About Us

About the Friends

The Friends of Chain Bridge Forge wish to preserve this early nineteenth-century Blacksmith Workshop through enlisting the help of our local community. Not only to conserve the forge for future generations, but also to create a centre for heritage and learning in the Spalding area.


Our aims:

   Conservation

      Create a living museum which tells the story of the Forge, its

     owners, the Blacksmith's craft, and their relationship to the

     community which the blacksmith's served

      Demonstrate the Blacksmith's craft and involve the community


       Participation

      Develop the Friends of the Forge to manage and develop this

     asset

      Fund Raising to create a sustainable future


       Learning

      Involve schools and other interested parties in interacting with

     the past and local history



Meet the Project Leaders and Associates involved in developing the Chain Bridge Forge by clicking here.


About the Project


Chain Bridge Forge itself is thought to date from around 1800 and was purpose built as a blacksmith's workshop. Situated on the east bank of the River Welland it's about a mile from the town centre, and backs directly onto the river. The project hopes to turn the forge into a living museum and engage the public with it's rich history.

In an age where crafts such as blacksmithing are no longer at the heart of the community, it is easy to forget what a crucial role this building once played in the town, and its harbour. The project aims to develop an educational programme that will not only engage and inform, but give young people the chance to learn these traditional skills in conjunction with National qualifications. We are developing a relationship with the Gleed Boys School to make this a success.

We are currently in the process of applying for Heritage Lottery Funding with the support of the South Holland District Council who manage the site in Trust.

You can find out more on this website.