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c.1860 The works were laid out; they became known for the manufacture of iron rails.
By 1865 West Hartlepool Rolling Mills and Blast Furnaces (presumably this company) had been acquired by Pile, Spence and Co
1866 Pile Spence and Co failed
1881 These rolling mills were taken over by Mr. Matthew Gray and Mr Gladstone, who re-arranged them for the manufacture of iron plates. The mills were claimed to be the most complete ship-plate manufactory in the country.
1887 Introduced the manufacture of steel plates, for which a complete steel plant was laid down
1888 the first steel plate was made in August.
In 1898 Christopher Furness, in association with Mr. W. C. Gray, of West Hartlepool, purchased the Moor Steel and Iron Works, of Stockton-on-Tees, the Stockton Malleable Iron Works, and the West Hartlepool Steel and Iron Co, which were converted into a single undertaking, the South Durham Steel and Iron Co (Limited).