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Carwinion Road, Mawnan Smith
30 yards from Goldmartin Square

Situated in the village of Mawnan Smith, close to the Trenah and Glendurgan gardens and 5 minutes away from the Helford River. 'The Old Smithy' is a historic forge which has been a very active part of the community, with records dating as far back as 1842 beginning with Sampson Pascoe who was succeeded a few years later by Marmaduke Hill.

 

In 1851 there were four working smithies serving nineteen farms in the parish but fifty years later only one remained. For over a hundred years the forge, operated by blacksmith Billy James and followed by his son Dryden, was the centre of village life until, on Dryden's death in 1994, the smithy doors were closed and the building and its contents went into hibernation.

Through the formation of the Mawnan Anvil Trust, 'The Old Smithy' was purchased for the village of Mawnan Smith on October 19th 2006 after four years of fund raising and red tape.

All the usable and reclaimable tools had their positions logged and were stored in ammunition boxes. Usable equipment, fittings and cabinets were removed for careful storage. The Trustees and willing helpers battled through decades of accumulated dirt and grime to expose the bare bones of the building for restoration.

Along with the forge, 3 workshops were added to the site during the renovation project which allows visitors the opportunity to watch the skilled blacksmith and craft workers or to browse their unique and traditional products.

 

 

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