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Tydu Works and Tregwilym Fach Farm, Jubilee Park, Rogerstone, Newport

Thacker, Gerry and Peacock, Rebecca Tydu Works and Tregwilym Fach Farm, Jubilee Park, Rogerstone, Newport. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between September and November 2013 Oxford Archaeology (OA) undertook a series of watching briefs, evaluations and area excavations at the Tydu works site and adjacent Tregwilym Fach Farm outbuildings, in Rogerstone, Newport, South Wales. The archaeological works were undertaken ahead of the redevelopment of the area for a mixed development comprising residential, commercial, leisure and educational facilities. The excavations of the Tydu works site focused on the area of main works building and also the adjacent stores buildings and worker's cottages. In addition to a possible pre-works field boundary, the excavations uncovered the stone walls of the late 18th century works building, and the leat that powered the original water wheel. The remains of two stores buildings and part of a row of worker's cottages were also investigated, and the rake out pits for 19th century furnaces associated with the annealing and tinplating were uncovered. Modifications to the main works building in the later 19th and early 20th century, when the works were involved in nail production, were investigated, including the railway linking the Tydu works to the Rogerstone works to the south. No evidence was uncovered for a postulated early copper works on the site. During the Second World War the works was converted to the processing of aluminium for the production of aircraft parts. The bases of two large boilers that powered the works and associated machine bases were investigated, and the works building was modified to accommodate the new machinery. The evaluation of the Tregwilym Fach Farm outbuildings revealed an original floor, most of which had been destroyed by later activity.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > Welsh Unitary Authorities > Newport
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:2823
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:04 May 2016 09:16
Last Modified:04 May 2016 09:16

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