Fernhurst Furnace

Fernhurst Furnace The remains of Fernhurst Furnace, also known as North Park Furnace, are some of the best preserved in the Sussex Weald.

The remains of Fernhurst Furnace, also known as North Park Furnace, are some of the best preserved in the Sussex Weald. The iron industry flourished here in the 17th and 18th centuries using local ore, charcoal and water power. The untouched nature of the site and the rural surrounding belie the production of cast iron, tools and cannon which was effectively the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Even though there are many ‘hammer/furnace’ ponds throughout East and West Sussex, many people know little about the great historical and social importance of this bygone industry.

A persistently foggy day in Fernhurst, the fog created a wonderful canvas for this Mini World drone photo today at the F...
16/02/2019

A persistently foggy day in Fernhurst, the fog created a wonderful canvas for this Mini World drone photo today at the Furnace pond.

11/11/2018

What a difference a few nights of rain makes, the pond now in full flood.

Thankfully a large percentage of the water is still being carried over - rather than through - the archeology. It's weather like this which presents the biggest threat to maintaining the remains of the Furnace site - we are attempting to preserve this fascinating place, you can help us by volunteering or donating (details on the website http://www.fernhurstfurnace.co.uk).

A selection of photos from the Fernhurst Furnace Open Weekend on 15 & 16 September 2018
19/09/2018

A selection of photos from the Fernhurst Furnace Open Weekend on 15 & 16 September 2018

19/09/2018
2018 - The Sealed Knot skirmish

Each year The Sealed Knot Society Official provide wonderful demonstrations of a Civil War skirmish, it's educational and often amusing with both crowd and participants enjoying themselves alike. Here we have members of Sir Marmaduke Rawdons Regiment of Foot doing their thing.

(Video: amature footage from iPhone combined with footage from drone edited to show highlights)

As the sun sets over the furnace pond we’d like to thank everyone who visited this weekend - your donations and suppor...
16/09/2018

As the sun sets over the furnace pond we’d like to thank everyone who visited this weekend - your donations and support will help us keep this wonderful place intact for future generations to visit.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers and demonstrators who made the entire weekend doable.

More photos and videos to follow during the week.

Open Weekend always offers a lot of fun and adventures, it also helps to spread the word about our historically signific...
16/09/2018

Open Weekend always offers a lot of fun and adventures, it also helps to spread the word about our historically significant archeology. We’re raising funds to preserve this site for future generations; it was wonderful so many people took the time to see it today.

Things got quite warm along the track today.
16/09/2018

Things got quite warm along the track today.

Madeleine
16/09/2018

Madeleine

Hawking About

Madeleine
16/09/2018

Madeleine

Blacksmith hard at work

Face painting is going well... 🤹🏼‍♀️🎨
16/09/2018

Face painting is going well... 🤹🏼‍♀️🎨

HawkingAbout have just finished today’s first display... they are in the arena again from 12:30.
16/09/2018

HawkingAbout have just finished today’s first display... they are in the arena again from 12:30.

Our event is nestled in the amazing South Downs, a perfect setting for the Civil War skirmish at 15:30 today.
16/09/2018

Our event is nestled in the amazing South Downs, a perfect setting for the Civil War skirmish at 15:30 today.

To kick off the morning we have:11:00 - Tour of furnace site11:15 - Falconry display11:30 - Sealed Knot parade and demon...
16/09/2018

To kick off the morning we have:

11:00 - Tour of furnace site
11:15 - Falconry display
11:30 - Sealed Knot parade and demonstrations

In addition we have blacksmithing, charcoal making, wood work, armour making, knitting, archery and many other activities to explore all day long.

Good morning - we were blessed with sunshine and a great number of visitors yesterday, looking forward to the same today...
16/09/2018

Good morning - we were blessed with sunshine and a great number of visitors yesterday, looking forward to the same today from 10:30 (day two of the 2018 open weekend).

Thank you to everyone who made day one of 2018's open weekend such a success.
15/09/2018

Thank you to everyone who made day one of 2018's open weekend such a success.

15/09/2018
Musket Demonstration

The Sealed Knot Society Official provided a great demonstration today, this is a brief peice of the action from the musket weilding members. More tomorrow!

Overheard at the beer tent: “I’m only here because I cannot resist a man with a musket dear”.
15/09/2018

Overheard at the beer tent: “I’m only here because I cannot resist a man with a musket dear”.

There is one guided walk each day which follows the water ways which once powered our furnace site; it’s a two-hour st...
15/09/2018

There is one guided walk each day which follows the water ways which once powered our furnace site; it’s a two-hour stroll finishing at the 12th Century Shulbrede Priory. Tomorrow’s guided walk will start at 13:15 from the dam.

Weald & Downland Living Museum have promised armour making tomorrow.
15/09/2018

Weald & Downland Living Museum have promised armour making tomorrow.

Den building is proving particularly popular this year.
15/09/2018

Den building is proving particularly popular this year.

Lunch today is looking very appetising. Lamb rolls ready shortly.
15/09/2018

Lunch today is looking very appetising. Lamb rolls ready shortly.

