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Finch Foundry

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Address: Sticklepath | Near Okehampton, Sticklepath, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 2NW, England
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+44 1837 840046

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Interesting place, part of everyday history brought back to life

Not the easiest access for anyone with physical disabilities. Very friendly staff/volunteers. Extra thanks to Dennis you gave very interesting talk and demonstrations. Never... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie P
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the easiest access for anyone with physical disabilities. Very friendly staff/volunteers. Extra thanks to Dennis you gave very interesting talk and demonstrations. Never thought about how all the old hand tools were made, this was well explained. Cafe was small but refreshments were excellent and plenty of seating in the attractive quiet garden to the rear of the foundry

Thank Julie P
Stroud, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A glimpse into the past showing the way things once were. Although only small the site was full of interest and a wonderful place for a short break. Pleasant tea room on site and walks by river.

Thank Wendy S
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started with the Easter Egg hunt (we did very well from the 'free egg hunt offer' for new National Trust members with our renewal). This took us to most of the parts of the foundry - but finished up with the demonstrations in the forge proper, which taught us about the context of the foundry and how it served... More 

Thank MomandBusiness
St Columb Major, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

We visited on Easter Monday, and were very lucky to be shown around by Dennis a volunteer. He gave us all the insight into the history of the place and the workings of the machinery. He was so knowledgable! It took us approx 2 hours to see the demonstrations and go round the museum upstairs. Sadly not suitable for wheelchairs... More 

Thank aqualady932
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2017

Almost by chance coming across this gem of Victorian industry. The entrance to the foundry is very tight if you have a large/wide car or 4x4 and you may have to go for the exit or street park. The foundry is working during certain periods and you can see the examples of the multitude of agricultural implements that were produced... More 

Thank Morton J
Brixham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Set in a picturesque spot beside the river in Sticklepath this small working foundry is filled with the tools and machinery of the day and is steeped in fascinating history. The knowledgeable guide takes you through a working day at the forge and the lives of the family and their workers. We see the tools that were made here, many... More 

Thank Julie E
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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408 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

En route from Castle Drogo to Lydford Gorge we happened upon this place just before midday. The pub opposite was fully booked so we ended up eating here too. We had a look round the carpenter's, blacksmith's and machinery workshops and then the garden and graveyard. We had sandwiches and drinks in the tearoom and enjoyed chatting to the lady... More 

Thank kittyginger
Okehampton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2016

Have visited lots of National Trust properties, but this is certainly different and in my opinion the best of them all. Does not look very big from the outside, but when you go under the archway, it is wonderful. There is a very pretty garden with a summerhouse, once belonging to the Pearce family (of John Pearce, Widecombe Fair fame).... More 

Thank Barbara C
Dorset, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2016

The experience starts when you drive between the two houses to get to the carpark. The whole place is just wonderful, with water flowing above your head, and open fires with men hitting white hot metal. It is a brillant way to introduce children to how live was not so long ago. There are explainations and demonostrations of most of... More 

Thank Valerie342
Essex, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

Nice place to visit for a few hours. A National Trust building set in a lovely village. The talk given by staff is worth listerning to. We got to see the forge as it would have been like in the past. Watched the water wheels power the macinery that would have been used to make metal tools. The site has... More 

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