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A Grade II Listed Building in Stepaside, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7351 / 51°44'6"N

Longitude: -4.6948 / 4°41'41"W

OS Eastings: 214020

OS Northings: 207480

OS Grid: SN140074

Mapcode National: GBR GF.3ZK3

Mapcode Global: VH2PD.KNX7

Entry Name: Workshops

Listing Date: 17 September 1982

Last Amended: 18 March 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6545

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Part of Kilgetty Ironworks on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The workshops are at the N of the site, beside the footpath to Stepaside.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Kilgetty

Community: Kilgetty/Begelly (Cilgeti/Begeli)

Community: Kilgetty/Begelly

Locality: Kilgetty Ironworks

Built-Up Area: Stepaside

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Kilgetty Ironworks was planned from 1846 by the Pembrokeshire Coal and Iron Company. Four, or possibly six, furnaces were anticipated. The works commenced production in 1849 with two furnaces, only one of which was then brought into blast. A year later production was halted due to an explosion. Grove Colliery was opened in 1856 to supply coal. Success was only moderate, and by 1861 the Company was in difficulties; in 1863 it was acquired by C H Vickerman and a brief period of prosperity commenced. The furnaces were blown out in 1867, and Vickerman contemplated selling. For this purpose an inventory of the works was drawn up in 1872; James Carlton and the Bonville's Court Coal and Iron Company purchased them and brought in new investment. In 1873 a furnace was again in blast, but was blown out again a year later at a time of trade depression. The new owners went into liquidation in 1876 and the works closed in 1877. Vickerman, the main creditor, was able to buy the works back at a modest price. In 1888-9 the plant was dismantled and sold, but the buildings remained in workshop or storage use.

The date of construction of the workshops in unclear, but they probably date, at latest, from the heyday period of the 1860s. In the 1872 inventory they are described as containing a fitter's shop, a lathe room, a smithery, a carpenter's shop and a pattern room. There was a small steam engine driving lathes, a sawmill and fan-blowers to 4 smiths' fires. The loft of the building is thought to have been used for storing fodder for the horses. The buildings remained in use until the 1930s.


Ruin of a range of buildings about 65 m in length, consisting of two-storey workshops. The building faces E and stands against higher ground at its rear. Local sandstone rubble masonry, informally coursed. The upper floor and the roof are lost.

Front elevation of 11 fenestration bays. Every third bay contains an arch-headed doorway, the others arch-headed windows. All the window and door dressings are in brickwork. Slate sills to the windows. There is the remnant of an external staircase at the S end. One upper level doorway to the rear remains.

Reasons for Listing

Listed notwithstanding its ruinous condition for group value with the other listed buildings of Kilgetty Ironworks, a remarkable surviving industrial group.

Scheduled Ancient Monument Pe 418.

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  • II Double Engine House
    In Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The Engine House stands a short distance to the N of the Casting Shed.
  • II Furnace Bank Revetment Wall
    Kilgetty Ironworks is at the W side of Pleasant Valley. The furnace bank is a high retaining structure about 20 m W of the Ironworks casting shed.
  • II Walls and Kilns above Furnace Bank
    On high ground to the rear of Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley.
  • II Casting House
    In Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The casting shed is the most prominent surviving building in the group.
  • II Tramway Incline Structure above Kilgetty Ironworks Furnace bank
    On high ground, to the rear of Kilgetty Ironworks and its limekilns, on the W side of Pleasant Valley.
  • II Tramway Bridge
    Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.
  • II Tramway Bridge
    Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepaside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.
  • II Kilgetty Colliery Engine House
    In the yard of Stepaside Coachworks off Kilgetty Lane in Stepaside 15 m NE of the weighbridge office. It served the Engine Pit, which was about 12 m from the front wall of the engine house.

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