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Jurassic Heritage Site's Links with Welsh Industrial Heritage Site
Percy Carlyle Gilchrist (1851-1935), was born at 8 Marine Parade just round the corner from the wall on which this plaque can be seen.
He studied at the Royal School of Mines and, working together with his cousin, Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, developed an important process that eliminated the high phosphorus content found in Welsh Iron Ore rendering it brittle in use.
In 1878 Percy was working as a chemist at the iron works in Blaenavon, South Wales and it was here that he organized trials of their process which became known as Thomas-Gilchrist Process.
The improvement in the quality of the steel produced helped to return Wales to a leading position in the world steel production until the mining of coal became the main industry of the area.
Also see -Blaenavon Iron Works
Address: 8 Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
Directions: Town centre
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