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Location - Leeds & District

Blackett Street, Blacksmith's shop (Calverley) (8 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Blacksmith's hard at work and thought to have been taken in the village smithy located at the bottom of Blackett street (formerly Back Lane). (Information from 'Calverley in Bygone Days' by Christopher Brown). There is a local legend that the poem 'The Village Blacksmith', composed by American Poet Henery Wadsworth Longfellow in 1840, was inspired by this smithy. The name Langfellow can be traced back to the early 16th century in Calverley, when one of three brothers, Peter Langfellow, became a vicar of Calverley in 1510. One of the other brothers, William, perhaps provides the lineage for the poet. One of Wiliam's descendents, another William, married Elizabeth Thorton at Calverley Church in 1646. They resided at Horsforth where Longfellow maintained his English ancestors originated. It was possibly their son, William, who emigrated from Yorkshire to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1676, who was the last of Henry Wadworth Longfellow's English ancestors. The poet was known to have come to England and may have visited the towns and villages associated with his ancestry. There is some doubt about the location and any further information would be much appreciated.
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Blacksmith at work (West Ardsley)
Black & White imageUndated. This image shows a blacksmith at work, shoeing a horse, and is thought to date from before World War One. The blacksmith has the family name Best. Another man steadies the horse's head. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Blacksmith's Forge, Hunslet Road (Hunslet) (6 comments)
Black & White imagec1940s/early 1950s. Possibly 148 Hunslet Road, a business belonging to the Wright Brothers shoeing smiths. Two men can be seen in the entrance to the blacksmiths shop and forge. Five advertising signs are displayed on a hoarding across the building. From the left, the first one is for Guinness "Toucans in their nests agree Guinness is good for you. Open some today and see what one or Toucan do." The next one reminds us that it's "School Holidays!" and to "remember to order extra milk". The third advert is for Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, "healthful, refreshing, delicious", the Rowntrees Sunripe Jelly, "tastes like the fruit itself". Finally, on the right is an advert for Rolo - "don't go without Rolo!" The Guinness campaign could date the image to the 1940s as this was when this particular slogan was used. It was created by Benson's advertising, with artwork by John Gilroy.
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Blacksmith's Forge, Interior, Hunslet Road (Hunslet) (2 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. Interior view of blacksmith's shop, two men in view. This was possibly 148 Hunslet Road, Wright Brothers, shoeing smiths. Around on the walls and beams are horse-shoes and forge tools.
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Blacksmith's Forge, Interior, Hunslet Road (Hunslet)
Black & White imageUndated. Blacksmith's shop and forge, this was possibly business of the Wright Brothers at 148 Hunslet Road. Horse-shoes can be seen hanging from the beams.
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