Fransham Forge

By Michael Martin On February 07, 2017 · Add Comment · Fransham Forge

Fransham Forge is on the site of the original Crane Fruehauf workings which later became established in nearby North Walsham. 

Fransham Forge, Blacksmithing and metal work
Fransham Forge

The Crane Fruehauf factory in Dereham collapsed in 2005, laying off its remaining 345 workers. … The site of the first Crane factory known as ‘Crane Corner’ in little Fransham is now home to the Fransham Forge run by Nigel Barnett an extremely talented blacksmith.

On a rare Saturday off Barn & Beach spent the day with the talented and extremely likable  Nigel Barnett

You see, we are thinking of expanding our portfolio in Bacton & Walcott on the Norfolk coast. The popularity in Shepherd Huts and seaside caravans has brought a romantic sparkle to the eye.

With Barn & Beach holiday cottages now firmly established in Bacton/Walcott and the surrounding villages we have, to be honest, struggled to find more cottage owners who wish to join our merry band and so in association with a local chap we are looking at bringing a bit of colour and pizzaz to the seafront…..Watch this space.

Nigel was great fun to work with and he is loaded with information and great ideas which he also shares liberally with those on his Creative Craft Courses  


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Blacksmiths Shop

We have been thinking Shepherd Hut, they are a bit now aren’t they? but came away thinking POD, POD POD

Pod, Shepherd Hut, Creative Courses, Blacksmith, Artisit, Barn & Beach.

So now winter is chugging by, the rain is falling, the sky is grey but there is a silver lining and a hope of ventures new at Barn & Beach this Spring 2017! In the meantime i’m putting to good use the fire irons I made at the forge on Saturday.

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Fire Irons hand made by Barn & beach at Fransham Forge

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