Collectively, the Foley family were probably the largest producers of iron in England at this time, controlling a wide area of the Marches, NW Midlands and Sussex. Of their works the Stour Valley network was among the most significant, and the six-year run of accounts here reproduced is very complete, offering a major source of information about the structure of the 17th century charcoal-iron industry of the area. Stour Valley was the largest of the Foleys' integrated systems, with its four furnaces, seventeen forges and three slitting mills, and ancillary buildings and transport arrangements.
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Schafer, R G 1978 `A selection from the records of Philip Foley's Stour Valley Iron Works 1668-74: Part 1' Worcestershire Hist Soc Worcester Hist Soc n ser, 9, 1978 128 pp, index.