Crowley's Ironworks

 


 

In the early 1700s, Sir Ambrose Crowley's Iron Works at Swalwell were considered to be the biggest in Europe and manufactured many items including anchors, chains, nails, hoes and many other iron implements. The works were a major supplier of materials' to the Admiralty as well as shipping many items to the colonies. They were also one of the first works to produce steel.

 

The works were considered to be of such importance that in 2005, a team of archaeologists from Pre-Construct Archaeology  conducted an excavation on the site currently occupied by Lidl Supermarket. The purpose of the excavation was to unearth and record the foundations of part of the old ironworks  which had been built in Swalwell around 1707. More about the works can be read in 'Men of Iron: The Crowleys in the Early Iron Industry'. The team meticulously measured the site over a period of months and I was fortunate enough to be granted access to take photographs,  some of which are shown below.

Sadly the foundations were covered over and Lidl's' was subsequently built on the site.

 

Coming soon....... The best account of Crowley's Iron Works written in 1755.


Excavation work on the foundations of what is thought to be Crowley's Grand Warehouse.

Swalwell Crowley Works Excavation

Swalwell Crowley Works Excavation

Swalwell Crowley Works Excavation

 

Swalwell Crowley Works Excavation

 

Swalwell Crowley Works Excavation

 

 


 

 

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