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1790 After the failure of various schemes to provide Birmingham with its own copper smelters, the manufacturers set up the Birmingham Mining and Copper Co on similar lines to the Birmingham Metal Co, with smelting works at Swansea. Its formation was part of the reaction in the Midlands against the monopolistic practices of the Anglesey and Cornish mining interests led by Thomas Williams. The company initially had a capital of £ 50,000 in £ 100 shares, each subscriber being limited to five shares and obliged to buy a certain amount of metal per share held.
1793 Set up its new Ynys (alias Birmingham) Works in the Tawe Valley in 1793 and held it for a period of forty years
1830 of Temple Row West, Birmingham