NZ2463 : Shot Factory Lane

taken 8 years ago, near to Dunston, Gateshead, Great Britain

Shot Factory Lane
Shot Factory Lane
This narrow lane runs from the Arena down to Skinnerburn Road which runs parallel to the River Tyne. The wall on the left makes up part of the massive abutments of the earlier Redheugh Bridge LinkExternal link

The name, Shot Factory Lane, provides a memory of the huge Elswick Lead Works, and the famous landmark of the Shot Tower, which dominated the now cleared, derelict site beyond the wall and railings on the right for over 200 years NZ2463 : Site of Elswick Lead Works
Elswick Lead Works
This large site, south of the Metro Radio Arena is now virtually cleared, with only two derelict buildings built into the steep bank on Skinnerburn Road. The Elswick Lead Works opened here under the name Walkers, Fishwick & Co. in 1778. The 1862 1:500 OS Town Plan shows a wide range of buildings including the once iconic Shot Tower which stood 174 feet high from 1796 until demolition in 1969 LinkExternal link

There is a view of the works in 1900 taken from the south side of the River Tyne here LinkExternal link and the same site also has an aerial view from c1929 LinkExternal link

The factory, currently owned by Calder Industrial Materials NZ2463 : Evening light on Redheugh Bridge finally closed in 2002 and was largely cleared. The buildings that remain appear to be largely inhabited by the homeless, urban explorers and art students LinkExternal link

Heddon on the Wall Local History Society blog LinkExternal link
Historical background and chronology on SINE: LinkExternal link
Account of work in the 1840s at the Elswick Works on Family Tree Forum: LinkExternal link
Landmarks in c1823 painting of Newcastle upon Tyne by JMW Turner: LinkExternal link
Light painting at the Lead Works: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 5 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 December, 2011
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2436 6326 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.8028N 1:37.2646W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2434 6329
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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