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William Hatton of Bilston established one of the earliest rolling-mills, at Kidderminster, for tinplate and sheet iron, and one on the River Stour. These grew in number, and at one time, before the trade went to South Wales, there were several in operation.
George Hatton, his son, is prominent to-day in the Staffordshire world.
In 1788 there were nine coal- and coke-fired furnaces in the district, with a total weekly output of 135 tons