Thomas Lewis (industrialist)
Born into a landed family from Llanishen, Thomas Lewis became an iron-master. He already owned the Pentyrch blast furnace and several small forges when he became a partner in Dowlais Ironworks in 1759. Lewis was the partner who arranged the mineral leases and construction of the new ironworks: the works were carried out by his business, Thomas Lewis & Co. He headed the business and his family interest was not bought out until 1848.
He was also a partner in the firm of Coles, Lewis & Co which had interests at Melin-y-cwrt and Ynys-y-gerwn.
Lewis's family had lived at Llanishen for many generations but he was responsible for building the New House there. He was clearly a highly respected individual and served as High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1757.
He died in 1764.
- The First Industrialists by François Crouzet, Page 73
- Economic History of the British Iron and Steel Industry 1784 - 1878 by Alan Birch, Page 68
- History of the Valley of Neath
- The Lewis Estates
- Sheriffs of Glamorgan
- Glamorgan Archives: New House Estate, Llanishen, deeds. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
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