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Tudhoe Iron and Steel Works

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of Spennymoor

1852 Weardale Iron and Coal Co developed another processing plant at Tudhoe near Spennymoor, comprised of two forges and two mills for working the Weardale pig iron produced at Towlaw Ironworks.

1856 the Tudhoe works were extended, and two additional forges erected.

1857 Advert: 'Spennymoor. Presentation and Farewell Supper. — On Wednesday evening last, the agents and workmen of the Tudhoe Iron Works assembled at the house of Mr Adamson, Wheat Sheaf Inn, Spennymoor, for the purpose of presenting Mr John G. Raine, engineer of the works, with a testimonial of their esteem and respect, on the occasion of that gentleman leaving the works to proceed to America, as engineer. The testimonial consisted of a highly finished case of mathematical instruments, manufactured T. B. Winter, Newcastle, and an elegant gold guard chain, valued at 14 guineas. ....'[1]

1861 The company installed a set of small Bessemer converters at Tudhoe.

1870 two blast furnaces were erected to smelt this newly-discovered Cleveland ore.

By 1893 only Weardale and Spanish ores were smelted at the Tudhoe furnaces. By this time the Weardale Iron and Coal Company had extended its activities so that it carried out all the operations necessary to convert iron ore into finished product.



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Sources of Information

  1. Durham Chronicle, 8 May 1857