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Building of Gas Scrubbing Plant at Shelton Iron & Steel


built in 1922-3 by W C Holmes & Co Ltd -  Huddersfield
built in 1922-3 by W C Holmes & Co Ltd - Huddersfield

W. C. Holmes and Co Ltd was an engineering firm - they manufactured and built washing and scrubbing plant for gas works.


Flintshire steelmakers John Summers and Sons Ltd. had no blast furnaces of their own, and in November 1920 took over Shelton, which had over capacity in iron-making, with the Summers family holding most of the equity.

Summers set about increasing iron-making capacity. Their intention was not only to feed Shelton's steel furnaces, but their own at Shotton as well.

Shelton had six old hand-charged furnaces at this time, and work on a new, larger, mechanically charged one was begun. It was blown in in May 1922, and produced as much iron as three of the older ones.

Additional new plant was built around this time, including new boilers, a new foundry, additional by-product plant, and extensions to the washery.

With re-building complete, the remaining old, blast furnace plant was scrapped. By 1924 and these new furnaces were capable of making 6,000 tons of iron a week. 

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