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Stanton Iron Works Co

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May 1896.
1947. Training centre.
1959. Crusher House, Sinter Plant and Distribution Bunkers.

of Stanton-by-Dale, Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Formerly known as Stanton Ironworks

1855 Incorporation of the Stanton Iron Works Co[1]

1870 The Franco-Prussian War created a huge demand for iron; the works expanded rapidly with the construction of new furnaces and foundries (the New Works) alongside the Erewash Canal in the early 1870s.

1877 First factory to install electric arc lighting. It was a new factory to produce cast pipes. Owned by George and John Crompton.

1900 The The Stanton Ironworks Company Ltd was registered on 6 July, in reconstruction of a company of the same name[2], Stanton Ironworks

1918 Selling Agents for Messrs. James Oakes and Co.

1920 April. Issued catalogue on cast iron signposts

1920 Took over the ironworks, foundries and ironstone properties of James Oakes and Co. The Stanton company includes the Holwell Iron Co

1923 The company decided to put three further blast-furnaces into operation on March 1st. The company was then working twelve out of its seventeen furnaces.[3]

1927 See Aberconway Chapter II for information on the company and its history. Mr. C. R. Crompton was Chairman and Mr. W. Benton Jones was among the Directors. It owned seventeen blast furnaces, with a consumption of 337,000 tons of coke per annum.

By 1938 also owned Wellingborough Iron Co[4]

1938 Issue of debentures to pay for new coke oven plant.

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[5]

1960 The company was eventually taken over by Stewarts and Lloyds Ltd and was merged with the Staveley Iron and Chemical Co Ltd in 1960 to form Stanton and Staveley.

1961 Part of Stewarts and Lloyds. Employing 9,000 persons.[6]

1967 Stewarts and Lloyds became part of the nationalised British Steel Corporation, and their major subsidiary - Stanton and Staveley - was also incorporated.

A Brief History of The Firm

Abstract from 'Basic Blast Furnaces' The Engineer 1917/11/02 p 392.

"It was established in 1855 with an office staff of four, and three small furnaces, a small foundry, iron fields at Stanton and in the neighbourhood parish of Dale Abbey, and the Ironstone Bell pits at Babbington. The partners were Messrs George and John Crompton - brothers and partners in the firm of bankers of Crompton and Evans - Mr Newton and Mr. Barber. At first the pig iron was made entirely from local ore, but in 1865 Northamptonshire ores were introduced into the company's mixtures, and a little later iron mines in Leceistershire and Northamptonshire were acquired and developed. In 1878 the pipe foundry, now probably the largest in Great Britain, if not in the world, was started under the management of Mr James Chambers, whose son Mr Frederick, is the present manager. Ten years prior to this date the company sunk its first colliery at Teversal, the Pleaseley Colliery followed in 1873, and The Silverhill in 1878. As indicating the progress of the firm it may be mentioned that in the twenty years immediately prior to 1914, the output of coal had increased by 94 per cent, the ironstone output by 38 per cent, the pig iron output by 29 per cent and the cast iron pipe output by 184 per cent. The company has now some 7000 people on its pay roll - 3000 at Stanton, the same number at the collieries and 1000 at the ironstone mines." November 2nd 1917.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1917/11/02
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Engineer 1923/02/09
  4. The Times, Jun 23, 1938
  5. Hansard 19 February 1951
  6. * 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises
  • [1] A brief history of Stanton ironworks
  • The Engineer of 23rd Jan 1920 p102
  • The Engineer of 30th April 1920 p438