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Thread of Iron – Book Launch 12th September 2020

About the book

For everybody interested in the industrial history of the Derwent Valley this book is a must. Written in two parts; the first focuses on the history of Shotley Bridge where Douglas lived and where the famous Sword makers were based. The second part details the history of the Consett Iron Company; from formation until closure in 1980. The influences of these industrial enterprises stretched throughout the length of the Land of Oak & Iron, from the edges of the Pennines to the River Tyne and far beyond.

A well-researched historic account, which includes extensive reference material, this book may be considered the authoritative guide to the subjects covered. A video made for the launch may be viewed on YouTube by following this link.

Where to buy

Visit the Land of Oak & Iron Trust on-line shop, or one of the local outlets below.


wotnots cards and gifts, 13b Front Street, Shotley Bridge, County Durham, DH8 0HH, Telephone: 01207 509208


Leadgate DIY store, 51, Front Street, Leadgate, Consett, DH8 7SE. Telephone:01207 504400


Delves Lane Village Store and Post Office, Delves Lane, Consett, Co. Durham. DH8 7BH. Telephone: 01207 580379.


Jaspah Too, 4, Derwent Street, Blackhill, Consett, Co. Durham. DH8 8LU. Telephone: 01207 589599


Jaspah Crewe, 5a , Shildon Road, Blanchland, Consett, Northumberland. DH8 9SS. Telephone: 01434 675632


Cafe Shrub at the Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne. NE21 6RU. Telephone: 01207 524898.

Meetings and in-person events

Currently there are not physical events being held due to the Covid-19 virus and many popular locations remain closed or with restrictions.

The Land of Oak & Iron, however, contains miles of paths, tracks and lanes for you to explore and enjoy.