Leadgate Heritage Project
In 2018 Leadgate Community History Group undertook a project of celebrating our village heritage, using funds raised from our talks we purchased 3 "Heritage Plaques" via Shotley Bridge Village Trust. These will eventually be attached to 3 sites (locations) of historic interest in our village.
Thanks to Land of Oak & Iron and support from the Shotley Bridge Village Trust.
Leadgate Cooperative Society
Leadgate Industrial and Provident Society came into being in the Spring of 1870 and their first minuted meeting took place on the 11th April 1870. At that meeting officials were appointed, and the Society was launched. Initially the store was established in a room within the Golden Lion Hotel on Front Street however, due to its success and popularity with the people of Leadgate, larger premises were soon needed. Over the next few years the store moved several times but continued to grow. The search for a larger store continued and the committee took the decision to build on some land that had been purchased from the Consett Iron Company. The works were completed and the new store, located on the west end of the village, opened its doors in December 1893.Leadgate Co-op