Pubs are one of Britain's oldest and most popular social institutions and are essential in fostering and developing social relationships among residents, strengthening the level of community cohesion in villages and parishes, and positively contribute to communal well-being.
The Forge Inn, previously known as the Anvil Inn has a history of being a former blacksmith going back to 1700’s. Seemingly it was common for blacksmiths to become publicans as the forge, being the only warm place in a village, was a natural place for the men to congregate in the evening, establishing the Ale House. The Anvil Inn was renamed The Forge Inn by its new owners in 1975. (History taken from ‘Ulgham its story continued’ by Janet Brown, Ulgham resident). The Forge Inn has been a thriving pub in the past and more recently a filming location. However, sadly it has been closed for business since….
The Forge Inn was placed on the Asset of Community Value register with Northumberland County Council (NCC) in November 2019, by the Parish Council on behalf of the residents.
In September 2023 the current owner informed NCC of their intention to dispose of the asset as per the Localism Act 2011. The race is now on to save and restore The Forge Inn and guarantee for future generations a welcoming community hub for locals and visitors to enjoy.