Leadgate was the home of the workers and staff of the Eden colliery which opened in 1844, and was closed on the 18 July 1980. It was also home to many working for the Consett Iron Company (about 2 miles away) and which closed during the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
Leadgate now stands as a small village with a close knit community. Plans to regenerate the area have been on the local councils' planning board for some time and improvements are being made.
St Ives is the Parish Church 1st Leadgate is the leadgate scout group