Keys to the Past

Site of Shotley Bridge Sword Factory, with extant later Mill (Shotley Bridge)

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007
Shotley Bridge © DCC 2007

In about 1690, a colony of Germans settled at Shotley Bridge and set up business as swordmakers and knifemakers (1). The former sword manufacture was used as a depot and office by a building contractor during the 1960s when the building was described as "lacking any special architectural feature and is mainly roofless. The interior has no original plant within it." At NZ09085287 were the living quarters of the craftsmen (now demolished, possibly in 1959). These were seventeenth or eighteenth century buildings. A much-weathered door lintel was inscribed, apparently in German, 'SEG...HN...ALLE S...EICH IN...Deinem EVW...UND ELE...WAS DIR BE...' (1)

Reference number:D2350
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):Desk based assessment, Sword Factory, Shotley Bridge 1999; Tyne and Wear Museums Archaeology Department
Evaluation at Shotley Bridge Sword Factory 2002; Tyne and Wear Museums Archaeology Department

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Source of Reference
Local History of Shotley Bridge


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