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Report - Brymbo Steel Works - North East Wales - 10/04/2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Hidden, Apr 10, 2010.

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    Visited just this morning!

    I found some fantastic information on the web including this video...

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/sites/brymbo/steel.shtml

    The site overall is very interesting, with many of the original furnaces, blast hubs, paperwork, templates and other delicate features still remaining.

    Although only a fraction remains of what stood previously, it is a true indicator of the decline of the British steel industry, and the effect of it's closure can genuinely be felt within the local area.

    This website is also dedicated to the preservation and information on the Steel works...

    http://www.brymbosteelworks.com/

    History in brief!

    The works was founded by John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson who built a blast furnace on the site in 1793, just after he bought Brymbo Hall. The reasons for his move from the nearby Bersham Ironworks are thought to be on account of the nearby westminster colliery in Moss Valley, Wrexham.
    A second furnace was built by 1805 and a third about 1869, but from 1892 no more than two were used, and from 1912 only one.[1]
    After Wilkinson's death, his estate was contested between his natural children and legitimate heirs.and the works passed through various hands. By 1841, it passed to the Brymbo Iron Co., which was managed from 1846 by William Henry Darby and Charles Edward Darby, grandsons of Abraham Darby III of Coalbrookdale. After their deaths in 1882 and 1884 respectively, the business was incorporated as Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd.[2] The business changed company name in 1934 and 1948, on the latter occasion becoming Brymbo Steel Works Ltd in 1948, having become part of GKN, being a branch of GKN Steel Co. Ltd in the early 1960s. It was nationalised with the rest of the steel industry in 1967, becoming a division of British Steel Corporation.[3]
    The works were served by the Wrexham and Minera Branch of the Great Western Railway, later of British Railways.
    The steelworks lasted until 1990, when it was closed. 1,100 jobs were lost and Brymbo village went into a depression and many residents into the negative equity trap.


    Here goes....

    The Site & Outside

    1. Hmmm, there should've been a welcome banner here.
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    2. Rustic Goodness
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    3. It's a long way up
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    4. Ride the waves
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    5. Addiction to chimneys
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    Tonka Truck

    1. The beast
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    2. Grrrrrr
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    3. Rear end insurance claim rejected
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    4. The wheels on the 20 ton excavator go round and...
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    The Yard(s)

    1. Big Vat
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    2. Bigger Vat
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    3. Legal
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    4. Happy train
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    5. Suspenzionz with Saturation fail free of charge
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    6. Your lucky number
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    7. Treasure chest
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    8. Molten steel past it's sell by
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    9. My humps, my lovely lady humps...
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    Template storage

    1. Corridor
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    2. Have you got your reference number?
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    3. Spinning plates
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    4. AKA Don't know what it is
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    5. Its a magic number
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    6. It gets everywhere
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    7. What a view to wake up to
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    Continued...
     

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    Inside (Not seen on any other reports within 3 years)

    1. Welcome
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    2. The collapse of industry
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    3. Ain't no smoke here son
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    4. Oven door emblem
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    5. Product paperwork and blueprints with paper stabber
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    6. Shelving fail
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    7. You raise me up :eek:
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    8. Fuses
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    9. Remember those waves?
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    10. Forbidden fruit
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    11. Pikey's where here 2k5
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    12. A sample please
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    13. Lamp ya' one
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    The Furnace / Where metals are melted

    1. Irn-Bru
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    2. 1 of about 3
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    3. It just come's out on its own
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    4. Overhead Gantry
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    5. Hello
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    6. Perspective
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    Cool Dude

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    Cheers Guys, hope you enjoyed!

    HS
     

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