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of Briton Ferry, Glamorgan and Great Tower Street, London, EC3. Works: Aberavon; Ferry; Ffrwdwyllt; Melyn (T. and S.); Morriston and Midland; Resolven; Villiers; Vivian.
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.
1906 Blowing engine installed by Richardsons, Westgarth and Co
1914 Albion was acquired by Briton Ferry Steel Co Ltd.
1914 Steel manufacturers. Speciality: soft steel. Employees 450. 
1918 New private steel company formed by Baldwins, their bankers and associates; it was called the British Steel Corporation; it had acquired the Briton Ferry Works and extensive land between the Swansea docks and the Neath River to host blast furnaces and coke ovens.
1921 Ferry-tinplate works, an independent works, entered into working arrangements with Briton Ferry Steel Co in 1921.
1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Welsh Tinplate Works. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.328) 
1956 Duport purchased Briton Ferry Steel Co from the Iron and Steel Holding and Realisation Agency. As part of the deal, Neath Steel Sheet and Galvanizing Co became a wholly owned subsidiary of Briton Ferry Steel Co.
1967 One of the larger steel makers not subject to nationalisation
A thorough account of the firm's history and activities is given in 'A Legacy from Victorian Enterprise - The Briton Ferry Ironworks and the daughter companies' by C. W. Roberts,