Wetheral Village Blacksmith - a Memory of Wetheral.
My grandfather was the village blacksmith in Wetheral who had his forge behind the District Nurse's House opposite the Wheatsheaf pub. His name was Tommy Marshall. By the time I knew him in the 1950s he was more of an agricultural engineer than shoeing horses but his great forte was ornamental wrought iron for gates and fences. Some of the iron benches on the village green marked with Elizabeth II's coronation were made by my grandfather, together with many of the gates and fences around the village. A particular project was to design wrought-iron birds for the Fantails Restaurant when it opened in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
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