Roddy Williams – An ongoing portfolio

The Bottle Chimney, Brymbo


This wonderful landmark in my home village is the remains of a 100 foot chimney of a smelting works, known locally as the bottle chimney because the original shape was that of a tapering bottle. It was built in 1792 to smelt ore from local mines. It was partly demolished in 1962 to leave only 25ft still standing.
I’ve taken quite a few pictures of this particular structure. I spent a lot of time exploring it when I was a child, and I worry that now it has been more or less abandoned to the elements that it will not survive.


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