|Comment||Tinted view of the village Smithy, one of the men seen here was Sam Nunwick.|
D063 – Blacksmiths, Undated.
Blacksmiths – Undated
As the above photograph.
The village blacksmith would have made farm implements, horse shoes ( and fitted them), any work which involved forging metal except tin which was the job of a whitesmith.
One of the men seen here was Sam Nunwick.
At some point, John Benson was also registered as a Smithy and lived in Esholt.
This is now a private house.
John Benson. b.1854 and buried in January 1929 at Esholt St. Paul. John was born in Headingley, the son of Mark and Mary Benson. By 1871 he was an apprentice smith, living in Meanwood and the next piece of evidence shows him in Philadelphia, marrying Emma Dodgson (an English girl born in Burley) in 1881. They returned to Yorkshire but Emma died in 1887 and John was left with their son Edgar. He re-married in 1890 (Alice Hudson) and ten years later was in Esholt with five children, in New Row. John was still there in 1911 living in The Street. Alice survived her husband by twelve years, remaining in Esholt with some of her family in Main Street.
14 September 2023
The Smithy stood at the entrance to St.Leonard’s Farm, which is on the corner of Station Road and Chapel Lane, during the eighties it was used as the vets surgery for the television series Emmerdale Farm, it is now part of the house.
21 June 2018.
My great grandfather was a blacksmith in Esholt. Address shown as New Row and The Street. This photo may have been him.
16 July 2020.
Consolidated by Elaine Ellwood. 03 May 2021.
Last updated: 18 November 2022 – Both images updated.