Text: The Historical Metallurgy Society

Anniversary of Cyfarthfa Ironworks 1822
17th-19th June 2016
Merthyr Tydfil
Tim Young

 

This meeting celebrates two separate anniversaries:

  • 250th anniversary of the construction of Cyfarthfa Ironworks (1765-7)
  • 225th anniversary of the first successful commercial implementation of the puddling process (1791)

Based in the Merthyr Tydfil area, this conference will discuss a range of related toptics including the story of puddling (technology, economics, social history, engineering implications, international adoption), as well as the wider story of iron conversion technology and the broader development, social history and context of the iron industry in Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales from 1750 to 1950. There will also be discussion of the development of Cyfarthfa Ironworks and its people (Bacon, the Homfrays, the Crawshays, their engineers and partners).

On Friday before the conference starts there is a rare opportunity to visit Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine (book early as numbers limited). On Sunday there will be another excursion through the sites of the Taff Valley in Merthyr, excursion on foot (approx 7km) but transfer between many of the sites may be made by car. Sites to be visited include:

  • Merthyr (Penydarren) Tramroad tunnel,
  • Ynysfach Ironworks,
  • Chapel Row,
  • Cyfarthfa Ironworks

Based in the Merthyr Tydfil area, this conference will discuss a range of related toptics including the story of puddling, as well as the wider story of iron conversion technology and the broader development, social history and context of the iron industry in Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales from 1750 to 1950.

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