BRYMBO STEELWORKS RECORDS

Scope and Content

Records of Brymbo Steelworks, 1842-1992, including minutes of Brymbo Mineral and Railway Co., 1842-1855, Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd, 1884-1969, GKN, 1961-1968, and BSC (Holdings) Ltd, 1968-1969; cost accounts, 1907-1931; photographs, [1960s]-1990; photocopies and printouts from microfilm of drawings of the works and significant buildings, [c. 1900]-1990; Wages Office files, 1940-1972; reports of directors, 1898-1939; various papers relating to Brymbo, and to Smith's Stamping Works (Coventry), 1884-1991; miscellaneous administrative and financial records, 1919-1992; Brymbo Works Magazine, 1920-1927; printed material, 1959-1986; and brochures and sale particulars, [c.1990].

Administrative / Biographical History

Brymbo Ironworks were begun c. 1796 by John Wilkinson (1728-1808) on his Brymbo Hall estate, Denbighshire. The Brymbo Mineral and Railway Co. was formed in 1842, by Robert Roy, Henry Robertson (1816-1888) and others; Robertson bought the works outright in 1872. He, and managing director John Henry Darby (1858-1919), were the prime instigators of steel manufacture at the works. Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd was incorporated on 4 June 1884, and began production in January 1885. Brymbo was shut down in 1931, during the Depression, but was reopened in 1934 by the Brymbo Steel (Successors) Co. Ltd. After the Second World War the works were acquired by Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN), and re-acquired in 1955 and 1974 after periods of nationalisation, latterly from BSC (Holdings) Ltd. In 1986, the newly-formed United Engineering Steels Ltd became the new owners; they closed down Brymbo Steelworks in September 1990.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: minutes, deeds, financial records, wages offices files, drawings and plans, Brymbo Works Magazine, publications, photographs (6th accession), major capital projects, press cuttings, employee handbooks, smith's stamping works (Coventry) Ltd. records, company 'archives', miscellaneous company records.

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr D. Jones and others, Brymbo Steelworks, 1990; deposited by Mr D. Jones, Brymbo Steelworks, 1991, 1992; deposited by Mr Neville Davies, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, 1991; purchased from B. Hamilton, Theatr Clwyd, 1991; donated by Mr D. Evans, Brymbo Steelworks, 1992.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sourcs were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Brymbo Steelworks; Jones, Ioan D., Brymbo Steel Works - A Collection of Pictures (Wrexham, 1991); Rogers, Graham, Brymbo and its Neighbourhood (Wrexham: Graham Rogers, 1991).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sourcs were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Brymbo Steelworks; Jones, Ioan D., Brymbo Steel Works - A Collection of Pictures (Wrexham, 1991); Rogers, Graham, Brymbo and its Neighbourhood (Wrexham: Graham Rogers, 1991).

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright restrictions apply

Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records of Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd are in Flintshire Record Office, D/BC 2111-14, 2330-2364; Denbighshire Record Office, DD/LH 303-348; National Library of Wales, Henry Robertson 14/1-445.

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