The town lies on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite Newcastle upon Tyne. Gateshead and Newcastle are joined by seven bridges across the Tyne, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The town is known for its architecture, including the theatre complex the Sage Gateshead, the statue the Angel of the North and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Residents of Gateshead, like the rest of Tyneside, are referred to as "Geordies". Gateshead's population in the UK census of 2011 was 120,046.
Gateshead was an ancient parish in the Chester Ward of County Durham with no dependent townships. It was made a municipal borough in the 1830s and became a county borough in 1888. In 1974 the new county of Tyne and Wear was formed and Gateshead became part of the larger Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Gateshead.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead.