A Sunday visitor to Top Forge in the autumn has used his video camera to good effect. Mr Gregos Jezewski has sent us three You-tube references for Christmas.
It is a pleasure when people turn up who have connections with the Forge in earlier times. Mrs D Broadhead was actually born at Low Forge in 1930. Mrs Moffat lived in cottage No. 6 at Top Forge until 1968.
Friday 22nd September. A large group of delegates to a Cambridge International Conference on Technology of Plasticity in metal-forming spent the afternoon at the Forge. We hope they learned something of the history of the Iron Industry as background to their modern studies. Positive feedback was appreciated.
Tuesday 5th September. A touring party of International Molinological Society members spent a couple of hours at the Forge viewing our water wheels and our collections of machine tools and stationary steam engines.
Sunday 13th August. A group of Lancashire motorcyclists (mostly on Velocettes) spent several hours on the site. Some of them even made it as far as the Bridge Inn for lunch.
Tuesday 4th July. The North Sheffield History Group (Chapeltown) visited our nailforge at Hoylandswaine and then came to visit Top Forge. It is always interesting when visitors or their relatives have worked in the metal industries. They also found their inner child during a brief trip on the miniature railway.
Our quiet site is by chance a sort of nature reserve. We have families of coots, moorhens and Canada geese on the dam. There have been a couple of rapid sightings of the kingfisher. A family of pheasants was seen in the grounds.
Sunday 28th May. Descendants of the Cockshutt family visited the Forge. Their forebears ran the Wortley Forges throughout the C18th. James Cockshutt became a Fellow of the Royal Society at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Wednesday 17th May. The Institute of Civil Engineers (retired section) visited the Forge this morning. There were C18th connections between engineer John Smeaton and James Cockshutt.
The May issue of the Old Glory Magazine contained a 6-page article about the Forge.
Friday evening 12th May. The International Early Engine Conference descended on our site to view our collections.
We seem to have acquired a Facebook page. With-it visitors may like to interact.
Sunday April 30th. The Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passed within 100 yards of the Forge.
April 8th 2017. We were visited by the Wealden Iron Research group.
The George III steam engine has now got a flywheel.
In February 2017 our volunteers rescued a 1900s vintage oil engine by Cundall & Sons (Telephone Shipley No. 4)
In January 2017 the Forge briefly featured on ‘The Great British Railway Journeys’ television programme. Ted Young described the making of railway axles from wrought iron and Michael Portillo went for a ride on the narrow gauge railway – an exciting journey!