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Hook Norton ironstone quarries (Brymbo)

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The Hook Norton ironstone quarries (Brymbo) were ironstone quarries near Hook Norton in Oxfordshire, England. The quarries were in operation from 1899 to 1946 supplying ironstone to the Brymbo Steelworks in Wrexham and were served by the Brymbo Ironworks Railway, an extensive, narrow gauge industrial railway. History Brymbo Ironworks The original Brymbo Ironworks was founded near Wrexham in Wales in 1798 by John Wilkinson. Wilkinson was a pioneer of the industrial revolution and made a significant fortune from his ironworks. When he died in 1808 his company was held in trust for many years due to a legal dispute over his will. In 1842 a new company was formed to run the Brymbo Ironworks and following successful steel-making experiments the Brymbo Steel Company was incorporated in 1884. Hook Norton quarries and kilns By 1897 the works was close to exhausting its source of ironstone near Wrexham and sought an alternative quarry to feed its furnaces. Ir
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