The proud location of the famed Angel of the North and the home of Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, inventor of the incandescent lightbulb.

Gateshead has a rich history and plenty on offer that, beyond the world-famous landmarks, may not be known to those not from the area.

Here is just a short collection of things that you should know if you live in or are from Gateshead:

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1. The Sage

A Norman Foster-designed venue for music and the performing arts, The Sage opened on 17 December 2004. The planning and construction process cost over £70 million.

Inside are three performance spaces, each technically an individual building. There’s a 1,700-seater hall, a 450-seater, and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, which is a smaller rehearsal and performance space.

2. Trinity Square

The new Trinity Centre was constructed on the site of a former multi-storey car park and shopping complex going by the same name, which originally opened in 1967. The car park was demolished in 2010, with the new shopping centre opening in 2013.

The Trinity Centre car park gained an iconic status due to its appearance in the 1971 film Get Carter, starring Michael Caine.

3. Halo Sculpture

Halo is a gravity-defying sculpture by local artist, Steve Newby.

It is the world's largest structure made from inflated stainless steel, constructed using the artist's own unique method of inflating and blowing steel to create curves in the reflective surface.

4. Gateshead Interchange Artworks

Gateshead Interchange has grown into a unique gallery of art since its first opening in 1983.

Opening line by Artist Danny Lane. Composed of 19 elements made from steel and glass, the sculpture runs for over 90 metres, rising to a height of over 5 metres.

Peacock at the Jackson Street entrance is by Lisa Johnson, who was at Gateshead college when she won a competition for a new commission.

The five-metre peacock, whose feathers provide a welcome greeting in dozens of world languages, was inspired by the many nationalities who come to Gateshead as students, visitors or to settle.

Space Invaders, found at various locations, is by urban artist Invader and was commissioned as part of Baltic’s Spank The Monkey show.

Intended to be temporary, the works were never taken down and remain dotted about the Interchange.

5. Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead

In 1854, a catastrophic explosion on the quayside destroyed most of Gateshead's mediaeval heritage and caused widespread damage on the Newcastle side of the river.

There is only one building still extant on the Newcastle Quayside which predated the fire.

6. Angel of the North

The sculpture was designed by internationally renowned sculptor Antony Gormley. It is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world.

Its 54 metres (175 foot) wingspan is bigger than a Boeing 757 jet.

It is 20 metres (65 feet) high - the height of a five-storey building and weighs 200 tonnes.

7. Old Iron Work on South Shore

On Gateshead South Shore currently stands a tarmac company, but this was once Hawks and Co, one of the biggest iron businesses in the north.

William Hawks, originally a blacksmith, started a business in Gateshead in 1747, working with the iron brought to the Tyne. His company, Hawks and Co. eventually became one of the biggest iron businesses in the North, producing anchors, chains and other products to meet growing demand.

8. The Baltic

Originally designed in the 1930s, The Baltic was opened as a working flour mill by Rank Hovis in 1950. The building still contains grain hoppers which are individually numbered and run almost the whole height of the building.

9. Millennium Bridge

In 1996 Gateshead Council launched a competition to create the seventh bridge over the Tyne. The winning design of the Millennium Bridge we all know was by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Gifford and Partners.

10. ‘Sports Day’ Sculpture

Sports Day by artist Mike Winston was the first work made specifically for the public art programme. The 4-metre high concrete statue was made on-site from 1985 to 1986.

11. Metrocentre

Metrocentre boasts over 300 high street shops spread over five different malls, covering a staggering 2,000,000 feet of floor space.

12. World's First Online Home Shopper

The world's first recorded online home shopper was Gateshead’s Mrs Jane Snowball in May 1984. The 72-year-old used the (at the time) groundbreaking new Gateshead Council Shopping and Information Service (SiS) to buy her groceries from Tesco.

The SiS service is believed to have paved the way for the now multi-billion pound online shopping phenomenon.

13. Saltwell Park

Saltwell Park is a Victorian park designed by Edward Kemp and opened in 1876.

The Park was declared as 'The People's Choice' in 2018 for the second year in a row.

The award by Keep Britain Tidy followed a public vote and makes Saltwell Park among the top 10 in the country, the only northern park ranked.

14. Saltwell Towers

Saltwell Towers was built in 1862 by William Wailes, the renowned stained glass manufacturer.

The magnificent gothic mansion and surrounding gardens are a lush spot for some afternoon tea.