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Village forge restoration - St Tudy, Cornwall
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 33.288 W 004° 43.853
30U E 377389 N 5601748
Quick Description: An engraved slate plaque on the old village forge, St Tudy, for the restoration of the cobbled area outside old forge, binding stone, and village pump to celebrate the new millennium.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/10/2018 3:42:36 AM
Waymark Code: WMZGQ2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
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Long Description:

An engraved slate plaque on the old village forge, St Tudy, for the restoration of the cobbled area outside old forge, binding stone, and village pump to celebrate the new millennium.

A nearby plaque reads:

'ST TUDY FORGE AND VILLAGE PUMP

The binding stone, which resembles a mill stone, was used by
the blacksmith to fit an iron tyre or 'bond’ to wooden wheels.

The hub of the wheel was centred on the binding stone and
the bond which had been heated in the forge was dropped
onto the wheel. It was then cooled with water from the pump
causing it to shrink to a tight fit. Thus binding the wooden
wheel together.

This blacksmith's shop and forge has been an important
central feature of village life for centuries. Only recently
an ox shoe was found in the rafters indicating great age.

In the period of horse drawn carts the blacksmith not
only kept the horses well shod but repaired cart wheels,
and made a variety of farm implements.

This cobbled area was restored by the people of St Tudy
to celebrate the new millennium

The scheme has been partially financed by the Cornwall Landscape Project'



There is a good reminiscence in 'The Binding Stone', a compilation of memories of St Tudy made for the millennium - page 22 (visit link)

Can you tell us who created the item: Not Known

Condition of the item: Great

Related web site: Not listed

So what did YOU do for the millennium?: Not listed

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