Consett Fire Station

Here is a brief, informative history of Consett’s Fire Station from a tired looking station in 1948 onwards.


Eden Colliery: Ron Ellis

Someone was looking (on the site) for information on Eden Colliery, Leadgate. Here is Ron Ellis telling of his time at Eden Colliery.

And here is a photograph you will find on the Beamish Museum site.

And more photos c/o Google

And more info from the excellent Pont Valley Site:


St Patrick’s Church 1959: Gerard Hughes

Some old telecine footage of St Patrick’s church taken by Gerard Hughes of Consett and supplied by his daughter Helen for the Made of Steel project: Thank You.

In 1959 Consett’s population stood at around 38,000(today it’s approximately 27,000) living in some 12,000 homes. ‘The Works’ employed 6,000 with many more in ancillary industries. In the same year work began on the Hownsgill Rolling Mill which was eventually completed in September 1960. There was said to be 40 pubs and clubs in the centre of Consett. It was a vibrant community which is reflected in the numbers attending this service at St Patrick’s.

And over forty years later in 2001 they were still attnding St Patrick’s as this article from the Northern Echo tells us.


Made of Steel Songs

The songs will be performed by Ian Ravenscroft with the children from Consett Juniors as part of our MADE OF STEEL show on Wednesday June 5th The show will be performed at Consett Juniors.

The songs were created as part of the ‘Made of Steel’ Heritage Lottery Funded project.

Here are five songs Creative practitioner/ writer Tom Kelly wrote with musician Ian Ravenscroft

“Working at the Steelworks” –

“The Works is closing down” –

“We make the Steel” –

“I love this place” –

“Consett’s made of steel” –