Leadgate is a village in County Durham, in the North East of England. It is situated to the north-east of Consett. The Roman road Dere Street runs straight through the middle of Leadgate, today this is known as Durham Road and on the Ordnance Survey as the B6309.
From the middle of the 19th Century Leadgate’s main working environment was coal mining and metal working and, in common with most of the North East of England, was greatly affected by the loss of coal mining and manufacturing plants during the 1980s.
The village recovery was slow, the loss of mass employment, not only in Leadgate but in the nearby town of Consett which lost its Steelworks, meant that work opportunities for the local population were severely limited.
The conversion to a service and retail economy started a recovery by the mid 1990s and today Leadgate is, once again, a thriving community.
The village has many local amenities and services and the local inhabitants take great pride in caring for the local environment.