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Smithy at Forge Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6343 / 51°38'3"N

Longitude: -4.9557 / 4°57'20"W

OS Eastings: 195551

OS Northings: 196968

OS Grid: SR955969

Mapcode National: GBR G8.02R1

Mapcode Global: VH1SD.16Z0

Entry Name: Smithy at Forge Cottage

Listing Date: 8 February 1996

Last Amended: 8 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17989

Building Class: Commercial

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin)

Community: Stackpole

Locality: St Twynnells

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Exterior

Adjacent to Forge cottage, at N.

Smithy believed to have been set up by Dick Williams (1854-1930) in c.1875, and used for the Stackpole Estate. Several of his sons followed in the same trade and may have been apprenticed to their father here. One set up a smithy at Cheriton.

Description: Large single-room smithy built at N of Forge Cottage. Two blacksmith's hearths sharing a W gable chimney. Partially rough-cast rendered externally together with the house, but plain rubble masonry at far side and rear. Four-bay slate covered roof with ridge-vents. Short brick chimney. Trusses with tiebeams and collar beams. Small windows at N and E only, with workbenches at sills. Cobbled floor. Large entrance doorway, originally open, at SE corner facing the house.

The hearth at the N of the two appears to be the earlier. It is complete with bellows and tuyere, but the supporting frame for the bellows is missing. The hearth at the S is set at an angle and has an extraordinary brick arched flue into the chimney. Elm-block set in the floor for a (missing) anvil, at left. Bellows with tuyere at rear, the supporting frame broken. Broken stone bosh at right. Both hearths are still full of breeze. Bars and racks for tools on the walls.

A circular cast-iron plate with a central hole, for supporting wheels for banding, lies in the garden in front of the house.

Listed as a good example of a village smithy with two nearly complete hearths.

References: Local information (Mr and Mrs Nicholas)
Rev. J H Richards, St Twvnnells Parish Registers Index (1992)

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