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"Smithy: A Journey Through Time and Craftsmanship" Step into the historic Gretna Green Building in Herm, Channel Islands

Background imageSmithy Collection: Gretna Green Building

Gretna Green Building
The famous Old Smithy and Marriage Room at Gretna Green, Dumfries, Scotland - the haven for runaway couples from England

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmiths outside their forge

Blacksmiths outside their forge
A superb photograph of six Blacksmiths and coachbuilders posing for a photograph outside their forge/workshop, each holding the tools of their trade

Background imageSmithy Collection: The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)

The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c. 1770s (oil on canvas)
BAL16108 The Iron Forge Viewed from Without, c.1770s (oil on canvas) by Wright of Derby, Joseph (1734-97); 105x140 cm; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; English, out of copyright

Background imageSmithy Collection: Herm, Channel Islands, Blacksmiths Cottage, La Rosiere Steps

Herm, Channel Islands, Blacksmiths Cottage, La Rosiere Steps
Blacksmiths Cottage and La Rosiere Steps at Herm (Haerme) - one of the Channel Islands and part of the Parish of St Peter Port in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSmithy Collection: Horseshoer. Coloured engraving (19th c. )

Horseshoer. Coloured engraving (19th c. )
Horseshoer. Coloured engraving (19th c.)

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse

Blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse
A blacksmith shoeing a Metropolitan Police horse. There are discarded horseshoes on the floor, and more hanging from a rack on the wall. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageSmithy Collection: Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 1897-1935

Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith 1897-1935
Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith, 1897-1935. This photo is regarded by his family as the best and most typical ever taken of Smithy. Date: 1935

Background imageSmithy Collection: Cockney Blacksmith / 1932

Cockney Blacksmith / 1932
Mr Charles Mitchell, the village smithy of Pyecombe, Sussex, claims to be a real cockney. Pyecombe forge have been making their famous crooks for centuries

Background imageSmithy Collection: Old Smithy at Branscombe, near Sidmouth, Devon

Old Smithy at Branscombe, near Sidmouth, Devon, with a horse having a hoof inspected. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSmithy Collection: BLACKSMITHS, c1903. Two blacksmiths making a metal hoop, possibly for a wagon wheel

BLACKSMITHS, c1903. Two blacksmiths making a metal hoop, possibly for a wagon wheel. Photograph, c1903

Background imageSmithy Collection: Northop Smithy

Northop Smithy
A picturesque old smithy (blacksmiths shop) at Northop, Flintshire, Wales. Date: 1930s

Background imageSmithy Collection: Hiking at Adversane [Billingshurst] - August 1938

Hiking at Adversane [Billingshurst] - August 1938
Two lady hikers with Blacksmith - not sure if he will have a shoe to fit! George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref. No. Garland N17220

Background imageSmithy Collection: Five views at Ulrome, near Driffield, East Yorkshire

Five views at Ulrome, near Driffield, East Yorkshire
Five views of the village and sands of Ulrome, near Driffield, East Yorkshire. Date: 1950s

Background imageSmithy Collection: The Old Smithy, Gretna Green, Scotland

The Old Smithy, Gretna Green, Scotland

Background imageSmithy Collection: South Kirkby Smithy early 1900s

South Kirkby Smithy early 1900s

Background imageSmithy Collection: Farrier MCF01_02_0117

Farrier MCF01_02_0117
East Cliff, Rye, Rother, East Sussex. A horse being shod in a blacksmiths forge near Landgate, with a man and two boys watching the farrier at work

Background imageSmithy Collection: Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (see detail 157311)

Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (see detail 157311)
CHT164036 Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (see detail 157311) by Bonhomme, Ignace Francois (1809-81); CNAM, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers

Background imageSmithy Collection: Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (detail, see 164036)

Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (detail, see 164036)
CHT157311 Factories at Le Creusot in 1848, 1855 (oil on paper) (detail, see 164036) by Bonhomme, Ignace Francois (1809-81); CNAM, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers

