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History of the Iron, Steel, Tinplate and Other Trades of Wales

History of the Iron, Steel, Tinplate and Other Trades of Wales


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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026932

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About the Authors
  • Charles Wilkins (1831–1913) was a Welsh postmaster and librarian who had a deep interest in local and regional history, especially of the town of Merthyr Tydfil where he lived. He wrote prolifically for many of the local newspapers, and produced histories of the town, Welsh literature, and the region's coal trade before tackling this work, published in 1903, which examines the rise of the iron and steel industries across the region, and gives a lively account of the notable families who were behind this industrial expansion from the eighteenth century onwards. Wales was a hub of steel, iron and tin production, which became much in demand during the Industrial Revolution. Wilkins also considers the workers' lives, devoting space to the riots of 1831, and paints a broad social and economic portrait of Wales at a time of great transition.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026932
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. History of the iron, steel, and tinplate trades
    2. Aberdare in old days
    3. The beginning of Dowlais
    4. The first guest in his exile at Dowlais
    5. Anthony Bacon and the beginning of Cyfarthfa
    6. The Homfrays of Penydarren
    7. The Crawshay family
    8. Favourite poem of Richard Crawshay
    9. William Crawshay, the Iron King
    10. The riots at Merthyr Tydfil
    11. Sir John Josiah Guest, M.P., the Iron King
    12. Sir John Josiah Guest, Bart.
    13. The Homfrays, Formans, and Alderman Thompson, of Penydarren
    14. Sir John J. Guest
    15. Penydarren works
    16. The eminent men of Penydarren
    17. The Plymouth ironworks and the Hill family
    18. Plymouth works
    19. Abernant works
    20. Sir Richard Fothergill as M.P. for Merthyr Tydfil
    21. Tredegar
    22. The Rhymney works
    23. Ebbw Vale
    24. Blaenavon ironworks
    25. Beaufort iron works
    26. Manors of Miskin, Rhondda, etc.
    27. The Chain and Anchor works at Pontypridd
    28. Melingriffith and Pentyrch
    29. The leading men of early iron days
    30. Men of the iron age
    31. Dowlais after the death of Sir John J. Guest
    32. Farthfa after the death of William Crawshay
    33. Tinplate
    34. Aberavon and district
    35. The Llynvi Valley
    36. Maesteg works and neighbourhood
    37. Neath
    38. Briton Ferry
    39. Landore
    40. Swansea
    41. Carmarthenshire iron works and Mr. Raby
    42. Sir John Jones Jenkins
    43. Visit to a Morriston works
    44. Llanelly and its note-worthy men
    45. Cardiganshire tinplate works
    46. Bessemer and Siemens
    47. Dates of interest in connection with the tinplate industry in Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire
    48. Wales the teacher
    49. The social life of our workers
    50. Old, and also extinct iron works
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    Charles Wilkins

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