NZ2463 : Derelict building of the Elswick Lead Works on Skinnerburn Road

taken 9 years ago, near to Dunston, Gateshead, Great Britain

Derelict building of the Elswick Lead Works on Skinnerburn Road
Derelict building of the Elswick Lead Works on Skinnerburn Road
On the left, behind, is a large modern gas holder part of a distribution centre for natural gas. The Low Elswick Gas Works, formerly on this site (1857-1859), was involved with the production and distribution of town gas. It was demolished in the 1980s LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
Behind are the apartment blocks of Riverside Dene NZ2363 : The refurbishment of the Cruddas Park tower blocks, Scotswood Road. The small, remaining building on the right sits on the edge of the Arena car park NZ2463 : Metro Radio Arena west of Redheugh Bridge. This may be a former office building of the old Victoria Railway Sidings.
Pastscape: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
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".

Heddon on the Wall Local History Society blog LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
Historical background and chronology on SINE: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
Account of work in the 1840s at the Elswick Works on Family Tree Forum: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
Landmarks in c1823 painting of Newcastle upon Tyne by JMW Turner: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link

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Thursday, 15 December, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 18 December, 2011
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Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Housing, Dwellings  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2424 6308 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.7061N 1:37.3779W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2452 6297
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