Warm welcome at Fernhurst Furnace open day

THERE will be a warm welcome for visitors at the Fernhurst Furnace on September 8 and 9.

As part of the National Heritage Open Days Event, visitors will be shown the huge contribution the Wealden Iron Industry made to the economy of the Weald, as well as its contribution to the arming of the British navy with cannons in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The blast furnace is the best preserved of its type in the south of England.

There will be a number of talks, displays and guided tours of the site.

Members of the Sir Marmaduke Rawdons Regiment of Foot, along with members of the Sealed Knot will demonstrate musket drills to visitors.

Craft demonstrations will also take place including blacksmithing, glass making, pole lathe work and smelting bronze.

Refreshments include local beer, roast lamb, teas, cakes and ice creams.

The event runs both days from 10.30am until 5pm and the car park and entry are both free, but donations are requested.

The Furnace will be signposted from the centre of Fernhurst on the A286.

For more information visit www.fernhurstfurnace.co.uk