Nostalgic memories of Brooke's local history

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For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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My uncle John Cossey was the Blacksmith from the 1930s to the 1980s. When he retired nobody else took over the shop. It has stood empty ever since. When I came out from the primary school, which is on the opposite side of the road, each afternoon; I would stand in his yard watching him shoeing horses or making things like wrought iron gates. He died in Alpington nursing home about 10 years ago.

In 1860 Frederick Middleton, an ancester of mine, paid to become an apprentice blacksmith to a George Dunt in Brooke. I have his Indenture in my possesion with the details of the agreement. Is there any information available in Brooke about the old Blacksmiths? I would very much like to hear if there is. I also have a painting, which I was told is of the old Blacksmiths and also a photo.