The Iron Duke
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Restored rubber rolling machine re-installed at Wiltshire site

A 19th Century rubber rolling machine is being installed at the Wiltshire site where it operated for more than a century, after it has been restored.

Known as the Iron Duke, the 16-tonne 12ft-high (3.5m) contraption was the first of its type in Europe.

It allowed rubber to be attached to cloth, meaning waterproof garments like capes could be made, and was central to the start of the rubber industry in Bradford-on-Avon.

For more than 40 years it has been stored in pieces in a Bristol museum.

Work to install it at Kingston Mills, where it originally operated from 1848, will take three days.

  • 25 Jul 2016