Black Heart: A History of Ley's Malleable Castings the Family and the Foundry
For over 113 years Ley's Malleable Castings was at the heart of Derby's industrial life. A family firm despite its large size - at one time it was the largest foundry of its kind in Europe - the company was presided over by four generations of the Ley family between 1873 and 1987.Both the family and the foundry were embedded in the history of Derby and their legacies can still be seen in the city today. The Baseball Ground, built by Sir Francis Ley as a home for the game of baseball, was sold by him to Derby County FC and has only recently been demolished. Remnants of the factory buildings and offices, which once covered an area of over 17 acres, can still be seen in Derby streets.
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