1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Consett
CONSETT, an urban district in the north-western parliamentary division of Durham, England, 20 m. S.E. of Newcastleupon-Tyne by a branch of the North Eastern railway. Pop. (1901) 9694. It is the centre of a populous industrial district. At Shotley Bridge (where there is a small spa) a colony of German metal-workers, making swords and knives, was established in the 17th century; but this industry has now been replaced by paper mills. There are extensive collieries and ironworks in the district.