Finches Forge was a large forge powered by water wheels. Inside you can see all the machinery and tools that were used by the blacksmiths as they set about their work. It’s obvious that this was a big operation. Many people would have been employed. One can imagine the sweat and heat.
I always find looking back at these places very salutary. Life went on unchanged for centuries – then wallop. The past was blown away. We’re in the era of endless change and technology.
It would be bewildering to the people who worked in this forge. They would have learnt their skills and craft from a long line of craftsmen. Nothing changed.
I was experimenting with a bit of black and white photography. What do you think?