK – 0191 553 6523

Best school My to daughters have come on Great in this school my oldest has just left and Gone to kepier she is excelling in her lessons, I moved back to ryhope but decided to keep my kids in this school

Highly recommend school and great play group on mondays

Gillas Lane Academy School

Seaton Ave, Houghton le Spring DH5 8EH, UK – 0191 553 6517

I go here. It's great!

Eppleton Academy Primary School

Church Rd, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton le Spring DH5 9AJ, UK – 0191 553 6738

Public & Preparatory Schools

Eppleton Academy Primary School

Church Rd, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton le Spring DH5 9AJ, UK – 0191 553 6738

Local social service agencies for DH4 6NN with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for DH4 6NN with contact details and location maps
Local gas supply companies for DH4 6NN, including bottled gas, with contact details and location maps
Local water supply and treatment companies for DH4 6NN with contact details and location maps