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Meadow Vale oil works

Location 53.126433, -3.099125, show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Pontbleiddyn, County of Flint
Current local authority area Flintshire
Opened 1864
Closed closed 1866, dismantled 1868
Number of retorts 6 (in 1864)
Ownership history Meadow Vale & Saltney Oil Refining Company
British Oil & Cannel Co. Ltd.
Current status of site Woodland

Described in the prospectus of the Meadow Vale & Saltney Oil Refining Co. Ltd as:

.....situated near Leeswood which are at present producing six tons crude oil per week, by six retorts, with land of sufficient space to erect altogether 120 retorts.

There list of equipment offered in the clearance sale in 1868 (see below) suggests that this tiny works were never significantly extended.

The Meadow Vale Oil Works were usually described as being "near Leeswood" however their precise location is uncertain. The prospectus of the British Oil & Cannel Oil Co. Ltd. suggests that Meadow Vale had associated cannel workings, whilst other references refer to Meadow Vale as being continuous with the site of Leeswood Vale Oil Works. This evidence suggests that a structure marked on the 1869 OS map lying immediately west of Leeswood Vale Oil Works and to the south of Cae-bleiddyn colliery might represent the retorts and site of Meadow Vale oil works.

Maps

Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

References

Another large Welsh company, the British Oil and Cannel Company, thought it desirable to come to Glasgow (the works of George Bennie & Co.) likewise with a large order for all the necessary machinery appliances for the Meadow vale Crude Oil Works at Leeswood and a large refinery at Saltney, to which the crude oil is conveyed in tank wagons.

The Engineer, 17th August 1866

 

MEADOW VALE WORKS, LEESWOOD. MR ALBERT BURY is instructed to SELL BY AUCTION at the Meadow Vale Oil Works, Leeswood, near Mold, on Monday, the 10th of August, 1868, at one o'clock for two prompt, the following valuable plant, machinery, and other effects, viz.:

and a variety of other effects too numerous to mention. Auction and Estate Agency, Offices, Temple Row, Wrexham. 31st July, 1868.

The Wrexham Advertiser 1st August 1868

 

MEADOW VALE OIL WCRKS, PONTYBODKIN, LEESWOOD, NEAR MOLD. MR ALBERT BURY is instructed to SELL BY AUCTION at the Meadow Vale Oil Works, Leeswood, near Mold, on Monday, the 10th of August, 1863, at one o'clock for two prompt, the following valuable plant, machinery, and other effects, viz. :

Office Furniture, : comprising desk, table, four chairs, two fenders, cupboard and drawers, &c ; gas hydrometer and themometer, cooper's tools, about six tons of pitch, thirty oil casks, and a variety of other effects too numerous to mention. All the above are nearly new and in perfect condition. A branch line of the London and North Western Railway have a branch into the works. Refreshments provided. Auction and Estate Agency, Offices, Temple Row, Wrexham. 31st July, 1868

The Wrexham Advertiser, 8th August 1868

 

Final Sale of PLANT, BRICKS, etc.at the MEADOW VALE OIL WORKS. COED TALON, NEAR MOLD.

MR ALBERT BURY begs to announce that he is instructed to Sell by PUBLIC AUCTION, without any reserve at the Meadow Vale Oil Works, Coed Talon near Mold, on Wednesday, 25th August, 1869, at Two o'clock punctually, the following EFFECTS, viz:

and a large variety of other effects too numerous to mention. Auction and Estate Agency Offices, 10, Temple Row, Wrexham.

The Wrexham Advertiser, 21st August 1869

 

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