Traditional forge launches new light

5 December 2016

A Yorkshire forge which is keeping traditional metal-working skills alive has launched a new design of pendant light.

The Bretton light, created by Nigel Tyas Ironwork, has been named after the village of Monk Bretton just outside Barnsley.

One of the blacksmiths, Simon Duerden, came up with the design. He lives in Monk Bretton, which has the ancient ruins of a large priory. The main body of the lamp uses a tapered strip of steel two metres long which is heated and wound around a tapered mandrel to create the conical shape.

The light is available as a single lamp or can be used in multiples on a ceiling bar or a circular ceiling plate. Two finishes are available: burnished black which is a very dark grey, or light burnished which is a lighter colour much like pewter.

The Bretton light is one of about 50 different designs of wall lights made at the Nigel Tyas workshop in Millhouse Green, near Penistone in South Yorkshire. Most of them are named after local places.

Initially the names came from within a ten mile radius from the forge, but as the number of lights has grown this increased to15 miles. Some come from even further afield such as Whitby, which is about 80 miles away, with the inspiration for the shape coming from the whale bone arch on the West Cliff in the town.

Nigel, who set up the business with his wife Elizabeth Stocker in 2000, said: “Being based in the stunning South Yorkshire Pennines is constant inspiration for new designs. We are surrounded by natural beauty, which is reflected in the work that we do.”

As well as light fittings, Nigel Tyas makes curtain poles, fireside irons, towel rails and hooks. They can be found all over the world in homes, castles, churches, restaurants, hotels and heritage properties.

The Bretton lamp comes in three versions, a single pendant and two versions of a triple pendant.  Its overall height, excluding cable, is 250 to 260mm; overall maximum diameter is 125mm, and the ceiling rose is circular with a 90mm diameter.

The weight is approximately 1kg and the maximum wattage is 60w, with a BC bulb fitting. It is LED compatible and is supplied with one metre of silk braided cable in a choice of four colours.

The single-light version costs £165, the three-light circular version and the three-light row version are both £495 . They can be purchased via


Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows the three light row version of the Bretton lamp. More photographs are available.

For more information about Nigel Tyas Ironwork, please contact Nigel Tyas or Elizabeth Stocker on 01226 766618 or or go to  

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or  

A sample of the light may be available for photography purposes for magazine use. Please contact Kate Betts in the first instance. 

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