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Backsmith’s Corner - Old Forge and Old Wheelwrights.

The end of Balsall Street and Station Road has been referred to in the past as ‘Blacksmith’s Corner’ and in the 19th century, was a centre of village life. 

With several homesteads and the Saracen’s Head pub, the smithy, foundry, sawmill, and wheelwright’s shop were a hive of rural industry.  

The blacksmith’s cottage and former forge remain but have been thoroughly modernised and have nothing to do with their former life. There is nothing left of the wheelwright’s shop.

On the south side of the road, the garden wall of Frog Lane Cottage shows a wheel in its brickwork, as well as a memorial of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.



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