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Industrial Wales
Foundry work and builders plates
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There are some things that turn up in all the wrong places so don't particularly fit the geographical layout of the rest of the pages.
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Ironmongery under your feet (and above them)

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Local foundries and ironworks are largely gone now. They produced a wide range of items, generally marked with their name.
This page has examples of all manner of drain and manholes, builder plates and signs, gate and fence posts plus other castings with their inscriptions

Builders plates

Many iron bridges, other structures and mqchinery carry their makers plate, some dated, some not.

E Finch & Co Ltd, Chepstow

E Finch & Co Ltd began life building the Chepstow railway bridge for I K Brunel in 1852. It developed into a varied engineering company, notably shipbuilding. The company was sold in 1916 eventually becoming the Fairfield Mabey engineering works. Their builders plates had the year changed as time moved on.

Other Builders Plates

Manhole Covers

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Two Prolific Local Foundries

W A Baker & Co Ltd, Westgate Foundry, East Dock Road, Newport, Monmouthshire

'W A Baker & Co Ltd' were established in 1880 Business established and was re-constituted as 'W A Baker & Co 1910 Ltd' in 1910, They became part of the 'Whitehead Iron and Steel Co Ltd' in 1938. A new foundry was built during WW2 followed by a major expansion and refurbishment. In 1957 Bakers became part of the US firm, 'Black Clawson', and the works was demolished in 2006.

Broads Foundry, Pontymister, Monmouthshire

Pontymister ironworks were established in 1801, being connected to the canal and Sirhowy Tramroad by a branch tramroad across the River Ebbw. Unfortunately the works appear to have seriously unsuccessful, going from bankrupcy to bankrupcy. It became much more successful as a tinplate works from 1845 and the tramway became a railway in 1850 with the mainline. Another bankrupcy hit the works in 1896 after an acrimonious strike, a merger with the adjacent Pontymister foundry and more changes to ownership followed. The building of the Llanwern steelworks ended steel production in 1962.

Birds Commercial Motors demolished the works in 1962 then carried on using the site as a scrapyard, scrapping over 200 steam locomotives, until 1969 after which they used part of the area as a plant depot.

Broads of London were successful builders merchants based in Paddington Dock, with their foundry at Hanwell, West London. The West London site was valuable housing land and not the best place for an iron foundry, so they built a new foundry on part of Birds site in Pontymister, opening in 1970. Over 30 year later Broads Foundry closed in 2004. I don't know if there is any way of telling the two foundries work apart, some articles include 'London' in the casting, others of an identical pattern don't.

The 'Ner-Roc' range

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Stop Cocks, Valves and Hydrants

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Smaller items including Stop Cock covers, Valve covers and Fire Hydrants covers

Drain Covers and Gratings

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Railway, Canal and Road Signs

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Railway Signs

Canal Signs

Road Signs


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    Signs and Notices     Miscellania

Other Ironmongery, particularly with names and makers

Acknowledgments, sources and further reading.

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