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Dark Hill Iron Works

History and Heritage in or near Coleford


First built by David Mushet in 1811. He carried out experiments in iron making. The first place to experiment with the Bessemer process. His son used the foundry to experiment in steel making in large quantities. He made the first steel alloys and the first steel railway line. It was laid in Derby Station in 1857 where it lasted 17 years instead of the 3-5 months as before.

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GL16 7LX
O/S Ref: SO 589090

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Situated off the B4228 Coleford to Chepstow Road near Sling. Park in Forestry Commission car park, near Ellwood/Sling/Milkwall cross roads. Walk 100 yards to cycle track. Walk along track to observation point overlooking furnace 200 yards.

  • Coleford