Cement Kilns



  • Grid reference: NZ214635
  • x=421400
  • y=563500
  • 54°57'56"N; 1°'39"57W
  • Civil Parish: Benwell, Northumberland

Clinker manufacture operational: ?1870-?1895

Approximate total clinker production: 128,000 tonnes

Raw materials:

Ownership: Frederick Shaw and Co.

Named after the adjacent Paradise House, this plant was built on the site of a pre-existing pigment plant. It is shown as disused on the 1898 map, but was operating in 1890. It seems to have started with four small wet process bottle kilns (40 t/week). A further five slightly larger kilns (70 t/week) were added later. It appears to have acquired five chamber kilns (150 t/week) followed by a further three (90 t/week). The plant is very obscure and I have found no reasons for its formation, location or demise. There was rail adjacent to the plant but it was not connected to it. The plant was connected to a wharf on the Tyne by a short tramway. The site was redeveloped and is now mainly under the A695 Tyne north bank road.

No rotary kilns were installed.

Sources: Mentioned (but not explicitly) by Francis, p 227: information (such as it is) is from OS maps and from Ward’s Directory of Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1890 and 1898.

© Dylan Moore 2011: last edit 11/02/2016.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Paradise Capacity