SO9491 : Chainmaker's premises in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

taken 4 years ago, near to Tipton, Sandwell, Great Britain

Chainmaker's premises in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Chainmaker's premises in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Chain shop of Geof. Cherrington, maker of tommied and dollied chain, cable chain supplier to the Admiralty, hooks & shackles made to order. Details on request for other items of oddwork. This part of the museum represents the Cradley Heath area, formerly one of the major chainmaking centres of the world.

The museum website states that lighter chain for agricultural purposes has been made in this district since before the 19th century. The work was a branch of blacksmithing, and the workshops were spread throughout the Black Country. Production of heavier chain and chain cable developed in the 1820s and 1830s in response to demand from industry and shipping. This type of chain was made in the Cradley Heath and Netherton areas. Chainmaking developed as a trade in the Black Country because all the necessary materials were readily available: fuel and locally made high quality wrought iron plus a workforce familiar with ironworking skills.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 July, 2015   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 28 July, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9490 9169 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.3837N 2:4.5958W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 9491 9168
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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