East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP)
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Penistone, S36 6DT

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EPIP industrial heritage programme

Hoylandswaine Industrial Heritage Trail

In 2011 the Industrial Heritage Programme funded a new industrial heritage trail around the village of Hoylandswaine, near Silkstone. The trail, nicknamed the Hoylandswaine 'Nail Trail' focuses on the surviving Nail Forge on Mustard Hill (on the edge of the village) which is owned by the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, as well as visiting other former industrial sites in and around the village.



At one time there would have been many small hand forges for making nails, files and other small metal objects, across the East Peak area, particularly in places like Hoylandswaine where there were many documented nail makers during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, these trades declined during the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the Hoylandswaine nail forge is now the only known example in the area to survive with its hearth and chimney still intact.

The trail was researched and written by the Hoylandswaine History Group in collaboration with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society and was designed by Stuart Gibbins (from New Media for Schools). The trail leaflets are available for free in local information centres and at Wortley Top Forge. Additional copies can be obtained by contacting EPIP or the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society.

A digital copy of the leaflet (in two parts) is also available on our downloads page.

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