Industry

William Williams & Co Company Token – Nantyglo Iron Works 1811

William Williams & Co – Nantyglo Iron Works 1811. Mr William Williams was partner with Mr Matthew Wayne and Mr Joseph Bailey Esq at Nantyglo Iron Works in the early 1800s. Their partnership was known as William Williams & Co and was a Company Shop business when the Nantyglo Ironworks were in its infancy. Their partnership was dissolved in 1813.  ... Read More »

Blaina Iron Works – A Brief History

Blaina Iron Works. Mr George Jones. In 1820 the Blaina Iron Works were established by Mr George Jones, a Shropshire Iron Master. Over the proceeding years the area slowly built up around them and was carried on by Mr Richard Brown and his son’s. More information on Mr George Jones below. Messrs Brown Family. Mr Richard Brown. Mr Richard Brown ... Read More »

The Aerial Railway Cableway – Blaina

The Aerial Railway Cableway – Blaina. Mr J. Monks was also a Quarry Proprietor. He quarried stone to use in his building work and owned quite a few stone quarries in the district. A few of these quarries was along the side of the Arael Mountain above West Side at Blaina. These quarries produced Blue Pennant Stone, the supply of ... Read More »

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works & Coke Ovens

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works, Washery & Coke Ovens. Prior to 1911 the Coke Ovens were located in the grounds of Cwmtillery Colliery. Link to the original Coke Ovens at Cwmtillery Colliery The Map (left) shows the area in 1901, about ten years before the By-Product Plant, Washery and Coke Works were constructed. The works would be built in ... Read More »

Mr John Ward Williams – Warwill’s Foundry

Mr J. Ward Williams. Mr John Ward Williams was born in Aberystruth in 1830. His father was Mr Crawshay Bailey’s Manager at the Iron Works Nantyglo. There is a Mr Ward Williams residing in Nantyglo on the 1854 Electoral Register. It’s believed that Mr John Ward Williams came to Abertillery and opened the Iron Foundry in Church Street in 1874 ... Read More »

Mr Arthur Tilney – Abertillery Steam Saw Mills

Abertillery Steam Saw Mills and Mr Arthur Tilney. Mr Arthur Tilney was born in Kirby Bedon, Norwich, Norfolk in November 1843. The son of Mr Robert Tilney of Norwich, a young Arthur attended the local school and was educated by the Rev Dr Purnell. At the age of 17 years he left Norwich on medical advice and he came to ... Read More »

Abertillery Steam Laundry

Abertillery Steam Laundry. The Abertillery and Western Valley’s Steam Laundry Co (as seen circled on the featured image above) New Princess Street, Abertillery. At a monthly meeting of the Chamber of Trade at the National School Rooms Abertillery on Tuesday 5th May 1891 the need for a steam laundry was proposed by Mr Samuel Nathan Jones. Mr Jones said it ... Read More »

Abertillery Tin Works Feeder

Abertillery Tin Works Feeder. During the Tin Plate production at the Abertillery Tin Works and maybe before at the time the Iron Works were established by Mr Richard Walker the works relied on a steady flow of water to power the machinery. Left is a map showing the feeder running parallel to the River Ebbw. The Tin Works site is ... Read More »

Abertillery Tin Works & Foundry

Abertillery Tin Works Station Road Abertillery. The Tin Works were built on the ground that was occupied by an earlier Iron Works in the 1830s (where Tescos is today). The old Iron Works was on the Land Registry maps of 1840 (as seen in another image on the site), six years before the Tin Works were erected. In old reports ... Read More »

Abertillery Iron Works 1830s

Abertillery Iron Works 1830s. Mr Richard Walker was Abertillery’s original Iron Master, little is known of him. He was from Pontypool and his Daughter was Miss Harriet Walker, she married Mr William Webb (Brewster of Aberbeeg). Mr Richard Walker established the Iron Works at Abertillery in the 1830s, (Situated where Tesco’s Supermarket is today) he was sending quantities of Iron ... Read More »

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