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Are you interested in the history, heritage, and natural environment of South Holland District of Lincolnshire? Or maybe the ancient craft of Blacksmithing.

This website contains thousands of photos, documents, stories, memories, and maps.  They have been uploaded by the volunteers at Chain Bridge Forge  originally as part of a HLF theme called All Our Stories.

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Blacksmithing at Chain Bridge Forge
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Chain Bridge Forge

Blacksmith working at Spalding Chain Bridge Forge

We have traced the origins of the Forge back to the late 1700’s  when Joseph Rose was the Blacksmith. Today Ryan Atkin is our Blacksmith and he uses the same tools to fashion the metal.

Blacksmithing continues and we still do repairs and accept commissions. The exciting part is that we never have two days the same.

The Forge also offers training taster sessions in Blacksmithing along with a Blacksmithing Club which meets once a month on a Sunday.

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Double St – 1960

A view along Double Street, Spalding in 1960. To the left is the back of the Corn Exchange (now the South Holland Centr…

1966 Tulip Parade

1966 Tulip Parade. This is the Lowland Bulb Company float as it passes through the town towards High Bridge…


COUNTER DRAIN STATION This must have been one of the most remote and economically hopeless (at least for passenger tr…

Hardy and Clifton Cafe

Hardy and Clifton Cafe , The Crescent, Spalding. Wedding and birthday cakes their speciality. 1977 This is now Rumbl…

Spalding Gentlemen Society (SGS) Charter Day

SGS Charter Day 1954, march through town from school to church. Are you on here ? I'm on the right of the third row just…
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