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“A super working forge”

West Country Blacksmiths at Allerford Forge
Ranked #3 of 3 things to do in Allerford
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Owner description: West Country Blacksmiths are a group of extremely talented Blacksmiths, metalworkers, designers and engineers who have come together to form a formidable metalworking team offering a huge range of premium services from the National Trust forge known as Allerford Forge. Allerford Forge is based int he beautiful village of Allerford on the Holincote Estate on the edge of Exmoor in Somerset, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The teams work is also a thing of beauty, producing some of the finest metalwork for both local and national project from there forge, using the traditional coal forge which blacksmiths have used for centuries. As part of the vast range of services the team offer, the forge continues to offer a traditional 'blacksmiths down the road.' service which repairs this and fixes that for locals, which most communities have lost over the years. the forge also boasts a onsite gallery displaying pictures of the teams work and a number of interesting items available to purchase. The forge is a fully working forge and through you can not enter the building, you can still see the team at work though the doors and windows, whilst also seeing a local smith working the traditional coal forge.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We popped in on spec to see what door furniture was available and ended up placing an order for a made to measure hasp for a box. The young chaps could not have been more helpful. A few weeks later the hasp arrived in the post. We shall definitely use them again.

Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Nothing ‘themed’ or contrived here, just a genuine age-old blacksmith’s forge next to the river, unchanged down the centuries, with local men working it. You can peek in at the door at them hammering the hot metal or bellowing the flames and no-one is putting on a show for the tourists - they're just doing their work as if no-one was watching, which more often than not there isn’t. Next to the forge is a small showroom, packed with examples of their handiwork - practical handmade items in hammered metal - which you can admire (or if you really want to, buy.)

Refreshingly and absolutely real and what a fantastic link with the past. Village car park happens to be opposite, and a Rural Life museum is housed in the old school over the road. You could easily make a day of it!

Thank David R
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

This little forge has been going for generations and is in Allerford, a little National Trust village tucked just off the main A39 between Minehead and Porlock.
It was originally used for horses and farm implements but recently it's been run by some young blacksmiths with imagination and great ideas. The open fire/bellows are used and traditional anvil. You can see the work going on through the window or door, sometimes there is an open day. They will happily tell you all about their work and how it is done.
Adjoining the forge is a little shop with all sorts hand made there from pokers to dragon door knockers. But they have created a huge variety of things from beautiful hand designed gates to restoration at Kensington Palace and all from a tiny forge under the hills on Exmoor.
There is a car park and toilets opposite (no charge) and it across the road by the museum, a packhorse bridge and beautiful walks on the hills behind. It is accessible for wheelchairs, tho perhaps not in the little shop because of size & space.

4  Thank Toopaz
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