Background imageSmithy Collection: Old Blacksmiths Shop and Marriage Room, Gretna Green, Scotland, 1940s? Creator: Unknown

Old Blacksmiths Shop and Marriage Room, Gretna Green, Scotland, 1940s? Creator: Unknown
Old Blacksmiths Shop and Marriage Room, Gretna Green, Scotland, 1940s? Sign reading: This is the famous Old Blacksmiths Shop and Marriage Room, Gretna Green

Background imageSmithy Collection: Yorkshire Blacksmith

Yorkshire Blacksmith
The Smithy (blacksmith) at work at his anvil in Dent, Yorkshire, England. Date: 1930s

Background imageSmithy Collection: Wayland Smiths Cave

Wayland Smiths Cave, Berkshire, England. Formerly an underground chamber of some prehistoric king or priest. Wayland was a mythical smithy who made invincible swords. Date: BC

Background imageSmithy Collection: The Forge, c. 1815. Artist: Goya, Francisco, de (1746-1828)

The Forge, c. 1815. Artist: Goya, Francisco, de (1746-1828)
The Forge, c. 1815. Found in the collection of the Frick Collection, New York

Background imageSmithy Collection: Farrier at his Forge

Farrier at his Forge
A farrier and his boy apprentice in a forge in Reading, Berkshire, England

Background imageSmithy Collection: Music. Opera. The dwarf Mime and Siegfried in the forge. Illustration in: Siegfried

Music. Opera. The dwarf Mime and Siegfried in the forge. Illustration in: Siegfried, opera by Richard Wagner (1876)
3434048 Music. Opera. The dwarf Mime and Siegfried in the forge. Illustration in: Siegfried, opera by Richard Wagner (1876), Germany, c.1910 (postcard); (add.info.: Opera. Coll. Part. Music. Opera)

Background imageSmithy Collection: Woman blacksmith, Eng. [i.e. England], between c1915 and 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

Woman blacksmith, Eng. [i.e. England], between c1915 and 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
Woman blacksmith, Eng. [i.e. England], between c1915 and 1917. A woman blacksmith in England during World War I

Background imageSmithy Collection: Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century. Creator: Gabriel Metsu

Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century. Creator: Gabriel Metsu
Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century

Background imageSmithy Collection: Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam

Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889. Creators: Joseph Keppler, Bernhard Gillam
Cartoon from Puck, between 1880 and 1889

Background imageSmithy Collection: Bellona, 1574. Creator: Philip Galle

Bellona, 1574. Creator: Philip Galle
Bellona, 1574. From Personifications of Industrial and Professional Life, pl. 6

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmith Making Tools, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Blacksmith Making Tools, early 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Blacksmith Making Tools, early 18th century

Background imageSmithy Collection: 'The Village Smithy', by Lewis, in the Crystal Palace Picture Gallery, 1860. Creator: Morgan

"The Village Smithy", by Lewis, in the Crystal Palace Picture Gallery, 1860. Creator: Morgan
"The Village Smithy", by Lewis, in the Crystal Palace Picture Gallery, 1860. This is just of the class of subject in which Mr

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmith in his forge, 1870-1923. Creator: Willem Witsen

Blacksmith in his forge, 1870-1923. Creator: Willem Witsen
Blacksmith in his forge, 1870-1923

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmith at work in his forge, 1870-1923. Creator: Willem Witsen

Blacksmith at work in his forge, 1870-1923. Creator: Willem Witsen
Blacksmith at work in his forge, 1870-1923

Background imageSmithy Collection: The blacksmith, 1876. Creator: Charles Rochussen

The blacksmith, 1876. Creator: Charles Rochussen
The blacksmith, 1876

Background imageSmithy Collection: Machine shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905

Machine shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905. Creator: Unknown
Machine shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905

Background imageSmithy Collection: Blacksmith shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905

Blacksmith shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905. Creator: Unknown
Blacksmith shop, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. [Company], between 1900 and 1905

