Testing guns at the firing range, Silloth

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8 inch breech-loading gun and 4 inch Gimbal Mountings at Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria, 27 October 1926 (TWAM ref. DS.VA/9/PH/5/2). Armstrong-Whitworth usually tested guns manufactured in the Elswick Works at their proof ranges at Silloth and Ridsdale, Northumberland.

‘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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    optimal chicken

    • 09/May/2016 08:24:26

    Still waiting for your write up as I say this but.. were the guns 'proven' on Tyneside or taken elsewhere for testing? I can't imagine huge bangs along the river! Mind, stranger things happened..

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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    • 09/May/2016 08:30:19

    Hi https://www.flickr.com/photos/flyeye this one was taken at Silloth-on-Solway, although Ridsdale in Northumberland was also frequently used.

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    • 09/May/2016 19:11:05

    I remember when I played Silloth Golf Club somebody told me that their was a firing range

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    Billy Embleton

    • 09/May/2016 19:24:37

    Another great industrial image. Some of the worlds greatest battleships were built at Elswick.

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    Jonathan Casey

    • 12/May/2016 14:53:25

    Your wonderful capture was seen in Black & White Photos Add 1 – Comment 2