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Men of Steel

Circa 1998: I (Steve Thompson) went to Consett Men’s Forum and recorded several former Steel Workers telling stories about the works. Thanks to my Dad for setting this up. Two of the interviewees were my uncles, Bill and Gilbert (sadly no longer with us) and my Grandfather even gets a mention too so this is why I place the stories here

The Consett Timeline

The Consett Timeline

This is a Consett Time-Line that can be developed: the opening of a particular building, a CIU Club, School…the list is endless.

I would like to thank the same source as the Collieries List for the information.

This is inter-active. Please send me some important Consett dates!!

1685
-Sword makers arrived from Germany.

1690
-Sword makers took up residency in Shotley Bridge and made the first Steel in the area.

1761
-Acquisition of land for Paper Mill.

1794
-The Brooms Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary and Joseph church and presbytery were built.

1812
-John Annandale bought the Mill and transferred the whole site into a Paper Mill.

1834
-Upper part of the Stanhope and Tyne Railways opened.

1837
-Mr Richardson started Shotley Spa.

1839
-Mr William Richardson met Mr John Nicholson, a local minerals expert, whilst taking waters at Shotley Spa. Their findings encouraged them to form a steel making company.

1840
-Mr William Richardson, Mr John Nicholson and four others formed the Derwent Iron Company. Blast-furnaces were erected, and rolling mills laid down, the ironstone for the former being obtained from shafts sunk in the immediate neighborhood.
-Sinking of Medomsley and Derwent Pits (could be 1845).
-The British Schools building was erected (Top of Trafalgar Street). Property of the Iron Company. for many years were the only educational buildings in Consett.

1841
-Shotley Grove School was built by Mrs Annandale to educate the children of the workmen from the Paper Mills.

1844
-The Old Schoolhouse (Derwent Street) was erected.

1849
-The first Wesleyan Church in Consett was built in Front Street. Later the Middle Street Methodist Church was built in 1893.

1851
-The Baptist Church in Blackhill was erected.

1854
-North Eastern railway Company took over the Stanhope and Tyne Railways opened. Rowley was the only station in North West Durham.

1856
-The Shotley Bridge and Consett District Gas Company was formed (June).
-Erection of the Gasworks (December).

1856
-PC Allinson – first policeman to be resident in the Consett District.

1857
-Due to financial issues and the banks shareholders stepping-in, The Derwent and Consett Iron Company Limited was formed.
-St Mary’s Church in Blackhill was built.

1858
-The Stockton and Darlington Railway Company agreed to give £50,000 per annum credit to the company for 3 years, with security of a mortgage on the works.

1863
-Brooms school was built.

1864
-The New Consett Iron Company Ltd was incorporated in order to acquire the works at Consett, Crookhall, and Bradley, consisting of 18 blast-furnaces, with puddling forges, extensive plate, angle and bar mills, and other adjuncts, producing 80,000 tons of pig iron per annum, and from 40,000 to 50,000 tons of finished iron. 500 acres of freehold land, attached to the Works, and more than 1000 freehold cottages, with manager’s house and offices, were included in the purchase, as well as coal royalties.

1865
-The Primitive Methodist chapel was erected in Consett.

1866
-The Company gave up their direct connection with the schools in Consett, Blackhill and Leadgate.
-The Christ Church in Parliament Street was built.

1867
-Castleside Parish Church was built.

1869
-The new Brooms Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary and Joseph church was built.

1870
-Water storage reservoir erected at Smiddy Shaw – 1 mile from Waskerley.

1872
-Roman Catholic Schools in Consett were opened. St Patricks was one of them.

1877
-The Education Act.
-Consett County Police Station was built in Parliament Street.

1878
-The Salvation Army movement began in Consett.
-The company was the largest maker of plate in the country; it employed 5000.

1879
-The first ever Salvation Army Band in the World was formed in Consett.
-Wesleyan Schools (Gibson Street) were erected.
-The first Infirmary in Consett was built in Parliament Street. The Consett Iron Company was responsible for it and was exclusively for the use and benefit of the firm.

