Men of Iron


Men of Iron by Joan and Roger Hands. Edited by Denis Miles.
The title of the Ironworks is misleading, since the premises were located in the Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, but in the pre-New Town Days many households and businesses at the lower end of the Marlowes, being in Boxmoor parish, actually had Boxmoor phone numbers. Over the last 30 years the Dacorum Heritage Trust has produced many exhibitions connected with the area. Both "Agriculture in Dacorum" and "Archaeology in Dacorum" have explored the farming background in some detail, and some of this information is reflected here, giving a relevant context to the work of local agricultural engineers and farm implement manufacturers. The fascinating story of ironfounding in the area is also detailed, as well as the history of the plough and the ceremonies associated with it.

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