Churchill Forge
Churchill Forge
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Churchill Forge is a waterwheel powered hand tool forge, one of the last four remaining in the UK. The site dates from around 1800, with the workshop machinery dating from the early 1900s. There are two working waterwheels, made sometime in the 1800s, both 17' in diameter. These turn on open days. The heavy wheel drives a crocodile shear in the yard, and line shafting in the workshop. The line shafting powers the two pneumatic hammers, press and drop stamp. The forge is a small industrial museum with no cafe or toilet facilities. Site access is via a flight of steep steps, with uneven flooring and further steps in the workshop and yard. The forge is open on selected days during the summer. See the forge website for details. Private group visits by arrangement.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Gil L
World3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The team at Churchill Forge put on a demonstration for my extended family's holiday. The water wheels were thrilling, as always. We often see remnants of wheel works when we're on our walks but it takes a lot of effort to keep one up and running, not to mention two wheels. It is interesting to hear and see how tools are actually made too, and see basics physics in action. The refreshments break and conversation were a perfect way to end our visit. Thanks to you all.
Written 13 August 2022
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95sandy12
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A very interesting piece of history which is well worth a visit on open days. It is quite unbelievable in this day and age just what primitive conditions people worked in on a daily basis. Be grateful for modern conveniences.
Written 8 October 2019
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
A great piece of history. So very interesting. The passion of the family is incredible. This mill must not be lost as it’s such an insight into our past

Highly recommend
Written 17 August 2019
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Cookiescot
Halesowen, UK747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
A great part of our local history, slowly being restored by dedicated volunteers. Fascinating to see the water wheels turning and hearing the history of forging garden forks, spades and ladies, well worth a visit it is free but they have a donation box.
Written 9 September 2018
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Candy C
West Midlands, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Visited this Forge, a waterwheel driven ‘factory ‘ on Sunday. Supported by the family and volunteers it’s is open a few days every year and it is so worth a visit. Despite its rather haphazard slightly neglected look you get a real feel of how this small factory made farm tools, ladles and other objects. Apparently it was still in use until the 1960’s and has been in the same family for many generations. All the volunteers had lots of information and great stories to tell.
Real excellent place to visit, will bring my Dad and the Grandchildren next time. Lovely cup of tea and slice of homemade cake!
Written 9 July 2018
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Jacqui G
West Midlands18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We saw a sign off the road for this today so stopped by, we really enjoyed the visit, great history and so well represented by the staff, it won’t take you long to go around but it’s amazing to see how the water wheels work. We will visit again with the kids
Written 8 July 2018
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nickytho72
Stourbridge, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Spent great couple of hours today at the forge. Great little historic place and the only working forge of its type in the country. The volunteers are fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable including Eddie who has one of the jobs fixing it. Lovely setting and nice little open cafe. My son loved the slime and tattoo's. Definitely worth a visit and only open a few days a year. Charitable organisation, raising funds for its restoration.
Written 8 July 2018
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WandererHeath
Hagley, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Visited today with wife and daughter. Super place like a time warp. Recommended for history buffs and aspiring engineers.
Written 8 July 2018
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NAS1965
West Midlands, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Finally got to visit this water powered forge which is only open to the public a few days a year (see website for dates). The forge is run by a passionate group of volunteers who are gradually restoring and researching items present on site. You can see the two water wheels and some shears in action. There are several presses on show but these are not working. There is also a display of the goods made by the last owners of the Mill. However, it is the knowledge and passion of the volunteers that makes this such a fascinating place to visit. A £4 entrance fee is charged. You can also get a very good value (£1.90) tea and cake form the gazebo in the garden. You need to park in the car park opposite the tiny lane down to the Mill Pond and then walk the rest of the way. There are steep steps down to the water wheels but there is a sturdy hand rail.
Written 10 July 2017
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Sarah0603
Birmingham, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
The last functioning water mill in the area, a good afternoon out to see how tools used to be made. Staffed by enthusiastic volunteers. And excellent homemade cake in the well tended gardens. Have been 3 times now, will go again!
Written 23 June 2017
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