Cunsey Forge, Lake District, Cumbria, England.

Roy  Massicks

Bay of Islands., New Zealand

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The remains of Cunsey Forge lie south of the town of Hawkshead and just south of Esthwaite Water,
close to the car ferry at Lake Windermere. In the same area is ’ Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey, the
home of Beatrix Potter the famous childrens author.

The earliest reference to a bloom forge ( water powered, iron smelting furnace) at Cunsey is in 1623. It was part of the Backbarrow Company in 1711 then taken over by the Cunsey Company in 1715 but was later re-purchased by the Backbarrow Company in 1750. Finally, it was demolished in 1800 – it stands on the Cunsey beck.
In 2002 it was recognised as a significant archaeological site so hopefully in the future it will be cleared and if not fully restored like Duddon Furnace at least recognisable for what it is.

My 6th g.g.father Thomas Mossocke (one of the old spellings of Massicks) and his wife Anne lived and worked here. Thomas was a collier (charcoal burner) but it was likely he worked at the forge as well, as forge work in the early days was seasonal.
Five of their seven children were born here including my 5th g.g.father William.

Last but not least, for those people who follow Jamie’s ( Voluntary Ranger) posts will know that
Sheila & Ray ( Red Bubblers from the USA) are visiting there at the moment. Of interest, one of Ray’s ancestors came from Cunsey Forge also at approximately the same time as my ancestors. Jamie said he’s going to ’ SCREAM ’ if there is another Massicks connection here ! I’m waiting in anticipation for this one.

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