Research Theses

1) THE IRON INDUSTRY OF ROMAN BRITAIN
by Henry F Cleere
PhD Thesis, University of London, 1981

Contents:
Chapter 1. Catalogue raisonnée of sites
Chapter 2. Geographical distribution of the industry
Chapter 3. Organization of the industry
Chapter 4. The technology of Roman ironmaking
Chapter 5. Historical outline
Chapter 6. The economics of the industry
Chapter 7. Bibliography
Appendix A. Ironmaking in a Roman Furnace
Appendix B. The Classification of Early Iron-smelting Furnaces
Appendix C. The Roman Iron Industry of the Weald and its
Connexions with the Classis Britannica
Appendix D. Some operating parameters for Roman ironworks

A scanned copy of the dissertation can be downloaded as a PDF (4.54Mb)
NOTE: Individual chapters and sub-headings can be accessed by hyperlinks from the Contents page.

2) THE IRON INDUSTRY IN THE WEALD IN THE PERIOD OF THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR, 1750-1770
by Jeremy Hodgkinson
MA dissertation, University of Brighton, 1993

Contents
Chapter 1   Introduction
Chapter 2   Ownership, Organisation and Risk
Chapter 3   Products and Market
Chapter 4   Location, Raw Materials, Transport and Labour
Chapter 5   Conclusions
Appendix 1 Wealden ironmasters and their sites, 1750-70
Appendix 2 Board of Ordnance and East India Company: Suppliers of Iron, 1750-70
Appendix 3 Board of Ordnance: Ordnance Purchases, 1750-70
Appendix 4 East India Company: Ordnance Purchases, 1750-70
Bibliography

The text of the dissertation (re-set but with original pagination indicated) can be  downloaded (1.1Mb PDF)

3. THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF ROMANO-BRITISH IRON PRODUCTION IN THE WEALD
by Jaime Kaminski
PhD Thesis, University of Reading, 1995

Contents
Chapter 1  Introduction
Chapter 2  Geology, Topography and Land Use
Chapter 3  The Environment and Archaeology of the Pre-Roman Weald
Chapter 4  Methodology and Taphonomy
Chapter 5  The Distribution of the Iron Industry on the Periphery of the High Weald
Chapter 6  The Distribution of the Iron Industry in the Eastern High Weald
Chapter 7  The Distribution of the Iron Industry in the Western High Weald
Chapter 8 The Environmental Impacts Associated with Roman Iron Production
Chapter 9  The Woodlands of the Weald
Chapter 10  The Economics of the Industry
Chapter 11  Conclusions
Appendix 1  The Association between Charles Dawson and the Beauport Park Statuette
Appendix 2  Charcoal Production
Appendix 3 Pollen Analysis from Chitcombe, Hoath Wood
Glossary
Bibliography

A scanned copy of the original text can be downloaded (30Mb PDF)


Other Theses:
The British LIbrary hosts the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) an index of academic theses – some of which are relevant to the Wealden Iron Industry, notably:

“The Wealden iron industry” by Margaret Richards, University of London, 1924
“Iron: Aspects of the industry during the Iron Age and Romano-British periods” by Rodney Clough, University of London, 1986
“Wealden gunfounding in the sixteenth century with reference to Ralph Hogge and other leading producers” by Edmund Teesdale, Brighton Polytechnic, 1987
“The iron trade in England and Wales 1500-1815: the charcoal iron industry and its transition to coke”, by Peter King, University of Wolverhampton, 2003