Derwentcote Steel Furnace

Derwentcote Steel Furnace exterior view

Free Entry

Open any reasonable daylight hours. There is no access to the interior


Forge Lane, Hamsterley, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7RS

Before You Go

Built in the 1720s, Derwentcote is the earliest and most complete steel-making furnace in Britain.

It produced high-grade steel for springs and cutting tools.

Read more about the history of the furnace.

Before You Go

Access: The grounds are very uneven, and not suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.

Parking: There is a car park on the opposite side of the A694.  The car park is signposted.  Please take care when crossing the road.

Other Information: There is no access to the interior. 

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