Ynyscedwyn Ironworks - Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 51° 46.102 W 003° 45.856
30U E 447262 N 5735552
Quick Description: Ynyscedwyn Ironworks had a single charcoal furnace on this site in the 17th century. Up to 7 furnaces were in use here until 1866. Most of the furnace remains were cleared in the 19th Century. The ironworks are located in Ystradgynlais, South Wales.
Location: South Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/18/2016 12:30:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMRXNB
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Leprechauns
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Long Description:
Ynyscedwyn ironworks started with a single charcoal furnace built on the site in the 17th century. Seven furnaces were in action by 1846 at this location. In 1866 six of the furnaces were demolished. All seven furnace remains that were of real historical significance were cleared in 1978. The remnant that remain standing at this site, are the yellow brick arches of an unfinished expansion of a steel mill, & a chimney dating from 1872.

"Ynyscedwyn ironworks was a single charcoal furnace that was believed to have been built on the site in 1612. In l823 George Crane, of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, acquired the works and the site underwent a rapid programme of enlargement and experimentation. Crane and David Thomas applied Neilson's hot-blast method which allowed the local anthracite to be used successfully for iron smelting for the first time. This resulted in no fewer than thirty six iron furnaces being built in the anthracite coalfield.

At Ynysgedwyn itself there were seven furnaces at the time of Crane's death in 1846 but his successors did little to develop his works. In 1866 the remaining six furnaces were largely demolished and a new charging-bank was constructed to feed two new circular metal-clad furnaces. Both of these were out of blast by 1869. In 1872 a forge or mill with monumental arches of yellow brick and a dated chimney stack were added. This project was never completed but the walls still stand. The furnace remains that were of real historical significance were cleared in 1978. Bollards cast at Ynysgedwyn survive at Swansea and at Bristol. Many of the workers were housed in the nearby College Row and in Gough Buildings. The site is associated with: Claypon's Tramroad (NPRN 34627 and Glantawe Workers' Cottages, Ystradgynlais (NPRN 25526)." Text Source:
A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of the Swansea Region, by Stephen Hughes and Paul Reynolds, AIA, 1989 & (visit link)
Dates of Operation: From: 8/1/2016 To: 8/18/2016

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