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Blaydon Gas Works



Blaydon Burn, Gas Retort Works

Blaydon Burn



Coal Gas Structure

Gas Works

Early Modern


Documentary Evidence

Joseph Cowen and his brother set up as manufacturers of firebricks at Blaydon Burn, later extending the works to Blaydon where they established gas works. This was originally intended to light their own factory, but in 1853 they extended the facility to the village of Blaydon. The retort works are marked on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey plan but the buildings appear to have been demolished by 1898 when the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey plan was published.




<< HER 3555 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 6 Tyne & Wear HER, Blaydon Burn File Blaydon Burn, The Industrial Background; William Whelan, 1856, History, Topography and Directory of the County Palatine of Durham

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