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Wortley Top Forge

Wortley Top Forge

Contact

Enquiries

0114 288 7576

Address

Forge Lane,
Thurgoland,
Barnsley,
S35 7DN

Details

Wortley Top Forge is a Water Powered Iron Forge whose history can be traced back to 1640. The site has been used for various processes but it is best known for the Wrought Iron Railway Axles that were produced between 1840 and production stopping around 1910.

Following the final abandonment of the site in 1929, various bodies have been involved in securing the site which now forms the heart of an Industrial Museum.

Exhibits at Top Forge include the original water wheels and water powered drop hammers within the original Forge building that is progressively being restored to 1900s condition. All three Water Wheels can be run subject to conditions.

Adjoining buildings house a 1920s Machine Shop, that is used for most of the restoration work, displays of medium sized and small stationary steam and displays of old machine and hand tools

Developments
Currently under construction are two adjacent buildings that will form a permanent (and Working) exhibition of powered forging hammers and metal forming machines

The unique steam mill engine 'Elizabeth' a 250hp vertical compound engine features a 'Grasshopper Beam' and was rebuild at Top Forge during the early 1990s.

Picnic siteAccepts groups

Dogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Due to the nature of this ancient site please vist the website www.topforge.co.uk for details on disabled access.

Opening details

Minature Railway operates from 2pm

Other opening times are available by appointment . Groups should contact Mr G Parkinson 0114 281 7991

Prices

ADULT CONCESSION £2.00
CHILD PRICE £0.50

Directions

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Map reference: SK 294998  Lat: 53.49408 Long: -1.55831

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Facilities

  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Due to the nature of this ancient site please vist the website www.topforge.co.uk for details on disabled access.

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