wimpole forge

Basic Blacksmithing Course

Why not try your hand at forging iron in Wimpole’s own Victorian blacksmith shop? An original estate building built around 1845 by the order of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke aka Captain Blowhard.

It has its original charcoal fire hearth and bellows and is equipped with the basic tools needed to forge iron: anvils, tongs, hammers and hardies. This course is arduous and you will ache the next day. The charcoal is made on the estate using waste timber and wood.

The course includes learning how to:

  • Manage the charcoal fire for forging iron with the bellows
  • Use blacksmithing tools properly especially the hammer and anvil
  • Make a ram’s head hanging hook
  • Make a traditional rose head nail for fixing the hook if there is time
  • And if you are not too tired by then you can make another one!
Rams hook and rose head nail

Rams hook and rose head nail

The cost is £140 per person and is available on the following dates: 20th April 2019 and 28th September 2019. Each course is for a maximum of 4 participants only and will run from 10am–4pm.  Tea & coffee are provided as well as lunch at the Home farm restaurant. As the Victorian blacksmith forge is very basic, tiolets are a 400m walk to the Home farm.Please wear suitable clothing and boots and arrive at 9.30am for a prompt 10am start.

Use SG8 0BP postcode to find the forge which is just before the bridge on the right

The course is always popular so early booking is recommended.

Tel: 0844 249 1895 (7 days a week 9am—5.30pm) or via the box office online

4 Responses to Blacksmith

  1. Dan says:


    I notice your Blacksmith course is fully booked for the 4th of October, are you planning more?


  2. Lea Ellis says:

    hi, we’re booked for saturday’s course (very excited), where is the forge in relation to the main house please?


    • Sadeik says:

      From the A603 go up the lane past the entrance to the house and park and head to the red telephone box by the home farm turn immediately right up towards Cobbs Wood farm. The first house you see on the right is the game keepers cottage and next to that is the forge and there should be a blue landrover next to it. If lost phone 07710190447


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