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Abersychan Ironworks

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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.

1825 The British Iron Co took a 60-year lease on property at Abersychan near Pontypool

1826 Construction started

1827 the first iron was produced. Six furnaces were built but they were never all in production at once.

From about 1840 the works switched from producing bar iron to making rails.

1843 On 2 November the assets of the British Iron Co were transferred to the New British Iron Co and the original company was closed down.

1848 The hot blast was first applied to the Abersychan furnaces. The output of the furnaces was thereby doubled

1852 The Ebbw Vale Co bought the Abersychan Works (British Ironworks) consisting of six blast furnaces.

1889 Site finally closed

An engine-house, office block and remains of the furnaces can still be seen. The adjacent hamlet, named British, is all that remains of the housing that was once occupied by the workers.

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