Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Always Plenty of Work for the Village Blacksmith

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Always Plenty of Work for the Village Blacksmith

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Byline: Lee Maddison lee.maddison@eveninggazette.co.uk

THE pace of life in rural England could best be summed up by any village blacksmith's shop.

Inside would be the smith with his anvil and coke brazier, while outside the lads of the neighbourhood would stand and watch.

A highlight, of course, was the arrival of a horse for shoeing and the distinctive smell given off when a hot shoe was applied to the horse's foot.

The photograph (right) from 1910 outside the old smithy in Marske High Street was originally published in Remember When more than a decade ago, taking readers back to the days of old.

Retired Marske butcher Tommy Smith identified every person gathered around the door of the smithy, including his sister Mary, better known as Polly.

Polly, who later worked in the family butcher's shop nearby, is shown with former blacksmith George Farthing, sporting a straw boater and watching blacksmith Charlie Walker, of Upleatham, and the striker, Kit Cooper. …

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