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Consett Steel Works a98_06557

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Filename: AA98_06557.jpg

Size: 4285 x 4417 (4.5MB)

Date: 22nd November 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Owner URL: www.englishheritageimages.com

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Consett Steel Works a98_06557

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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Consett Steel Works, Durham: A Testament to Industrial Grandeur and National Pride This evocative photograph captures the essence of the Consett Steel Works in Durham, a symbol of industrial might and national pride. Taken by renowned photographer Eric de Mare in the late 20th century, the image showcases the expansive grounds of the steelworks, with its intricate network of trackways and overhead piping. The Consett Steel Works was a powerhouse of British industry, supplying essential materials for a diverse range of projects, from the iconic Blackpool Tower to the cutting-edge technology of Britain's nuclear submarines. This versatility was a testament to the works' innovative engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The scene unfolds before us like a living, breathing organism. Trains laden with raw materials make their way through the labyrinthine network of tracks, while the piping overhead carries molten steel to various processing areas. The air is thick with the scent of industry, a potent mix of metal, steam, and the earthy aroma of the surrounding landscape. The Consett Steel Works was more than just a factory; it was a vital part of the national infrastructure. Its products played a crucial role in the country's post-war reconstruction and technological advancement. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of a time when industrial prowess was a source of national pride and a symbol of progress. Eric de Mare's masterful composition invites us to explore the depths of this industrial marvel, revealing the intricacies and complexities of a world that once drove the British economy and shaped the nation's identity.

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