Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW

Witness the power of water at the last working water powered forge in England. Come and see massive water wheels driving huge hammers, sharp shears and a spinning stone grinding wheel against the beautiful backdrop of Dartmoor. Discover the story spanning 200 years of the Finch family and the rise and fall of one of the biggest tool manufacturers in the West Country. We also have a tearoom on site serving treats and light refreshments as well as a National Trust shop stocking all the usual National Trust goodies. Come and learn about early industry and the Victorian era, and see some of their amazing inventions actually working. Learn about the trials and tribulations of being a Victorian child and life in a water mill. We also have a children's trail aimed at 5-12 year olds.

This event took place in September 2014 and the entry is now archived.


The entrance to the property is 2.3m high by 2.0m wide so is unsuitable for large vehicles. There are some steps of medium difficulty in the property. The site is partially accessible to wheelchairs - wheelchair users please phone ahead so we can be ready to welcome you. Assistance dogs are welcome, however loud noises occur during the demonstration. There is provision for secure storage of a few prams and pushchairs.

Additional information

Max 30 people per tour/session.


When travelling along the A30 look for the signs for Finch Foundry/Sticklepath near Okehampton. Look out for our signs along the road to Sticklepath as we have a concealed entrance. The archway is 2.3m high by 2.0m wide so is unsuitable for large vehicles, but there is usually parking space on the road. There is a local bus stop served by buses from Okehampton and Newton Abbot.


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Date last modified: 12th May 2014 at 11:17

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