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Bridgend Foundry Co

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Barn thresher.
Waterwheel at Killhope Mine

of Cardigan (Ceredigion).

Established by 1844 by David Davies.

By 1854 it had been leased by William & Timothy Thomas, formerly of Mwldan Foundry. They were still operating the foundry in 1868. In 1869 Timothy Thomas displayed two new patented portable grinding mills at Cardigan Agricultural Show. Scott Freeland Kelly (d.1894 aged 42) took over the Foundry in 1870. In 1890 the foundry passed to William E. Matthews. From 1901-36 the ‘Bridge End Foundry & Engineering Company’ was being run by W. E. Matthews. The derelict Foundry was demolished in 1979.[1]

Examples of their waterwheels may be seen at Killhope Mine and at Rock Mills, Llandysul[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Bridge End Foundry', Glen Johnson website
  2. [2] British Listed Buildings website - Rock Mills