Local History Month 2022- Mr Richardson a Quaker and director of Consett (Derwent) Iron Works

Jonathan Richardson

Around 1842 Jonathan Richardson embarked on the creation of Shotley Park, a country house set in extensive grounds on the hillside between Snow’s Green and Shotley Spa. He was a Quaker banker and businessman, who promoted Shotley Spa and the Derwent Ironworks. He died on Christmas Day 1871.

source Shotley Bridge Village Trust

Shotley Bridge’s most distinguished Quaker was Jonathan Richardson who promoted the Shotley Spa mineral waters and pleasure ground as well as the Derwent Ironworks, which later developed into the Consett Steel Company. He lived at Shotley Park.

A couple of documents kindly shared by Christopher Thompson

https://www.facebook.com/groups/514469112794199/posts/532905157617261/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/514469112794199/posts/532908480950262/

Also a great read is this “paper” by Elizabeth O’Donnell

Elizabeth O’Donnell- DEVIATING FROM THE PATH OF SAFETY:
THE RISE AND FALL OF A NINETEENTH CENTURY
QUAKER MEETING1

https://www.christianity.com/church/denominations/the-quakers-7-things-about-their-history-beliefs.html

The HCSW project team would be delighted to hear from anyone with any additional information on the Quakers and relationship to the Steelworks

postcard image from Ebay

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