1881 – The popoulation of Consett c/o census 7,163

1882
-William Jenkins started the change-over from Iron to Steel-making at Consett.
-Two small 13-ton Siemens furnaces were erected to make steel for ship building, soon followed by another 6.
-Consett Town Hall was built on the corner of Middle Street and Front Street.
-By 1882, in the Benfieldside area, there were five public and three adventure schools.

1884
-The St Aiden’s Church in Blackhill was built.

1885-The Empire Palace (now Empire) completed.

1887
-Police court and offices were erected.

1891 Blackhill and Consett Park opens.
Population c/o Census 8,175

1892
-First record of telephones in Consett.

1893
-After a visit to the works from the Iron and Steel Institute, the works were regarded as the having the finest rolling mills in the world. As well as supplying its own fuel, the works consisted of seven Blast Furnaces, the West and East Melting Shops, Cogging Mills, Plate Mills and Angle mills. The usual ancillaries were found at Crookhall Foundry, Delves Brickworks, Engineering Shops, Laboratory, Test House, Locomotive and Wagon Repair Shops and the railways and rolling stock.
-The first Consett telephone exchange was opened.
-The Benfieldside Tennis Club was formed.

1894
-The Company obtained powers to construct three reservoirs at Hisehope, Eudon and Feldon Burns.
-The Leadgate Parish was formed.
-Consett UDC created. Ended in 1974

1896
-Consett Railway Station, Delves lane, opened on August 17th by North Eastern Railways.

1901
-The Salvation Army Hall was built in Consett
– Population 9,694
1911
-The world’s first water ‘rapid gravity’ filter plant was built at Honey Hill.
Population 11, 207
1913
-A drought hits the area.
-Northern General Transport Company began to operate, which would see a depot open at Consett.

1919
-The YMCA hut in Sherburn Terrace was brought from Gosforth.

1921
-Started rebuilding of steel mill by demolishing the old melting shop, which was finally brought into use in 1926.

1922
-The company had 8 blast furnaces, 2 steel works, 4 plate finishing mills, with Cogging mills and 3 finishing sectional mills and cogging mill.

1936
-Consett Branch Library opened.

1937
-The Burnhope Reservoir was constructed.

1938
-The Grove Methodist Church was built.
-The company collaborated with the government to finance a new steel company to establish steel works at Jarrow, the New Jarrow Steel Co.

1943
-A new blast furnace was brought into operation.
-During WWII, The Company adapted to the demands for new types of steel, to use lower quality ores and to cope with reduction in output from its coal mines.

1947
-The Coal industry Nationalisation Act. Under this act, the National Coal Board took over seven collieries (Victoria Pit, Chopwell, Garesfield, Langley Park, Eden, Medomsley and Derwent), the Derwenthaugh and Langley Park Coke Works, Crookhall Washery, and Power station at Derwenthaugh, Chopwell, Langley Park and Templetown, together with 3,000 houses, nearly 12,500 acres of land and over 50 miles of railway.
-The company acquired the whole of the share capital of New Jarrow Steel Co

1948
-The introduction of the National Health Service.

1950
-A new blast furnace was commissioned (no.1); the no.2 furnace was blown out for relining after 7+ years campaign.

ACCIDENT, CONSETT IRONWORKS COMPANY
Saturday 10 pm July 1st, 1950.
45 men were overcome by carbon monoxide and 11 men died.

1951
– Consett Iron Company was nationalised by Clement Attlee’s Labour government into the short-lived Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain, along with all of Britain’s steelworks.

1952
-The Company invested £22 million in developments.
-The Our Lady of the Rose church was built in Shotley Bridge.

1954
-Gas making plant was shut down (November).
-The Church of St Pius X was built in Moorside.

1955
-Public offer for sale of shares in Consett Iron Co by Holding and Realisation Agency.
Consett Railway Station closed.
1961
-Templetown Power Station closed down.
-Purposely designed Post Office was built in Victoria Road.
-The new Hownsgill mill was opened which was targeted on the needs for steel plate of the shipbuilding industry
– Population 38, 944
1967
– Consett Steel Works was renationalized by Harold Wilson’s government, into the British Steel Corporation, at a time when iron, coal and shipbuilding were all in steady decline in Britain
-The Consett Steel Works provided jobs for 6,000 workers at its peak in the 1960s.

