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West Somerset Mineral Railway

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of Stogumber, Taunton

1852 The Brendon Hills Mining Co was established

1855 The Brendon Hills Iron Ore Co was incorporated with the assets of the Brendon Hills Mining Co. The estate consisted of mines in the county of Somerset. Its directors were Thomas Brown, Joseph Robinson, Abraham Darby (1804-1878), Henry Dickinson and William Tothill, were also directors of the Ebbw Vale Co.

1857 The West Somerset Mineral Railway company was incorporated, an integral part of the business of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Co.

1866 When the new Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron and Coal Co was incorporated, the Somerset mines were placed under its management.

1868 The lease of the line was changed from Ebbw Vale Co to Ebbw Vale Iron and Steel Co[1].

1908 The line was 11.5 miles in length. [2]

An outstanding detailed account of the railway and of the local iron mines has been published (2011). The book includes numerous photographs, maps and plans [3]

See Also

  • Papers in Gwent Record Office [1]

Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 13 May 1868
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. 'The Brendon Hills Iron Mines and the West Somerset Railway - A New Account' by M H Jones, published by Lightmoor Press in conjunction with Exmoor National Park Authority. ISBN 9781899889 53 2