Well as the scaffolding goes up around the outside of The Old Blacksmiths Shop, it's time to say goodbye to the gorgeous 1830s chimney stack and hearth. _____
This is being completely rebuilt from the ground up as an exact reproduction of itself, using many of the same bricks and some new bricks of the same age and style. The new build will have all the same quirks, asymmetry and foibles of the original, but we're putting the second hearth back in (you can see the arch where it would have once been) and replacing the original ironwork inside. _____
Two sets of 1800s bellows will be fitted to the back, and the forge will once again be running just as it was first intended!