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News from the Forge

Learn about how we design and make our products. Read about our customers’ projects and feedback. Share in our celebration of art, craft and manufacturing using traditional wrought iron metalcraft skills.

Country living - ironwork for modern rustic homes

Cosy country cottages, town houses with rural style, rambling renovated farmhouses and historic properties with a little flair - we are pleased to supply wrought ironwork for all our kinds of modern rustic homes. See our Ecklands lights in this gorgeous Peak district kitchen renovation.

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By Royal Appointment - lanterns for Windsor Castle

We are proud to let you know that we have made lanterns for Windsor Castle. We were invited to tender to make some wrought iron lighting for a royal renovation project and were very pleased to bring the commission back to Yorkshire.

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Newsletter - Working in partnership with property professionals

Working with interior designers, lighting consultants and architects is one of the best parts of our job as artisan creators of handmade interior ironwork.

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British made by skilled blacksmiths

Nigel Tyas Ironwork products are designed and made in our Yorkshire forge by skilled blacksmiths. We couldn’t be prouder of that fact. Here's a blog reflecting on what being British made means to us.

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Enjoying a staycation in the UK this summer?

As thousands more people explore the British countryside and coast this year, we’ve been reflecting on some of the beautiful holiday lets we’ve supplied with lighting and curtain poles.

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Keeping in character - ironwork for heritage properties

At Nigel Tyas Ironwork, we supply the owners of heritage properties with chandeliers, pendant lights, wall lights, lanterns, lamps, curtain poles and homeware to suit all ages and styles of architecture and decor.

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Chandeliers - everything you ever wanted to know about our range

Nigel designed his first chandelier in 2000 and three distinctively different designs have been added to our range since then. If you’re looking for a chandelier, take a look at these.

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Not just any old iron. Why our metal is a champion of the ‘buy once’ culture

As Nigel pulls back from the business he founded 20 years ago, read his personal homage to the material he's worked with all his life, wrought iron.

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Introducing Gareth and Dan – read about their love of dogs, coffee, design and craftsmanship

We thought now would be a good time for you to get to know a little more about the newcomers at Nigel Tyas Ironwork.

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Lighting designs inspired by our industrial heritage

At Nigel Tyas Ironwork, we know that traditional rustic lighting is not for everyone and our range of wrought ironwork also includes designs inspired by our industrial heritage.

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Handing over to the next generation at Nigel Tyas Ironwork

We have an announcement to make. The future of Nigel Tyas Ironwork has been secured with two new young owners taking over the business. (*NB photograph taken prior to adoption of Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.)

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IMPORTANT - we're still taking orders whilst doing everything we can to beat Covid-19

Last updated 16/4/2020 - Combating the Coronavirus - we are still taking orders for our handmade wrought ironwork whilst doing everything we can to play our part in beating Covid-19.

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Combating the Coronavirus - delivering Nigel Tyas goods safely to our customers

We would like to reassure our customers at this worrying time that we are doing everything we can to guard against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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A new lamp for 2020 - introducing the Huthwaite

The Huthwaite feature lamp brings a tower of attractive ambient light to the table top. It will be our first new product of 2020. Here's a sneak preview.

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Christmas is coming - order now for a festive delivery

The Christmas countdown has begun our slots for guaranteed Christmas delivery are filling up fast - don't miss out, order now!

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Introducing plug-in wall lights - the homeowner's flexible friend

We’re very pleased to announce that we can now offer our wall lights with cables, plugs and on/off switches – on request.

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Introducing our handmade wrought iron tealight candle holders

Our popular candleholders are now available to buy online. Order now in time for Christmas.

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Beat the Clock! Place your order before midnight October 26th to enter our prize draw

Order your handmade wrought ironwork before we turn the clocks back at midnight on October 26th and be entered into our free prize draw to win a table lamp.

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Newsletter - Happy Yorkshire Day

Our newsletter subscribers have had the chance to win a Nigel Tyas lamp this Yorkshire Day ... plus a little Yorkshire ditty to mark the day!

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Video - Nigel Tyas Ironwork - The History Of Metalworking (7:40)

Nigel Tyas has taken some time out to talk in depth about the history of metalworking as a human endeavour; and what it means to him today.

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Newsletter - Summer is just around the corner - here's our latest newsletter

Here's our latest newsletter looking ahead to the lovely summer months, and bringing you news, inspiration and ideas from the forge.

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Video - How to measure for solid cottage curtain poles (0:47)

This short video shows Steph demonstrating how to measure up for our solid cottage curtain poles.

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Video - How to measure for traditional curtain poles (0:45)

This short video shows Steph demonstrating how to measure up for our traditional curtain poles.

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Case study - St Margaret's magnificent chandelier

We’ve recently played our part in a determined congregation’s plan to restore the splendour of a chandelier to the centre of their English country church.

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Game of Thrones – time to reflect on our medieval credentials

We may have mentioned it before (just a bit) but we once made some curtain poles for one of the castles on Game of Thrones. We’re not sure which castle, Winterfell, Riverrun, Casterly Rock …but it's still our little 'claim to fame' connection to the smash-hit, blood-thirsty TV drama.

