1. Sinton Forge
With its distinctive horseshoe-shaped doorway, Sinton Forge was one of five smithies in the parish at the outset of WW1 and home to Samuel Sanders, his wife, daughter and three sons. Samuel was the third generation of the family to work there and he employed two of his own sons, Samuel and Fred.
Many of the materials essential to the metal-working trade were requisitioned for the war effort making it hard for smiths to provide services to civilian customers. This might explain why Sanders was fined £2 in 1916 for buying linseed oil from some men from the Royal Engineers.
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