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Monument record MDR478 - Medieval iron forges, Beard Wood, New Mills

Type and Period (1)

  • (Medieval - 1250 AD to 1350 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

About the middle of the 13th century there were certainly iron forges working in the forest of the High Peak. Documentary sources state that William de Horsenden, when he was bailiff there, started two of them without warrant. Ralph Bugge, who succeeded him in the office, kept these forges up. They appear to have been situated in 'Berd' Wood - presumably Beard in Glossop, where heaps of 'cinders' remain. (1) Beard Wood is a copse at SK 014842. There is much quarrying in the area and also running water, but no evidence of iron working was seen. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Lander, J H & Vellacott, CH. 1907. 'Industries: Iron', in The Victoria County History of Derbyshire, Vol. II. pp 356-362. p 358.
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 JB 20-AUG-65.



Grid reference SK 014 842 (point) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR1254

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Record last edited

Dec 3 2010 12:05PM

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