We Built the World

Fathers of Steel

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A1 print giving a nod to the fathers of the steel industry, who lived and worked side by side in Queen’s Square, Middlesbrough. The same building is now home to We Built the World. Designed by We Built the World and individually screen printed.


Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan lived next door to each other in what is now Queen's Square, Middlesbrough. Their firm drove the growth of Middlesbrough and by the late 1860s, Bolckow, Vaughan and Co was the largest iron-making company in the world. By around 1870, Cleveland had become the world's iron-producing capital with 100 blast furnaces along the Tees and Eston’s mine becoming the largest ironstone mine in the world.

Once the mining of ironstone got underway, they built their first blast furnace on the Tees in 1852, to process the ore from nearby Eston, enabling the entire process to be carried out in one place. It was the first blast furnace to be built on Teesside, on what would be called "the Steel River". Middlesbrough grew from 40 inhabitants in 1829, to 7600 in 1851, 19,000 in 1861 and 40,000 in 1871, fuelled by the iron industry.


  • Part of our unlimited collection
  • Individually screen printed in Ice White on GF Smith Colorplan Adriatic (135gsm), in collaboration with The Northern School of Art
  • Print size is A1 (594mm x 841mm)
  • 100% recyclable and sustainable packaging
  • Includes certificate of authenticity
  • Individually signed and numbered

Please note that the numbered edition you receive is random and cannot be pre-selected.

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