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Neath Abbey Ironworks was built by the Quaker firm of Fox and Company of Cornwall in 1792. Going through several vicissitudes and changes of ownership, it closed finally in 1885. During its lifetime, the works produced stationary mining engines, railway locomotives, steam and iron sailing ships for customers, mostly in the United Kingdom but sometimes for British and foreign entrepreneurs based on the European continent and much further abroad, in Mexico and Australia for example. 

The Neath Abbey Ironworks collection at West Glamorgan Archives in Swansea is one of the Archives' most important collections, one of only a handful of archive collections in Wales which are inscribed on the UK register of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme. Over 7,500 extant engineering drawings created for both marketing and manufacturing the engines reveal the technological development of industrial machinery through the nineteenth century and indicate how important the contribution of Wales was to the British Industrial Revolution. Neath Abbey Ironworks products were generally known for their high quality, although some of the early railway locomotives produced by the works as shown here are perhaps best described as experimental.

A generous grant from the Friends of the National Libraries in 2018 has enabled West Glamorgan Archives to digitise and place here a sample of the drawings. You can see the original drawings and thousands more like them at our offices in Swansea Civic Centre (see our website for more information on how to visit us and to search our online catalogue). Please contact us if you require any further information on accessing these records or obtaining copies.

West Glamorgan Archive Service would like to acknowledge here the generosity of the Friends of the National Libraries in the digitisation of these drawings and for their generous assistance in helping us to purchase the collection in 2013.     

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Plan and elevation of engine-house site, n.d.

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Rhymney Iron Company : 18” engine, Oct 1839

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Mexican Mining Company, Mexican Silver Mines:...

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Mexican Mining Company, Mexican Silver Mines:...

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Fred. Huth & Company. London & Spain:...

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Anglo-Mexican Mining Company (London): 53 inch...

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Waterline drawing of Princess Royal circa 1850...

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Sail plan of Ellen Bates, (full rigged ship)....

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Plans of ship: Clara, design for screw...

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Sundry wrought iron work. 15 Mar. 1817

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Sundry wrought iron work for the ‘Britannia’....

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Plan of the Netherland Steam Packet Company&...

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Notes made at Dover on the paddle steamer ...

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Gas apparatus for the Neath Abbey Iron Works,...

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Ground plan of 19 inch engine on Boulton and...

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Blowing apparatus, 11 Aug. 1865

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Details of Blast Engine, 1825

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Locomotive for unnamed company, n.d.

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Harford Davies & Company, Ebbw Vale ...

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Harford Davies & Company, Ebbw Vale ...

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Dowlais Iron Company: 8½” locomotive. Elevation...

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Dowlais Iron Company: Plan, elevation and end...

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Rhymney Iron Company: plan for 8” locomotive, 1866