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Coalbrook Vale Ironworks

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1820 Mr George Brewer established the Coalbrook Vale ironworks on the east side of the Ebbwy-fach river, a short distance to the south of Nant-y-glo. Brewer was believed to be related to the Darbys of Coalbrookdale, hence the name Coalbrook Vale.

1821 one furnace was completed

1823 The works produced 2,704 tons of iron

1824 A second furnace was fired up.

1845 George Brewer died; his son, Tom Llewellyn Brewer, assumed control of the works.

1849 Three blast furnaces were present on the site.

1852 John Fowkes was the furnace manager [1]

1855 Coalbrook Vale Ironworks were purchased by Levick and Simpson (or the company was operating 3 furnaces at Coalbrook Vale[2]).

1858 Frederick Levick owned the 3 ironworks

1860s Worsening trading conditions led to the three works being put up for sale in 1867. The sale catalogue described a furnace, puddling furnaces, mills and forges at Coalbrook Vale together with an attached engineering works. However, no buyer came forward.

1878 The company's assets were eventually sold off.

No visible traces of the works remain.

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Sources of Information

  1. Monmouthshire Merlin, 27 August 1852. Death notice: On the 15th inst., at Coalbrook Vale Iron Works, after few days illness after her confinement, Susannah, wife of Mr. John Fowkes, furnace manager, Coalbrook Vale, aged 40 years
  2. varies between sources
  • Gwent Record Office [1]
  • [2] Coflein - Coalbrook Vale