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Lift Tower at Tondu Ironworks

A Grade II* Listed Building in Sarn, Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.548 / 51°32'52"N

Longitude: -3.6001 / 3°36'0"W

OS Eastings: 289146

OS Northings: 184450

OS Grid: SS891844

Mapcode National: GBR HC.FP51

Mapcode Global: VH5HB.KC44

Entry Name: Lift Tower at Tondu Ironworks

Listing Date: 9 November 1998

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20817

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Set in the hillside between the company housing of Derllwyn Road and Park Terrace above and the levelled area below where the Engine House stands, against the old furnace bank and opposite the Calcini

County: Bridgend

Community: Ynysawdre

Community: Ynysawdre

Locality: Tondu

Built-Up Area: Sarn

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Sir Robert Price developed ironworking here from 1837. This structure appears to belong to the second stage of development under John Brogden who purchased the ironworks in 1854. The lift was used to hoist materials to the charging platforms and was possibly worked by water balance, water-filled tanks beneath the tram cars being used as counter-balance, with the water being discharged as required by weight. Possibly powered by steam, as was more common in later years, but this would be a unique survival. Only other ironworking site in Britan still retaining a hoisting tower is Blaenafon in Gwent.

Exterior

A tall 3 sided tower of yellow brick with stone basement and dressed stone buttresses rear right; inner ledge, holes and grooves for machinery, metal fittings survive in base left; rectangular openings in rear wall. Ivy covered.

Reasons for Listing

Included at grade II* for its special importance in the history of ironworking in Britain. Group value with the Calcining Kilns.

Scheduled Ancient Monument ref. GM 433 (BRI).

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  • II* Calcining Kilns and attached abutment at Tondu Ironworks
    Set in the hillside between the company housing of Derllwyn Road and Park Terrace above and the levelled area below where the Engine House stands, just above the old furnace bank and opposite the Lift
  • II* Former Blast Engine Houses at Tondu Ironworks
    At the foot of the hillside into which the Ironworks was built, W of Tondu station and Maesteg Road and at the edge of the now cleared former coal and rail works and yards.
  • II Former Truck Shop Tondu Ironworks now Foxtroy Residential Home
    On the west side of the community, on the hillside just NW of the former Tondu Ironworks site and the centre of the original ironworkers'settlement.
  • II Park Cottage
    Attached to 27 Derllwyn Road, next to the former Truck Shop, on the hillside above the former Tondu ironworks and in the NW of the community.
  • II Park House
    Attached to number 26, just W of the former Truck Shop on the hillside N of the former Tondu Ironworks, in the W of the community.
  • II ,23,Derllwyn Road,Tondu,,,CF32 9HD
    Just to E of former Truck Shop on the hillside above the former Tondu ironworks and in NW of community.
  • II Bridge over Incline Plane Tondu
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  • II Bridge over Incline Plane Tondu
    Just within the SW boundary of the community, W of Maesteg Road and the railway, just N of Tondu Methodist church.

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