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Report - Hawthorn Leslie Shipbuilders - February 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by skapunkmetalskater, Feb 4, 2013.

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    Had the pleasure of my first explore at this location, which I know has been visited many times by people here and will be considered old news, but for a first time it was an amazing experience being guided through an old, derelict building, cut off from society for a morning. The wind blew through the broken windows, clattering hanging fixtures and remnants of curtains to create a great atmosphere of emptiness. Thanks go out to The Stig and Nic81 for helping me out wth my first explore and taking the time to show me the ropes.

    I hope my scene report can shed some new light on this frequently visited location with a range of photos with my own spin!

    Brief History
    R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Limited, usually referred to as Hawthorn Leslie, was a shipbuilding and locomotive manufacturer. The Company was founded on Tyneside in 1886 and ceased building ships in 1982.

    The Company was formed by the merger of the shipbuilder A. Leslie and Company in Hebburn with the locomotive works of R. and W. Hawthorn at St.Peter's in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1886. The Company disposed of its locomotive manufacturing interests in 1937 to Robert Stephenson and Company which became Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd.

    The Company's main shipbuilding yard at Hebburn closed in 1982, was sold to Cammell Laird and then acquired by A&P Group in 2001 but now lies derelict. The Company itself, deprived of its main activity, diversified into telephones. In March 1993 Vodafone made a bid for the Company which by then had become a mobile phone air time reseller.

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    There you go, hope that's not too pic heavy and everything's above board.
     

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