This project involves critical repairs to the sluice and spillway of a former furnace pond. These protect the archaeological remains of a 17th century furnace for which the pond was constructed. It is an important example of West Sussex’s industry of ironworks and later gun casting pits.
The conservation and interpretation of these remains is a project that the landowner has been striving towards for decades. They have successfully received the first round of funding from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Grant and Jane Jones-Warner Associates have been engaged to manage the project going forward. This requires detailed specification of repairs to the historic dam structures and conservation of the remaining furnace, whilst understanding the ecology, inclement weather and limited access of such a remote site.