CONSETT STEEL WORKS, Durham. General view of the Consett Steel Works showing trackways and overhead piping. The works supplied the materials for everything from Blackpool Tower to Britains nuclear submarines. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80)
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print transports us back in time to the bustling Consett Steel Works in Durham. With its vast expanse and intricate network of trackways and overhead piping, this industrial marvel stands as a testament to the ingenuity and power of human innovation. The Consett Steel Works holds a significant place in history, having supplied materials for iconic structures like Blackpool Tower and even Britain's formidable nuclear submarines. Its immense contribution to the nation's infrastructure is truly awe-inspiring. Photographed by Eric de Mare, an acclaimed photographer active from 1945-80, this image captures the essence of an era defined by rapid industrialization. De Mare skillfully frames the scene, highlighting both the grandeur and complexity of this factory complex. As we gaze upon this photograph, we are reminded of the tireless efforts made by countless workers who labored day after day within these walls. Their dedication fueled not only their own livelihoods but also propelled forward a nation on its path towards progress. Today, this image serves as a poignant reminder of our industrial heritage – a reminder that behind every towering structure or technological advancement lies years of hard work and unwavering determination. It invites us to reflect on how far we have come while paying homage to those who paved the way for our modern world.
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