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Two historic forges will be open free to the public for one day in September as part of Heritage Open Days.

Wortley Top Forge is the last surviving water-powered heavy iron forge in Britain and will be open to the public for free on Saturday, September 10, from 11am to 4pm.

It houses three working waterwheels and two tilt hammers as well as other machinery that was used to forge iron.

The Nail Forge at Hoylandswaine will be open on Sunday, September 11, from 11am to 4pm.

The nail forge, which is not usually open to the public, is possibly the only one in the country that still has its nailmaker’s hearth and chimney.

n For information visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.