Finch Foundry - National Trust

Water dripping from the raised channel powering the water wheel which provides the power for making tools at Finch Foundry, Devon
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Set amid beautiful Dartmoor countryside in the village of Sticklepath, this last remaining water-powered forge in England gives a unique insight into village life in the 19th century. In its heyday the foundry made 400 tools a day, including sickles, scythes and shovels for West Country farmers and miners.

Don't miss the demonstrations and tours of the machinery every hour. Watch the large waterwheels driving the tilt hammer and grindstone, and learn about the lives of the foundry owners and workers.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Adult £3.70
Child £1.85


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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Finch Foundry

  • 12 September 2015

Witness the power of water at the last working water powered forge in England.
Come and see massive water wheels driving huge hammers, cutting shears and a spinning stone grinding wheel against the beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor. Discover the story spanning 200 years of the Finch family and the rise and fall of one of the biggest tool manufacturers in the West Country. We also have a tearoom on site serving tasty treats and light refreshments as well as a National Trust shop stocking all the usual National Trust goodies.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Finch Foundry - National Trust
Finch Foundry
Nr Okehampton
EX20 2NW




01837 840046


01837 840809

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