His­toric tour of Woodville graves is back


‘‘Un­der the spread­ing ch­est­nut tree, the vil­lage smithy lies’’ - with apolo­gies to Henry Wadsworth Longfel­low.

Woodville’s vil­lage smithy was a man called Henry Hawken, and his grave is lo­cated un­der a spread­ing tree.

Hawken’s grave will be among those vis­ited on Sun­day dur­ing this month’s his­toric Gorge Ceme­tery tour.

Born in Corn­wall, the ‘shoe­ing smith’ and prac­ti­tioner of home­opa­thy treat­ments who died in 1913 aged 77, ad­ver­tised in the Woodville Ex­am­iner that he was ’’de­sirous of in­ti­mat­ing to the town and sur­round­ing Dis­tricts that he is pre­pared to ex­e­cute all or­ders which may be en­trusted to his care with promp­ti­tude and econ­omy.

‘‘Horses shod at the short­est no­tice with shoes of the most sci­en­tific and ap­proved pat­tern and corns re­moved from their feet with pos­i­tive ease to the an­i­mal’’.

Tour host Ray Al­lott will share Hawken’s story along with other dis­trict pioneers, in­clud­ing Ed­ward James (Jimmy) Ed­wards who farmed on Pin­fold Rd.

Ed­wards was also well known for the pas­sen­ger and freight ser­vices that he of­fered in the 1880s from Woodville to the rail­head at Mako­tuku as the line ad­vanced south from Napier.

In­cor­po­rated into City Li­brary’s Lo­cal His­tory Week pro­gramme, the 2.30pm tour on Sun­day Novem­ber 6 will com­mence at the up­per gate to the Old His­toric Gorge Ceme­tery, which can be ac­cessed across the rail­way line off SH2.

En­try to the his­toric ceme­tery tour is by gold coin koha.

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