15/09/2018

South Downs folk singers are a cheery bunch this morning. They’ve promised some drinking songs in the beer tent later 🍺🤠

Here we have members of Sir Marmaduke Rawdons regiment preparing for The Sealed Knot Society Official’s first demo at ...
15/09/2018

Here we have members of Sir Marmaduke Rawdons regiment preparing for The Sealed Knot Society Official’s first demo at 11:30.

Providing an essential service this weekend, Matt from Dylan's Ice Cream.
15/09/2018

Providing an essential service this weekend, Matt from Dylan's Ice Cream.

Bowmen of Petersfield are right on target. Come test your own archery skills in the field today.
15/09/2018

Bowmen of Petersfield are right on target. Come test your own archery skills in the field today.

The bar is open 🤗 🍻Come and enjoy a pint in our rural pub.
15/09/2018

The bar is open 🤗 🍻

Come and enjoy a pint in our rural pub.

Ever thought about a home for all the bugs in your garden? We have A Chip Off The Block setting up an array of hand made...
15/09/2018

Ever thought about a home for all the bugs in your garden?

We have A Chip Off The Block setting up an array of hand made woodcraft products, decorations and gift ideas.

Robin will be giving tours of the Furnace site today (11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00).
15/09/2018

Robin will be giving tours of the Furnace site today (11:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00).

The first falconry display by HawkingAbout kicks off at 11:15. Photo: Fern (five months old) first out of the van.
15/09/2018

The first falconry display by HawkingAbout kicks off at 11:15.

Photo: Fern (five months old) first out of the van.

Good morning... we’re open from 10:30 today. Come explore some local history, step back in time to an age when Fernhur...
15/09/2018

Good morning... we’re open from 10:30 today.

Come explore some local history, step back in time to an age when Fernhurst was home to ironworks which produced cannons.

There is free parking and free entry (donations very welcome).

Carla and other wonderful volunteers will be on hand with cake too!

It’s volunteers who make open weekend doable, like Ian here with his clicker - he’ll be around tomorrow to welcome y...
14/09/2018

It’s volunteers who make open weekend doable, like Ian here with his clicker - he’ll be around tomorrow to welcome you.

If you need help around the event, look for Furnace volunteers in their red tops.

It may look like a smattering of tents today but tomorrow we’re expecting hundreds of visitors to our 2018 open weeken...
14/09/2018

It may look like a smattering of tents today but tomorrow we’re expecting hundreds of visitors to our 2018 open weekend.

13/09/2018
There's something for everyone this weekend... a big hit for every family member is the live skirmish demos from The Sea...
13/09/2018

There's something for everyone this weekend... a big hit for every family member is the live skirmish demos from The Sealed Knot Society Official

This is where Fernhurst once produced cannons... come along this weekend to uncover centuries of history at this little-...
13/09/2018

This is where Fernhurst once produced cannons... come along this weekend to uncover centuries of history at this little-known gem in the South Downs.

We're holding out for great weather this year; last year finished on a rather damp note but we still had a great time (p...
22/07/2018

We're holding out for great weather this year; last year finished on a rather damp note but we still had a great time (photo: giving Dylan's Ice Cream a hand to leave the main event site)

Save the date/s - our 2018 Open Weekend has been confirmed.Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September.
22/07/2018

Save the date/s - our 2018 Open Weekend has been confirmed.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September.

Spotted down at the Furnace Site today.
21/07/2018

Spotted down at the Furnace Site today.

10/09/2017
Sealed Knot arena entry march

A major attraction each year are the civil war skirmish demos by The Sealed Knot Society Official. This video shows the clan of royalists during open weekend 2017.

This album shows an assortment of fun, antics and displays from 2017's open weekend at the Furnace site.
10/09/2017

This album shows an assortment of fun, antics and displays from 2017's open weekend at the Furnace site.

E.G.B Photography
10/09/2017

E.G.B Photography

Popped along to the Fernhurst Furnace Festival today. The weather forecast wasn't great but the rain held off until lunchtime. Lots of crafts being demonstrated. The day helps to raise money for continued work on the Furnace which is one of the most complete in this area. My thanks to the guys at Old Kiln Forge for the shots and the Toasting Fork.

Wow! Thank you to everyone who visited & helped at 2017's open weekend; we welcomed over 1,000 people to the Furnace sit...
10/09/2017

Wow!

Thank you to everyone who visited & helped at 2017's open weekend; we welcomed over 1,000 people to the Furnace site.

More photos and videos to follow in the next few days.

Our open days are only possible through tremendous goodwill of many volunteers. This album shows some of these volunteer...
10/09/2017

Our open days are only possible through tremendous goodwill of many volunteers. This album shows some of these volunteers who made 2017's open weekend doable.

Today is day two of the 2017 open weekend. Come to the Furnace site today to discover a time when Fernhurst produced can...
10/09/2017

Today is day two of the 2017 open weekend.

Come to the Furnace site today to discover a time when Fernhurst produced cannons.

We are open from 1030.

09/09/2017

This year we hope to discover a little more about some of the workshops that were at the furnace; not much is known of size or position of the workshops where moulds for casting cannon would have been made. As part of plans to protect our archaeology for the future, we have obtained permission to discover and 'record' areas believed to have been floors and walls.

On the first day of the 2017 open weekend, volunteers uncovered fascinating peices of archeology.

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Fernhurst
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