Consett was one of Britain’s most prominent steel-making towns, and the loss of this industry during the 1980s is still keenly felt by the community today.
Located in North East England’s County Durham, Consett is a fairly recent town. Little settlement existed in the area until the 1840s.
Then the Derwent Iron Company arrived and drew in about 14,000 workers and their dependents to live and work here. The coal industry, and later steel, provided the bulk of the local economy and income for more than a century.
Over the next few pages, the collection of videos takes us through old photos of the town across many decades, local lads who went off to the Great War a century ago, the days of steam, the steelworks in operation, local parades and night out, disputes as the steelworks faced permanent closure, and a trip down memory lane to the buses of 1997.
Thanks to Thomas B. from Pixabay for the photo shown above, and to each YouTube channel credited on the following pages.
Old Photos Of Consett
Old Consett Photos
Owd Bob: Published to YouTube on 15 Jan 2015. Title ‘Old Consett’.
This is a slideshow of images showing Consett and the nearby district in the old days.
Next video: Memories of Consett 1 ➡