Unearthing Industrial York
Although York is not known for its industrial past, the city supported a number of different manufacturing industries in the 19th century. Of these, the iron industry has left the greatest mark on our modern street-scape, with numerous products of the York foundries still surviving around the city in the form of street furniture (lamp posts, drain covers, gates and railings, etc) as well as fire places and kitchen ranges inside private and public buildings.
York Archaeological Trust has excavated one of the major foundry sites on Walmgate and found numerous items of ironwork, including part finished products and tools. To help identify more of the fragments from the excavation, this project is initiating a survey of the ironwork surviving around the city. Drawing together these two strands of evidence has great potential to thrown new light on the iron industry in York.