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Anchor Forge

The open-sided shed standing in the middle of the ironworks is the anchor forge which was rescued from Isiah Preston's in Cradley Heath.

The steam-hammer was installed second hand in the 1920s to forge parts for ships' anchors and the other equipment including furnace and boiler also came from Prestons.

The building was saved from Johnson's Rolling Mill site in West Bromwich.

The iron billets are heated in the furnace and suspended from a crane in order that they can be manipulated beneath the steam powered hammer.

The heat from the furnace also raises steam in the boiler between the furnace and the chimney and this steam powers the hammer which reduces the size of the iron and forges it into the shape required.

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