Talks are taking place that could see the waterwheel at Furnace turn once again, making it a fully functional working tourist attraction.
Cadw responsible for the custodianship of many historic sights in Wales, have revealed plans to breath new life into Dyfi Furnace site.
A number of options are being considered including, getting the water wheel back in working order, also opening up the site for a number of open days. Currently visitors can only walk around the outside of the ancient furnace.
Dyfi Furnace was one of ten heritage sites chosen by Cadw in an exercise to gather evidence, with the aim to see how monuments fit within the local community, and how these key heritage sites can breather new life into communities.
Constructed around 1755 the charcoal-fired blast furnace was used to smelt iron ore. The huge waterwheel would of power large bellows, bring the charcoal up to a temperature within the furnace for the smelting process.
Years later the furnace was turned into a sawmill, the current water wheel was used to power the machinery when the sawmill was in operation.
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