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Pig Iron


One of two bars of pig iron made at Nottingham Forge in White Marsh, Maryland. Largely corroded and covered in rust, it was originally stamped "Nottingham Co y 1753."





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Nottingham Furnace (also known as Nottingham Forge, Nottingham Company, or Nottingham Iron Works) was built between 1744 and 1746. In 1744, Alexander Lawson, representing a group of English businessmen, bought the land in White Marsh, Maryland, and Nottingham was in production by 1746. It burned down in 1752, but was quickly rebuilt. The iron produced there was mostly exported for use in weapons to the British. The plant was seized by and for colonial weapons use during the American Revolution. After the war, Nottingham was purchased by Charles Ridgely of Hampton Plantation, c. 1796-1797. The facility appears to have been out of service by 1815.

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Gift of the Harry T. Campbell Sons Corporation, Towson, MD

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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