John Cashmore Ltd

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British Rail Riddles Standard Class 5MT 73116, being scrapped in 1967

John Cashmore Ltd (also known as J Cashmore, or simply as Cashmore's or other derivations) was a company operating largely in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. It became best known for ship breaking and scrapping redundant British railway locomotives.


The company was founded in 1872 by a member of the Cashmore family in Horseley Heath, Staffordshire.[1] While eventually the large part of the business was in Newport, with a business address at the Old Town Dock, the headquarters was in Great Bridge, Tipton.[2][3] Scrapping of steam locomotives from the LMR, ER and WR, also took place at Gold's Hill, Great Bridge.[1]

The ship breaking business was closed in October 1976, and the remaining business was incorporated into the Gynwed Group.[2]

Ship breaking[edit]

It ran a ship breaking business on the banks of the River Usk, which had a very high tide enabling large vessels to be moved upstream.[2] It scrapped many ex-Royal Navy ships including the following:[4]

Civilian vessels[edit]


  1. ^ a b "John Cashmore Ltd, Great Bridge, Tipton". Sandwell Community History and Archives Service. Black Country History. 1967. PHS/553. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Jim Dyer (20 December 2011). "John Cashmore - Everything Iron And Steel". Newport Past. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. ^ Cranage, John (25 June 2009). "Entrepreneur Norman Cashmore dies". Birmingham Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  4. ^ Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.