Pontardawe Chemical Works

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds relating to the Pontardawe Chemical Works site and other property belonging to the Lewis family, manufacturing chemists at the works, including: Pontardawe Chemical Works title deeds 1851-1933; Brynheulog title deeds 1809-1968; James Street title deeds 1858-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pontardawe Chemical Works at Alltwen was founded c1849 by Jacob Lewis, a Swansea draper. His son Lewis Lewis was also involved in the works and he lived at 'Brynheulog House' to which many of the deeds in this archive relate. The works supplied the local tinplate industry with vitriol or sulphoric acid which was used in the pickling process. Pontardawe Chemical Works was in severe decline by the 1940s and the site was eventually closed in the 1970s.

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