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Milton Iron Works

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1839. Lathe at Milton Works.

near Barnsley

1823 'Chain Bridges —Two Suspension Chain Bridges have just been finished at the Milton Iron Works, near Rotherham, which are well worthy of the attention of the curious and scientific. The workmanship is admirable. One of these is a bridge of two arches, the other of one arch ; each span is a hundred and thirty - five feet. We have been told that they are for exportation, and will not remain long on the premises.'[1]. Note: These were designed by Marc Isambard Brunel for the French Government, and shipped to the Isle of Bourbon (now called La Réunion).

1843 Report on experiments on cast and malleable iron by David Mushet.

1845 the Cromford Canal Co ordered Graham and Company of the Milton Iron Works, Elsecar to build a 70 horsepower engine, to cost £1,965 and which would be ready for work in July of that year.

1845 Thomas Horsley was appointed engineer and manager. As well as iron for the Sheffield steel makers, large engines and large pumping engines for mines, drainage, etc were manufactured there. Also made the hydraulic presses for lifting the Conway tubular bridge, which were afterwards used also for lifting one end of the Menai tubular bridge.

c.1856 Produced the castings for the cast iron Ball Street Bridge, Sheffield[2]

1859 William Henry and George Dawes, ironmasters, needed ore for their works at Milton and Elsecar, near Barnsley, and took trial quantities of the newly discovered Frodingham ironstone.

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Sources of Information

  1. Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 6 March 1823
  2. [1] British Listed Buildings website, Ball Street Bridge, Sheffield