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A look at Thorncliffe's extensive industrial heritage - from the 18th century to the 1930s.

Documentary 1935 27 mins


Newton and Chambers Co., based in Thorncliffe, near Sheffield, has a rich industrial history, and this evocative and strikingly filmed story begins in period costume with a reconstruction of the original Mr Chambers and Mr Newton forging their commercial vision. Their company expands into one of the biggest industrial enterprises in England, spanning coalmining, iron and steelmaking and more. Rockingham Colliery features in this film, plus coal distillation, coking, steelmaking, and a look at the development of coal by-product, Izal Oil, a disinfectant. Look out for the marvellous tracking shots across the steelworks; the cinematographer and director remain unknown as sadly the film lacks any credits.