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Hand Rolling of Steel

Synopsis
A record of the last Black Country hand steel rolling mill (John Bradley & Co.) made in 1982, only 3 days before it closed. The production follows the process from raw material to the final rolled section, providing an invaluable insight into the old hand skills.
Roll stand rolling angles.

At one time there were over 300 similar mills in the Black Country area alone. This type of works has been almost entirely replaced by modern high speed mechanised mills.

Keith Gale served an apprenticeship at Soho Foundry. After taking up technical journalism in 1950 he became one of the foremost authorities on the history of iron and steel in Britain.

The DVD includes extra footage recorded for the programme in 1982, but not used in the original production. In addition, there is a 34 page booklet, including the complete script, a glossary of steel rolling terms and a biography of W.K.V. Gale.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1982
Subjects
Archaeology; History
Keywords
factories; industrial archaeology; steel; steelmaking

Credits

Director
W.K.V. Gale

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL
Price
£12.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
47 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

I A Recordings

Email
info@iarecordings.org
Web
http://www.iarecordings.org External site opens in new window
Phone
01907 224 509
Address
PO Box 476
Telford
Shropshire
TF7 4RB
Notes
I.A. Recordings specialises in industrial archaeology and is dedicated to recording past and present industry on film and High Definition video, recording working industry as well as the remains of past industries. The archive contains complete productions and unedited footage, much of it available for sale on video or DVD.

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