Birtley Iron Company


The Birtley Iron Company was established in the 1820's and built 3 furnaces in Birtley in c.1827 for the smelting of local ironstone (and later, also from the Whitby Stone Company) using coal from Ouston Colliery, Urpeth Colliery and other local mines. Birtley Iron Company supplied some of the materials for the High Level Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead, which opened in 1848. By the 1910's the company owned several local collieries; Bewicke Main (Lamesley), Blackhouse (Birtley), Mill Drift (Lamesley), Ouston, Ravensworth (Lamesley) and Urpeth.[1] At that time the company was noted as specialising in cast-iron pipes and connections for gas, water, steam or compressed air, engineering castings.[2] During the Second World War the company made armoured car bodies, field gun suspension, and Bailey Bridges.[3] The company no longer exists, but the site of their works at Birtley was used the Caterpillar Company, and since 1987 by Komatsu UK. A statue of Edward Moseley Perkins, a long standing partner of the Birtley Iron Company, is stands in Birtley.

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Birtley Iron Company

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Birtley Iron Co
- "....1820 Company established. 1904 Manager of the foundry department Major Todd passes away at the age of 79. 1914 Colliery owners, engineers and iron founders. Specialities: cast-iron pipes and connections ...

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Tyne and Wear HER(3919): Birtley, Birtley Iron Works
- "Birtley Iron Works. The works were founded in the 1820s. They supplied material for the High Level Bridge. During the Second World War the Birtley Iron Company made armoured car ...

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Statue of Edward Moseley Perkins, Birtley
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Statue of Edward Moseley Perkins, Birtley
- Overview Map Street View Edward Mosely Perkins (1821-1871) came to Birtley as a partner in its Iron Company and two local pits in 1858, and lived in Birtley Hall. He ...
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Ouston Colliery (closed 1959)
- Ouston Colliery, located to the north-east of the modern village of Ouston, opened in the early 19th century (probably the colliery referred to by Samuel Lewis in 1848: "A colliery ...
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Urpeth Colliery (1835 - 1957)
- Sinking of Urpeth Colliery, also known as Low Urpeth Colliery, began in c.1831. However, there had been coal mining in the area for many years; boring operations were in recorded ...
High Level Bridge, Newcastle-Gateshead
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High Level Bridge, Newcastle-Gateshead
- Overview About the High Level Bridge Map Street View The High Level Bridge is a 'double decker' road and railway bridge spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead. The ...

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