• 1367 The West Wood
    1367
    The West Wood
     

  • 1831 The Chain Bridge
    1831
    The Chain Bridge
     

  • 1839 The Railway
    1839
    The Railway
     

  • Lord Armstrong
    1847
    Elswick Works
     

  • 1862 The Blaydon Races Song
    1862
    The Blaydon Races Song
     

  • 1884 Elswick Shipyard
    1884
    Elswick Shipyard
     

  • 1896 The ‘Crooked Billet’
    1896
    The ‘Crooked Billet’
     

  • 1925 The Montagu View Pit Disaster
    1925
    The Montagu View Pit Disaster
     

  • 1927 Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
    1927
    Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
     

  • 1967 Scotswood Bridge
    1967
    Scotswood Bridge
     

  • 2013 A bright future for Scotswood…
    2013
    A bright future for Scotswood…
     

1847 Elswick Works

Engineer William George Armstrong founded the Elswick works at Newcastle to produce hydraulic machinery, cranes and bridges, soon to be followed by artillery, notably the Armstrong breech-loading gun, which re-equipped the British Army after the Crimean War.

In 1882, it merged with the shipbuilding firm of Charles Mitchell to form Armstrong Mitchell & Company and at the time its works extended for over a mile along the bank of the River Tyne.

Armstrong Mitchell merged again with the engineering firm of Joseph Whitworth in 1897. The company expanded into the manufacture of cars and trucks in 1902, and created an ‘aerial department’ in 1913, which became the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft subsidiary in 1920.

In 1927, it merged with Vickers Limited to form Vickers-Armstrongs.