Crowley’s iron works were once the largest in Britain and its workers from the various works were collectively known as Crowley’s Crew. Well organised, they were a force to be reckoned with and played their part in early nineteenth century struggles to advance workers’ right and extend the franchise and for other political reforms.
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Little remains except in Winlaton (Winlaton Cottage forge). The Swalwell site is now occupied by a Lidl supermarket. There is no trace of the Winlaton Mill by the River Derwent.