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1930'S view of works down at Aldwarke

How long has there been Thrybergh Steel ? Well the name has been in use for several centuries, if I say four hundred years some of you may shake your head in disbelief , non the less I recently found the following.
On the 2nd September 1667 there was an Assignment by Charles Tucker of Rotherham, gent. to Robert Harrison of Richmond, a yeoman, and Robert Harrison the younger of Handsworth Woodhouse, also a yeoman reciting a lease to Tucker by Sir John Reresby of Thriburgh, bart. on the10th January 1663/4 of all the water course which was lately used for a steel mill or forge called Thriburgh Steele Forge formerly in the tenure of Charles Tucker, father of Charles together with the mill or site of the mill, for a term of 21 years provided that Reresby's corn mill shall have priority of water in times of scarcity and that the walk mill has priority when there is cloth in the stocks at a rent of £10 10s.




The old Thrybergh Rolling Mill in the 1960's developed the Worlds first internal welding technique used for manufacturing stainless steel tubing. Prior to this Tubing was rolled and welded externally which meant that the weld then had to be ground and polished to leave a smooth finish. With the internal weld no grinding was required.


At the same time the development of a stainless steel tube that could be bent by the use of a plumbers bending spring was introduced, which also could be soldered similar to copper tube. The Thrybergh rolling Mill was probably the Worlds most advanced rolling mill for a number of Years








Along with coal mining the local steelworks were major employers of the local community, and still are to an extent. However with the collapse of British Steel a lot of people found themselves unemployed. Here is an extract from a Parliament debate regarding the issue at the time featuring two local M.P.S

Mr. John Healey (Wentworth): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane) on securing the debate, and on arguing his case so powerfully. He brings a worldwide view to the subject. I cannot compete with that, so I shall not try. Instead, I want to examine the local scene and make a plea to the Minister for practical help in dealing with some of the fallout of the problems that my hon. Friend outlined.
The British Steel Engineering Steels plant in Alwarke is in my constituency, as is the Thrybergh rolling mill. Many constituents also work at Kvaerner and Avesta and in other small steel plants throughout Rotherham and Sheffield. They feel a growing sense of dismay and desperation. They are doing all they can, often led by their union, to help their companies succeed and to become internationally competitive, but the firms are then hit by forces well beyond their control.
Steve Shaw is typical. He lives in Rawmarsh in my constituency, and works at Avesta in Sheffield. He, the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation branch secretary and other colleagues have been heavily involved in work force and management partnerships in the past five years to introduce new shift patterns, new working teams and new levels of productivity and profitability. However, in the summer, as my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham said, the firm announced plans to close the mill and move the Sheffield order book to Sweden with the loss of 100 jobs and 100 family incomes.

I regret to say that Avesta is only one of a string of steel companies instituting closures and cuts. Even BSES, a world-class and internationally competitive company, is reducing capacity. However, it is still holding on to its work force, still investing and still looking to the upturn, but the danger lies with downstream companies in South Yorkshire. It lies with the damage that is already in the system but which is still to work through. Supply chains are long, especially in engineering steels.
The local challenge is to do what we can to help people living with the threat of redundancy. In Rotherham, we have pragmatism and resilience, and a proud track record of partnership involving organisations responding to such problems. That has been the root of our recent regeneration efforts, and it is the reason that we want pathfinder area status for Rotherham and the pilot scheme for the new deal for the over-25s.
Although I welcome the efforts of the Minister and his colleagues to set up a rapid response team in the Department of Trade and Industry, and while I applaud the efforts of similar rapid response teams in the borders and in the north-east to deal with large-scale company closures, Rotherham already has such an operation in place. It has an effective partnership to tackle the immediate problems of retraining and resettlement for steel workers who are losing their jobs.



Today there still is a giant presence in the steel production at Thrybergh and Aldwarke. Corus Engineering Steels In 1999 British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens merged to create one of the world’s largest and most capable metal manufacturing and service organisations - Corus. Corus is a metals manufacturer. Corus produced around 20mt of crude steel in 2000, which represented approximately 12% of total EU production and positioned the Group as Europe’s fourth largest steel producer. The group produces carbon steel by the basic oxygen steelmaking method at five major steelworks

However in a article 2003 was this disturbing news in the Sheffield Star.
Seven hundred workers are to lose their jobs at two South Yorkshire steelworks. Crisis-hit Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus is to axe 350 jobs at its Stocksbridge plant that employs 920 people and is to end a long history of steelmaking in the town. A further 350 jobs will be lost at Corus's Rotherham (Thrybergh) works, which employs 1,470 people with the closure of the Roundwood Bar Mill. MPs from across the county have lash/d out at the decision and have vowed to fight the redundancies. Corus have said that steelmaking and hot rolling at the Stocksbridge plant will stop "in due course". Corus is shutting down its 150-tonne furnace along with the plant's continuous billet caster and primary rolling facilities at Stocksbridge but it plans to continue making hi-tech aerospace steels, feeding its steel remelting and refinishing furnaces with ingots made in Rotherham. Corus currently makes straight bar and coiled bar steels on different mills in Rotherham, but, following the closure of Roundwood, both types of bar will be processed by the Thrybergh bar mill. Corus is also closing its Tipton mill in the West Midlands with the loss of a further 90 jobs. Corus has more than 100 sites across the UK and Stocksbridge is the seventh largest. At one time, the plant employed over 7,000 people



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