In December 2017, the FR Society Board approved £90,000 to be spent in the restoration of the original Blacksmiths Shop in Boston Lodge.
Whilst in the long term plans to be restored, the building in the top yard was in desperate need of repair and needed to be urgently prioritised. It was only thanks to the generosity of legacies received that the Board were able to support this financially and this contribution from FRS made this work possible. Cadw also gave support to this valuable heritage asset along with another generous individual donor.
The initial aim was to re-roof the building in Welsh slate but various structural issues were uncovered and rectified. During this process, many interesting features were discovered in the building and these have all been documented. It is thought that the building dates back to the days when the railway was horse hauled.
In July 2018 work was well underway on the walls and roof.
A view in December 2018 shows some of the work that is underway or completed.
Half of the roof has been dealt with, there is a new lintel over the opening at the end supporting a rebuilt gable.
The skilled local contractor has now completed the work including the replacement of all the chimneys and structural work to support them. The roof itself is beautifully and uniformly finished. A forge has now been sourced locally so at least part of this unique building should soon be back in use soon for its original purpose.
We are sure all members appreciate seeing the results of the investment.
Do not forget that Saturday 27th June sees the annual Ffestiniog Railway Society AGM.