Heritage Open Day: Abbott Street Forge demonstrations

Nestled in the quite village of Pamphill, Dorset on the Kingston Lacy estate, lies a working Victorian Forge. Abbott Street Forge still retains many of the original tools and equipment. Visitors will be able to watch a working museum in operation.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event

Heritage Open Days present a rare opportunity to visit a working Forge, built around 180 years ago. This industrious Forge served the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset shoeing horses, maintaining agricultural and gardening equipment and manufacturing gates and railings for the wider estate.

Around 1945 the Forge ceased trading and remained closed until 1997 when the National Trust let the Forge to Giles Stuart a budding young Blacksmith. Giles Stuart shall be entering his 25th year of running his business from this building in September 2022.

The building still retains its rustic charm, with beautiful brick hearths, vented roof often found in agricultural and industrial buildings, the windows are made up using overlapping glass. We believe some of this glass probably was salvaged from the glass houses in the Kitchen Gardens at Kingston Lacy. The original Anvils, Leg vices and Swage blocks are used on a regular basis, the rhythmic chime from hammer hitting the anvil often draws interest from walkers passing the Forge.

Much of the Ironwork found on the Kingston Lacy estate has been made within this building by Giles Stuart.

Over the years Giles has supplied several National Trust estates with his work numerous private estates, several local churches including Wimborne Minster and countless private commissions.

During Heritage Open Days Giles shall be demonstrating his skills and also reminiscing about how he became a Blacksmith.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Not suitable for children
Meeting point
Meet at Abbott Street Forge, Abbott Street, Pamphill, Nr Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EF
What to bring and wear
Please wear sensible footwear as the Forge is about a 5-10 minute walk from the parking. The Forge is an old building with uneven floors and can be cold so wear layered clothing.
Uneven Floor, Shallow step by front door, 33” door opening. Electric Wheelchair access not possible.

Contact Info

Kingston Lacy
Call 01202 883402

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