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The blacksmith

Leonard Mew

F.B.Mew & Sons / The Forge / St Mary Bourne / Nr Andover / Hants / SP11 6AR

Dates of filming: 14th November 2006

Village crafts that serviced the needs of the local farming community have now almost gone. Contemporary versions explore the creative possibilities of the craft for a largely non-agricultural clientele

This family business was started by Leonard Mew’s grandfather in 1918 and occupies premises that date back to Victorian times. When there were farm horses to be shod and equipment to be repaired, the forge would have been at the heart of village life. The world has moved on and the work has declined. At the time this film was made, plans were afoot for a new housing development on the site.

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