BURGUM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

The Burgum family history society is a member of the Guild of one name studies and researches the names
BURGUM
and BURGHAM

Cefn Mawr, Denbighshire

Burgums lived here in Denbighshire Wales in 1815.



CEFN MAWR, Denbighshire, and the area around it played an significant role during the industrial revolution. In the 18th and 19th century, large deposits of iron, coal and sandstone were mined here. Numerous blast furnaces and forges were built locally, while the mineral wealth was exported by canal over Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aquaduct on the Shropshire Union Canal, until the railway finally reached Ruabon in 1855.

In 1867 German industrial chemist Robert Graesser built a chemical plant at Plas Kynaston, extracting paraffin oil and wax from the local shale. They also produced phenol, acids and coal tar. Other industrial heritage includes the 17th century Tref-y-nant fireclay works, the lime kilns at Plas Kynaston and Ward's Wharf on the canal. The New British Ironworks operated here, at a time when children as young as eight were employed underground to pull the heavily laden trucks.

John and Elizabeth Burgum lived here in 1815, with their children Mary and George. George became an engineer and moved to the Deritend area of Birmingham.

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