The Land of Oak & Iron

Crowley Ironworks & Derwenthaugh Coke Works

Derwenthaugh Park is a great place for a walk or bike ride with the whole family, climb to the top of Kite Hill and admire the views up the valley, across Nine Arches Viaduct. Imagine how this looked in the 18th century when Crowley Ironworks was employing over 1,500 men and was once the largest iron works in Europe. Explore the Park and find Crowley’s dam and mill race, the original core of the Ironworks, now all that is still visible of this internationally important manufacturing complex.

Consett Iron Company later opened Derwenthaugh Coke Works coking plant on this site, it was closed and demolished in the 1980s.

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The Land of Oak & Iron