Youngsters learn about the old art of blacksmithing

Youngsters from five South Holland schools had the chance to relive times gone by when they visited Spalding’s Chain Bridge Forge.

Pupils from West Pinch beck’s St Bartholomew’s Primary School, Surfleet Seas End, Weston St Mary, Gosberton Clough and Risegate and Quadring Cowley and Brown’s Primary School went along to the forge on High Street to find out what goes on there.

traditional skills: Youngsters learn how it used to be done with Geoff Taylor, of the Friends of Chain Bridge Forge. Photo (TIM WILSON):  SG220313-116TW

traditional skills: Youngsters learn how it used to be done with Geoff Taylor, of the Friends of Chain Bridge Forge. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220313-116TW

Thirty children from years 4 and 5 had the chance to experience a range of activities including blacksmithing, in which each group made a coat hook.

They talked about the community and the Port of Spalding, learned about wheelshoeing and practical experiments in measurement, and finally watched a video of a blacksmith shoeing a horse.

Geoff Taylor, of the Friends of Chain Bridge Forge, said: “The children were a delight and were extremely attentive.

“This is part of our ‘All our Stories’ project and will lead on to them visiting and working with the University of Lincoln in delivering information about the working life of their grandparents. Information will be available on our website www.southhollandlife.com when the project concludes.”