Artist blacksmith from Sculptured Steel demonstrating during Heritage Open Days 2018 courtesy of H.O.D.

The Forge

The original forge and blacksmiths stood on the site for over 150 years before being re-built in 1969. Many of the original bricks were reused but turned round so that the original interior paint can be seen on the outside. The Forge with the Warehouse, Gauging /dry Dock and Check office formed an important support hub. Originally there were stables attached. It was used to provide metalwork for the maintenance of the canals, boats and to shoe the boat horses.  It was used commercially until the 1960s when it became derelict.
 Today it is occupied by Sculpted Steel a company founded by artistic blacksmith who still uses a traditional hearth, anvil and blacksmith tools to produce modern artworks. She gives demonstrations during special events including steaming weekends. 
In 2019 the building was restored and forms an important part of the Etruria Junction complex.