• 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…
     

1884 Elswick Shipyard

A shipyard was opened at the Elswick site to build and equip warships. Armstrong’s became the most successful exporter of warships in the world and by 1895 was the largest employer in Newcastle with an 11,000 strong workforce.

The workers all lived locally, some in housing provided by Armstrong and he named these streets after managers at the factory (for example Noble Street is named after Andrew Noble). He also provided schools and leisure facilities for his employees.

During the First World War the company manufactured tanks, shells and guns and afterwards expanded to produce locomotives which were built at the new Scotswood site.