Leadgate Community History Club

Welcome to Leadgate Community History Club

Leadgate is a village in County Durham, in the North East of England. It is situated to the north-east of Consett. The Roman road Dere Street runs straight through the middle of Leadgate, today this is known as Durham Road and on the Ordnance Survey as the B6309.
Leadgate, like most towns and villages in the North East of England, grew from a small agricultural settlement in the late 16th Century to become an important industrial village. In the middle of the 19th Century Leadgate’s main working environment was Coal Mining and Metal Working.
First attested in 1590 Leadgate (Saxon Hildgaet or Swing Gate) the village consisted of little more than a house and farm in what is now the Brooms area of the village. Others believe that it was acually a "Toll Gate" were Lead Miners paid to access the mines, they may or may not be correct but the important thing is that opinion leads to debate which in turn leads to research and discovery.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Leadgate like this:

"Leadgate, a village and a chapelry in Lanchester parish, Durham. The village stands near Watling Street, 1 mile NE of Carrhouse r. station and 2½ ESE of Shotley-Bridge at the boundary with Northumberland; and has a post office ‡ under Gateshead. —The chapelry was constituted in 1863. Pop., 3, 413. The inhabitants are employed chiefly in coal mining and iron working. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Durham. Value, £300. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church is in the French pointed style, of the 13th century. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics".