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Finch Foundry

Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
+44 1837 840046
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A little industrial gem

Previously a family run Foundry producing tools for the farming and mining industries, it now... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Philip S
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Pakenham, United Kingdom
Definitely a little gem!

Access and exit bit tight , don't let this put you off. Great talk about the foundry by Bob. Good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
D38lawn
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Previously a family run Foundry producing tools for the farming and mining industries, it now houses a collection of old tools but importantly provides daily demonstrations of the forging process using the waterwheel. The car park access is very narrow but on this Wednesday afternoon...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Access and exit bit tight , don't let this put you off. Great talk about the foundry by Bob. Good place to visit on the way to Cornwall or Devon.

Thank D38lawn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in renewable energy or like me have some engineers blood in you then this is a must do. The volunteers are so enthusiastic and will stop and give you a run down on all sorts of things; be inquisitive as you'll...More

Thank BobBovey
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is not a foundry, it is a forge and the very knowledgable NT volunteers will explain how it is thought the name came about. We stayed for the talk and to be shown how these huge pieces of equipment worked. It is so interesting...More

Thank Cattracey
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We are members of the National Trust so always keen to visit new places. We particularly liked the fact that a black Smith was working as we strolled around....not sure that we would have paid the full entry fee but very interesting , especially where...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This is the last working forge. It was interesting to see the foundry operate as the guide provided information. the small museum displayed samples of the tools and objects that it once had mass produced. Lovely gardens and a small tea room offer various refreshments.

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Great little place run by an enthusiastic team. Loved seeing the simple but smart machinery working.

Thank Rose-Anna F
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

I saw and read about the Foundry in the late 1960s before the NT took over and then it was semi derelict and an eyesore. Now a fascinating and superbly restored and presented display of Victorian engineering and invention, an extinct skilled trade and hard...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 22 June 2017

It’s the last working water-powered forge in England with large waterwheels driving the forge bellows and the hammers. Open through to the end of October, there’s demonstrations of the ancient equipment and a resident smithy making craft items. The forge has an attractive garden with...More

Thank Martin T
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The old A30 went right pass this Foundry's door. It's an ideal place to break the journey down to Cornwall. The Foundry itself is fascinating. Regular tours are run to explain the machinery and see it and the water wheels in action. There's a lovely...More

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loxley108
17 July 2017|
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Response from kevinackford_62 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they do, they have them at set times during the day and will give you the times when you arrive.
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Greenle
5 September 2015|
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Response from Garry Andre A | Reviewed this property |
We only had a cup of tea , but beware , Do Not try the pub over the road , it was disgusting and dirty
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332ay
10 June 2015|
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Response from LichenMoss | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are welcome in all areas except for the tea room. If the weather is good you can sit outside with your dog in the garden adjacent to the outdoor tea room. I don't know if there is anywhere to tie your dog whilst you... More
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