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.