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HER Number:MDV114175
Name:The Crown Iron Works, Chagford


Now the Old Forge Café, this was the site of the Crown Iron Works from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. One of the main smithy sites in the town, they manufactured new machinery as well as undertaking shoeing and other farm ironwork.


Grid Reference:SX 701 876
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • IRON WORKS (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Building is depicted on the Tithe Map; one of a group of three buildings at the northern end of the Square. Plot number 58 on the apportionment; 'Smith's Shop'.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The late 19th century historic map shows that new buildings have been added to the south of the smithy, running along the eastern side of the Square.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Early 20th century historic map records 'Smithy' at this location.

Rice, I., 2002, The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart, 71-2, 111, 116 (Monograph). SDV356605.

The Crown Iron Works was one of several smithy sites in Chagford, which as well as the normal farm work of shoeing, making gate hinges and other farm ironwork, also undertook quite a lot of manufacture of new machinery. The 1906 billhead of Frank Hill at the Crown Iron Works lists him as a 'Shoeing and General Smith' that specialised in 'plain and ornamental' iron railings. He may well have manufactured the splendid gates at Holy Street and much of the architectural ironwork needed for the new country houses.
Still listed in the 1935 Kelly's Directory at a time when smithies were in decline, this may have been because the business was as interested in decorative ironwork and mechanical repairs as much as traditional smithing work.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Number 6 on the modern mapping is The Old Forge Café, on the site of the iron works.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV356605Monograph: Rice, I.. 2002. The Book of Chagford. A Town Apart. The Book of Chagford. Hardback Volume. 71-2, 111, 116.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73509 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV33174Related to: 31 New Street, Chagford (Building)
MDV33184Related to: 80 North Street, Chagford (Building)
MDV33182Related to: Granite pump and trough, Chagford (Monument)
MDV114129Related to: Lloyds Bank, Chagford (Building)
MDV114098Related to: The Vulcan Ironworks, Chagford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2016 4:04PM