The Fernhurst Furnace Preservation Group


(also known as NORTH PARK FURNACE)

Important Notice
Cancellation of this year’s event (2020) due to Covid 19

Sadly, it has been decided to cancel the open weekend this year. We looked at different options along with measures required to be ‘COVID-secure’. The overheads involved may have been loss-making (for our small fundraising event). Some activities - which contribute so much to the atmosphere, learning and experience for visitors - wouldn’t have been possible with social-distancing. There is also incredible uncertainty about how many visitors would be confident enough to visit.

The next Open Weekend Event will now be held on 11th and 12th September 2021
Open Weekend is held as part of the UK Heritage Open Days scheme

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:-


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

To find out more about the Fernhurst Furnace, use one of the links below: