Here is a brief, informative history of Consett’s Fire Station from a tired looking station in 1948 onwards. http://www.ddfra.co.uk/about-us/stations/consett-fire-station/consett-fire-station-history
Inside the Steelworks – Consett Steelworks (1980/colour/sound) Inside the Consett steel works men work at the furnaces producing steel. Hot metal blocks and rods roll down chutes. (2 minutes 41 seconds ©BBC) Filmed in 1980 in the year of ‘The … Continue reading
The MADE OF STEEL show which includes songs, stories and film will be performed on Wednesday June 5th with the children from Consett Juniors School. The first show will be 9.00 am at a coffee morning and all families are … Continue reading
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:
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.
Here are a few stories from our MADE OF STEEL drop-in sessions.
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” – http://youtu.be/ZXxGConZOlg
The Discovery Museum in Newcastle has archival material on Consett, below is a link to a selection of the information they hold. The archive is past the ship, to your left. Well worth a browse. Car parking is relatively cheap. … Continue reading
Here is Consett lad Paddy McGuigan’s story which features in our next MADE OF STEEL show at Consett Juniors on Wednesday June 5th. When I left school in 1969 I knew that I would get a job at ‘The works’. … Continue reading
You may not want to read this entire report (231 pages) but it does include an interesting over-view of north-east industry and chart the decline of our industrial base and Consett was at the heart of that. The authors are … Continue reading