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Pouring steel to make slab ingots at Goldendale ironworks 1950 - 1960
 Pouring steel to make ingots at Goldendale Ironworks 1950 - 1960. Despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate the copyright owner of this image: if you have any information please contact us thorough our feedback form.

Metalworking began at Shelton Bar in the late 1830s by the fourth Earl Granville who leased the land from the Duchy of Lancaster. Shelton was chosen because of the coal and iron ore seams in Stoke-on-Trent which provided the raw materials for iron production.
By 1841 the first blast furnace was in operation and expansion continued apace: railway lines were put in to move goods around and in 1854 Hanley Deep Pit was sunk to help provide the ironworks with coal. In 1951 wrought iron works with forges and rolling mills were built and a partnership called the Shelton Bar Iron Company was set up to run the plant.
In 1866 the decision was made to begin steel production and the first steel rolled off the production line in 1888. At the end of the nineteenth century iron and steel production was amalgamated under the Shelton Iron, Steel and Coal Company although production continued at 2 different sites (in Shelton and Etruria) employing over 3000 people.

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