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Lloyd's Bute Chain and Anchor Proving House

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of Dumball's Road, Butetown, Cardiff

1866 The Bute Chain, Cable & Anchor Testing Works, Old Canal, Cardiff was advertising its services.

By 1880 the site (previously occupied by a Tin Works) had been renamed Bute Chain & Anchor Proving House. The 1880 O.S. map [1] shows the testing house on a narrow strip of land between the River Taff and the Glamorganshire Canal.

1884 Visit of Lloyd's Committee: 'The party drove off in four open carriages, and proceeded to Lloyd's Chain and Anchor Proving House, which is situated about midway between the Custom House Bridge and the Old Sea Lock on the west side of the Glamorganshire Canal. They were met by Mr. George W. Penn, the superintendlent, who showed them over the building, and and lucidly explained the various methods of testing anchors and chain cables. [2]

1888 The Bute Chain and Anchor Testing Company's premises were in Dumball's-road, Cardiff[3]

By 1920 the works had taken over the site of the adjacent Loudon Foundry

1999 The original building was still standing.

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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals' Vol. 2, by Stephen Rowson and Ian L. Wright, Black Dwarf Publications, 2001, section of map reproduced on p.274
  2. Western Mail, 21 August 1884
  3. London Gazette 23 Nov 1888