Steel Heroes - Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell
Sir Isaac was in partnership with his younger brother John in the company of Bell Bros, who were largely responsible for developing the ironstone field of Cleveland.
Bell Brothers operated twelve blast furnaces at Port Clarence by 1877.
The company also operated ironstone mines, limestone quarries and collieries. Around £1 million in capital was invested in the business.
Sir Lowthian Bell produced many papers and several books on the production of iron, and reviews of practices worldwide.
In 1872 he published “Chemical Phenomena of Iron Smelting”; in 1884 “The Principles of the Manufacture of Steel”; and in 1886 “The Iron Trade of the United Kingdom compared with other Chief Ironmaking Nations”
Bell Brothers started the first works in England for the manufacture of Aluminium, and were also pioneers in salt manufacture from mined rock salt.
Rounton Grange, built by ILB in the 1870’s, demolished by 1954.