Rolls Royce Cylinders at the Elswick Works

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When: 16 March 1939

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Rolls Royce Cylinders in 24 Shop, Elswick Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, 16 March 1939 (TWAM ref. 1027/5178).

‘Workshop of the World’ is a phrase often used to describe Britain’s manufacturing dominance during the Nineteenth Century. It’s also a very apt description for the Elswick Works and Scotswood Works of Vickers Armstrong and its predecessor companies. These great factories, situated in Newcastle along the banks of the River Tyne, employed hundreds of thousands of men and women and built a huge variety of products for customers around the globe.

The Elswick Works was established by William George Armstrong (later Lord Armstrong) in 1847 to manufacture hydraulic cranes. From these relatively humble beginnings the company diversified into many fields including shipbuilding, armaments and locomotives. By 1953 the Elswick Works covered 70 acres and extended over a mile along the River Tyne. This set of images, mostly taken from our Vickers Armstrong collection, includes fascinating views of the factories at Elswick and Scotswood, the products they produced and the people that worked there. By preserving these archives we can ensure that their legacy lives on.

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    Paul Sproat

    • 04/Jul/2015 09:30:31

    I hadn't realised this fact either! I'd assumed (never do that..) Rolls Royce took care of their own things elsewhere and not within another makers factory. These engine blocks may not have ended up as wartime equipment either - Rolls Royce were, and still are, renowned for their reliability. The engines could also have ended up in shunting locos or even rare items such as emergency winders for mines should their headgears fail.