Tyne and Wear HER(3919): Birtley, Birtley Iron Works - Details
Title of image: Birtley Iron Company
Date: circa 1903
Description: Showing foremen's housing at north end of works. Birtley Iron Works in its early days about 1800 when it was located at Eighton Banks, using ironstone from a local pit, probably King Pit at nearby Wrekenton. The company later moved to Birtley where it planned to use local ironstone, but this was such a poor quality that the company began to use Whitby Stone Company ironstone, transported by the newly-built railways.
Location/Collection: Gateshead Libraries/Gateshead Local Studies Image Collection
Accession number: GL000635
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Birtley, Birtley Iron Works
Metal Smelting Site
Birtley Iron Works. The works were founded in the 1820s. They supplied material for the High Level Bridge. During the Second World War the Birtley Iron Company made armoured car bodies, field gun suspension and Bailey Bridges.
<< HER 3919 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, c.1855, 6 inch scale, Durham, 13; George Nairn and Dorothy Rand, 1997, Images of England - Birtley, pp 98-99; The Industrial Resources of the District of the Three Northern Rivers, The Tyne, Wear and Tees including the reports on the local manufacturers read before The British Association in 1863 (edited by Sir W.G. Armstrong, I. Lowthian Bell, John Taylor and Dr Richardson, 1864).