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diane hodges

master brummie
my grandfather was a black smith i always thought he worked with horses(silly me) now on the 1911 census it showes him still as a black smith but working at the mint so could it mean he made money sham i never saw any of it di
 

Lloyd

master brummie
Although Blacksmiths are often thought of as just horse shoe-ers, in fact they often were general iron workers too - agricultural engineers in the country, making and fixing farm equipment like ploughs and harrows, and machinery repairers in urban areas.
'Smith' was a generic name for metal workers, so there were goldsmiths and silversmiths who worked with those precious metals.
I doubt if your grandfather actually made money, but as a blacksmith I suppose he would repair the machinery that did, if it should break.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
This has been of interest to myself and blacksmiths years ago made many things wrought iron gates etc but farriers shod horses. On TV the other evening it showed a woman training to be a blacksmith and it is blooming hard work even for a man. Jean.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
There used to be a couple of Polish? chaps who were Blacksmiths in Parliament St, Small Heath (just off Jenkins St) I think they were brothers. Give them a piece of metal and they could forge or make you anything. They were there until the 80's at least.

Phil
 

Dave89

master brummie
This has been of interest to myself and blacksmiths years ago made many things wrought iron gates etc but farriers shod horses. On TV the other evening it showed a woman training to be a blacksmith and it is blooming hard work even for a man. Jean.

Hi Jean,

You're right about the distinction between blacksmiths and farriers,
but in a village location where there may only be one smith he would
carry out both functions. Interestingly, my grandfather was in the
Royal Horse Artillery, and his rank there was Shoeing Smith.

Kind regards

Dave
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
On an Army trade course we had 1wk Blacksmith training this covered making cold chisels (not for woodwork), horseshoes, fire welding, gas welding, brazing, soldering, it was so that you could carry out repairs in a mobile workshop to Guns away from a permanent workshop. Len.
 

G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
Thanks Dave for that. I married a Smith but there are thousands of them so have not looked into the family tree. My Taplin family have a Blacksmith and a Gamekeeper in it. Bye. Jean.
 

SpecialJ

New Member
There used to be a couple of Polish? chaps who were Blacksmiths in Parliament St, Small Heath (just off Jenkins St) I think they were brothers. Give them a piece of metal and they could forge or make you anything. They were there until the 80's at least.

Phil
Hi i don't suppose anyone has the name of the brothers at all please?
 

SpecialJ

New Member
Pretty sure their surname was Roberts and they were originally from Wales not Poland, John.
Thank you was also wondering if by any chance you no the name of the actual blacksmiths? And am I right in thinking the brothers names are Jack and Les?
 
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