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From: "Richard Goring" <>
Subject: Re: Shoeing Smith
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 21:10:52 +0100
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I have a 'shoeing smith' ancestor as well. It seems that they were not
general blacksmiths, but actually specialised in making and fitting shoes to
horses. More than a few of them seemed to have acquired the skill and
specialisation during previous army service. Just like the village
blacksmith, they would have made the shoes from bought-in iron bars,
heating, hammering and quenching them in exactly the same way as the
blacksmith, and nailing them to the beast's.foot as well.

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----- Original Message -----
From: buchner <>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 8:16 PM
Subject: Shoeing Smith

> I've just found an ancestor on the 1901 census whose occupation is listed
as "shoeing smith." Would it be too much to assume this is a reference to
shoeing horses? It's a rural area and I don't suppose he would have had to
have made the horse shoes (e.g., a blacksmith).

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