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Dowlais-Cardiff Steel Works

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1890 The East Moors iron and steel works was built by Guest and Co in Cardiff in order to provide a works with convenient access to the sea. The East Moors works became a manufacturer of plate for ships.

WWI Soon after the outbreak of the war and in common with the remainder of GKN’s holdings, the Dowlais Cardiff site was taken over by the government as a Controlled Establishment. These works had government contracts and were controlled to maximise output, eliminate wasteful duplication, and keep profits down in the face of desperate need and shortage.

1917 Two additional 60 ton open furnaces were installed at the request of the Ministry of Munitions to increase production.

1930s The works were rebuilt and expanded.

Both the original and later buildings have been destroyed, with significant re-development having occurred. The majority of the former site now lies beneath modern industrial estate buildings.

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Sources of Information

  • GGAT 130: The Sinews of War: South East Wales Industry and The First World War, 2015, by Johnny Crawford