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 John Smeaton and James Cockshutt.
The May issue of the Old Glory Magazine contained a 3-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 Weald 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!