Scunthorpe blacksmith brings historic Redbourne Forge back to life
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Apr 2018
The historic Redbourne Forge has been brought back to life this weekend.
Having stood on the edge of the village green since the 1700s, it has served as a shelter for the past 70 years due to a lack of interest in the historic trade.
Cameron Huggins, who was born in Scunthorpe, decided to become a blacksmith when he studied in Warwick in 2011.
"I decided to take up blacksmithing in college. Ever since then I have loved doing it - it went from being a hobby to becoming a passion."
After returning to Scunthorpe, Cameron could not believe his luck when he found the vacated forgery as he was driving through Redboune, only two miles away from his home in Hibaldstow. He knew he had to capitalise on the opportunity.
"I drove past here one night, and just saw the forge basically just placed there – doing nothing. So I did some research and found out who owned the place.
“Fortunately for us, the owners were absolutely fantastic and let us use the building."
After securing the use of the facilities, Cameron then needed to gain planning permission, which was awarded in December.
Since then, Cameron, with the help of his partner Lucinda, have spent many hours readying the forge for the opening day on Saturday.
It was a huge success with plenty of locals showing up to learn about the historic role and the importance of a blacksmith in a rural village.
Residents also tried their hand at being a 'smithy' themselves – with the help of Cameron, of course.
He said it was an extremely proud moment for him, but at the same time, something he never would have seen himself being a part of.
"Roughly 80 years about this Forge basically shut down and it’s a real honour of mine to be able to bring it back to life.
"This has been on the cards for a long time, we just haven’t had the opportunity to do it but now we have all the tools, equipment and venue for it all.
"I never expected to be involved in something like this, but like I say, it was a great to be able to open up our own forge and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
"Now we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. I’m hopefully going to do a few lessons at the Forge. Any general metal work, forging – you name it, I’m happy to teach anyone who is interested in coming down."
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