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Report - Brymbo Steelworks, North Wales - August 09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by 54Strat, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. 54Strat

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    I originally went to just recce the place, but found my self drawn in when I unexpectedly saw a huge hopper in the undergrowth looking like some sort of monster egg laying beast. Anyways, 5 hours later and a bit of cat and mouse with security (I do like his landrover but not his taste in music, and I did prove my hat of invisibility does work).

    There's been a recent report by edition25 so I'll try not to reproduce to many shots :)

    A bit more History (from Wikipedia and other sources): Brymbo Steel Works was a former large steelworks in the village of Brymbo near Wrexham, Wales. For much of its life it was a rather ordinary ironworks and later steelworks, but is significant on account of its founder, and as having one of a modest number of surviving blast furnace stacks.

    At it's peak in the early 1970s, Brymbo Steelworks employed almost 2500 people. The steelworks lasted until 1990, when it was closed. 1,100 jobs were lost. Many sections of plant including "D" furnace and the Billet and Bar Mill were sold to steel companies in China.

    The last time the buildings still left on site were used was in 1985 when the foundry's last pour was carried out, and you can still see the cupolas in the same state they left them. This last pour is historically documented here

    Further reading..

    http://www.bhg.org.uk/BrymboHeritage/IndustrialHistory/Steelworks/Steelworks.htm
    http://www.brymbosteelworks.com/

    Today: The site has now been developed to support large amounts of housing. It is currently planned to keep the long standing Machine Shop and No 1 blast furnace (old no. 1) and it's now a heritage site. Other structures left include a foundry, the Blast Furnace foreman's house, the Pattern Shop, the BLast Furnace Winding Gear Building and a pit shaft. The site is littered with all sorts of gear from crane grabs, crucibles, ingot moulds to huge ladles and railway wagons.

    Hope I've not sent you to sleep.


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    Hopper
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    Hopper from the top
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    3.
    A ladle that would hold molten steel. It's face made me smile
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    4.
    Axle Box
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    Internal User Ladle wagon
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    6.
    Crop Railway Wagon, used for carrying red hot Billet ends.
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    7.
    Heavy Metal Train
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    8.
    Ladle Wagon
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    9.
    No engine
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    10.
    Mould Pattern
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    11.
    Mould Handle
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    12.
    Mould Pattern
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    What's left
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    The winding house
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    It got me going
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    Blast furnace No1 (Old No1)
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    Upskirt
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    Foundary
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    WItches hats?
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    Foundry
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    This area was used for ingot moudling
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    22.
    Motor
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    Overhead crane
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    24.
    No2 Cupola (made me smile)
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    No1 Cupola
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    The door is the No.1 Blast Fur Tapping hole
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    26.
    Security's ride
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    27.
    No1 and No2 Cupola Stacks
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    28.
    D.o.B.
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