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TONDU IRONWORKS, TONDU

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NPRN 34119

Map Reference SS88SE

Grid Reference SS89138444

Unitary (Local) Authority Bridgend

Old County Glamorgan

Community Ynysawdre

Type of Site IRON WORKS

Broad Class INDUSTRIAL

Period 19th Century, Post Medieval

Site Description Tondu Ironworks were established in the 1820s; the works ceased production in 1895-6. The strategic location of the site ensured its continuing use as a wagon repair works and later as the West Wales Headquarters of the National Coal Board. Extant structures include beehive coking ovens, calcining kilns, a lift tower and the former blowing engine house. The site is now a scheduled monument and is currently being redeveloped as an Industrial Heritage park.
B.A.Malaws, RCAHMW, 10 April 2001.

The Tondu Ironworks was restored and redeveloped into an industrial heritage park, Parc Tondu, by Groundwork Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot, which went into administration in 2014. After their closure, the site was put up for sale in 2015.

(Sources: Carys Lewis, 'Bridgend-based regeneration charity goes into administration with the loss of more than 20 jobs', Wales Online, 20.11.2014; Abby Bolter, 'Victorian ironworks could become one of the UK's biggest community centres', Wales Online, 18.4.2017)
A.N Coward, RCAHMW, 05.10.2018

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