Background imageSmithy Collection: A country Blacksmith shop, 1874. Creator: Unknown

A country Blacksmith shop, 1874. Creator: Unknown
A country Blacksmith shop, 1874

Background imageSmithy Collection: The blacksmith shop, 1904. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston

The blacksmith shop, 1904. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
The blacksmith shop, 1904

Background imageSmithy Collection: Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13ème arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878

Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13ème arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878
Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13eme arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878. Sketch for interior of reception hall for marriages. Civic virtues: blacksmith's forge

Background imageSmithy Collection: At work in the Blacksmith Shop. 1903. Creator: Unknown

At work in the Blacksmith Shop. 1903. Creator: Unknown
At work in the Blacksmith Shop. 1903

Background imageSmithy Collection: Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890

Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890. Creator: Pierre Victor Galland
Esquisse pour la galerie des Metiers de l'Hotel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890. Blacksmiths

Background imageSmithy Collection: Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890

Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890. Creator: Pierre Victor Galland
Esquisse pour la galerie des Metiers de l'Hotel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890. Foundry workers

Background imageSmithy Collection: Thinking It Over, 1884. Creator: Thomas Waterman Wood

Thinking It Over, 1884. Creator: Thomas Waterman Wood
Thinking It Over, 1884

Background imageSmithy Collection: Young men training in blacksmithing at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, 1899 or 1900

Young men training in blacksmithing at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, 1899 or 1900

Background imageSmithy Collection: St. Eligius, n.d. Creator: Jean de Gourmont

St. Eligius, n.d. Creator: Jean de Gourmont
St. Eligius, n.d

Background imageSmithy Collection: Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30. Creator: Jean de Gourmont

Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30. Creator: Jean de Gourmont
Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30

Background imageSmithy Collection: The Smithy, 1896. Creator: David Young Cameron

The Smithy, 1896. Creator: David Young Cameron
The Smithy, 1896

Background imageSmithy Collection: Smiths at work

Smiths at work
Trevor Cole

Background imageSmithy Collection: Hard Labor Convicts Working in the Blacksmith's Shop, 1891. Creator: Aleksei Kuznetsov

Hard Labor Convicts Working in the Blacksmith's Shop, 1891. Creator: Aleksei Kuznetsov
Hard Labor Convicts Working in the Blacksmith's Shop, 1891. One of 74 views taken in July 1891 and contained in the albumTipy i vidy Nerchinskoi katorgi



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"Smithy: A Journey Through Time and Craftsmanship" Step into the historic Gretna Green Building in Herm, Channel Islands, and you'll find yourself transported back to a bygone era. This charming cottage was once home to skilled blacksmiths who dedicated their lives to the art of metalwork. As you wander through the quaint village, you can't help but notice the La Rosiere Steps leading up to a traditional forge. The rhythmic clanging of hammers against anvils fills the air as blacksmiths skillfully shape molten iron into works of art. A glimpse into history reveals a captivating scene captured on canvas - "The Iron Forge Viewed from Without. " Painted in the 1770s, this masterpiece showcases the bustling activity surrounding a busy smithy. Fast forward to more recent times, and we witness a blacksmith diligently shoeing a majestic Metropolitan Police horse. The dedication and precision required for such an important task are evident in every stroke of his hammer. In another corner of London, we encounter a Cockney Blacksmith in 1932. His rough hands tell tales of hard work and perseverance as he continues an age-old tradition passed down through generations. Beyond these local scenes lies an international icon - Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith. Known for his pioneering aviation feats, he too relied on skilled craftsmen like farriers to ensure his planes were ready for takeoff. Traveling across borders brings us to Le Creusot's factories in France during the mid-19th century. These industrial powerhouses employed countless workers who honed their skills within these walls, contributing greatly to society's progress. But amidst all this historical significance lies moments of leisurely escape. Hiking at Adversane [Billingshurst] in August 1938 offers respite from daily routines while showcasing nature's beauty alongside man-made craftsmanship.