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Site Details

NPRN 34120

Map Reference SN80SE

Grid Reference SN86440499

Unitary (Local) Authority Neath, Port Talbot

Old County Glamorgan

Community Blaengwrach

Type of Site IRON WORKS

Broad Class Industrial

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Venallt Ironworks was constructed in circa 1839-42 to smelt iron with anthracite by means of the hot-blast process that had recently been introduced at Ynysgedwyn. The furnaces were out of use by 1854 and the site was re-used for a patent fuel works which led to their demolition. Surviving features include the blowing-house engine, part of the cast-house, the base of the stack and the furnace walls. The office building is now a farmhouse. An interesting survival is a furnace bear with two water-cooled tuyeres embedded in it.

Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust has a number of Point Record Numbers (PRNs) for the site, including; 04295w Venallt Blowing Engine House, 04301w Venallt Stack, 04296w Venallt Chimney Platform, 04297w Venallt Cast House, 04298w Venallt Furnace I, 04299w, Venallt Furnace II, 04300w Venallt Works Enclosure.

Source: Hughes, P. and Reynolds, P. 1989 'A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of the Swansea Region', Association for Industrial Archaeology, 18-19.

RCAHMW, 12 September 2011.

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