Re: Gateshead Dig - Revisited
Posted by George on August 11, 2020, 12:36 pm, in reply to "Re: Gateshead Dig - Revisited"
At one time, Gateshead was one of the most prolific producers of premium glass in the world. Difficult to believe? The following is an extract from the history of Sowerby Glass:
"Sowerby Glassworks was born in 1760. Established by Joseph Sowerby in Gateshead (at the west end of Pipewellgate), the little glassworks laboured away quietly but steadily before finally outgrowing the location and moving to Ellison Street nearly 100 years later in 1852. The new factory, overseen by Joseph’s nephew John, was the first of its kind in England, devoted specifically to the manufacture of pressed glass items. Dubbed the Sowerby’s Ellison Glassworks, it contained its own mould shop and, by 1882, employed 1000 people—making it one of the largest glass factories in the world".