Mountfield’s Tudor Ironworks – talk and “virtual visit”

The forge pond at Mountfield irnoworks

The forge pond at Mountfield irnoworks

Mountfield’s Tudor Ironworks: a typical, 16th century Wealden furnace and forge

A talk by Peter Miles for The Darwell Area Conservation Society

Repeated by popular demand.  Two further schedulings of the talk first given at the Robertsbridge and District Archæological Society on Friday 13th January 2017.

Friday 31 March 2017 at 7:30pm in Mountfield Village Hall.  Free to DACS members;  non-members suggested contribution of £3.00 to DACS funds

Wednesday 2 April 2017 at a meeting of Etchingham Historical society at 7:45 pm in Hurst Green Village Hall.

The site of Mountfield’s Tudor ironworks is extraordinary for a number of reasons: not least, because its existence is almost entirely unknown locally, despite it being freely visible from a popular public right of way. It is also largely unaffected by modern development, is entirely unexcavated, and still has a lot of fascinating visible remains, even after 450 years — if you know what you are looking for.

The talk will start with a brief background to Wealden iron production and then, using a sequence of slides, provide a virtual site to the visit and its remains. It will consider the Mountfield site in the wider context of the Weald and consider its impact on the local landscape before ending by meeting a couple of characters who worked there.

Those attending the talk will also be invited to a simple guided tour of the site, over a couple of subsequent weekends. The walk is an easy stroll through lovely countryside — and through layers of history stretching from the earliest medieval age to recent times. Full details on the night.

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