Historic forge reopens after £50,000 facelift

Guests at the official reopening of Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding: (from left) - Peter Bray, Elizabeth Sneath, South Holland District Council chairman Michael Seymour, Geoff Dodd, former UK National Champion Blacksmith Simon Grant-Jones and district councillor Christine Lawton. Photo:  SG080812-146TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Guests at the official reopening of Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding: (from left) - Peter Bray, Elizabeth Sneath, South Holland District Council chairman Michael Seymour, Geoff Dodd, former UK National Champion Blacksmith Simon Grant-Jones and district councillor Christine Lawton. Photo: SG080812-146TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

CHAIN Bridge Forge showed its potential as a major visitor attraction in Spalding after welcoming hundreds of visitors to its open weekend.

The 19th century blacksmith’s workshop and museum reopened to the public last Saturday and Sunday for the first time since it underwent £50,000 worth of improvements through Heritage Lottery funding.

The weekend was hosted by volunteers from The Friends of Chain Bridge Forge who maintain the site and featured a demonstration by former UK National Champion Blacksmith Simon Grant-Jones.

Geoff Taylor, chairman of the Friends of Chain Bridge Forge, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and we had at least 200 visitors who saw what’s been done and what we’re hoping to do at the forge and museum.”