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Cwm Avon Iron Co

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of Cwm Avon Ironworks (presumably), Taibach, Glamorgan

1825 John Vigurs and Co built tinworks at CwmAvon

1831 Bar mills and tinplate mills were erected at Cwm Avon; blackplate was produced[1]

John Reynolds erected the extensive ironworks at Cwm Avon.

1835 Erection of Cwm Avon copper works

By 1846 Mr. T. R. Guppy was manager of the Cwm Avon Works of the Governor and Company of Copper Miners in England.

1851 Award at the 1851 Great Exhibition. See details at 1851 Great Exhibition: Reports of the Juries: Class V.

1865 Cwm Avon and Oakwook had 6 blast furnace, one out of service

1877 Mr. James Shaw and some associates acquired the extensive establishment of the Governor and Company of Copper Miners in England, better known as the Cwm Avon Ironworks.

"This famous company was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1691, and went into liquidation in July, 1876, having succumbed to the storm which wrecked so many other concerns engaged in the iron-trade. It is well known that their great works had cost this ancient Corporation over a million and a quarter of money. Mr. Shaw worked this property for some years with remarkable success, and at a later date, formed the property into a limited liability company, which has since gone into liquidation."[2]

1877 Shortly after this the tinplate works were sold, recovering almost all of the money that Mr Shaw had spent in acquiring the company[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Histori Port Talbot
  2. Obituary of James Shaw
  3. The Times, October 20, 1877