Old Brass Foundry

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The Old Brass Foundry or Brass Shop is one of the original buildings in Boston Lodge Works.

Former Brass Foundry
Location Boston Lodge Adjacent to the Staff Mess Room (Den)
Register No 98
T. Corner ID BL011
Operational Yes
Heritage Status Grade 2 listed. All works that materially effect its character will require Listed Building Consent.
Historical significance Highly significant. This building is one of the earliest buildings on the site, having been built as a smithy in 1838 [1]. In 1856 it had three forges but later smith's work was conentrated on the Blacksmith's Shop on the other side of the yard. Often referred to as the 'Brass Foundry' and shown as such in an 1875 drawing of the building, it is not clear to what extent it was used as such. The first floor of the building is thought to have been added in the 1950s. The rear wall was rebuilt between 1956 and 1962 when the fill supporting the steps to the upper floor of No 2 Boston Lodge were removed.
Cadw Blg ID 14417. Cadw listing text as follows:-

Exterior. Single-storey, built of local slatey rubble with slate roof and wide eaves, bracketed to gable end. 3-bay front with central boarded door flanked by 4-light transomed windows. 1970s extension to right (Telephone Exchange building) now links with Old Oil Store. Reason for Listing. Listed as part of this especially complete example of a C19 railway engineering works which has important historical associations with the Ffestiniog Railway. Group value with other listed items at Boston Lodge.

Description Solid stone walls under a duo pitched roof covered with slates. Internally there is a timber suspended first floor which is thought to have been inserted in the 1950s.
Present use Storage of miscellaneous items mainly non ferrous.
Previous use Originally Smithy, then storage. Its use as Brass Foundry has not been established. It was described as 'Store, [formerly] Brass Shop' on Dan Wilson's map of 1963 and this may mean it was used for machining, finishing and storing brass fittings and parts, but not necessarily casting. 'Old Brass Shop' may be a better name for this building.
Condition The building is generally sound.
Recent works .
Urgent and Immediate Repairs required The following repairs are urgently required:-
  1. Provide gutter where missing along rear elevation.
Less urgent repairs A summary of the repairs required are as follows:-
  1. Replace verge flashings with a more traditional method appropriate for the status of the building.
  2. Strip paint off woodwork and repaint (linseed oil paint recommended).
  3. Limewash to walls internally.
Improvements needed The following works go beyond 'repairs'.
  1. Rainwater disposal - replace plastic gutters and down pipes with cast iron
  2. Replace verge flashings with a more traditional method appropriate for the status of the building.
  3. Re-install electrical power and lighting.
  4. Replace windows with sash or casement windows appropriate for the status and period of the building.
  5. Suggest rendering brickwork to rear elevation.
Potential alternative uses The future use of this building is likely to be included within a larger scheme of conservation works to reinstate the buildings of the Top Yard. This could have a number of appropriate alternative uses. Current plans are for conservation then use as store and display area representing the Works in the preservation era[2].
  1. ^ Festiniog Railway Heritage Group Journal, Issue 121, page(s): 27
  2. ^ Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 246, page(s): 436