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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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  • 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 »
  • What a little gem this was to find on our travels. Parking is free over the road with a short walk up a wooded area. Lots of interesting information on boards with how the furnace functioned all them ...  more »
  • Waterfall can be seen from the bridge and you can walk up the side and get a great few from the top, the water mill is pretty but the waterwheel wasn't working and everything seemed locked or in disre...  more »

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