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Blacksmith Richard Hingley at work

Blacksmith's Return

The village of Mawnan Smith near Falmouth once again has a Blacksmith working there. Since the Middle Ages the area has had one, but this ended in 1994. After plenty of fundraising by villagers the age-old tradition has returned.

A blacksmith's forge which has been renovated to restore the beating heart to a Cornish village opened on Wednesday 14 November 2007.

There have been blacksmiths in Mawnan Smith near Falmouth since the Middle Ages. When the forge closed in 1994 villagers were determined to reopen it some day.

Hot work

Richard at work

Now 13 years later, and after plenty of fundraising by the dedicated villagers, Mawnan Smith once again has a blacksmith.

It's now part of a craft centre which also includes a potter and a wood turner.

Denis Nightingale has been on a tour around the new businesses with Alan Evans, one of the driving forces behind the restoration.

Click on the link below to hear his report:

The local trust which has restored the old blacksmith's forge says it should bring the heart back into the village of Mawnan Smith near Falmouth.

The Anvil Trust raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to restore the forge which is now being used by a blacksmith and to create some craft workshops. It is the culmination of five years hard work by local people.

The new village blacksmith could be about to become a star of the internet. Richard Hingley will have his traditional craft recorded and put on the net. He says there will be a lot to see as he reckons he'll be very busy. 

We'll bring you the weblink as soon as it's up and running.

last updated: 14/11/07

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