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Kidwelly Tinplate Co

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of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales

See also Kidwelly Industrial Museum.

See Kidwelly Tinplate Works, which covers the long history of the site, whose occupants included the Kidwelly Tinplate Co Ltd.

1904 the Kidwelly Tinplate Company Ltd was registered and took over the Kidwelly Tinplate Works.

1923 The South Wales Tinplate Corporation was registered - which represented a selling organisation for: [1]

  • Richard Thomas and Co (who owned six works in Carmarthenshire);
  • Kidwelly Tinplate Co;
  • Ashburnham Tinplate Co, Burry Port;
  • Old Castle Iron and Tin Plate Co, Llanelly;
  • Western Tinplate Works, Llanelly.

1931 The last four works above resigned from the Corporation.

1939 A founder of the Llanelly Associated Tinplate Companies[2]

The works were later used for storage purposes and finally dismantled in 1946. The site was offered for sale in 1947 and is now home to the Kidwelly Industrial Museum.

The site has now been re-developed as an industrial museum with special emphasis on the tinplate industry. Among the relics of the tinplate works are a water-powered mill, a plaque of 1801 recording a rebuilding of that year, and large steam engines which powered the rolling mills. At the north end of the site the headframe and winding engine from Morlais Colliery have been re-erected.

The above information is condensed from here [3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] A History of Carmarthenshire
  2. The Times, Apr 12, 1939
  3. [2] JISC Archives Hub: Kidwelly Tinplate Works Records
  • [3] Coflein - Kidwelly