OriginsEditSmithy Cottage was built in the 1700s in Beckindale by the benevolent Verney family. It was the village smithy for many years and in the 1920s was the village wash house. The Blakey family later rented the cottage off the Verneys.
1973-1974EditIn 1973 Frank Blakey was the village blacksmith. He lived and worked at Smithy Cottage. He also had a petrol pump at the cottage. He married Janie Harker in March 1973. Frank remained at Smithy Cottage until January 1974 when he was offered a job teaching in Essex. Frank and Jane left the village after Frank accepted the job.
Dryden Hogben, a traveller, squatted in the forge for a few months in the spring of 1974 and even got questioned by the local policeman for doing so. Dry left Beckindale that summer. The Smithy then remained empty for the next 21 years.
In 1987 Amos Brearly mentioned the smithy and the old petrol pump that used to be outside it.
The smithy remained unused and uninhabited for 21 years until 1995 when Zoe Tate took a walk round it in the hope of buying it. She bought it soon afterwards and in April 1995 she moved in with her lesbian lover Emma Nightingale.
Known residents over the yearsEdit
- ????-1974 Frank Blakey and Janie Blakey
- 1974 Dryden Hogben (squatting, with permission of Dolly Harker, Janie Blakey's mother)
- 1974-1995 Empty
- 1995 Zoe Tate and Emma Nightingale