A couple of months ago we visited Bromford rolling mill in West Bromwich; above is how it looked in the late 1980s from the air, the Birmingham to Wolverhampton canal cutting through the site, which opened in 1777. But Bromford mill is older than the canal, and was there using the waters of the River Tame from at least the early 1600s. The river is just out of shot at the bottom of the image. Bill Venables, who has worked at Bromford for the last 30 years, showed us around the mill.
Up until the late 20th century there were a number of industries that could trace their roots back to medieval mills along the river, but all but one, Bromford, have gone now. Photos below by Ian Stenson (visit his website here).
Photos above by Ian Stenson, visit his website: http://ianstenson.photodeck.com/-/galleries/tame-past-present-future
|From Men & Things of Modern England, 1858.|
|Map from the 1880s showing Bromford Iron Works. GREEN shows the canal and the site|
of the new Bromford Iron Works. BLUE shows the River Tame and the site of the original
water powered mill.