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Being invited back to a beautiful English country home

Bilting Court is a beautiful period property in Kent’s Stour Valley dating back to the 15th century. Years ago, we supplied ironwork throughout for this stunning country home. We are now very pleased to have been invited back.

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Video - Making a wrought iron wall light (1:09)

All of our wrought ironwork is designed by Nigel and hand-forged by him and his two skilled blacksmiths, Andrew and Simon. Each craftsman sees his own work through from start to finish. This video shows one of our Midhope wall lights being made - from drawing board to finished product.

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Commercial Bar and Restaurant Lighting - doing the business

We are always pleased to supply lighting to the owners of bars, restaurants, public houses and hotels. Also, cafes, spas, offices, shops and all types of commercial spaces!

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Introducing our Springvale 7-light pendant

Our latest light design is a colourful collaboration with Silver Tree Crystal glassmakers of Somerset. The Springvale combines our hand-forged wrought iron light fitting with their beautiful glass shades in a rainbow of colours.

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Merry Christmas from South Dakota!

Merry Christmas from South Dakota! Our customer Josh Plorde has kindly sent us photographs of his beautiful Tudor-style mansion trimmed up for the festive season.

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Video - Riveting the legs to a Mitre standard lamp (1:17)

Here's some blacksmithing action from the forge. This short video shows Simon riveting the curved legs to the solid ring base of our Mitre standard lamp. We hope you like the footwork as well as the handiwork!

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Newsletter - read our latest news for property professionals

Here's is the second of our occasional mail-outs to property professionals who are existing or potential customers and clients. 

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Elizabeth's mind turns to a very different kind of 'metalwork' - bell ringing

Did you know that while Nigel is the one striking metal for a living at the forge, outside of work its Elizabeth who chooses to ‘strike’ it for the sheer pleasure of listening to its resonance. Here, she shares her bell ringing story.

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Newsletter - See our seasonal selection of new lights for autumn

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us. We love it.

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Video - Andrew making a wrought iron Curl curtain pole finial (1:07)

This short video shows Andrew hand making a wrought iron curl curtain pole finial.

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Miners' lamps take on a new role in the theatre

We've recently helped a theatre re-purpose miners' lamps to use them as house lights in their auditorium. It was a pleasure to be involved in the refurbishment at the Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley.

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Turning back the wheels of time - at Hooton Pagnell Hall

We have some rather stunning ‘before and after’ shots to share with you. They feature authentic cartwheel chandeliers in a medieval barn, both before and after we got our hands on them ...

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Video - A special chandelier for a beautiful country church (1:43)

We were approached about making a large Hartcliff chandelier for the parish church of St Leonards in Monyash, Derbyshire by our customer, Sheenagh Mudford. The chandelier was to be made in memory of her late husband.

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Newsletter - Calling all professionals - take closer look at our designer ironwork

We are very pleased to supply our wrought iron lighting, curtain poles and homeware to many property professionals and have now launched a newsletter especially for them.

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Video - A Pennine barn conversion – there’s no place like home (1:30)

Creating beautiful and homely interiors involves combining a range of big ideas and little details. Professional designers take every element into account at the outset of ‘blank canvas’ schemes, including the all-important lighting and accessories. That’s why we were really pleased to be considered right from the start of Jane Schindler’s renovation of her 18th century barn conversion.

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Introducing quality fittings for doors and windows produced by From the Anvil

Due to popular customer demand, we are now selling a range of wrought iron door and window fittings to complement our lighting, curtain poles and other handmade ironwork.

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Newsletter - All things bright and beautiful - summer 2018

The lovely, long days of summer are upon us and we are busy developing new products as well as new ways of buying our products. We're delighted to launch our 'Curtain Pole Packs' - a quicker way to order our handmade wrought iron poles.  For all our latest product news from the forge, read our newsletter here

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Lighting up the Packhorse Pub in Somerset

I love to get a job which gives me a good excuse to visit a fine old English pub and sup a glass of ale. Supplying the Packhorse pub in the village of South Stoke near Bath with a collection of wrought iron lighting was just one of those special jobs.
It also turned out to be one of the most inspiring community projects that I have had the pleasure to work on ...

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Introducing a new quicker way to buy our Nigel Tyas Ironwork traditional handmade curtain poles

There is now a simpler, quicker way to buy a traditional, handmade Nigel Tyas curtain pole – we’d like to introduce the . . .

Nigel Tyas Ironwork Curtain Pole Pack

Buy everything you need in one complete package!

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Video - David adding our wax finish to a Midhope 3-light chandelier (0:30)

This short video shows David adding our wax finish to a 3-light Midhope chandelier.

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Newsletter - Spring inspiration from Nigel Tyas Ironwork

We're very much enjoying 2018 so far, not least because it's our 18th birthday year and to celebrate we are doing what we like to do best, creating lots of new wrought iron products for your home.

