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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

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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