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Flintshire Record Office
Brymbo Steelworks, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/BS

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Brymbo Steelworks Records

Short Title: Brymbo Steelworks, records

Creation date(s): 1812-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 152 items and 7 boxes

Name of creator(s): Brymbo Mineral and Railway Co.; Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd; Brymbo Steel (Successors) Co. Ltd; Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN); BSC (Holding) Ltd.


Administrative/Biographical history: Brymbo Ironworks were begun c. 1796 by John Wilkinson (1728-1808) on his Brymbo Hall estate, Denbighshire. The Brymbo Mineral and Railway Co. was formed in 1842, by Robert Roy, Henry Robertson (1816-1888) and others; Robertson bought the works outright in 1872. He, and managing director John Henry Darby (1858-1919), were the prime instigators of steel manufacture at the works. Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd was incorporated on 4 June 1884, and began production in January 1885. Brymbo was shut down in 1931, during the Depression, but was reopened in 1934 by the Brymbo Steel (Successors) Co. Ltd. After the Second World War the works were acquired by Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN), and re-acquired in 1955 and 1974 after periods of nationalisation, latterly from BSC (Holdings) Ltd. In 1986, the newly-formed United Engineering Steels Ltd became the new owners; they closed down Brymbo Steelworks in September 1990.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Brymbo Steelworks, 1842-1992, including minutes of Brymbo Mineral and Railway Co., 1842-1855, Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd, 1884-1969, GKN, 1961-1968, and BSC (Holdings) Ltd, 1968-1969; cost accounts, 1907-1931; photographs, [1960s]-1990; photocopies and printouts from microfilm of drawings of the works and significant buildings, [c. 1900]-1990; Wages Office files, 1940-1972; reports of directors, 1898-1939; various papers relating to Brymbo, and to Smith's Stamping Works (Coventry), 1884-1991; miscellaneous administrative and financial records, 1919-1992; Brymbo Works Magazine, 1920-1927; printed material, 1959-1986; and brochures and sale particulars, [c. 1990].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: drawings (3rd accession); minutes; Wages Office files; other records (4th accession); photographs (6th accession). The remaining accessions are unarranged.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright restrictions apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further records of Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd are in Flintshire Record Office, D/BC 2111-14, 2330-2364; Denbighshire Record Office, DD/LH 303-348; National Library of Wales, Henry Robertson 14/1-445.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sourcs were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Brymbo Steelworks; Jones, Ioan D., Brymbo Steel Works - A Collection of Pictures (Wrexham, 1991); Rogers, Graham, Brymbo and its Neighbourhood (Wrexham: Graham Rogers, 1991).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Brymbo Steel Company | Archives
Brymbo Steelworks | Maps
Corporate minutes | Wales | Denbighshire
House magazines | Wales | Denbighshire
Steel-works | Wales | Brymbo
Steel-works | Wales | Brymbo | Photographs

Personal names

Corporate names
Brymbo Mineral and Railway Company
Brymbo Steel Company
Brymbo Steelworks

Brymbo (Wrexham, Wales)

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