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Post  Hieronymus on 2016-01-30, 3:57 pm

Found out the world wide importance of the British steel industry in a small way when I was in Kampala. 
Visited the Kings Burial House at Kasubi Tombs which was set on fire by Al Shaabab in 2010 and burned to the ground. Although originally built in the traditional manner in the 1880's the structure was reinforced with steel and concrete in 1938. 
There was only a pile of twisted metal remaining but, as I looked at it, I just got a feeling and asked the guide if he knew where the steel had come from. He pointed out a mark on one of the beams and sure enough, there it was CONSETT! 
They are reconstructing the tomb, as it is a UNESCO Heritage Site, but I imagine they will use Chinese steel for the work these days Mad



NB: The pictures below are from a BBC article about the fire in 2010, except the Consett one!

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Re: British Steel!

Post  cyprussyd on 2016-01-30, 4:24 pm

Well they won't be supplying any more, long gone are the days of British manufacturing.

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Post  Nostalgic on 2016-01-30, 5:40 pm

Nice little story H and it took me back to early school days and learning about the British Empire and how Britain built the world. The classic example was the Newcastle and Sydney bridges  and construction with steel produced by Dorman Long.

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Post  Silvers on 2016-01-30, 5:46 pm

I think Consett steel was used too for Blackpool Tower

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Re: British Steel!

Post  Billy D on 2016-01-31, 1:37 pm

I was raised not far from Consett & the steel plant was masssive.
The whole town was covered in red dust.
3,500 men lost their jobs the day it closed.
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Post  sunderpitt on 2016-01-31, 5:03 pm

Billy D wrote:I was raised not far from Consett & the steel plant was masssive.
The whole town was covered in red dust.
3,500 men lost their jobs the day it closed.

They have a pint called Red Dust
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Re: British Steel!

Post  Billy D on 2016-02-05, 11:14 am

sunderpitt wrote:
Billy D wrote:I was raised not far from Consett & the steel plant was masssive.
The whole town was covered in red dust.
3,500 men lost their jobs the day it closed.

They have a pint called Red Dust
Indeed they do.
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