SITE OF WIREWORKS AT WHITEBROOK

Site Details



NPRN
276006
Map Reference
SO50NW
Grid Reference
SO531064
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Trellech United
Type of Site
FORGE
Broad Class
Industrial
Period
Post Medieval;Modern

Site Description

This early wireworks site was established around 1600, shortly after water-powered wire drawing was brought to Britain in 1566 by the Germans who operated from Tintern initially and subsequentlly. It is thought that wire working may have ceased at Whitebrook about 1720. The site was identified by Professor Gordon Tucker in 1973 based on field evidence and a map of 1772. The site appears to have been supplied with water by a leat over a mile long from the White Brook.
Visible remains include ruined buildings (possibly later dwellings) and a series of terraces on the steep hillside. A walled set of steps exits the site up hill to the west.
Source: Cadw scheduling description.
RCAHMW 21.02.2008

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