Derbyshire’s industrial heritage is vast – from the Derwent Valley Mills (one of the Midlands two world heritage site’s), Derby’s railway and aerospace industries (which continue to this day) and North Derbyshire’s mining to name but a few. The county was also home to numerous foundries and perhaps the best known were those at Stanton and Staveley.
Iron production in Stanton dates back to the Roman period and remains have been found of Medieval operations. The true beginning is believed to be when Benjamin Smith of Chesterfield established several furnaces along the Nutbrook Canal. Unfortunately Smith struggled and the company went through a series of takeovers during the 19th century.
In the 1870s there was a huge demand for Iron due to the ongoing Franco Prussian War and became the Stanton Ironworks Company. In 1960 it merged with the works at Staveley near Chesterfield to become Stanton and Staveley and was nationalised into British Steel.
In the 1980s it was privatised and was acquired by the Pont-a-Mouson group later Saint Gobain. At its peak it employed over 12,000 people, production ceased in 2007.
A more concise history can be found here –www.stantonironworks.co.uk
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