Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Was the 'Workshop of the World' the Famous Armstrong's Works in Newcastle Was Reborn under North East Firm Reece Group in Recent Weeks. Emily Meritt Recalls the Story of the North Industrial Giant

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Was the 'Workshop of the World' the Famous Armstrong's Works in Newcastle Was Reborn under North East Firm Reece Group in Recent Weeks. Emily Meritt Recalls the Story of the North Industrial Giant

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Byline: Emily Meritt

THE Armstrong Works of Scotswood and Elswick have been at the centre of both engineering heritage and Tyneside families for over 160 years.

This week the works offi-cially began a new lease of life providing further opportunities to the Geordie workforce at the redeveloped Scotswood factory. These images from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums document the colossal scale and majestic products from the works from as early as the 1800s.

They include an amphibious tank in the Tyne and torpedoes being fired towards Gateshead!

The works, once dubbed "the workshop of the world" were responsible for countless feats of engineering and industrial development.

They have been associated with Newcastle mighty this day See many dif-ferent companies such as Armstrong Whitworth and the Armstrong Mitchell & Company.

However, they were perhaps most famously known as the Vickers-Armstrong Works and for the production of tanks and munitions.

Throughout its many eras the factory has produced planes, ships, trains, Rolls Royce engines, revolutionary public service equipment such as motorised Royal Mail and Fire Trucks and even industrial-sized cranes.

The testing of armoured cars, trains, tractors, torpedoes and aqua tanks were a common sight from Elswick to Scotswood. The products shipped out from the works even ranged from munitions and engines, Fishing and mining equipment and printing machines. The skill and produce was seemingly endless.

The Armstrong works were responsible for countless developments in engineering. However the works also crucially employed countless men and women on Tyneside, providing them with the exceptional skills and trade responsible for much of the industrial heritage and pride in the North East.

From the shipbuilding and locomotives in the 1800s to the armaments and engines of the first and second world wars, the 70 acres along the River Tyne provided the North East families with jobs for generations.

Alan Hayward, archivist at Tyne and Wear Archives and Muse-u m s , NOSTALGIA beat Barcelona on in 1997 Sport said: "The Workshop of the World is a phrase often used to describe Britain's manufacturing dominance during the Nineteenth Century. …

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