Welcome To Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School

Set in the heart of rural Lincolnshire our Forge is within easy distance to the beautiful wolds, the east cost and the historic city of Lincoln. It’s workshops contain eight traditional forge earths and a multitude of blacksmithing tools. Our award winning forge is well known nationally for it’s high standards of craftmanship in iron and steel and also the restoration of historic gates and architectural ironwork, interior fixtures and fittings, garden sculpture and of course our teaching courses in forge work skills. Please scroll down the page in order to watch our short introductory video and see for yourself one of our courses in action; Also don’t hesitate to call the Forge on 01673 866700 if you wish to know more. Gift vouchers are available if a course is intended to be a present for that special person in your life.

We have numerous enquiries regarding training to pass the City and guilds forge work exam required in order to gain farriery apprentice ships. We have helped many students pass their entrance to farriary exam. Please give us a call on; 01673 866700 if you wish to know more.

Iron in the blood

Iron In The Blood


For Over 40 years Bob Oakes (alias Fredrick John Pope) has worked his magic with metal – crafting it into everything from classic architectural ironwork to contemporary sculpture. His enduring passion and fascination for his craft has led him to inspire, teach and motivate apprentices so the skill of blacksmithing can be carried on for further generations. This is his story.

To purchase a copy of his book – Iron In The Blood or maybe just to chat with the author himself, you are more than welcome to call Bob Oakes on 01673 866700

Bob Oakes is retiring from the craft and as from today (21/04/2016); will no longer be taking any more course bookings; please feel free to contact him on; 01673 866700 or 07885 664678 for further information.