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Ashburnham Tinplate Co

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of Burry Port, Carmarthen, Wales

1890 'OPENING OF NEW TIN WORKS AT BURRY PORT - Operations commenced at the Ashburnham Tinplate Works, Burry Port, on Tuesday afternoon. The works are erected near the docks, which is a great advantage. The engine was supplied by the Bowling Iron Company (Limited), Bradford. The diameter of the fly-wheel, which was supplied at by Messrs. R. Nevill and Co., Llanelly, is 24ft., and it weighs 40 tons. The works have four mills - two supplied by Messrs. Nevill and Co. and two by the late Mr. John Powell, Lanelly - and two boilers, 30ft. long and 8½ in diameter, supplied by Messrs. Tinker Bros., Hyde, Manchester. The pickling machine was supplied by the Millwork Iron Company, Landore, and the tinning plant by Messrs. H. Marker and Son, Gowerton. The works are lit up by electricitv throughout by Mr. J. C. Howell, from Llanelly, several arc and incandescent lights being used. It is estimated that they will turn out weekly 2,400 boxes. In all nearly 300 men will be employed. Mr. David Griffiths is the manager.' [1]

1923 The South Wales Tinplate Corporation was registered - which represented a selling organisation for: [2]

  • a) Richard Thomas and Co (who own six works in Carmarthenshire);
  • b) Kidwelly Tinplate Co;
  • c) Ashburnham Tinplate Co, Burry Port;
  • d) The Old Castle Iron and Tin Plate Co, Llanelly;
  • e) The Western Tinplate Works, Llanelly.

1931 The last four works above resigned from the Corporation.

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Welsh Tinplate Works. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.328).[3]

1939 A founder of the Llanelly Associated Tinplate Companies Limited[4]

1953 Production ended[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Mail, 30 April 1890
  2. [1] A History of Carmarthenshire
  3. * 1937 British Industries Fair Advert pp666 and 667; and p329
  4. The Times, Apr 12, 1939
  5. [2]Coflein