Consett Iron and Steel Works (1840-1980)


Consett Steel WorksDerwent Iron Company in Consett was founded in 1840 by Jonathan to quarry and smelt ironstone. After the best local ironstone was depleted the Stockton and Darlington Railway and other local railways were extended to transport ironstone from Cleveland to the works. In 1857 a new company, Derwent & Consett Iron Company Ltd, took over the works. Later, the Consett Iron Company (incorporated 1864) was nationalised in 1951 and became part of British Steel in 1967, and renamed as Consett Steel Works. At its peak in the 1960s Consett steel works provided jobs for 6,000. British Steel Consett Works was closed on 12th September 1980, with the loss of over 4,000 jobs, causing a 35% unemployment rate in Consett at that time. There are few traces of the steel works left, but the Terra Novalis sculpture by Tony Cragg made with steel from the site, is visible from the C2C cycle route near Consett, celebrating the town's past steel industry.
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Consett Iron Works (1969)

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Consett Ironworks - Hownsgill Rolling Mill

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Molten Steel at Consett Ironworks

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Closure of the Consett Iron Company

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Fell Cokeworks - Consett

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Consett Ironworks - Ingots

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Consett Ironworks in the 1960s

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Hownsgill Plate Mill (Consett Ironworks)

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Molten Steel on the rollers, Hownsgill Plate Mill (Consett)

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Hownsgill Plate Mill (Consett Ironworks)

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Molten Metal Transported By Train (1969)

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Hamsterley Viaduct

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Consett Ironworks Water Tanks Demolition

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Terra Novalis, Consett

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North-East steel town that felt the icy blast of change
- "Margaret Thatcher changed the face of Britain. When she became Prime Minister in 1979, the traditional industries of coal, steel and shipbuilding dominated the economy and provided jobs for hundreds ...

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Consett
- Overview About Consett Map Street View   Consett is a town in the northwest of County Durham, England, about 14 miles southwest of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is home to ...
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Arthur Proud and Colleagues

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The A No. 5 steam locomotive.

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Consett Steel Works Annotated Model

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Terris Novalis (sculpture)
- Terris Novalis was sculpted by Tony Cragg and won the Turner Prize. It is located on the Coast to Coast cycle route at Knitsley near Consett. The sculpture is 6 ...
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Waskerley Way

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Consett Iron Company
- Detailed, referenced article. "The Consett Iron Company Ltd was an industrial business based in the Consett area of County Durham in the United Kingdom. The company owned coal mines and ...

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Beamish Museum, Co. Durham

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Double-headed Iron ore train passes Gateshead

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Consett and Sunderland railway path

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Derwent Iron Co
- "1840 The Derwent Iron Company was promoted by Mr. Jonathan Richardson and a small group of entrepreneurs to lease ironstone in the district of Consett, as well as several large ...

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Consett Iron Co
- "...1861 Consett Iron Company gained orders from the Admiralty for plate and iron[2] 1864 The New Consett Iron Company Ltd was incorporated in order to acquire the works at ...

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The Old Transformers

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Consett Steel Works over the Dam at Derwent Reservoir

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