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. The Blaina Iron Works were established in 1820 by Mr George Jones, Mr Jones was a Shropshire Iron Master. Over the proceeding years the area slowly built up around the iron works and was later carried on by Mr Richard Brown and his sons Thomas and James. More information on Mr George Jones below. ... Read More »

The Aerial Railway Cableway – Blaina

The Aerial Railway Cableway – Blaina. Mr John Monks was a contractor and 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 ... Read More »

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works & Coke Ovens

Penybont Cwmtillery – By Product Works, Washery & Coke Ovens. Prior to 1911 the Cwmtillery Coke Ovens were located in the grounds of Cwmtillery Colliery. Following is a Link  to – The original Coke Ovens at Cwmtillery Colliery The By-Product Plant. The map (left) shows the area in 1901, about ten years before the by-product plant, washery and coke works ... Read More »

Mr John Ward Williams – Warwill’s Foundry

Mr John Ward Williams. Mr John Ward Williams was the founder of the Iron Foundry at Abertillery. Mr J. Ward Williams was born in 1830 at Aberystruth. 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. The Abertillery Iron Foundry. It’s believed that ... Read More »

Mr Arthur Tilney – Abertillery Steam Saw Mills

Abertillery Steam Saw Mills and Mr Arthur Tilney. Mr Arthur Tilney was born in November 1843 at Kirby Bedon, Norwich, Norfolk. 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 settle ... 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) was situated at New Princess Street, Abertillery, later to become Richmond Road.  The Steam Laundry Proposal. On Tuesday 5th May 1891, at a monthly meeting of the Chamber of Trade at the National School Rooms Abertillery, the need for a steam ... Read More »

Abertillery Tin Works Feeder

Abertillery Tin Works Feeder. During 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 and forceful flow of water to power the machinery to manufacture such products. The Abertillery Tin Works and earlier Iron Works site was higher in elevation ... Read More »

Abertillery Tin Works & Foundry

Abertillery Tin Works Station Road Abertillery. The Abertillery Tin Works were built in the late 1840’s on the ground that was once occupied by the earlier Iron Works constructed sometime in the 1830’s (where Tescos Supermarket is today). The old iron works was on the land registry maps of 1840 (as seen in another image on the site), six years ... Read More »

Abertillery Iron Works 1830s

Abertillery Iron Works 1830s. In the 1830’s Mr Richard Walker was an Iron Master based at Abertillery, sadly very little is known about him. Mr Walker was originally from Pontypool, his daughter Miss Harriet Walker married Mr William Webb (Brewster of Aberbeeg). Mr Richard Walker established the Iron Works at Abertillery in the 1830’s, (situated where Tesco’s Supermarket is today) ... Read More »

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