Warm wishes for blacksmith
THE year is 1958 and the scene a ceremony in number five shop in the massive Ashford Railway works at Newtown, in those days the major employer in the area. It was taken on the day that diminutive long-serving blacksmith Frank Terry retired and was presented with a top of the range paraffin heater as a farewell gift. The photograph comes from the collection of Robert Bamford from Kennington who was then a 15 year-old hammer boy (standing on the right in the back row). He remembers vividly the tough life working there for two years before he left to join the Merchant Navy. The second suited man standing with Mr Terry is foreman Mr Smith and he can also identify blacksmiths Harry Epps and Nobby Button, brothers Fred and Jack Barren, Brian Exall who was a striker acting as a blacksmith’s mate, and the Chamber brothers who were fellow hammer boys.
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Ashford Railway Works blacksmiths’ shop in 1958