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Clydach Ironworks

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Blast furnace

Clydach Ironworks, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Established in the 1790s with coke-fired blast furnaces

1820 Advert: 'To Smiths, Dealers in Iron, &c.
Edward Frere and Co. of the Clydach Iron Works, respectfully inform the Public that they have established a Depot for the sale of IRON of every description, in the City of Oxford, and have appointed Mr. EDWARDS, the firm of BROWN and HOWARDS, their sole Agent for the City and Vicinity of Oxford ; who has been in the constant habit of vending, as well using it in large quantities for the last Eighteen Years.
N.B. A trial will prove its superior quality.
Premises wanted for an Iron Warehouse, near the bottom of the High-street.'[1]

1830 Frere and Co operated 3 blast furnaces.

1833 Partnership dissolved: Edward Frere and John Powell, ironmasters, Clydach Iron Works, Breconshire, 17th Jan. 1832 — Debts J. Powell [2]

The ruined remains have been stabilised and made accessible to visitors [3] [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford University and City Herald, 10 June 1820
  2. Perry's Bankrupt Gazette - Saturday 21 December 1833
  3. [1] Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust: Clydach Gorge webpage
  4. [2] Brecon Beacons National Park webpage with information about access and parking