Tag: iron trade

Image of High Street, Swindon

The family of Isaac and Sarah Williams (nee Baldwin) moved to Swindon, Staffordshire between 1869 and 1871, moving from Lower Mitton (Stourport) in Worcestershire to Wolverhampton between 1861 and 1863 and then to Swindon, a small village in Staffordshire, near to Dudley. It is assumed that they moved for reasons of work. Isaac was an iron worker and the company that he is believed to have worked for, E. P. & W. Baldwin, had works in Wilden, Worcestershire as well…

Image of Bolzaneto

I don’t have very much information on my 4th cousin twice removed, Jonathan Williams Summerhill, who was¬†killed in the First World War (his 3x great-grandparents, Stephen Summerhill and Sarah Cratchley, were my 5x great-grandparents). I came across Jonathan via a suggested link on the Ancestry website and became intrigued because of his interesting birth in Italy, which is unusual in a family of ordinary iron workers. I was also interested by his middle name of Williams, as I thought this…

This is Swindon in Staffordshire, not the other, much larger one in Wiltshire. I have been browsing through Around Pattingham and Wombourne in old photographs and thought I’d note the following information about the ironworks. Hopefully, this will help me unpick the movements of the Williams family between Swindon, Wolverhampton and Wilden. The first forge at Swindon was converted from a corn mill by Thomas Foley in 1647 By 1834 it was owned by George and Edward Thorneycroft of Wolverhampton…

Well, I haven’t had time to do very much over the last few days. I did order a book of old photos of Rawmarsh and Parkgate, though, which looks interesting (Around Rawmarsh and Parkgate by Anthony Dodsworth). From flicking through it, I have discovered that Parkgate increased rapidly in size over 50 years or so from 1823 Between 1853 and 1861 the Parkgate works was the only one in the country capable of producing huge rolled armour plate for naval…

I know from the baptisms/birthplaces of his children that Stephen Summerhill moved from Saul, Gloucestershire to Tipton, Staffordshire sometime between 1822 and 1825. I’m trying to establish where he might have worked as it looks as if he might have been at Springvale Furnaces (later Bilston Steelworks) c. 1833, a tin shearer at Wilden by 1841, a tin shearer at Wolverhampton by 1851 (living in St Matthew’s district), at Farfield, Kidderminster in 1861, still listed as a tin shearer at…

Just so that I don’t lose the link, here is some great footage from the Parkgate Iron & Steel Co. in Rawmarsh, near Rotherham, Yorkshire. It’s about 60 years later than when my 3x great-grandfather James Williams was working there. There’s a photo of the works in the 1850s here, which is just a few years after James Williams is recorded there on the 1841 census.