Iron and Steel Making


Iron and later steel working had a huge impact on the rapid industrialisation across many parts of the North East. For example:

"..so late as 1801 [Middlesbrough] only had twenty-five inhabitants....in 1850 the ironstone was discovered in the Cleveland Hills, ten miles from Middlesbrough, and then the great town we have described rose on the banks of the Tees, within reach on the one hand, of the Durham coal-fields, and on the other the Cleveland ironstone. There could not have been a more favourable place for an ironmaking centre." (At the works, Bell, 1911)

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Consett Iron Works (1969)

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044934:Spencer's Steel Works Newburn Unknown c.1920

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045310:Spencer's Steel Works Newburn Unknown c.1909

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Molten Metal Transported By Train (1969)

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Steel Works (1972)

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Blast Furnace (1940-1949)

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Derwentcote Steel Furnace
- Overview Map "Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain. It produced high-grade steel for springs and cutting tools.....and was used for cementation, ...
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At the works. A study of a manufacturing town. (Lady Bell, 1911)
- Digitised version of At the works. A study of a manufacturing town (revised) by Lady Bell (Mrs. Hugh Bell). Published 1911 by Nelson in London, New York . Available as an ...

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Henry Bolckow (1806-1878)
- Summary About Henry Bolckow Henry Bolckow, born 8th December 1806, is considered to be one of the founders of modern Middlesbrough. He was a successful industrialist, who founded the Bolckow ...
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Birtley Iron Company

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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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Winlaton Forge
- Overview Map Street View Winlaton Forge is the last surviving link in the village with Crowley's Iron Works. Ambrose Crowley's works dominated the iron manufacturing trade in the North East ...
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Engine House, Ridsdale Iron Works
- Overview Map Street View The remains of Ridsdale Iron Works are to the north of Ridsdale in Northumberland. Established in 1836, the works consisted of 3 furnaces, an engine house, coke ...
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Spencer's Steelworks, Newburn (1810-1960's)

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