I'd also be inclined to speak with Jan at Farplace Animal Rescue - I can't get their website up for some reason but here's their FB page and contacts - Gareth's Jan's son, btw. They're in Stanhope. Weardale, close enough to the NW, (snowed in if I know owt about Stanhope!) and although they have only a few dogs Jan and Gareth will be able to advise you on the North area better than I can.
Now, i've always had no issue with her, but I've had a couple of other contacts who aren't so keen. That may well be just the usual dog rescue politics and in-fighting, but I'm just here to let you know what I know. Wouldn't opt for a Springer myself, tbh, they're often bloody nuts! I'd far rather a more sedentary, barrell-like, cuddly Staffs and honestly would recommend that Bob is your first port of call. He will be one of mine when I win the lottery and can have more dogs!
HTH, to start with will have a brain-rack for more and return later.