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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 Although inaccurate in some respects and largely superceded by The Iron Industry of the Weald, its gazetteer is still useful. A partial digitisation (pages 90-210 are missing) 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 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 furnacesJonathan Prusjonathan@avens.co.uk
Biographical researchAlan HaywardAlanDHayward@aol.com
Biographical research (Kent)Tony Singletontonysing@unionmill.org.uk
Cast-iron firebacksJeremy Hodgkinsonjshodgkinson@hodgers.com
Edgetool industry, Kent WealdTony Singletontonysing@unionmill.org.uk
Experimental bloomery researchBrian Herbertbrianherbert@btinternet.com
Handcross blast furnace and ironworks (NT Nymans estate) and Challoner interests.
Photography, eg artefact photography, recording digs, sites, etc
Keith Masonaoxk03@dsl.pipex.com
Hepden family connections to iron sites in Wadhurst/Burwash areaKen Jonesk.jones120@btinternet.com
Iron industry in England and Wales generallyPeter Kingpeterkingiron@blueyonder.co.uk
Iron ore miningJonathan Prusjonathan@avens.co.uk
Iron workers in West Hoathly areaChristopher Thompson kcsthompson@gmail.com
Landscape Archaeology, Landscape Surveying, prehistoric landscapes, development of Wealden settlementsJudie Englishjudie.english@btopenworld.com
Leonard family in Sussex and connections with iron industry in New England and New JerseyChristopher Thompson kcsthompson@gmail.com
Roman iron making and ore extraction, particularly related to settlements at Barcombe and Beddingham, East SussexAnn Bestanniebest@tiscali.co.uk
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 Crawshawgerrycrawshaw@googlemail.com
18th C Wealden iron industryJeremy Hodgkinsonjshodgkinson@hodgers.com
Gaining better understanding of the past by using business or technical modelling and themic analysis methods on historical records and information. Alan Daviesalan.fdavies@tiscali.co.uk

You will need to select and copy the relevant email address from the above list, and then paste it into the address bar of your email programme.

Any other enquiries can be directed to:


WIRG is in the process of putting online dissertations which have been submitted for further degrees. Three 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

  The Environmental Implications of Romano-British Iron Production in the Weald (30Mb) by Jaime Kaminski, 1995

More will follow.