Between 1840 and 1980 Consett produced steel. Always locked in a battle with its location, Consett and its workforce had adapted to any natural disadvantages and had not only survived but had thrived, producing high quality steels and remaining at the forefront of innovation and development during its 140 year history. For a one-industry town the closure of the Works was devastating, changing an environmental, social and economic landscape that had been dominated by steel. The innovation and adaptability that Consett people were known for served the town well: after this section please take a look at the Legacy of the Works.