Urpeth started its life as a coal mining area with multiple seams of coal being mined from various locations around the current housing estate. Urpeth Colliery was owned by the Birtley Iron Company and during its heyday employed 300 men and boys.
Geographically Urpeth is situated to the west of Ouston and is surrounded by fields and rolling hills. Standing in Urpeth's only play park, one cannot see Ouston as there is a hill which blocks the view. This hill was formed from the coal spoils from both the Ouston and Urpeth colliery's. The hill provides local children with an excellent area for sledging during winter and dog walkers throughout the year.
There are currently two main businesses ran within Urpeth which is the "Spar" Newsagents and The Brooms pub.
Urpeth was once host to a controversial landfill site to the south west of its main location. The site was used for the disposal of low level radioactive waste along with 3 other sites at Kibblesworth, Ryton and Cowpen Bewley . However since the late 90's the site was closed and a methane burner sits on the site.