Steelmaking at the Port Talbot complex began with the Margam Iron and Steel Works, completed in 1923/6 and then the Abbey Works, planned in 1947 and opened in 1951/3.
By 2000, the works was part of Corus, formerly the Steel Company of Wales, later British Steel. It is an integrated steelmaking site, using imported ore; together with Llanwern works, the plants produced up to 3.5 million tonnes of hot rolled steel strip per year. The output was taken by railway to Shotton for coating, to Trostre for tinplating, to Ebbw Vale for rolling and coating, or direct to the Midlands motor industry.
it is said that the ghost of a monk haunts the site....still angry with Henry VIII's dissolution of the nearby monastery....he has been seen many times floating about wearing a red habit and frightening steelworkers
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