Crowley iron works and 'Crowley's Crew'

Event date(s)

1 January 1830 to 1 January 1839


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.

 [If you have more precise details on the political movements and industrial protests that the group was involved in, do get in touch]. 

Location/map point


Crowley Works
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE16 3AF


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.