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Report - Hawthorne Leslie Hebburn Tyne & Wear March 2021


MarkusCP87

Undiscovered locations in the UK
28DL Full Member
This place was an absolute deathtrap and was badly vandalised, burned down in parts, but yet I still quite liked the place.
There was quite a bit of graffiti inside but nothing amazing.
Building was completely stripped apart from some paperwork from the 80s and an old machine.
The takeover of nature in some places was a great thing to see. Always had a thing for depry old factories.
It's crazy to think that after nearly 30 years derelict, it's still standing.

History on the place.

R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Limited, usually referred to as Hawthorn Leslie, was a shipbuilder 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.
Perhaps the most famous ship built by the Company was HMS Kelly launched in 1938 and commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten.In 1968 the Company's shipbuilding interests were merged with that of Swan Hunter and the Vickers Naval Yard to create Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders.
The Company's shipbuilding interests were nationalised and subsumed with British Shipbuilders in 1977; in 1979 its engine business was merged with George Clark & NEM, which had also been nationalised, to form Clark Hawthorn.

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.
The Hawthorne Leslie building still standing in Hebburn has been the target of numerous arson attacks in recent years. This, combined with the presence of asbestos in the brickwork and the ease of access to children, has led to repeated calls from Hebburn residents and councillors for the building to be demolished.

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stranton

subterranean explorer
Regular User
i'm surprised it's there with all the damage & fire destruction
 

dave

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
The place is a total mess now, i remember that staircase shot (pic 12) having its bannister intact when i went sad to see it like this. They did some demolition a number of years ago. Not a place you want on your doorstep now, thanks for the update.
 

The Stig

Urbex = Nosey Bastard
Regular User
This place is beyond help since when I last looked around a few years ago, but still a good explore for newbies to do
 

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