15 February 2006

Whitecliff Furnace

For my birthday (last week) Kate organised a suprise trip to the Forest of Dean. We stayed in the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in Clearwell. The hotel itself was very nice, the room was fantastic and the atmosphere was brilliant. The hotel restaurant was a bit disappointing value for money wise, although the food was very nice. The following night we went next door to the Butcher's Arms - for the same price as one course and one bottle of wine in the hotel the pub gave us two courses and two bottles of wine - and wonderfully innovative cooking as well, I can certainly recommend the black pudding lattice with marmelade as a starter!

Anyway here is a picture of the iron smelting furnace at Whitecliff which we visited the day after...

The furnace was built in 1806, and was restored in the 1980s following an appeal for public subscription and with support from the Historical Metallurgy Society. The furnace is owned by the Dean Heritage Trust, and there is more information about the furnace on their website. The Forest of Dean has a rich ironworking heritage and no doubt I shall post more about this in due course...

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