Finch Foundry is the last working water powered forge in England, located in the picturesque village of Sticklepath on the edge of Dartmoor close to Okehampton and the A30. There are three large working water wheels, huge tilt hammers and grindstone. Visit this unique survival of old England and experience a Victorian working environment, where you will be able to see the machinery in action at one of the regular demonstrations.
One of our visitors took this video – it gives you a flavour of the place.
In addition to the water wheels and machinery there is a display of the tools formerly made in the foundry. There is also a shop and a tearoom. Throughout the year we run a variety of events. There are lots of opportunities for volunteering if you would like to get involved.
School Visits: Are you interested in trying a different way of covering Victorian history for KS1 and 2? At Finch Foundry, we can help children experience what life was like for a working class family in the late 1800’s by taking part in our ‘Apprentice Day’. The children will be in costume and will learn what Finch Foundry was used for and how it was powered, about rates of pay and hours of work and will untertake some ‘apprentice’ tasks in the foundry workshop under the watchful eyes of the foundry owners ‘Mr & Mrs Finch’. If you would like to know more, please contact Finch Foundry.
For full details of location and opening times visit the National Trust web site here.