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Rose Copper Co

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of Birmingham

Following the success of the Birmingham Mining and Copper Co, it was soon followed by the foundation of the Rose Copper Company.

1797 the Rose Copper Smelting Co. took over and "considerably enlarged" a smelter on the river Tawe which had been operated since 1780 by Fenton and Co, of Leeds. This partnership produced mainly for the market rather than for meeting the requirements of the members who included Matthew Boulton, Joseph Gibbins, W. and A. Baldwin, Walter Gibbon and T. Holbrook (the latter having been the Swansea agent of Fenton & Co.) [1]

1823 John Williams and his sons, in partnership with Pascoe St Leger Grenfell and Lewis Fox, took over the Rose Copper Works in the Swansea valley.

1823 the Grenfell, Williams and Fox partnership took over the Rose Copper Works in the Swansea valley.

1823/4 Pascoe St. Leger Grenfell withdrew from the partnership which was expanded to include Sampson Foster and Joseph T. Foster of Norwich - also see Williams, Foster and Co

Later this company became the Birmingham Battery and Metal Co Ltd, with smelting works at Swansea, and the Crown Copper Co who smelted at Neath.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Morgannwg, Vol. 23 1979 Enterprise and capital for non-ferrous metal smelting in Glamorgan, 1694-1924 [1]
  • Brummagen Brass, by L. G. Beresford [2]