Registered Charity No. 281485

Homepage - About WIRG - History - Events - Publications - Research - Sites and People Database - Links


Site Visits in
Cumbria 2018

and 2017 Events
Details HERE

Wealden Iron
latest updates HERE

ALL Early Newsletters
now online - link
from Publications page.

Catalogue of

Iron Graveslabs
in England


"Out of the Weald, the secret Weald,
Men sent in ancient years,
The horse-shoes red at Flodden Field
The arrows at Poitiers!"

from Puck's Song, Rudyard Kipling

Iron was made in the Weald from pre-Roman times until the beginning of the 19th century. Its legacy is recalled by a host of place names, such as Minepit Wood and Forge Lane, by the hammer and furnace ponds which survive in the landscape, and by the cast-iron graveslabs and firebacks that can be seen, respectively, in Wealden churches and farmhouses. During the first part of the Roman occupation, and again, in the 16th and early-17th centuries, the Weald was the most important iron-producing region in the British Isles. Over 800 iron-making sites have been identified in the Weald, and more are discovered each year. Since 1968 when it was established, much of this work has been carried out by the Wealden Iron Research Group (WIRG).

PhD Studentship
The Medieval Iron Industry in the Weald

The University of Exeter, WIRG and the Early Metals Research Trust are jointly funding a second three-year PhD studentship, following the current successful collaboration, focussing on the Romans, which began in 2015. There is the potential to combine documentary, field and laboratory studies. Supervision at Exeter will be by Dr Gill Juleff of the Department of Archaeology, with Dr Levi Roach of the Department of History.

Full details are available here[pdf] or via this link to the University of Exeter

Pre-publication information

Adventure in Iron
by Brian G. Awty

To be published in 2018

The blast furnace and its spread from Namur to northern France, England and North America,1450-1640; a technological, political and genealogical investigation.

This remarkable piece of scholarship, the result of more than 20 years’ research in British and continental archives, traces the spread of iron-making through the families of the skilled personnel who operated the furnaces and forges from late-medieval Belgium via northern France and Britain to colonial America.

Futher details and how to express an interest

© Wealden Iron Research Group 2000-16.