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1883 A "Tin Works" at Rogerstone was marked on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of 1883
1885 The Rogerstone Steel and Wire Works were laid out - is this the same place?
1902 Subsequently the Castle Nail Works is shown on the second OS edition of 1901.
1939 the Northern Aluminium Company cleared the site again to build an aluminium factory which at its peak employed over 9,000 people.
WWII The aluminium produced was used in the wings of the Hurricane fighter plane. The importance of the factories in the war effort meant that Rogerstone was a prime target for German bombing and, in 1941, two air raids killed 18 people and destroyed 130 houses in the town.
Post-WWII the factory was rebuilt and much extended
Now known as the Novelis Aluminium Mill.