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Neath Abbey Ironworks

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Clydach, Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

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Latitude: 51.6643 / 51°39'51"N

Longitude: -3.8265 / 3°49'35"W

OS Eastings: 273773

OS Northings: 197750

OS Grid: SS737977

Mapcode National: GBR H2.667H

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.MFGH

Entry Name: Neath Abbey Ironworks

Scheduled Date: 18 April 1977

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3116

Cadw Legacy ID: GM389

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Industrial monument

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of an ironworks dating to the 18-19th century. It was founded around 1795 by the Quaker firm Fox, Price and Taylor. What survives are the two 19th century blast furnaces with tuyere housings and one broken tuyere pipe; the charging platform (which is bisected by a modern road); fore hearth; tapping hole and reinforcing cast iron lintels; a fitting shop; waterwheel pit and the original works buildings used for motor engineering. The ironworks closed in 1885 or 1886.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance and illustrate our knowledge and understanding of the development of the iron industry. An ironworks may be part of a larger industrial complex 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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