1971 Population 36, 017

1980
-British Steel Consett was closed.

1981
-The unemployment rate in Consett hits 36% – twice the national average at the time.

1982 – Present day.
-Almost all traces of the steelworks have been removed. To this day there is no permanent museum to the history of the steelworks apart from a few pots that were used to transport molten pig iron from the blast furnaces to the steel plant, and the Terra Novalis sculptures, which are made with materials from the site. Employment returned to the area, with a more diversified industrial base.

1991 Population 20, 148

2001-Population 20, 659

2011-Population 27, 394

Collieries owned by Consett Iron Company

This is in response to those who have said not to forget the contribution of the miners. I am thinking of Bill Douglas in particular. And a big ‘thank you’ to one of our visitors’ who gathered the data in the hope that others would add further information. Stories, for example, of their relations working at a particular pit.

These are Consett stories that need to be told.

All information is from Durham Mining Museum records at: http://www.dmm.org.uk

This is not intended to be an exhaustive history of the company, but an indication of the changes of ownership and the links between the different companies. The company may own other properties and there may have been other changes of ownership etc. for which we currently do not have details.

Next to the Pit names are map co-ordinates for the sites. To view the location, simple copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Maps on the internet and see the exact spot they were located.

Derwent Iron Company.

1854

Conside No Map reference available

Conside Pits No Map reference available

Crook Hall No Map reference available

Derwent & Consett Iron Co. Ltd.

1858

Consett No Map reference available

1859

Consett, Castle Pit No Map reference available

Delves Colliery Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Iveston Colliery Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

1860

Iveston Colliery Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

1863

Iveston Colliery Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Consett Iron Co. Ltd.

1873

Brooms Drift(Conside) Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 46′ 2″ N, 1° 47′ 8″ W

Delves Colliery Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent Colliery Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Ebchester Locality – Medomsley No Map reference available

Eden Main Coal Drift Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 35″ N, 1° 46′ 44″ W

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Locality – Witton Gilbert No Map reference available

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Mount Pleasant Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1882

Billingside Drift (Consett) Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 52′ 24″ N, 1° 48′ 24″ W

Blackhill Drift Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

AKA Tin Mill Colliery

Blackhill Colliery Consett Colliery

Mount Pleasant Colliery.

Brooms Drift Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 46′ 2″ N, 1° 47′ 8″ W

Delves Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent Colliery Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Main Coal Drift Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 35″ N, 1° 46′ 44″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Edge Locality – Medomsley No Map reference available

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

MilkwellBurn Colliery Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 30″ N, 1° 49′ 25″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1888

Blackhill Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Delves Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Hunter Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Ebchester Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1892

Blackhill Consett Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Delves Consett Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent “Hunter” Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Derwent “William” Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1902

Blackhill Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Delves Consett Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent “Hunter” Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Derwent “William” Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Ives Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1909

Blackhill Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Delves Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 50″ N, 1° 49′ 27″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Hunter Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Ives Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Iveston Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 50′ 57″ N, 1° 47′ 34″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Stockerley Locality – Knitsley No Map reference available

Sunniside Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 44′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 23″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1914

Blackhill Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 51′ 24″ N, 1° 50′ 1″ W

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Delves Locality – Consett Closed temporarily

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Eden and Castle Drift combined

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Towneley” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

Whittonstall Locality – Whittonstall Map Ref: 54° 54′ 34″ N, 1° 51′ 51″ W

1921

Blackhill Consett Locality – Consett Not worked

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate Not worked

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell Locality – Chopwell Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Ruler” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Towneley” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1923

Blackhill Consett Locality – Consett Not worked

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate Not worked

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell Locality – Chopwell Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Ruler” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Towneley” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

Whittonstall Locality – Whittonstall Map Ref: 54° 54′ 34″ N, 1° 51′ 51″ W

1925

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate No Map reference available

