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Consett, Co. Durham

Town of Consett, Co. Durham

Consett is a town in the north-west of County Durham, England, and is the administrative capital of the district of Derwentside.


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Consett is a town of 27,000 people, high on the edge of the Pennines in north-east Durham.

The town of Consett is perched on the steep eastern bank of the River Derwent and owes its origins to industrial development arising from lead mining in the area, together with the development of the steel industry in the Derwent Valley during the seventeenth century.

The Consett Iron Company was established in 1840. Over the next 100 years, the town became one of the world's leading steel-making towns, and for decades the name Consett was synonymous with iron and steel. Consett was the town that made the steel for Blackpool Tower and Britain's most famous nuclear submarines. The Derwent Reservoir is located just west of the town.

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