Sustainable September

The 18th century forge in action

Throughout September we will be demonstrating the sustainability of Florence Court and how the estate is still one of the finest examples of a sustainable Irish estate with a Blacksmith's Forge, Carpenter's Shop and more.

There's much more to Florence Court than the mansion which lies at the heart of the estate. Take a short walk and you will discover the Cattle Yard, Blacksmiths Forge, Sawmill, Carpenter's Shop and much more!

During weekends in September, visit the resident Blacksmith working in the 1200 degree heat of the Forge, making horseshoes, iron pokers and more. Stop-off at the Carpenter's Shop and see the woodworking skills of the estate carpenter or witness the traditional scything skills of the gardener.

Learn the traditional skills of scything on the estate with Neil
Learn the traditional skills of scything on the estate with Neil
Learn the traditional skills of scything on the estate with Neil

Don't forget to visit the 18th century water-powered Sawmill on the estate, one of only few left in the island of Ireland.

Please note that not all outbuildings will have demonstrations taking place during every weekend in September, as this is subject to volunteer availability. Please check upon arrival as to which demonstration is taking place for that particular day.

There is no extra cost for these demonstrations.

Carpenter's Workshop

Watch the woodwork skills of the Carpenter down in the Carpenter's Shop, located by the water-powered Sawmill
Watch the woodwork skills of the Carpenter down in the Carpenter's Shop, located by the water-powered Sawmill
Watch the woodwork skills of the Carpenter down in the Carpenter's Shop, located by the water-powered Sawmill

The carpenter’s workshop dates back from after 1857, which made wheels, furniture, ladders, gates, egg boxes and coffins for both the estate and outside customers. The latter included the Great Northern Railway (Ireland), for which the workshop turned out luggage barrows, chocks and wheels. The warmth of the shop’s fire made it a favourite place for tea breaks in winter.

Blacksmiths Forge

Witness the resident blacksmith at work in the Forge
Witness the resident blacksmith at work in the Forge
Witness the resident blacksmith at work in the Forge

The forge was remodelled at the same time in the 1840s in order to finish much of the carpentry work for the main house and the estate: for instance the wooden wheels needed metal tyres. In addition the Forge continued to make and maintain farming implements and horse shoes, necessary for food production and transport.