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View of Brown Lenox Chainworks, Pontypridd, and the Glamorganshire CanalPontypridd Museum (Item reference: N.1988.89). If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.
This photograph was taken from the common.
The famous chainworks was established at Ynysangharad (Pontypridd) by Messrs Samuel Brown and Samuel Lenox in 1818. The location of the site provided easy access via the Glamorganshire Canal to supplies of pig iron from Merthyr Tydfil and Hirwaun, and proximity to abundant coal and water supplies. Initially, the Brown-Lenox works concentrated on supplying chains for the shipping industry, but they were also to provide chain links for suspension bridges and engines, trams and shackles for the collieries.
'The Old Photographs Series: Pontypridd', compiled from the Collection of Pontypridd Historical and Cultural Centre by Simon Eckley and the staff of the Centre (Chalford Publishing, Stroud, 1994).