Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Newcastle-under-Lyme
Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Ironmarket
A map of the county of Staffordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Newcastle-under-Lyme
A map of the county of Staffordshire, with a red dot showing the position of Newcastle-under-Lyme
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Location within Staffordshire
Population75,082 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ848459
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWCASTLE
Postcode districtST5
Dialling code01782
PoliceStaffordshire
FireStaffordshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
53°01′N 2°13′W / 53.01°N 2.22°W / 53.01; -2.22Coordinates: 53°01′N 2°13′W / 53.01°N 2.22°W / 53.01; -2.22

Newcastle-under-Lyme, known locally as just Newcastle, is a market town in the ceremonial county of Staffordshire in England, near to the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It is located in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, near to the borders with Shropshire and Cheshire.

In 2011, the town had a population of 75,082 people.

The "Newcastle" part of the town's name comes from the town being the location of a new castle in the 12th century. The "Lyme" part of the name could refer to the Lyme Brook, a stream of the River Trent, or the Forest of Lyme that covered the area with lime trees in the Middle Ages.

The town is home to Newcastle-under-Lyme School, an independent school. The school was established in the 17th century.

In the 18th century, Newcastle was an important coaching town, located on the main road from Liverpool and Manchester to Birmingham and London.

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