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Ridsdale Ironworks (Corsenside)

Engine house at Ridsdale Ironworks. Photo by Northumberland County Council, 1994.
Engine house at Ridsdale Ironworks. Photo by Northumberland County Council, 1994.

This ironworks was established in 1836 using local sources of ironstone. The works consisted of three furnaces, an engine house, coke ovens, calcining kilns and reservoirs. A series of tramways linked the site with nearby sources of ironstone, limestone and coal. By 1848 the ironworks had virtually closed and in 1864 two of the furnaces were dismantled and taken to W.G. Armstrong's works in Elswick, Newcastle. This was a short-lived venture and part of a largely unsuccessful 19th century iron industry in Northumberland. However, many features of this remote ironworks works can still be seen and survive relatively intact, either as standing ruins or earthworks. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N9505
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
BUILDING SURVEY, Ridsdale Engine House Survey 1997; Newcastle City Council Archaeology Unit
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Green Rigg Wind Farm: cumulative review of landscape and visual and archaeological issues 2006; Northern Archaeological Associates

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Corsenside

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