The Patent Shaft Steel Works and Old Park Works

The Patent Shaft Steel Works became one of the most important and well known factories in Wednesbury. It survived for over 140 years and was very profitable until the last few years of its life. The factory was once a familiar sight on the southern side of the town, and employed a large number of people. When it closed in 1980 around 1,500 people lost their jobs.

The story is told in the following parts:

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