Shelton Iron and Steel Co | Shelton Bar | Earl Granville Works


Shelton Works: 1841-2000

Painting of Shelton Bar by local artist Alf Wakefield.

"If you watched long enough...a door would open in the mountain side and fire belched out just below the ridge where Shelton Bar nestles between the pitheads. This was the best train of all, wandering into the great black pit with neat little heaps of fire in the trucks along its length. When it got to the blackest end of the ridge, all tipped together and the hot slag poured like a bleeding wound."

from "Tales from the Boothen End - 
the view from my window"
by Paul Smith.

In its heyday the works stretched across Etruria Valley to what is now Festival Park in Hanley.
It had a 10,000-strong workforce, five coal mines, steelworks and rolling mills, blast furnaces and a bi-products factory.
In 1964 Shelton was the worlds first steel plant using 100% continuously cast production.

| Timeline of Shelton Bar | Biography of Earl Granville |

| 1900 map of the works | | Loco Department |

| Old Pictures |

| How the plant worked |

| 150 years of the Shelton Works - in text & pictures |

| building the by-products and gas scrubbing plant in 1922 |


April 27th 2000 - last day memories:

Steelworker Jeff Cartlidge pauses to reflect on the last day of Shelton Bar
Steelworker Jeff Cartlidge 
pauses to reflect on the 
last day of Shelton Bar

| Newspaper Article on closure |
Photographs taken on last day |
Newspaper interviews with last day workers |



questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks