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Shoeing at smithy on Milk Street R.A.

The Rosedale History Society

April 23, 2015

The Rosedale History Society

Archive photography of the Gillies Jones Rosedale studio and workshop

We’ve recently been taking a look at the Rosedale History Society archives, which we’re delighted to discover, contained some beautiful photographs of our studio, dating back to the turn of the last century.

Our current workshop buildings (pictured) on Milk Street were once home to the village blacksmiths, known locally as ‘the smithy’. During the 18th and 19th centuries, rural communities were heavily reliant on their local blacksmiths for the production and repair of essential agricultural paraphernalia. It was regarded as a reputable, well-paid trade and master blacksmiths often started training their male offspring from the tender age of 6 or 7 years old, ensuring the family business could be passed down through the generations.

Our workshop was a fully functioning ‘smithy’ until the 1970s, when it changed use and became the village joinery. The original forge still exists, and although no longer in use, it has thankfully been preserved by previous owners of the buildings, serving as a daily reminder of what was once a thriving countryside tradition.