Islip Blacksmiths

Forge & Census Information

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Islip Forge circa 1930

Islip Blacksmith’s Shop (Forge)

(Leicester College of Education Report written 1969)

The shop (with house attached) was built in 1763 and is constructed in limestone with pantile roofing. The glazed window panes are of the overlapping type. The forge and house are part of the Drayton Estate (Lowick) now owned by the Sackville family.

One of the Sackville family’s initials, ‘W.B.S.’ are inscribed on the face of a set of built-in iron drawers which date back to the original building. The anvil and the forge bellows (both still in use) are known to be at least 100 years old.

 

Some individuals appear in more than one census return, e.g. John Hudson (1891, 1901, 1911)

John Henry Hudson

John was born in Islip, the 2nd son of Eli and Lily Hudson, the village blacksmith. He was baptised in Islip Church on 6th June 1869.

By 1891 he was working as a journeyman blacksmith, based at his father’s forge. When Eli died in 1900, John took over the business with his mother.

He never married and remained working in the village his whole life. He did not serve during World War 1 as he was too old to enlist.

On 29th March 1921 he was appointed Parish Constable for Islip by the Divisional Police Court in Thrapston. In 1939 he was living at the Forge with Ethel Jones, his housekeeper.

John died in Islip on 28th April 1943 aged 74.

Administration of his estate was granted to his brother and sister-in-law James and Ethel Smith, his effects being valued at £5289 5s 7d.

 

Census Entries

 

1881 CENSUS

Born
No Entries

1891 CENSUS

Born
HIGH STREET
Eli HUDSON1830Master Blacksmith (Employer)
John HUDSON1869Journeyman Blacksmith
James HUDSON1876Blacksmith (Apprentice)
CHURCH LANE
Wm Bernard MEADOWS1866Journeyman Blacksmith

1901 CENSUS

Born
MAIN STREET
John HUDSON1869Blacksmith (Employer)

1911 CENSUS

Born
MAIN STREET
John HUDSON1871Blacksmith (Own Account)
BARRICK ROW
Percy MALSBURY1887Blacksmith (Striker, Blast Furnace)
TOLL BAR HOUSE
John Charles PETTIT 1884 Blacksmith (Blast Furnace)
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