Bilston Works

In 1973 Bilston Works was part of BSC’s Special Steels Division which was split into two groups: Forges, Foundries and Engineering and Steelworks. Bilston formed part of the Steelworks Group along with Brymbo, Panteg, Rotherham and Stocksbridge. Given Bilston’s capabilities in lower carbon, low alloy and leaded, free cutting, steels the works was deemed special enough to warrant being within the Special Steels rather than the ‘lesser’ General Steels Division . There was a subsequent reorganisation later in the 1970’s and Bilston would finally be within what was called the Sheffield Division of BSC.

See below a street map showing the location of the works along with two diagrams showing the make up of the Special Steels Division. The first shows the geography of the division with the second (lower right) giving more details on the products from the various works themslves.



Map of Spring Vale

Map of Spring Vale

The area of the works is in the centre bounded by the Millfields Rd – Ladymoor Rd – Birmingham New Road triangle.


Special Steels Division #1

Special Steels Division #1

This plan shows the structure of the Special Steels Division, sub divided into Forges, Foundries and Engineering Group and Steelworks Group with Divisional HQ in Sheffield.


Special Steels Division #2

Special Steels Division #2

Another version of the organisational structure of the Special Steels Division circa 1972.