The Lilleshall Company was the largest industrial concern in the northern half of the East Shropshire Coalfield for over 150 years, and once had extensive iron and steel works, engineering works, coalmines, brickworks and a private railway network in and around the Oakengates, St. George’s and Donnington Wood areas.
Artefacts such as the beam blowing engines “David & Sampson”, and the large vertical blowing engine in the northern engine house of Blists Hill Blast Furnaces, were rescued from the Lilleshall Company as it began to contract rapidly from the 1970s onwards.
By the year 2000, it had disappeared from the area altogether, though fortunately a large amount of archive material was passed to the Library of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum for permanent retention.
A full catalogue of the collection can be found on the Access to Archives (A2A) web page.
Illustration :- 1986.14080
Caption:- Pumping engine for the Shanghai Waterworks under construction at the Lilleshall Company’s New Yard Engineering Works.