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The last working water-powered forge in England

The doorway to Dartmoor's industrial past. Enter Finch Foundry to experience the sights, sounds and smells of three thundering water wheels powering massive hammers, shears and sharpening stone. These fuelled one of the South West's most successful edge tool factories which, at its peak, produced around 400 edge tools a day. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family.

Make the most of your visit

  • See our demonstrations and witness the machinery in action
  • Learn about the family
  • Go walking and explore North Dartmoor
  • Relax in the garden with the tranquil sound of flowing water

See what's coming up soon

Don't miss

  • Resplendent rag rug workshop on 31 July - suitable for adults and children
  • Summer fete on 1 August - fun and games for all the family

50 Things to see and do

Kids, get outside into the fresh air, have fun and have a go at our challenge.  Pick up a scrap book and make a start while you're here.

  • Go on a bug hunt
  • Have a snail race
  • Make a grass trumpet

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