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Dyfi Furnace, Machynlleth

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Dyfi Furnace is a restored mid 18th century charcoal fired blast furnace used for smelting iron ore. It has given its name to the adjoining hamlet of Furnace (Ffwrnais).LocationThe Dyfi Furnace is in the village of Furnace, Ceredigion, Wales, adjoining the A487 trunk road from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth, near Eglwysfach.HistoryThe site for Dyfi Furnace was chosen downstream of the waterfall on the River Einion to take advantage of the water power from the river and charcoal produced from the local woodlands, with the iron ore being shipped in from Cumbria via the Afon Dyfi.The furnace built around 1755 was only used for about fifty years to smelt iron ore. By 1810 it had been abandoned and the waterwheel removed. The etching by John George Wood to accompany his "The Principal Rivers of Wales", published 1813, shows the furnace in its transitional form with no waterwheel attached. Some time later a new waterwheel was installed - the one that has been renovated and is visible today - and the furnace became a sawmill. The furnace site was renovated around 2008.
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  • Nestled away in woodland, the old furnace is now home to a colony of horseshoe bats. Interesting knowledge nuggets about the production of ore and a beautiful little place - a real gem. Little house n...  more »
  • Dyfi (pronounced 'Doovie') Furnace is a well-kempt example of an iron-smelting furnace, and one can easily see the different main sections of the furnace, and there is also a cute little model with a ...  more »
  • Takes no more than an hour to visit this ancient site from 1750. How a company chenged the way to eat a furnace like a vulcan, with only a bit of water from the river.  more »

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