The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
blacksmithscompany.org This website provides a history of the organisation dating back to the medieval period. Many of its records are held at London’s Guildhall Library (see bit.ly/1l9qA8z).
Working Class Movement Library
wcml.org.uk/ our- collection/ working-lives/ blacksmiths Located in Salford, this library has records relating to members of blacksmiths’ unions dating back to 1920.
University of Leicester Trade Directories
bit.ly/1l9pFos This free resource provides digitised copies of trade directories, often listing local blacksmiths.
National Directory of Blacksmiths
ukblacksmiths.com Although this website lists blacksmiths working today, it is valuable for finding details of old forges still in use.
British Artist Blacksmith Association
baba.org.uk This provides similar information to the above, but together they offer a very complete survey.