The manufacture of brass began in England towards the end of the 17th century, although the Elizabethans had used the alloy of copper and zinc to make cannons.
Production increased greatly throughout the 18th century. To begin with most brass was made in Bristol or the immediate surrounding area. In the mid-18th century the main area for brass production changed to Birmingham. The 19th century saw brass production grow even further with the introduction of new-steam powered rolling mills that could produce sheet metal.
Read William’s full article in this Thursday’s (3 April) Pocklington Post.