Cogman's Forge

John Cogman, blacksmith, outside Queen Anne's Cottage in 1910, with his wife Emily and daughter Maggie. John was the 6th. generation of Cogmans to be blacksmiths here. 
(Pic. John Cogman). 

c. 1910 and John is seen here with his son William who took over the business and became the blacksmith when john retired. 
(Pic.John Cogman).

John's wife Emily in the yard c.1910. 
(Pic.John Cogman).
1915, William on the right with two unknown helpers. 
(Pic. John Cogman).
c.1915 William and helper busy shoeing horses . 
(Pic.John Cogman).
William busy at the furnace in c.1915 . 
(Pic.John Cogman).


William still busy in the early 1940's . William retired in 1944 and the smithy closed.
(Pic. John Cogman)

William's son Edward (Eddie) had already been apprenticed to Taylor's Forge in Poringland from 1922 and left there to start up in partnership with Bertie Woolnough as builders in 1934.


The old forge as seen in 1950. Sadly the building was demolished in 1970. 
(Pic.John Cogman ).
See also for an account of village life.   

c. 1965.  (Pic. Joe Mason)