Peerless Powell Duffryn of the South Wales

This is a very well produced book which is 240 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on
gloss art paper with colour laminated board covers - £24.99 + P&P
 Powell Duffryn’s growth as Britain’s foremost coal company is a remarkable
aspect of the nation’s mining heritage. After 1935, Powell Duffryn
Associated Collieries employed over 30,000 miners, operated around sixty
collieries, and produced nearly forty per cent of the South Wales
Coalfield’s output.
Sir George Elliot founded Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company in 1864 by
raising capital to buy steam coal collieries from the sons of Thomas
Powell. PD then mined coal that was the first choice in quality for
fuelling steam ships. Sir George ran the company in a style that gave rise
to controversy amongst the company’s shareholders.
Providently, in 1883 Elliot put Edmund Mills Hann, a County Durham mining
engineer, in charge of the company’s collieries. Hann helped steer the
company away from the edge of bankruptcy by harnessing engineering to
ensure that the company’s collieries in the Cynon and Rhymney Valleys
became models of efficiency. Progress was impeded at times by industrial
conflict and natural disasters. Nevertheless, by 1914, PD was a byword for
Welsh steam coal around the globe. Then, in 1935, Edmund Lawrence Hann led
the merger of PD with Welsh Associated Collieries to create the most
powerful company in British coal mining.


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