A Ripley man has just published his second book which details the history of the ‘shop floor’ practices of Butterley Ironworks and Codnor Park Forge.
Tim Castledine, of Foresters Road, a former employee of the foundry, has close ties to the local industry
as his father also worked for the company for over half a century.
Tim initially worked in the foundry during the school holidays in his youth, starting as a junior laboratory technician in 1962 before working his way up the company to become foundry superintendent before leaving in 1975.
His new book comes after a successful first title which covered the history of Butterley Foundry from 1900 to 1986.
Two years later, inspired to further document the history of the local industry, he has completed ‘Butterley Ironworks and Codnor Park Forge 1790-1986’. The publication traces operations from the humble beginnings between 1790 and 1820, their rise to greatness in the 19th and early 20th centuries and on to the final demise of Codnor Park Forge in 1965 and Butterley Foundry in 1986.
Talking about his decision to write a second book he said: “My first book generated quite a bit of local interest so I decided to try to write a practical ‘shop floor’ history of the forge and foundry.
“The main objective was to put researched facts and practical experiences into some form of chronological order and to try to build up a more complete picture of the smelting, melting and metal processing history of the company.
“The outcome of this venture after two years work is a book of some 260 pages with over 250 photographs, illustrations and maps, which I hope has achieved the initial objective to explain the company’s shop floor practices through two centuries.
The book also examines the construction and eventual demise of Butterley’s blast furnaces at Ripley built into the ‘Great Wall’ in the works yard and includes a ‘timeline’ for the Codnor Park and Butterley sites outlining the significant events which took place during those 200 years.
If anyone would like to obtain a copy of the book they can contact Tim on 01773 746954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is priced at £15 with a £3 postage charge if required.