The Dowlais Guest Keen Ifor Works was the remaining part of the iron
and steelworks which spread over a large part of Dowlais and
thereafter the world.
The Dowlais iron making concern began in 1759, and an apprenticeship
at this works was much sought after with over 200 years of skills
There was a multitude of craftsmen, tradesmen and engineers employed
and trained at this works, including moulders, furnace men, pattern
makers, fitters, blacksmiths, carpenters, electricians, boiler
makers, platers, welders, engineering machinists (which included
central lathe turners, milling machinists, vertical and horizontal
boring operators, planer operators etc). There were also
metallurgists, laboratory technicians, draughtsmen, design engineers,
technical engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, not
forgetting management and all the ancillary and other personnel that
helped make this works highly successful and a profitable concern.