Friday, September 22, 2017

Smithying

In a rural parish the blacksmith was a very important member of the community, making and repairing anything made from metal, as well as shoeing horses and oxen. Between 1632 and 1677 there were four members of the Tomes family whom were blacksmiths serving the parish of Dodderhill. Humfrey Tomes (1632) lived in Pipers Hill and left an estate worth £83 when he died and William Tomes left over £154 in 1677. Blacksmiths also kept livestock and grew crops and the Tomes family are an example of the rise of the yeoman class in the 17th century

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