Ravenscraig Steelworks History

The Steelworks of Ravenscraig were established in 1967 and closed in 1991. Ravenscraig produced its own iron and transported ore from a pier terminal in Hunterston. It also got its own Lime Flux from its own works at Shap in Westmorland. Ravenscraig’s steel was processed at Gartcosh and was the largest producer of Hot-strip steel in Western Europe in its time. The works also provided Dalziel Works with steel slabs for off-shore oil-platform construction and shipbuilding. The works hired about 13,500 people and all lost their jobs once the steelworks closed down. The Ravenscraig Steelworks was the heart of the community and many people died while working there because of the war. They were closed down in 1991 due to High Manufacturing cost, a decline of shipbuilding and overseas competition. After its closure Ravenscraig steelworks became the largest brownfield site in Europe.

Pictures of Ravenscraig before it closed down along with pictures of the War Memorial at the Colville Works, now Tata Steel.

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