Photographer's Note

Travelling North on the A1, which in days gone by was referred to as The Great North Road ( as in North away from London ) the new road is mainly dual carriageway, or in places upgraded to motorway status, A1(M).

From time to time though, it is worth a turn off this soulless tarmac and drop back onto the old road.

Ah, the world like it was !

Of course, in relatively recent times it would be heaving with vehicles all helping keep the country supplied with goods and produce.

But now, bypassed as it is, it feels like it must have done a long time ago

A time when places like this would have horses queuing up outside to be reshod.

This old forge has an amazing piece of brickwork adorning its end gable, and an amusing sign above.

A little research shows that it unusual but not unique. Whether there are any more elsewhere, I do not know.

It does suffer the mixed blessing of being a listed building however, presumably because of this particular architectural novelty.

( Apologies to readers of the future; one link above is to an ebay page, which may not survive the passage of time. )


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