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Charles Wood (1702- )

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Charles Wood (1702 - )

1702 Born the son of an ironmaster from the Midlands.

After spending time in Jamaica, he moved to Keswick, where he conducted experiments on platinum with his neighbour, the physician and amateur scientist William Brownrigg.

Brownrigg (later Wood's brother-in-law) and Anthony Bacon, became founding partners in the Cyfarthfa Ironworks.

Patent by John and Charles Wood for improving the manufacture of cast steel dated 29th July 1763 which is stated to be an improvement upon a patent of John Wood, of the year 1761.[1]

1766 Wood was taken on by Brownrigg and Bacon to supervise the building of the works and stayed in Merthyr until May 1767. His diary for the period chronicled the construction of the state-of-the-art blast furnace.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1857/03/06
  • Morgannwg - Vol. 46 2002 The diary of Charles Wood of Cyfarthfa ironworks, Merthyr Tydfil, 1766-1767. Book review [1]