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Newcastle's economy includes corporate headquarters, learning, digital technology, retail, tourism and cultural centres, from which the city contributes £13 billion towards the United Kingdom's GVA.
Among its icons are Newcastle United football club and the Tyne Bridge.
commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles (166 km) south of Edinburgh and 277 miles (446 km) north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the North Sea.
The regional nickname and dialect for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie.
It was given the family name of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who founded it in the 2nd century AD.
This rare honour suggests Hadrian may have visited the site and instituted the bridge on his tour of Britain.
Unemployment hit record heights in Newcastle during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The course of the "Roman Wall" can be traced eastwards to the Segedunum Roman fort in Wallsend—the "wall's end"—and to the supply fort Arbeia in South Shields.
The extent of Hadrian's Wall was 73 miles (117 km), spanning the width of Britain; the Wall incorporated the Vallum, a large rearward ditch with parallel mounds, After the conflicts with the Danes, and following the 1088 rebellion against the Normans, Monkchester was all but destroyed by Odo of Bayeux.
Because of its strategic position, Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror, erected a wooden castle there in the year 1080.
The town was henceforth known as Novum Castellum or New Castle.
Newcastle also houses Newcastle University, a member of the Russell Group, as well as Northumbria University.