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Men of Iron

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Celebrating the forefathers of the steel industry, Bolckow & Vaughan, true men of iron who transformed Middlesbrough into 'Ironopolis'. Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan drove the dramatic growth of Middlesbrough and the production of coal and iron in the North East of England in the 19th century. The two founding partners had an exceptionally close working relationship that lasted until Vaughan's death.

Their long-lasting and successful partnership transformed Middlesbrough into 'Ironopolis', the centre of ironmaking in Britain, while their iron ore mines at Eston were the largest in the world. By 1868, four million tons of iron per year were produced there, with Bolckow & Vaughan considered to be the world's biggest pig-iron producers.


Designed by our studio design team and printed by our expert production partners on Fujifilm 210gsm photo paper, chosen exclusively to produce high-quality colour prints. Each poster is printed using the Silver halide technique, a traditional photo printing method involving light-sensitive paper and silver-based chemistry, ensuring our prints capture true colours and offer a sharper, vivid image.

Available in A2 and A3 poster sizes.

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