of Acrefair, near Wrexham, Denbighshire.
c.1817 An ironworks was established by Edward Lloyd Rowland.
1822 He was made bankrupt
1825 The idle works were bought by the British Iron Co. There were three furnaces, forges and mills which supplied foundry iron chiefly to the Manchester market.
During 1825 the British Iron Co purchased a number of active ironworks and land on which to build further works. Of these the principal sites were Abersychan in South Wales, Ruabon in North Wales and Corngreaves near Dudley in England.
Randle Bennion, an insolvent debtor, had earlier been clerk to the British Iron Co, Ruabon
From about 1875 the production of iron was spasmodic
1880 'TERRIBLE BOILER EXPLOSION. FOUR MEN KILLED. A fatal boiler explosion, causing the loss of four lives, and injuries to fourteen persons, occurred on Saturday at the works of the New British Iron Company, Ruabon. A portion of a boiler, weighing three tons, was blown over the roofs of surrounding buildings, and struck a massive stone chimney, nearly causing it to fall. The works were completely riddled. Three men were instantly killed, and a fourth so burnt that he died shortly afterwards. 100 men were on the premises at the time.'
1887 The New British Iron Co gave prizes for best kept cottages, gardens, etc
1887 Ruabon ironworks were closed
Sources of Information
- London Gazette, 30 June 1840. Page 21 of 22
- The Engineer 1875/11/05
- Dundee Courier - Tuesday 23 November 1880
- The Wrexham Advertiser, and North Wales News, September 10, 1887