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Our 18th Birthday Collection

Nigel and I established Nigel Tyas Ironwork in the year 2000 and it has a significant birthday this year. We thought we’d celebrate our first 18 years as a rural craft business by highlighting ten products which tell you a little bit about our story so far. The 18th birthday collection picks out designs and innovations from those early days to present day. Enjoy!

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Introducing the Mickleden - unique new wall light is a creative collaboration

We are very pleased to introduce you to our unique new design of wall light – the Mickleden.

This is our third collaboration with accomplished potter Sarah Jones-Morris and we hope you’ll agree it is an attractive combination of wrought iron and ceramic craftsmanship.

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Video - Andrew making a Shepherd's Crook curtain pole finial (1:12)

More blacksmithing action from the forge. This short video shows Andrew hand forging a Shepherd's Crook curtain pole finial.

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A Yorkshire blacksmith in Paris

Nigel shares his experience of joining a Northern Powerhouse trade mission to France.

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The White-faced Woodland – inspiration for our ramshead design

Blacksmiths have always decorated their work for others to enjoy and for their own satisfaction too - to demonstrate their skill in working hot metal into intricate designs.

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St Clement - the patron saint of blacksmiths

November 23rd is St Clement’s Day when we remember the patron saint of blacksmiths and take a moment to celebrate our ancient craft. We performed the traditional ceremony of ‘Firing the Anvil’ to mark the occasion at the forge this year. Here Nigel explains what this is all about, and talks about ‘Old Clem’, and the folklore behind our trade.

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In celebration of our churches

Churches, ancient and modern, are often treasure troves of architecture, design and artisan craft. Here, Elizabeth Stocker celebrates Nigel Tyas Ironwork’s association with the National Churches Trust, which aims to promote the up-keep and appreciation of the nation’s churches.

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Video - Our customer process - a video introduction (1:11)

Over the years we have built our reputation on a personal and friendly customer service and now have many repeat customers or personally recommended customers.

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Inside a Yorkshire Shepherd's Hut

Did you know that we supply wrought iron lighting to fit in some of the beautiful bespoke Shepherd’s huts designed and made by The Yorkshire Hut Company?

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Come and see us at Penistone Show

Penistone Agricultural Show - Saturday September 9th

It is nearly time for Penistone Show and we are so looking forward to meeting people at the Nigel Tyas Ironwork stand.

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'At the anvil - keeping ironworking skills alive’

Come and visit the forge on Friday September 8th.

We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in ‘Heritage Open Days’ for the first time this year.

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The Maythorne Pendant - introducing our latest designer light

I am delighted to announce that we have added a new pendant light to our range of handmade wrought iron lighting.

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Throwing some light on the subject of LED bulbs – A beginner’s guide

Here at Nigel Tyas we extol the virtues of LED lighting – it’s bright, attractive, energy-efficient and money saving. LED bulbs offer a wide choice in terms of the type of light they generate – soft, warm, bright, strong – and they are often designed to look good themselves with interesting shapes and retro-design filaments.

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Enoch the Power Hammer

Nigel Tyas introduces us to the heavy-weight power hammer which is central to the manufacturing process in our workshop - and explains why it is affectionately called Enoch.

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A week in the life of a rescue hen

Nigel and I have been keeping chickens in the back garden for about 18 years now.

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Metalwork lessons in the 1960's

My first experience of blacksmithing was when I was about 13.

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The Northern Powerhouse

Two weeks ago I attended a meeting of business people from the Sheffield area to hear about the progress of The Northern Powerhouse project.

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The Cannons of Cannon Hall

I love it when we get asked to do something a bit special or ‘out of the ordinary’ !

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Elizabeth’s Moonlighting Job

Elizabeth works very hard helping to run Nigel Tyas Ironwork, but it has to be admitted that she is prone to sneaking out of the office and coming to work with me at Rose Cottage instead – where she designs most of the inscriptions on my sculptures. Here is her work on the Thurlstone War memorial in 2013:

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Harmonious Blacksmiths

I first met Nigel Tyas and his wife Elizabeth in 2005. I had wanted to buy some wrought iron fencing for my garden, and a friend advised me to go and see them at their Bullhouse Mill forge.

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Sheep May Safely Graze

Spring is coming and the grass is just starting to grow a bit in our little field, but there is still not enough to feed our small flock – so we bring them into their little barn and feed them hay every night.

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Andre's bench

2014 was a sad year for us at Bullhouse Mill. A year ago today, Andre Werra, the best man at our wedding in 2002, died of a brain tumour, leaving his partner Sue, his sons Andrew and Leon, daughter-in-law Kate and granddaughter Eloise. Andre was a fine blacksmith and joined us as our foreman in 2008. He is sorely missed here.

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Alice's tadpole

Dawn, Sheena, Katie and I all made tadpoles to use as ornamentation for the bench Nigel and the blacksmiths were making to commemorate our friend Andre’s life.

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Naming Our Designs

Here in the south Pennines we have a long and proud tradition of metalworking and it was this great heritage that led us to set up our forge at Bullhouse where we knew we could find people with the skills to grow the business. There have been a number of watermills on the Upper Don, and the mill at Bullhouse is one of the oldest, first recorded around 1435 AD.

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