Those with research interests in the Wealden iron industry are advised, in the first instance, to consult the standard reference work, The Iron Industry of the Weald.
An older standard work is 'Wealden Iron', by Ernest Straker, originally published in 1931. Although inaccurate in some respects and largely superceded by The Iron Industry of the Weald, its gazetteer is still useful. The full text and illustrations of Wealden Iron can be viewed here. The earliest publication on the industry is the monograph The historical geography of the Wealden iron industry by Mary Cecilia Delany, pub. 1921, which can also be read online here.
More specific research enquiries may be directed to WIRG's Vice-Chairman, Jeremy Hodgkinson
or to members below who have specific interests:
Members' Research Interests
This is the beginning of what is hoped will be a comprehensive list of members' interests; it will be added to over the coming months and years. These members will be pleased to make contact with people having similar interests or who have enquiries on their area of interest.
|Air supply problems in furnaces||Jonathan Prusemail@example.com|
|Biographical research||Alan Hayward||AlanDHayward@aol.com|
|Biographical research (Kent)||Tony Singletonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cast-iron firebacks||Jeremy Hodgkinsonemail@example.com|
|Edgetool industry, Kent Weald||Tony Singletonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Experimental bloomery research||Brian Herbertemail@example.com|
|Handcross blast furnace and ironworks (NT Nymans estate) and Challoner interests.|
Photography, eg artefact photography, recording digs, sites, etc
|Keith Masonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Hepden family connections to iron sites in Wadhurst/Burwash area||Ken Jonesemail@example.com
|Iron industry in England and Wales generally||Peter Kingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Iron ore mining||Jonathan Prusemail@example.com|
|Iron workers in West Hoathly area||Christopher Thompson|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Landscape Archaeology, Landscape Surveying, prehistoric landscapes, development of Wealden settlements||Judie Englishemail@example.com|
|Leonard family in Sussex and connections with iron industry in New England and New Jersey||Christopher Thompson|| firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roman iron making and ore extraction, particularly related to settlements at Barcombe and Beddingham, East Sussex||Ann Bestemail@example.com||Romano-british bloomeries on the southern side of the High Weald; possible relationships with historic routeways in Danehill, Fletching, Ashdown and Sheffield forest areas; iron related field names||(Mrs) Gerry Crawshawfirstname.lastname@example.org
|18th C Wealden iron industry||Jeremy Hodgkinsonemail@example.com|
|Gaining better understanding of the past by using business or
technical modelling and themic analysis methods on historical records
GRANTS - TEBUTT RESEARCH FUND
A research fund, set up in memory of Fred Tebbutt, first President of WIRG, exists to aid research into the iron industry of the Weald. Applications are invited for grants.
More details and suggestions for future research projects can be found HERE.
WIRG is in the process of putting online dissertations which have been submitted for further degrees. Two have been added to the site so far:
The Iron Industry of Roman Britain by Henry F Cleere, 1981
The Iron Industry in the Weald in the period of the Seven Years' War, 1750-1770 by Jeremy Hodgkinson
More will follow.