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Closed

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Closed

Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Closed

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Closed

Crookhall “Humber Hill” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Closed 03/06/25

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Ruler” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Towneley” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park, Busty & Hutton Locality – Witton Gilbert Closed 07/25

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Closed 07/25

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Closed 07/25

Whittonstall Locality – Whittonstall Temporarily closed 27/06/25

1930

Castle Drift Locality – Leadgate See Eden

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall “Humber Hill” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Woodside Winnings” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Ruler” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

Whittonstall Locality – Whittonstall Map Ref: 54° 54′ 34″ N, 1° 51′ 51″ W

1933

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall “Humber Hill” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Woodside Winnings” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1935

Chopwell No. 1 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Chopwell No. 2 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W Chopwell No. 3 Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall “Humber Hill” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Victory” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Crookhall “Woodside Winnings” Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield “Bute” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Garesfield “Ruler” Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park, Hutton Locality – Langley Park Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Langley Park, Langley Hall Drift Locality – Langley Park Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Langley Park, Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

Whittonstall Locality – Whittonstall Map Ref: 54° 54′ 34″ N, 1° 51′ 51″ W

1937

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1940

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Westwood Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 54′ 17″ N, 1° 49′ 31″ W

1947 – at the time of Nationalisation

Chopwell Locality – Lintz Green Map Ref: 54° 55′ 19″ N, 1° 49′ 20″ W

Crookhall Locality – Consett Map Ref: 54° 50′ 52″ N, 1° 49′ 28″ W

Derwent Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 53′ 16″ N, 1° 48′ 30″ W

Eden Locality – Leadgate Map Ref: 54° 51′ 47″ N, 1° 47′ 35″ W

Garesfield Locality – Rowlands Gill Map Ref: 54° 55′ 57″ N, 1° 46′ 59″ W

Langley Park Locality – Witton Gilbert Map Ref: 54° 48′ 20″ N, 1° 40′ 18″ W

Medomsley Locality – Medomsley Map Ref: 54° 52′ 37″ N, 1° 49′ 15″ W

Second Open Session

It is snowing in Consett. Legend has it that it is always lasts longer and is deeper here but the snow-clad Blackhill & Consett Park looked idyllic. Both me and Andrew said, almost in unison, “It’ll be quiet today.” Two hours later, after Alan, John, Fred and David left we were really pleased we were wrong.

As the audio tape will show, all four know ‘The Works’ inside out. They served their apprenticeships at the Steel Works that virtually guaranteed a job for everyone leaving school in Consett, regardless of ability. Which firm can offer anything like that today?

What they did underline is that their training at the Steel Works stood them in good stead when it closed. The wide range of skills allowed them to successfully take on new jobs sometimes in different disciplines.

We really enjoyed today’s session and the non-stop conversation underlined the importance of this project. I keep remembering, “We look at the past to see the future more clearly.” I can’t wait until next week.

And here are the interviews:

No 1. Session 2 Audio – “Investment and loss of History”

No.2. Session 2 – “Dept sports teams, Leeks and Ringers”

No.3. Session 2 – “Horses to work, Getting in and Working shifts”

No.4. Session 2 “Health and Safety”

No.5. Session 2 – “Making a profit, Strikes and Quality of Product”

No.6. Session 2 – “Unions, Sneaking out for football and Interviews”

No.7. Session 2 – “Community spirit, Religeon and Public houses”

No.8. Session 2 – “Influences and Learning Life Skills”

No.9. Session 2 – PART 1 – “Living with the aftermath of closure”

No.9b. Session 2 – PART 2 – “Living with the aftermath of closure”

No.10. Session 2 – “Then and Now”

Northern Echo article on Made of Steel

Made of steel places spotlight on industrial heritage of Consett
A PROJECT placing the spotlight on the industrial heritage of a former steel town has invited people to come forward with their stories, memories, photographs and archive material.
The Colour Your Life team at Leisureworks is looking at the Consett Steelworks and the wider community at the time, as part of a new heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund called Made of Steel.
Project manager Cheryl Gavin said: “We will be working with photographer and film maker Andy Hagan and creative writer Tom Kelly to deliver public conversations and creative workshops to celebrate the heritage of Consett Steelworks as told by the people themselves.

