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Webteam
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  12:26:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks to djholly for sending in the image.

Would have loved to have the names and details where these men lived in the town.



Rolling Mill Early 1900s


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milkman
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  16:41:27 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The second pic shows them using tongs to pass the iron though the mill.I recall them doing that in Pateg (and in Yorkshire)
With heavier sections it was passed through their legs and occasionally so near that their trousers could catch fire.
Great to see pics of those days
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trefilboy
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  16:59:06 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Milkman - Extremely hard work. Back in 1966, as a student apprentice I worked in Lysaghts Orb Works in Newport, that also had several hand rolling mills. The men worked 20 mins on and 20 mins off, and there was also a "wet" canteen on site that served alcohol, along with large containers of salt. Around that time I also remember watching a program on Industrial Archeology on TV that referenced hand rolling mills and it said that these mills had been discontinued many years earlier, and there they were still in use.

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Edited by - trefilboy on 18/11/2020 17:00:23
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Exbrompton
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  18:23:15 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tredegar supplied rails for tracks all over the world
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djholly
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  18:50:59 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i have the book i took the "photo's from" with my camera. if, any forum member wants the book to get better pics from just let me know.
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Exbrompton
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Posted - 18/11/2020 :  21:18:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if the boss in the bowler hat is my wife’s great grandfather,William Morgan of Bridge Street who was the manager at the time
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pierre
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Posted - 19/11/2020 :  08:29:54 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Exbrompton

I wonder if the boss in the bowler hat is my wife’s great grandfather,William Morgan of Bridge Street who was the manager at the time



That's the type of question I love. I would imaging having your photo taken at that time was rare, so the managers could have been lining up to be taken :o)

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