Gomme’s Forge is to be found tucked away behind the cottages in Foundry Lane,
Loosley Row, Buckinghamshire. It is one of the longest established businesses in
the district, although early records have been lost in the mists of time.
However, it is known to have been in operation at least as early as the mid
19th century, when John Gomme was the proprietor. At that time about sixteen
persons were employed, including smiths, farriers, iron founders, pattern makers,
carpenters, wheelwrights and even a millwright.
Much work was obtained from the local agricultural industry for horse-drawn
machinery and later the maintenance of stream traction engines.
As the needs of the farming industry slowly began to decline, attention was
turned to the manufacture of early band saws. Supply of castings for heating
stoves was also undertaken.
Both these items were for the furniture factories of High Wycombe, the latter
for space heating and kiln drying.
With ever-changing times and customer requirements, Gomme’s Forge today
specializes in aluminium casting and wrought iron work.