Lead Leather and Gas

Lead works have stood on the site east of the gas works since the eighteen century. The works were built by Walkers, Fishwick and Ward in 1778. For many years the works housed one of Tyneside’s most notable landmarks, the Elswick Shot Tower. In 1795 the Tower was used for the manufacture of lead shot, when it was pulled down in 1960, it was only one of three shot towers left in the country. One of the most famous paintings which features the shot tower (in the background above the Tyne Bridge) is that by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) in London’s Tate Gallery.

In 1795 the Tower was used for the manufacture of lead shot, when it was pulled down in 1960, it was only one of three shot towers left in the country. One of the most famous paintings which features the shot tower (in the background above the Tyne Bridge) is that by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) in London’s Tate Gallery.

Elswick Lead Works
Elswick Lead Works

Between the mighty Armstrong Works and the Skinner Burn, the historical boundary between Elswick and the City, lay a number of long standing industrial concerns. Richardson’s Tannery also know as the ”Leather Works” was located between Water Street and Dunn Street. Richardson’s moved from Whitby to Tyneside in 1766 and opened the Elswick Works in 1863. The firm became one of the areas leading concerns and the works continued in use until 1971.

East of Richardson’s stood the Gas Works. The Works were brought into use in 1859 following the closure of two smaller works, Manors and Sandgate. Although the new works were substantial, there were still supply problems in parts of Newcastle, and many complaints about the smell from the site. Further complaints about the site, dating from 1871, were that abnormal stench was coming from the Gas Works. Despite the problems the invention of a mantle in 1880, saw gas used for lighting and heating in houses until the second world war. However the increasing availability of electricity in the 1940s brought about the closure of man of the works, including that of Elswick.

SINE Project, Structure Details for Richardson's Tannery

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SINE Project, Structure Details for Low Elswick Gas Works

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SINE Project, Structure Details for Elswick Lead Works

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