Leadgate near Consett

Having been born and brought up in Leadgate, Consett I decided to put this website together to share photographs my Step-Father Bobby Howard collected over many years and some videos of the area.

You will see adverts on these pages and the reason for this is to raise funds for a charity my step-father held very dear to his heart, as you may know Bobby Howard spent quite a few weeks in Willowburn Hospice prior to his death in 2013 and wanted to create a lasting legacy that would continually give to the charity he held closest to his heart, (so this is where this website sprang from) I have also included the option of a donate button at the right hand side so you can donate to this organisation.

Clicking on these adverts will raise money for Willowburn, clicking on the donate button will raise funds for this organisation.

Sarah and myself have raised over £500 this year (2016) for this fantastic resource which is based in our area.

“You just don’t think you will ever need them…  but you just might” said my Dad, words that will echo with me forever.

If you wish to copy or repost any of the photos or videos here please make a donation if you can afford to… it will go to a great cause. Please don’t just take them, if you use them please credit this website by putting a link to it.















Wikipedia Information about Leadgate, Consett

Leadgate is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated to the north-east of Consett. The Roman road Dere Street runs straight through the middle of Leadgate, today this is known as Durham Road and Watling Street the B6309.

The place-name ‘Leadgate’ is first attested in 1590 and derives from the Old English ‘hlidgeat’, which means ‘swing-gate’.[1][2]

The parish church of St Ives was built in 1865-68. The Roman Catholic church of Our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph lies a little way out of the village at Brooms. It was built 1866-69 by E. W. Pugin and served the Irish migrant community.[3][4]

Leadgate was the home of the workers and staff of the Eden colliery which opened in 1844, and was closed on the 18 July 1980. It was also home to many working for the Consett Iron Company (about 2 miles away) and which closed in the 1980s.

Leadgate now stands as a small village with a close-knit community. Plans to regenerate the area have been on the local councils’ planning board for some time and improvements are being made.

The retail economy of Leadgate is centered on Front Street which until the construction of the Leadgate bypass formed one of the main routes from Newcastle into Consett. Front street hosts a number of independent businesses as well as a local co-operative.

The coast-to-coast cycle route runs through Leadgate and follows the path of the former Stanhope and Tyne railway. The last train ran on the line on 17 March 1984.[5]