Historic Wortley Top Forge open to public for free today

Community event.
Community event.

Wortley Top Forge - Britain’s last surviving water powered heavy iron forge - is open free of charge to the public today as part of a wider event to celebrate the region’s heritage.

The visitor attraction is open for free between 11am and 4pm as part of the national programme of ‘Heritage Open Days’, in which historical places of interest are encouraged to open up their doors.

Derek Bayliss, of South Yorkshire Trades Historical Trust, said: “For centuries its water wheels worked hammers which forged hot iron into shape.

“It has been restored over many years by teams of volunteers.

“Come and see the wheels turn – and imagine the noise, the heat, the hard physical work, the danger. Just think what it was like to live there.”

He added: “Visitors will be given a guided tour by volunteers.

“They will see the water wheels turning, and some of our current restoration projects.

“We have a collection of historic engines and machines, some of which will be working.”

Wortley Top Forge is a Grade 1 listed building.

For more information about the site visit www.topforge.co.uk