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Gjers, Mills and Co

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1964. The old blast furnace built in 1871.
1964. The 1927 blast furnace.
1964. Hot metal casting from the 1925 blast furnace.
1964. Dumping by wheelbarrow.
1964. Dumping by wheelbarrow.
1964. Loading ore in to a wheelbarrow to take to the top of the furnace.
1964. Hot metal casting from the 1925 furnace
1964. Dirt and flame on lowering single bell
1964. Gjers operation - men making the sand beds.

Gjers, Mill and Co, of Ayresome Ironworks, Middlesbrough.

1870 Company established by John Gjers, Mr. Mills and Mr. Emerson; erected the Ayresome Ironworks.

1870 Had a blowing engine installed by Cochrane, Grove and Co.

1877 The works had 4 blast furnaces[1]

1902 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Ironmasters. Specialities: special foundry pig iron, ordinary hematite, low phosphorous hematite, ferro-silicon and silico-spiegel. [2]

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[3]

1963 At this time Cranleigh Group owned Millom Hematite Ore and Iron Co which purchased Gjers, Mills and Co from the Holding and Realization Agency[4]. The purchasers undertook to keep Gjers operating for at least 2 years, despite the depressed state of trade.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 01, 1877
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. Hansard 19 February 1951
  4. The Times, 17 January 1963
  • The Engineer of 23rd February 1900. p213
  • The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978/9. ISBN 0-903485-65-6