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Botfield and Co

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Thomas, William and Beriah Botfield, of Wellington, Shropshire

1828 Listed as Iron Masters, at Malinslee and Stirchley

The Botley Family Archive is held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester [1]

The Stirchley blast furnaces were in use from 1822 until the 1880s for smelting iron. The site was subsequently used by the Wrekin Chemical Co to extract by-products from charcoal. Two of the four furnaces at Stirchley have recently been excavated, and the detailed findings, together with a history of the site and its owners, are contained in a thorough report, available online[2]. The site was important in the history of the application of hot blast to iron smelting.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] ELGAR: Electronic Gateway to Archives at Rylands - Records of the Botfield Family
  2. [2] 'Stirchley Furnaces, Telford Town Park' Nexus Heritage Report 3072.R01, 15/06/2011