Historic Landscape Characterisation
Merthyr Tydfil

029 Ivor Iron Works Area

HLCA 029 Ivor Iron Works Area Industrial area: ironworks

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Ivor Iron Works Area character area: site of the early 19th century ironworks with later disused industrial buildings.


An industrial landscape, the site of the Ivor Iron Works, opened in 1839, and now characterised by early 20th century disused industrial buildings.

Historical background

The historic landscape area of the Ivor Iron Works Area comprises the site of the works, which opened in 1839 as an extension of the Dowlais Iron Works, initially with four blast furnaces. A single redbrick built building, post-1915 in date, survives from the pre-British Steel era.

During the second half of the 20th century the site of the lvor Works was given over to a foundry operated by British Steel. The closure of the foundry in 1987 ended Merthyr's association with the iron industry; an association which had lasted more than 200 years.


For further information please contact the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust at this address. Link to the Countryside Council for Wales website at www.ccw.gov.uk or Cadw at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk