Search

Skip Navigation|

BLACKSMITH

Blacksmith, Blaenplwyf about 1910

exhibition number: Agriculture 27

The blacksmith was a very important member of every community. He made and repaired many objects used in the home, farm and workshops as well as shoeing horses (and cattle for drovers to take them to England). There were larger industrial smiths such as the forge in Aberaeron which made bill hooks and the Aberaeron shovel. In the 1930s there were 104 Blacksmiths working in Ceredigion. As the number of cars increased, some of them became mechanics. Blacksmiths used special coal. This was brought by train after the 1860s, and was delivered to the blacksmith for free by the farmer who patronside him. A gravestone with a poem to a Blacksmith was in St Michael's churchyard, Aberystwyth.

Jenkins, D Geraint, Rural Industries in Cardiganshire, Cardiganshire County History III, (1998), pp.140 - 144

Jenkins, David, (1971), The Agricultural Community in South-West Wales, p. 102

Powys blacksmith

AGRICULTURE INDEX

CRAFTS

BLACKSMITH'S TOOLS

FARRIER

HORSE SHOE

ABERAERON FORGE