Iron-making in the Forest of Dean spanned more than 2,000 years. The early nineteenth century ironworks at Whitecliff near Coleford, were bought by the Trust in 1983. The blast furnace (owned by the Dean Heritage Museum Trust) was one of the first coke-fuelled furnaces built in Dean, and is one of only a handful in the country to survive. Recent archaeological excavations revealed the foundations of a second furnace and other buildings.
The remains at Whitecliff are being conserved. An estimated £150,000 will be required. At present, viewing is only available by prior arrangement with our Collections Manager.
If you would like to make a donation towards, or otherwise support, the restoration of Zion Chapel and Whitecliff Furnace, please contact the Director at the Dean Heritage Centre.
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