The Fernhurst Furnace Preservation Group

WELCOME TO THE FERNHURST FURNACE
IRON WORKS AND GUN FOUNDRY c1614-1776

(also known as NORTH PARK FURNACE)

The remains of Fernhurst 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.

View Video Footage of the Furnace Site


This video shows:-

Notes:-

The site has been scheduled by English Heritage under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and is on privately owned land and no metal detecting or other disturbance to the site is allowed.

The large black piping seen in the video is a temporary measure to protect the site from flooding during heavy rain and will be replaced by a new flood prevention scheme close to the southern pond sluice.

Location Map of Furnace Site and Pond

Location of Open Weekend event see details on Event page

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