Tour one of country’s last surviving nail forges near Sheffield

The preserved nail forge at Hoylandswaine, between Penistone and Barnsley, will be open free of charge on Bank Holiday Monday May 27 from 11am to 3.30pm.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 09:13 am
Updated Friday, 24th May 2019, 11:38 am
(left) Trevor Mitchell English heritage Regional Director; and Derek Bayliss, from South Yorkshire Trades Historical trust trying out the bellows in the Hoylandswaine Nail Forge

It is a historic small workshop where nails used to be made by hand on an anvil. Once there were many forges like it in the area, but now it is a rarity. It still has the original hearth, bellows and chimney.

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Come and hear our volunteers explain how nails were made, how the

nailmaker and his family worked in a forge close to their home, and the part that nailmaking played in village life.

Hoylandswaine is just off the A628 Barnsley – Penistone road. The Nail Forge is on the village street near the Lord Nelson public house. There will be an Open sign outside.