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Cold-roll Engine-house at former Kidwelly Tinplate Works

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kidwelly (Cydweli), Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7479 / 51°44'52"N

Longitude: -4.2874 / 4°17'14"W

OS Eastings: 242191

OS Northings: 207937

OS Grid: SN421079

Mapcode National: GBR GP.T54P

Mapcode Global: VH3M2.MBSF

Entry Name: Cold-roll Engine-house at former Kidwelly Tinplate Works

Listing Date: 28 July 1998

Last Amended: 28 July 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20197

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Situated at NE end of Kidwelly Industrial Museum site, which is some 2km NE of Kidwelly, in Gwendraeth Fach valley.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Kidwelly

Community: Kidwelly (Cydweli)

Community: Kidwelly

Locality: Cwm Gwendraeth Fach

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

1919 engine-house built to contain the massive horizontal engine that drove the cold-rolls at the tin-plate works. In the cold-rolls the iron plates were rolled cold to take out unevenness and burnish the surfaces before being taken for dipping in molten tin.

Exterior

Red brick with slate roof. W side has door, three blocked large doors and one further door. Roundel in each gable end. Arched entry in N gable end, two cambered-headed windows in S end. Eight windows in rear wall, 4 blocked. Later C20 lean-to roof over cold-roll machines outside to W.

Interior

White rendered walls, 7 steel roof trusses. Massive machinery made by Cole, Marchant & Morley of Bradford Yorks. Horizontal tandem compound engine powering one very large 5.5m (18') flywheel to left from which 15 steel hawsers drive three large wheels in sequence to right, a donkey-engine started first wheel which in turn drove the next three, that provided motive power for the cold-rolling outside. Overhead gantry rails.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as part of the only tin-plate works in Britain, and Graded II* for the surviving machinery.

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