Along with funding from Shropshire Council and Ellesmere Town Council, your donations have helped us to return Ellesmere Blacksmith Forge to its former glory,
The forge, which was in use for over 160 years, had fallen into decline. However, thanks to your generous donations there is now a heritage conservation-trained blacksmith working in the forge, teaching people about the role that the forge played in the area, and country's, past.
“It was really important to us to get the forge working again and filled with the sounds, sights and smells of a working smithy" Sarah Lalieu
Sarah Lalieu, enterprise manager at the Canal & River Trust explains: “It was really important to us to get the forge working again and filled with the sounds, sights and smells of a working smithy, rather than just keep it as a museum piece preserved in aspic. We’ve now leased the workshop to a blacksmith, bringing the space back to life and giving visitors a glimpse of what it must have been like 200 years ago.”
The newly restored forge was revealed on 14 September 2014. £5,000 for the restoration was donated by supporters of Canal & River Trust, enabling the blacksmith forge to take back its place among the range of grade II listed canal heritage buildings at Ellesmere.