The iron industry was the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution, producing a vital source of iron without which none of the great engineering achievements of the Victorian age would have been possible. This book charts the growth of iron making from the Middle Ages, describing the changing ways in which iron was produced, the people involved in its production, and the uses to which iron was put. The developing techniques of iron making, all explained in a non-technical style, make a story in their own right, but combined with the experiences of the masters and workmen who laboured at the furnaces and forges, this volume offers a truly comprehensive account of one of the most important industries of recent centuries.
About the Author
Richard Hayman has devoted much of his working life to the archaeology of the iron industry in South Wales and Shropshire. He authored Ironmaking: The History and Archaeology of the Iron Industry, co-authored a major study of the industrial archaeology of Ironbridge, and wrote Wrought Iron--one of many books he has written for the Shire Library series.