F. H. Lloyd's James Bridge foundry was
the largest steel foundry in Europe, if not in the
world. It produced a vast range of steel castings of all
sizes and made such projects as the Thames Barrier
possible, without having to source castings from abroad,
as we do today. It was an old established Black Country
firm which grew from small beginnings into a vast
foundry with an output of 25,000 to 30,000 tons per
The firm acquired other businesses, and by 1971
had a foundry group with six foundries and a total
capacity of over 60,000 tons per year. There were
foundries in Burton on Trent, Cardiff, Darlington,
Derby, Pontypridd, and in India, as well as several
large factories around the Black Country. It was an
important local employer with a staff of over 7,000.
James Bridge Steel Works.
Sadly it closed in the 1980s recession, and all
traces of the once great foundry have disappeared
beneath Junction 9 Retail Park.
The F. H. Lloyd story is told in the