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Cefn Cribwr Ironworks

A Scheduled Monument in Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

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Latitude: 51.5383 / 51°32'17"N

Longitude: -3.6581 / 3°39'29"W

OS Eastings: 285100

OS Northings: 183454

OS Grid: SS851834

Mapcode National: GBR H9.G6L7

Mapcode Global: VH5H9.JLZM

Entry Name: Cefn Cribwr Ironworks

Scheduled Date: 15 July 1980

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2292

Cadw Legacy ID: GM417

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Ironworks

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

Community: Cefn Cribwr

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a blast furnace and associated buildings. Started in 1773, the furnace continued production until around 1834. The furnace itself is well preserved, the end wall of the casting house survives almost intact, the side walls are ruinous but still traceable. The furnace stack is stone-cased, with front arch intact and survives to a length of 5.5m. The hearth area is still intact and behind are the remains of the charging house. The blast engine house is situated at a right angle to the furnace.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance and illustrate our knowledge and understanding of the development of the iron industry in Wales. It retains significant archaeological potential, with the strong possibility of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A blast furnace may be part of a larger cluster of industrial monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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