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Briton Ferry Iron Works

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1846 George Davey and others, built the Briton Ferry Iron Works. Two blast furnaces were built at Briton Ferry.

A variable number of furnaces were in blast 1856-1913, smelting continuing until c.1914.

1860 The Briton Ferry Ironworks had 27 puddling furnaces and 3 rolling mills.

1860 Ferry-tinplate works was started (an independent works).

1865 The number of furnaces and mills had increased to 40 and 3, respectively.

1866 Presentation to Evan Roberts, mechanical engineer

1880 Briton Ferry maintained 43 puddling furnaces and 4 rolling mills working. It was one of several ironworks that were renovated and became a steelworks, erecting Siemens-Martin open hearth furnaces; it had its own tinworks on site.

1889 Incorporated as a limited company.

1893 New steel works: Albion Works, Briton Ferry.

1897 Three local companies, the Western, the Old Castle, and Briton Ferry Steel Co, formed the Llanelly Steel Co to ensure regular, relatively cheap supplies of bar.

1906 Blowing engine installed by Richardsons, Westgarth and Co‎

1914 Albion was acquired by Briton Ferry Steel Co Ltd.

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