Report - R & W Hawthorn Leslie Shipyards - Hebburn - August 2012

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jul 2, 2009
The shipyard was built in 1853 by Hebburn shipbuilders Andrew Leslie & Co. Andrew Leslie sold the company in 1886 for £60,000 until it was bought and merged the company with RW Hawthorne - renowned engineers famed for building marine engines. The business then comprised of shipbuilders and marine engineers. 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 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 land comprises of 3.7 hectares and was for sale in 2008 for over £1,000,000.

Unfortunatly, this place is in a very very bad state, but we were in the area and it would be rude not to pop in. The main heavy industry sections of the building were demolished a couple of years ago. At one point there was even a church type of building on the site (see here ).

The layout of the site doesnt make much sense with large chunks of it missing, but looking at earlier reports it is clear how the site would have all fit together. The entire building is trashed and has suffered several fires. Unfortunatly, the oak panelled admin and entrance section with revolving door has all been destoryed.













I know its been done to death - so cheers for looking :)

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