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Renishaw Iron Co

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of Renishaw Iron Works, of Derbyshire, pig iron manufacturers Telephone: Eckington 17. Telegraphic Address: "Furnaces, Renishaw"

1888 Certainly operating before this date as Emma, the 87 year old widow of James Appleby (of Renishaw Iron Co) died then [1]. The company is owned by Appleby and Co [2]

1920s-30s Difficult times for the company as demand for pig iron fluctuated with consequent firing and shutting down of furnace and hiring/firing of workers.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Pig Iron Brand "Renishaw" Foundry Iron, Derbyshire quality , for general engineering castings and light castings. Special Low Phosphorous and High Manganese iron for all grades of high class castings. (Stand No. D.821) [3]

1938 Loan from Tinsley Park Colliery Co in exchange for agreement that control of the company and right to supply coke were secured by Tinsley Park[4].

1941 Patent - An improved wheel attachment for prevention of wheel spin.

1945 Patent - Improvements in or relating to chairs for railway lines.

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[5]

1956 Purchased by Tube Investments for its complementary pig iron facilities [6].

1968 British Steel announced that pig iron production would cease with 225 out of 420 losing their jobs. This was a consequence of closing the open hearth steel making plant at Park Gate Iron and Steel Co's works which would reduce demand for pig iron from Renishaw to below economic levels [7].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 2 October 1888
  2. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Wednesday, May 02, 1888
  3. 1937 British Industries Fair p405
  4. The Times, 1 December 1938
  5. Hansard 19 February 1951
  6. The Times, 16 November 1956
  7. The Times, 10 February 1968