Saturday 30 July 2011

Blacksmiths forge by Andrew Handyside at Combe Mill, Oxfordshire, UK

Did you know that Andrew Handyside who made Friar Gate bridge also made lots of other items such as
Machine tools, Printing Presses, Hydraulic and pneumatic riveters and Forges and they were made right here in Derby at the Duke Street Foundry "Britannia Ironworks".

At Combe Mill in Oxfordshire you will find a double forge that was made by Andrew Handyside in the late 1880s and is still in use today ! See

I would like to thank Tony Simmons of Combe Mill Society for taking the following photographs.

Combe Mill is a working museum and often has open days where you can go and see everything.
Please visit their website for more information :
This forge is similar to the one at Underfall Yard workshops in Bristol.

Photographs of the Handyside Forge at Combe Mill:

Blacksmiths forge by Andrew Handyside at Combe Mill.

The Handyside forge from the other side.
Blacksmiths forge by Andrew Handyside at Combe Mill.

The Handyside makers badge on the hood of the forge.
Handyside Badge on Combe Mill forge

I also found a video which features many of the items here. You can see
the Handyside forge by watching this video here :
Video of Andrew Handyside Dual Forge at Combe Mill.

Also this excellent video about Combe Mill which shows
you what you can see when you visit.

Map Location:
View my Andrew Handyside World Map to see the exact location of this Forge on my world map.
My world map is the result of hundreds of hours of research into the company, plotting out each item as I find it.

Can you help find more Andrew Handyside stuff ?
If anyone out there knows of any other blacksmiths forges around the world bearing the Handyside badge that I have not mentioned yet then please get in touch with details, location, photographs etc.


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