Records deposited by Torfaen Museum Trust

Scope and Content

Records of the Blaenavon Iron and Steel Company, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, and related companies, 1870-1949, including minutes, 1870-1878, general works managers papers, 1946-1947, reports, correspondence and other papers, 1946-1949; Llanerch Colliery rent book, 1911-1914; plans relating to Abersychan, Blaenserchan, Tirpentwys and Hafodyrynys collieries, Pontypool Fire-Brick & Coal Co., Brecon & Abergavenny Canal Co. and land in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, 1877-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Blaenavon Iron and Coal Company was formed in 1836 and in that year purchased the ironworks at Blaenavon, Monmouthshire. The company went into liquidation in 1864, being replaced by the Blaenavon Company Ltd. This lasted until 1870 when it sold out to the Blaenavon Iron and Steel Company Ltd. The cost of the switch to steel production in the 1870s forced the liquidation of the company in 1878 and it was replaced with another Blaenavon Co. Ltd. Following the First World War production gradually declined and by the Second World War steel production had stopped altogether.


Arranged into the following: Blaenavon Iron and Steel Co.; colliery records.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Torfaen Museum Trust, 1983.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records deposited by Torfaen Museum Trust; Atkinson, Mick, Blaenafon Ironworks: A Guide to its History and Technology (Blaenafon: Torfaen Museum Trust, [c. 1983]); Knight, Jeremy K., Blaenavon Ironworks (Cardiff, 1992).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected