Elswick Lead Works :: Shared Description

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

by Andrew Curtis
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NZ2463 : Derelict building of the Elswick Lead Works on Skinnerburn Road by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Junction of Shot Factory Lane and Skinnerburn Road by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Shot Factory Lane by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Site of Elswick Lead Works by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Remaining building at Elswick Lead Works, Skinnerburn Road by Andrew Curtis
NZ2462 : 'Foliate Forms' by Gilbert Ward (2010), Gateshead Riverside Park by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Remaining building at Elswick Lead Works, Skinnerburn Road by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Metro Radio Arena west of Redheugh Bridge by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Site of Elswick Lead Works by Andrew Curtis


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Created: Tue, 6 Dec 2011, Updated: Fri, 26 Jun 2020

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