Industry at Ebbw Vale extends back to 1790 when the first blast furnace was established. From 1796 to 1844 it was owned by the Harford family who built it into a successful concern. It supplied rails for the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1829.
At the same time, the company began experimenting with the use of locomotives, one of the first of the South Wales ironworks to do so. In 1848 the Ebbw Vale Company was formed and the works went from strength to strength, absorbing four other ironworks at Abersychan, Sirhowy and Pontypool.
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Point of Ayr Colliery
Y Stiwt Theatre
Ely Paper Mills, Cardiff, 1947
Engineering Department, Ebbw Vale Steel Works 1906
Bodedern: Cattle Sale in the Street
People in Llanon
Shotton Steelworks, c. 1975
Cheese making at the Creamery in Llandyrnog
Limekiln at Minera Quarry
Bonc Goedai Winding House, Oakeley Quarry, 1998
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