Kings Cross metal mills

Posted: December 14, 2012 in 2012, Caledonian Road, Central, December 2012, York Way

Kings Cross Walks 309

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Kings Cross was one of places where the mass production of steel via the Bessemer process was pioneered in the 1860s at Henry Bessemer’s St Pancras Ironworks. In the same small workshop area were foundaries making brass and copper
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Comments
  1. The Bessemer Process was one of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century, making steel affordable and much more versatile. Had big implications for everything from surgical implements to ships, cutlery to cranes. Although it was only the initial experiments that took place in King’s Cross, it’s still worth celebrating. There are towns named after Bessemer in the US, yet there isn’t even a blue plaque in Kings Cross

    • tobiaskx says:

      I was slightly guessing that something to do with the development of the Bessemer process happened in Kings Cross. There is a book about the life of Bessemer which I haven’t read and google isn’t helping. Glad to hear that I wasn’t totally wrong though. There is a Bessemer Close in Hitchin where Henry Bessemer was born. I agree that its worth some kind of recognition.

      • Rob Smith says:

        Camden History Society’s streets of Kings Cross book, says Bessemer conducted his experiments at a works behind his home, Baxter House. It says Baxter House was knocked down to build the coal drops, so it must have been around the railway bridge on Camley Street.

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