“I am constantly intrigued by the memories that have been passed on through the generations.
“I am excited about the use of the digital realm to maximise the reach of this project so we can bring traditional archives to life for the younger generations as well as get their view on Consett today.”
Consett steelworks dominated the area for 140 years from 1864 when Consett Iron Company was established.
The steelworks was closed down in October 1980 and devastated the community.
Made of Steel will commission a film representing all the memories archived during the project.
The project will also entail a number of public workshops, community digitising, archiving opportunities and more, to form a unique digital archive collection.
Public sessions will continue throughout January. Drop in sessions are from 1pm until 3pm in The Lodge at Blackhill & Consett Park on January 14, 21 and 28.
For further information contact Cheryl Gavin on 01207-218852 or email madeofsteed.yourstory@gmail.com or read, watch and listen to tales so far by visiting www.madeofsteel.co.uk
Northern Echo
Friday 11th January 2013 in News By Gavin Engelbrecht

And here is a similar article which appeared in the Evening Chronicle

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/communities/consett/2013/01/14/memories-of-historic-consett-steelworks-are-needed-72703-32597787/

And here is an article that appeared in the advertiser

http://www.theadvertiserseries.co.uk/consettandstanley/10156523.Made_of_steel_places_spotlight_on_industrial_heritage_of_Consett/

First Open Event

First Open Event

A lovely introduction to our open events at the Lodge in Consett
Here is a link to the interviews:

Here are the soundbites from Mondays session.

No. 1
“Pits & Coal deliveries”

“Consett Industries & the Red dust”

“Loss of trades and a red glow”

“The Works and beyond”

“Sport & recreation” –

“Apprentice discipline”

“Making a band”

“During the War”

“Helping in Scunthorpe”

“As a boy”

“Apprentice jobs”

The men who turned up today were informative and amusing on ‘The Works’ and Consett in general. They talked about the sports teams in the area, many of whom were supported by ‘The Works’; the pits; Slag Heap; the high quality of steel made at Consett…stories and stories and lots of them.

If it’s like this every week I am looking forward to hearing more.

The same time, same place, next week!

Monday 14th January 1.00-3.00 at the Lodge.

Open Event Today

I’m at Consett today with Andrew Hagan for Made of Steel Open Events.
We are at the Lodge at the Blackhill/Consett Park from one til three.
So if you want to tell your story about Consett get along there today.
We will be at the Lodge at the same time on January 14th, 21st and 28th.
I’m at Consett today with Andrew Hagan for Made of Steel Open Events.
We are at the Lodge at the Blackhill/Consett Park from one til three.
So if you want to tell your story about Consett get along there today.
We will be at the Lodge at the same time on January 14th, 21st and 28th.

Proud of the Work

I felt really proud getting an apprenticeship at the Works: 700 hundred applied for 18 jobs! As I said before I was a taken on as apprentice Plater. I felt part of the chosen few and then very disappointed at the closure of the Works and that I had to leave Consett to complete my apprenticeship.

I was sent to the Rolling Mill at Jarrow which was fine (and I was extremely happy to finish my apprenticeship) but it didn’t have the variety of work that I would have got if I stayed at Consett as it was an integrated Steel Works. We had a mini-bus that took us every day to Jarrow. Some apprentices left to other industries at that point.

When the Works closed, wage levels in the Consett area drastically dropped as the new employment didn’t pay as well as the Steel Works.

Consett is a lovely place to live but I think we have lost (in part) that sense of community which was created, to some extent, by so many people working together: brothers, uncles, and fathers. They made sure you behaved yourself and gave you help when you needed it.

Of the 18 from our intake(the last)  that finished their apprenticeships I am one of three or four  that are still in the steel industry alongside a few more from older age groups who still make steel . I am passionate about the industry and the products we create. I’m part of a tradition, my grandfather worked at Consett and the steel he helped to produce has travelled the world, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Blackpool Tower!

 

Gerard Smith Interview