|Monument in Tipton to the Anchor Makers|
|Further commemoration on a Tipton factory fence|
One of the famous anchors made here in 1911 by N. Hingley & Sons was for the Titanic, which sank a year later.
|I.K.Brunel & Gt Eastern chains|
There is some confusion over the status of this anchor as it is recorded in some journals as a replacement. I have been unable to ascertain whether this is correct and, if so, why a replacement was required. Three possibilities come to mind. -1-On her maiden voyage there was an explosion which killed five sailors and major repairs were required; -2- On her third voyage to USA she was caught in a gale and suffered considerable damage whilst temporary repairs wee required at sea to keep any control of the ship; -3- On a subsequent trip to New York she hit a rock now known as Great Eastern Rock and was saved from sinking by her unique double skinned construction. An anchor found in New York harbour since then has been claimed to belong to her but this has not been verified.
The royal Yacht Britannia's anchor was also made at Brierley Hill by Samual Taylor.The last wrought iron anchor-maker in the Black Country, Isaiah Preston of Cradley Heath, closed in 1979 and some of the equipment is preserved at the Black Country Living Museum.