Butterley Ironworks is a former industrial site in Derbyshire with a history that incorporates historic events such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Pentrich Revolution and the building of St Pancras Station.
After literally hundreds of years of continued foundry work there, it is no longer in use and the future of the site, with it`s unique underground wharf, has been the subject of some debate.
Fortunately, I have written on the subject before, so I can be lazy and simply direct you to my articles A Tale of Two Ironworks (February 2010) , Ironworks Revisited (February 2010) and Ironworks Revisted Again (January 2011), all of which you will find at http://bookshelvesandbrownale.blogspot.com/ .
I shall, however, attempt to offset my laziness by directing you to a potted history of the site, to be found at www.gracesguide.co.uk/wiki/Butterley_Co and to more history and some sriking images at www.jacksdale.org.uk/pages/JDHeritage/Forge.htm . There are in fact many entries relating to the site online and it does pay to search around a bit. However, these are a couple I thought would complement each other nicely.