Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Primrose Forge and Tinplate Works

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Surviving ranges of the former

1843 The Pontardawe tinplate works were founded as the Primrose Forge and Tinplate Works by William Parsons.

The tinplate process involved hot-rolling squares of iron sheet (blackplates), acid pickling, reheating to anneal, cold-rolling the squares to burnish (whiteplates), annealing and pickling again, before dipping in molten tin (tinning), followed by polishing, sorting and packing. The two-storey range here has the characteristic numerous flues of a tinning house, the second range has a long platform for loading or unloading in front.

1860s The works were sold to William Gilbertson.

The surviving buildings probably date from the later 19th century.

1962 The Ynysderw works closed.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Coflein - Pontardawe