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Derwentcote Steel Furnace

sat11sep11:00 AMsat1:00 PMDerwentcote Steel FurnaceHeritage Open Days

Event Details

Derwentcote Steel Furnace is the earliest and most compete steel-making furnace to have survived in Britain. This rare furnace played a crucial role in the British steel industry for around 150 years. Built in the 1730s, it was used for cementation, a process that converted wrought iron into steel. Derwentcote furnace went out of use by 1891 and subsequently fell into disrepair. It was restored by English Heritage in 1990.

Event details

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival, we are offering the unique opportunity to explore the furnace interior by opening these buildings to the public. Visitors will be free to explore the interior buildings at their own leisure, and knowledgeable volunteer guides will be on hand to help bring the history of this distinctive building to life. Volunteers will also be offering short 20 – 30 minute walks which will explore the surrounding woodland and hidden industrial archaeology, including the site’s water wheel and worker’s cottages.

Site details

Free entry, no booking necessary. The interior building will be open to the public from 11am to 1pm on both days and guided walks will run throughout.

The grounds are very uneven, and not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.

A new set of interpretation panels featuring historical illustrations of how the site would have looked in its hey-day.

A series of poetry posts, developed in associated with the Land of Oak and Iron.

Organised groups (for example History Societies, U3As or community groups) are asked to contact the site team directly to book a tour [email protected]


(Saturday) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Derwentcote Steel Furnace


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