• 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…
     

1925 The Montagu View Pit Disaster

When the Montagu View  was flooded on  March 30th, 1925, 38 men and boys died and the community was left devastated by the aftermath.

The disaster happened on the morning of March 30, 1925, at the site which is now under the A1 Western Bypass and the B&Q store. There were 107 men and 41 boys in the pit at the time, many of whom were from Scotswood.

Two men drilled and placed charges, which bridged the thin gap between the old flooded Brockwell seam and the View pit. Suddenly there was a bang, a smell of black damp, methane gas as millions of gallons of water and gas escaped into the Montagu Pit.

It took months to pump out the pit, and some loved ones were not brought out until January 1926. Many of the  miners were so affected by the disaster that they never ventured underground again.