Once the largest hot strip steel mill in Western Europe, Ravenscraig steelworks closed in 1992, and is now almost totally non-existent. Situated in the valley of the North Calder Water, the works took its name from the nearby secluded cliff face called Ravenscraig, meaning ‘Raven’s Cliff’ or ‘Cliff of the Ravens’.
The Iron and Steel Board approved a major expansion of Colville’s, the largest steel manufacturer in the UK before World War II, in July 1954. It was then that the first stages of development began in Ravenscraig, turning a green field into a site for steelworks. By 1957, several coke ovens; a by-products plant, a blast furnace and an open hearth melting shop with three steelmaking furnaces were fully operational.
The blue tower of the Dalzell works is still standing, though much of the area is unrecognisable from decades ago when the steel works dominated the landscape. In this print, you can see a British Rail Hunterston-Ravenscraig coal train Class 37/0 37156 diesel locomotive (also known as the English Electric Type 3) with its cargo bound for Ravenscraig.
This signed print is one of a limited edition. It’s recorded on Hahnemühle stock via a large format mimeograph and generally referred to as Giclée prints of premium quality. The paper is white 100% a-cellulose with a distinct textured surface and the premium matt inkjet coating more than meets the highest industry standards vis-à-vis density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness, while preserving the extraordinary touch and feel of genuine art paper. The editions depicted on Iconic Reserve are not representative of scale and solely for the purpose of suggestive display.
Signed limited edition
1 of 100, 420mm x 597mm
Recorded on Hahnemühle