The Kynnersley Arms
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If it's history you're looking for, we've got it in spadefulls!
The Kynnersley Arms is a Grade II listed building which houses snapshots of history dating back almost 1000 years.
As you enter through the main entrance from the car park you will walk up past the corn mill which dates back at least as far as the Domesday Book. Leighton is recorded in the survey, executed for William I of England (William the Conqueror) and completed in 1086, as a medium sized settlement with a population of 19 households, 3 taxable units of land, woodland and a mill.
Beneath the pub is a cellar, accessible from the side of the building, which houses the blowing arch of a pre-industrial revolution, 17th century, blast furnace and a water wheel. When the blast furnace was in use the cellar also used to contain two huge bellows, powered by a water wheel and operated through an axel and counterweight system to open and close the bellows themselves. This would provide a near constant supply of air to stoke the furnace itself, allowing the bellows to pump 2000 litres of air into the heart of the blast furnace on each rotation meaning that the furnace was able to get hot enough to smelt molten iron. The process would be ongoing throughout the 9 months of the year that each smelting ‘campaign’ lasted until the furnace would have to be shut down to be relined, due to the intense heat created, ready to start again each winter.
At the level of what is now the restauarnt and bar is where the ‘charging area’ was located, the area above the furnace where coal was loaded to fuel the smelting process.