Tuesday 7 November 2023

Forging ahead

The diminutive Sussex village of Rodmell is tucked away and out of sight from the ever busy A27 with all the traffic thundering along it between Brighton and Lewes. What it doesn't have in size it more than makes up for in charm. I can see why Virginia and Leonard Woolf enjoyed living here. I took photos, of course I did, but the thing which attracted me the most was the old village forge.

Often the only memory of a business which used to be so integral to everyday life before the advent of the car is preserved in the name of buildings which were once the village smithy, but have long since been converted. The one in Rodmell may no longer be trading but amazingly it reached its centenary in 2010 before it finally closed its doors. As yet the buildings remain intact and in their original state. I took this to be a rare and possibly short term window of opportunity to capture it all before no doubt it is reclaimed and turned into someone's private dwelling. I hope you share in some of my joy at the blue paint, the unusual curve of the back of the workshop and that rather delightful cat which was set up high and quietly waiting to be noticed 💙💙 I've only ever seen this sort of thing reconstructed in museums.








Arilx


10 comments:

  1. I like the curved wall. What was the little blue building on the right?
    Round here it would have been turned into a house years ago.

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    1. It's a locked kiosk with some very old posters and leaflets inside. Arilx

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  2. Oh, but wouldn't it be fun to turn that place into a home?

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    1. I'd like to see it being put back into use in whatever form that takes. Arilx

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  3. Who knows, there are artist metal workers around these days who sometimes delight in finding and repurposing such working spaces. Once could only hope...

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  4. That cat is a fantastic spot!
    I remember reading that women found guilty of being witches in England would often be sentenced to being strangled to death at the crossroads by the local blacksmith, widely believed to be the strongest person in a village. Charming! x

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    1. The whole witchcraft trials were wicked driven by fear and misogyny Arilx

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  5. It is what I would call a shocking blue. but will fade beautifully with time.

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    1. It looks very striking on a bright clear day. Arilx

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