North East Wales

Historic Rhuddlan foundry demolition dismay

Image caption Rhuddlan in the 1900s when the community's foundry was a prominent feature

A former foundry building in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, which some estimates date back to the 1700s, is in the process of being demolished.

Members of the local history society had been attempting to preserve the building but cannot do any more.

Wenna Willams, chair of the society, said: "This is the last piece of industrial heritage in Rhuddlan".

The building was still being used as a foundry as recently as the year 2000.

A local community archaeologist had assessed the building and estimated that it may have dated back as far as the 1700s.

Image caption The foundry building was recently used by a laundry company

Mike Demack, the treasurer of Rhuddlan History Society, said the foundry had a long history in the area.

"The main local foundry, operating as Messrs John and Kerr, was purchased in 1858, trading as Corbett Williams Phoenix Iron Works and employing six people, rising to a workforce of 120," he said.

"After World War II production shifted to supply of specialised items such as smaller parts for the automotive industry which continued until the foundry closed in 2000."

The history society had been making attempts to get listed status for the privately-owned building but without success.

"We are sensing that a historic industrial building, and a major part of the town's past, has been lost to generations to come," said Mr Demack.

It is not known what the plans are for the site.

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