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)
Bibliographic reference: Lander, J H & Vellacott, CH. 1907. 'Industries: Iron', in The Victoria County History of Derbyshire, Vol. II. pp 356-362. p 358.
Personal Observation: F1 JB 20-AUG-65.
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SK 014 842 (point) (Centre)
NEW MILLS, HIGH PEAK, DERBYSHIRE
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