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Cast house at Cefn Cribwr Ironworks

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5384 / 51°32'18"N

Longitude: -3.6581 / 3°39'29"W

OS Eastings: 285102

OS Northings: 183467

OS Grid: SS851834

Mapcode National: GBR H9.G6L5

Mapcode Global: VH5H9.JLZJ

Entry Name: Cast house at Cefn Cribwr Ironworks

Listing Date: 2 October 1997

Last Amended: 2 October 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18957

Building Class: Industrial

Location: The ironworks lies at the bottom of the Nant Iorwerth Coch. The casting house adjoins the furnace on the N side.

County: Bridgend

Town: Cefn Cribwr

Community: Cefn Cribwr

Community: Cefn Cribwr

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

John Bedford came from Kings Norton near Birmingham to Monmouthshire, and moved to Cefn Cribwr c.1771-2, where he started an ironworks, a colliery and a brickworks close to the same site. He considered himself expert in furnace building, in quarrying, the production of compass needles and in the casting of ordnance, and wrote of his theories, probably to the detriment of completing the ironworks, which was not achieved until 1782. Bedford died in 1791, and the ironworks with the other enterprises on the same site, were taken over by Bryant & Co. in 1824, possibly in anticipation of the opening of the Duffryn, Llynfi and Porthcawl Tramway in 1828, relocating the iron production on another nearby site. The ironworks was acquired by Ogwr Borough Council in 1987 and the casting house consolidated in 1991 and laid out as an important element in the Waun Cimla Country Park.

Exterior

The casting house, adjoining the furnace to the N, is built of rubble stonework, approximately 12.2 metres long and 9.75 metres wide, originally with a low pitched slate roof. One N gable door with three large oculi over for ventilation and smoke extraction, and openings in the side walls, one on the E, with an 18in brick arch, having rail access for tramway trucks. The building has lost its roof, the S gable where it adjoins the furnace, and part of the side walls after the works went out of use.

Interior

The sand casting floor has been reconstructed after 1987.

Reasons for Listing

Included at Grade II* as a part of the small ironworks of the late C18, which has survived largely unaltered as production moved elsewhere. Of group value with the other listed items of the ironworks.

Scheduled Ancient Monument: 4/3487GM417(BRI)R.

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