Our website currently focuses on our project to restore and reuse the buildings and landscape. Over the course of 2017 and 2018 we’ll be making changes to include far more of our historical documents, photos and oral histories.
Brymbo’s story is well documented through a number of websites, and below are short summaries and links to them. If you haven’t dabbled with them before please have a look.
‘The Fire on a Hill’ is a site which looks at the recorded history of Brymbo. The article looks specifically at John Wilkinson who bought the Brymbo estate in 1792 and by 1796 Wilkinson had erected the first blast furnace on site with 884 tons of iron being produced in the first year.
Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. Their web publication contains 124,437 pages of information and 193,070 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them. The following site provides an overall timeline of events from the works founding in 1792 up to its closure in 1990.
Wrexham Council’s website includes a section on John Wilkinson and Brymbo Steelworks. This section includes several links such as ‘The Last Tap’, ‘Sharp as Steel, Tough as Iron: The Story of Brymbo’ and also ‘Memories of Brymbo Steelworks’ where ex-members of the Brymbo Steelworks workforce are able to share their experiences on the online exhibition.
Also on the Wrexham Council website is a section about the Brymbo Fossil Forest which includes articles such as ‘Brymbo Fossil Forest – Introduction’ and From Coal to Carnations which includes links to further information about the evolution of plants and detailed information about the use of paleontological techniques.
Coflein is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) – the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales. The site listed below contains general site information as well as several digitalised images of the Brymbo heritage project.
The Big Blog Wales article includes information on the most recent grant received by the Brymbo Heritage Project including a video showing the reaction of the Brymbo community as Big Lottery Fund Wales Director, John Rose, surprises them with the news that they have received nearly £2 million.